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March 24th, 2021

Teeth whitening treatments: Do they actually work?

The teeth whitening industry has grown exponentially in recent years. It’s no secret - more and more people want a brighter, whiter smile. As a response to this trend, hundreds of companies are now offering at-home whitening treatments that claim to get your teeth as white as possible. These products range from whitening strips, toothpaste, oil-pulling, and gels with mouth trays. Regardless of the method, the result may not be as pronounced as consumers expect. Here’s why:

Are teeth whitening treatments worth it

Are teeth whitening treatments worth it?

Not all teeth are made equal

Did you know that not all of your teeth will respond to whitening treatments? This is because discolouration can occur for a number of different reasons and each requires a different bleaching method or strength of whitening. Patients who have had fillings, root canal treatments, or have extremely dark stains may notice uneven results with at-home treatments.

A dentist can determine the cause of the tooth discolouration and tailor a treatment that will whiten teeth as evenly as possible. Your teeth clinic may use:

  • Vital bleaching on “living” teeth to lift food or tobacco stains
  • Non-vital bleaching on teeth that have changed colour because of a root canal

At-home whitening treatments only lift surface stains

As we age, our teeth become darker and stained by food, wine, coffee, and tobacco to name a few. While at-home whitening products can make your teeth appear whiter, they only remove surface stains. If you’ve tried commercial whitening products but some of your teeth aren’t responding to the treatment, there may be an underlying cause for the discolouration. Stains that are deeply saturated need professional-grade treatments from a dental clinic with the right technology and techniques.

The teeth whitening product is not strong enough

When you complete your whitening treatments at a teeth care centre, there’s a much better chance your teeth will whiten to your desired results. This is because in-office whitening treatments use a higher percentage of hydrogen peroxide. Commercial whitening products are limited to about 7-10% hydrogen peroxide as a safety standard.

Professional-grade whitening treatments deliver faster and better results because of the higher concentration of bleaching agents with the right tools. To answer the question “do teeth whitening treatments work?”, we can safely say yes - however, it depends on your teeth and if you choose to have them professionally whitened or try an at-home commercial product.

May 31st, 2021
Food to eat for strong and healthy teeth

Did you know that the food we eat plays a vital role in how healthy and strong our teeth are? While daily brushing and flossing are necessary, eating nutritious food helps maintain excellent oral health and boosts our overall health in general. During your visit to our Fort McMurray dental clinic, we recommend some of […]

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May 28th, 2021
A guide to dental fees in Calgary, Alberta

Did you know the majority of dental insurance providers follow the Alberta Dental Fee Guide? This guide is published and can be accessed by the public. One of the biggest constraints for patients scheduling appointments with their dentist in Fort McMurray is the cost associated with each treatment. The Alberta government is working to bring […]

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April 30th, 2021
What causes gingivitis? Symptoms, treatment, and prevention explained

Gingivitis is a form of gum disease that causes inflammation of the gingiva, the gum that surrounds the base of the teeth. While it’s a mild form of gum disease, it can progress to periodontitis (a more serious dental condition) if left untreated. Let’s take a closer look at what causes gingivitis, how to prevent […]

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April 23rd, 2021
Malpositioned teeth explained: The causes and complications

Malposition of teeth is defined as “the altered positioning of one or more teeth in a well-aligned jaw”. The malposition of teeth can also lead to other dental conditions, diseases, and overall health complications. The good news is, malpositioned teeth treatment is available and offered by Fort McMurray orthodontists. It’s important to be aware of […]

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