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Have you been longing for more attractive teeth? Lucky for you, at Newmarket Dentistry, you can have your teeth whitened quickly, effectively, and within a reasonable budget! Are you interested in the benefits of professional teeth whitening? Read on to learn more!
A bright smile
Let's face it—a smile is what people first notice about you. This is backed up by research from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and accordingly tooth color is often the cosmetic dental problem that patients try to improve before anything else.
Of course, your drugstore or mall kiosk most likely offers whitening products and treatments which promise fabulous results, but do they work? Are they safe?
The benefits of professional teeth whitening
At Newmarket Dentistry, Dr. Lee-Shanok will inspect your teeth and gums for any health problems before approving treatment. If you "pass," he can offer you in-office or at-home whitening.
Both versions use powerful hydrogen peroxide gel to power out stains from coffee, tea, blueberries, tobacco, and more. Because the process is guided by a reliable dentist, you'll achieve great results without any damage or discomfort to your teeth and gums. In fact, most people experience an improvement of eight shades of color. You're not going out to find that with over-the-counter toothpastes or mouthwashes!
Additionally, these professional treatments work quickly. The in-office version takes about one hour, and you simply return to your usual routine right away. The at-home version takes about a week as you wear gel-filled trays daily at a time of your choosing. With at-home treatment, you're in control of your new look!
Find out more
At Newmarket Dentistry, Dr. Lee-Shanok and his team can meet all of your preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental needs. Find out more at a personalized consultation by dialing (905) 830-1010 today!
Home whitening kits are a popular way to turn a dull smile into a dazzling one. But these self-applied products only work for teeth with outer enamel stains — if the discoloration originates inside a tooth, you’ll need professional treatment.
Known as “intrinsic staining,” this type of discoloration most often occurs within a tooth’s pulp or dentin layers. There are a number of causes like tooth trauma or tetracycline use at an early age. A root canal treatment used to remove infection from deep within a tooth can also cause discoloration: sometimes blood pigments left after tissue removal or the filling materials themselves can stain a tooth’s interior.
Intrinsic staining can often be treated by placing a bleaching agent, usually sodium perborate, into the tooth’s pulp chamber. But before undertaking this procedure on a tooth that’s undergone a root canal treatment,Â we want to first ensure the filling is intact and still adequately sealing the tooth from infection. We also want to make sure the supporting bone is also healthy.
If all’s well, we access the pulp in the same way as the root canal treatment, and preferably through the same access hole. We then clean out the pulp chamber of any stained matter and then ensure the root canals remain filled and sealed off from the pulp chamber.
We can then place the bleaching agent into the pulp, a process that will need to be repeated every three or four days to achieve the desired level of brightness. After each session we place a cotton pellet over the opening and held in place with a temporary adhesive; we can easily remove and re-apply this covering during subsequent sessions. Once we’ve achieved the desired color change, we seal the tooth with a permanent filling and restore the access cavity with a tooth-colored composite resin material bonded to the enamel and dentin.
There are other options for an intrinsically stained tooth like veneers or crowns that outwardly cover the discoloration. Internal bleaching, however, is a more conservative approach that causes less alteration of the tooth. If successful, it can restore a stained tooth to a brighter, more attractive shade.
If you would like more information on internal bleaching, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Whitening Traumatized Teeth.”
When it comes to cosmetic problems, many dental patients are most concerned about the color of their teeth. A survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry found that teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed at dentist offices. Dental stains can ruin even the most perfectly aligned and shaped set of teeth. If you see stains on your teeth when you smile in the mirror, rest assured that there is an effective teeth whitening solution offered by Dr. Richard Lee-Shanok at Newmarket Dentistry in Newmarket, ON.
The Common Causes of Dental Stains
It is natural for the teeth to stain and become discolored over an extended period of time. Not everyone has the discipline to brush after every meal to prevent staining caused by certain foods and beverages. Frequent coffee, tea, and wine drinkers often have problems with dental stains. Chewing dark-colored fruits like blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries can also affect the teeth. Dental stains are also common for patients who smoke or use tobacco products.
Say Goodbye to Dental Stains
Regardless of the exact cause, your Newmarket, ON dentist can treat many dental stains with just one professional teeth whitening session. After a powerful bleaching agent is applied to the teeth, a whitening tool changes the color up to eight shades. It will get rid of any extrinsic (outer layer) stains that appear on the teeth when you smile.
Say Hello to a Brighter, Whiter Smile
Once you’ve had your teeth whitened professionally, you can say hello to your brighter smile every morning for up to five years (sometimes longer). When your smile looks good, you’re more likely spend additional time caring for your teeth to ensure that it stays that way. Keep up with biannual dental cleanings, avoid eating foods that leave stains, and brush after meals if you want your teeth to look bright and beautiful for as long as possible.
Inquire About Having Your Teeth Whitened
Professional teeth whitening is the most reliable way to get your smile back up to par. Call Newmarket Dentistry in Newmarket, ON at 905-830-1010 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Richard Lee-Shanok.
Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.
That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.
Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.
The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.
It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.
What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.
How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”
Professional teeth whitening treatments are an effective and fast way to give your smile a boost. However, the ease and convenience of teeth whitening may make you believe that you should have treatments more often than necessary. Learn about teeth whitening with Dr. Richard Lee-Shanok at Newmarket Dentistry in Newmarket, ON.
How does teeth whitening work?
The teeth whitening process takes advantage of the chemical reactions between the whitening gel placed onto your teeth and their stains or discolorations. The process breaks up the molecular bonds holding the stains together, causing them to dissipate and create a whiter appearance. A full teeth whitening treatment takes around an hour and can provide drastic results.
Can I whiten my teeth too often?
While teeth whitening can benefit most patients who wish to improve the appearance of their smile, too many whitening treatments in too short of time can cause some unpleasant side effects. Whitening too often can cause tooth sensitivity and root damage, which can, in turn, affect your dental health. The teeth can also begin to appear chalky or you may start seeing white spots. Most patients find that having teeth whitening procedures performed by their dentist once or twice a year are enough to keep their teeth’s appearance bright.
Professional Teeth Whitening in Newmarket, ON
While you can get at-home whitening kits from most drug stores, their results take weeks or months of continued use to become apparent. A professional, in-office teeth whitening session performed by your dentist can lift the color of your teeth up to ten shades in only an hour. Work with your dentist to determine the best teeth whitening strength and schedule for you and your smile.
For more information on teeth whitening, please contact Dr. Lee-Shanok at Newmarket Dentistry in Newmarket, ON. Call (905) 830-1010 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Lee-Shanok today!