Victoriapark Dental

Tooth Whitening Treatments London

What Questions Should You Ask Your Dentist?

If you're considering tooth whitening procedures, it's a good idea to start by having a conversation with Dr. Nohora Martinez at Victoriapark Dental in London. Your dentist can assess whether whitening procedures would be effective for your specific situation. It's important to note that whitening may not correct all types of tooth discoloration. For instance, yellowish teeth tend to respond well to bleaching, while brownish or grayish teeth may not bleach as effectively. Additionally, if you have bonding or tooth-colored fillings on your front teeth, whitening won't change their color, potentially making them stand out in your newly whitened smile. In such cases, your dentist can discuss alternative options like porcelain veneers or dental bonding.

What Is In-Office Bleaching?

If you're a suitable candidate for bleaching, your dentist may recommend an in-office procedure known as chairside bleaching, which may require multiple office visits, each lasting from 30 minutes to one hour.

During chairside bleaching, your Dr. Nohora Martinez will take measures to protect your gums, such as applying a protective gel or using a rubber shield. A bleaching agent is then applied to your teeth, and a special light may be employed to enhance the bleaching process.

It's worth noting that several in-office bleaching agents carry the ADA Seal of Acceptance, signifying that they meet ADA standards for safety and effectiveness. However, as of now, no whitening products that utilize lasers are on the ADA's list of Accepted products.

What Are At-Home Whitening Procedures and Products?

There are various types of products available for at-home use, which can either be provided by your Dr. Nohora Martinez or purchased over-the-counter.

Bleaching Solutions: These products contain peroxides, which bleach the enamel of your teeth. Typically, these products utilize carbamide peroxide as the primary bleaching agent, available in various concentrations (10%, 16%, 22%).

Peroxide-based whiteners often come in gel form and are placed in a mouthguard. Usage instructions can vary, with some products requiring use twice daily for two weeks, while others are designed for overnight use over 1-2 weeks. If you obtain the bleaching solution from Dr. Nohora Martinez at Victoriapark Dental in London, they can create a custom-fitted mouthguard tailored to your teeth for precise application. Currently, only dentist-dispensed home-use 10% carbamide peroxide tray-applied gels carry the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

If you experience any side effects that become bothersome, such as tooth sensitivity during treatment, discuss these concerns with Dr. Nohora Martinez from Victoriapark Dental in London. Sensitivity is often temporary and should subside after treatment. Some individuals may also experience soft tissue irritation, either due to an ill-fitting tray or contact between the solution and oral tissues. If you have any concerns about side effects, your dentist can address them.

Toothpaste: All toothpaste products help remove surface stains through the action of mild abrasives.

How Should You Choose a Whitening Product?

When selecting a whitening product or any dental product, it's essential to look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This seal serves as your assurance that the product meets ADA standards for both safety and effectiveness.

Contact Victoriapark Dental at (226) 667-6291 to Schedule Your Appointment with Dr. Nohora Martinez

You can reach us at 604 Colborne Street in London, ON. We're here to help you achieve the brighter, whiter smile you desire.

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