A Review of
Teeth Whitening with
Dr. Trevor Morhaliek
Considered by most to be an important physical attribute, a bright and beautiful smile also conveys a sense of health and vitality to everyone you meet. While there are many ways to improve a smile, tooth bleaching remains one of the most popular aesthetic treatments in dental practice today.
The factors that contribute to discolored teeth are many. Tooth trauma, decay, poor dental hygiene, erosion, consumption of staining beverages and smoking are just a few of the most common culprits. However, prevention is still the best defense against tooth discoloration as most of these factors can be controlled.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Tooth bleaching involves the application of a bleaching agent to the tooth surface. Hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide are the most common bleaching agents. This process can be accelerated using LED or other light sources. The peroxide breaks down stain-causing molecules reversing years of accumulated discoloration.
WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?
While over-the-counter whitening products are very accessible, their effectiveness is relatively low. This is largely because a much lower concentration of the active bleaching agent must be used as most of it ends up swallowed.
Professional systems are administered by your dentist, enabling them to keep the bleaching agent at its optimal level. This allows them to use a much higher and as a result more effective dose while keeping you safe and minimizing any sensitivity. Professional systems have proven to be the safest and most effective way to whiten your teeth, without any hassles or ingesting of chemicals. Some in-office systems can bring your teeth up to eight shades brighter in less than 90 minutes!
TIPS TO KNOW:
• Tooth bleaching is only effective on natural
• Temporary tooth sensitivity is normal
• Tooth bleaching is not permanent
• Tooth bleaching is safest and most effective under
the supervision of a dental professional
Dr. Trevor Morhaliek BSc., DDS
Simply Amazing Smiles
Suite 100-1475 Ellis St., Kelowna