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Teeth Whitening in Canmore

Dr. Grant Moldenhauer & Dr. Piercy provide both take-home and in-clinic teeth whitening solutions in Canmore. We have Day White® and Zoom!® teeth whitening systems. Read below to learn more about these techniques. Feel free to contact Canmore Smiles if you need more information.

Tooth Whitening

Tooth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the colour of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile. Tooth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up maybe needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine. Given below are the reasons for tooth whitening:

  Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development)
  Normal wear of outer tooth layer
  Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.)
  Yellow, brown stained teeth

What Does Tooth Whitening Involve?

Tooth whitening usually requires two visits. At the first appointment, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear plastic, trays. At your second appointment, you will try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments will be made if necessary. The trays are worn with special whitening solution either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a couple of weeks depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening.

Day White®

Day White® is a specialized take-home whitening treatment which has been designed for use during daytime hours. This offers an excellent alternative for people who would like to have a brighter smile, but do not relish the prospect of wearing strips or whitening trays all night long. In fact, this treatment will only take one hour per day, and is substantially less expensive than some in-office alternatives. Day White® is an extremely user-friendly home treatment which includes whitening gel, a patented syringe and special whitening trays. There is nothing complicated, messy or time-consuming about applying Day White® and it can whiten the teeth by as many as fourteen shades in as few as 10-14 days.

How Can Day White® Help Me?

Day White® utilizes proven technology to remove organic stains on the teeth and whiten yellowing dentin and enamel. It has been created with the wearer in mind, and comes in several flavors. Here are some advantages of the Day White® System:
  Cost effective
  Custom-fitted trays
  Lower active ingredient concentration (means reduced sensitivity)
  No radiation
  Pleasant flavors in a viscous gel
  Teeth whitened by as many as 14 shades
  Two half hour treatments twice a day
  Unchanged structure of teeth

What Are the Main Considerations before Using Day White®?

Patients who have tooth decay or gum disease need to have these conditions treated prior to applying the Day White® gel. Day White® may not remove inorganic or deep stains, so it is important to consult with the dentist to ensure that expectations are realistic, considering the current condition of the teeth. Here are some important points about using Day White®:
  Once the gel is on the teeth, do not smoke, eat or drink.
  Consult the dentist before ordering refills.
  Pregnant and lactating women should not use tooth-whitening products.

How Should Day White® Be Used?

Day White® is a healthy way to whiten teeth. The combination of hydrogen peroxide and Amorphous Calcium Phosphate (ACP) enables any imperfections in the surface of the teeth to be filled while the bleaching is underway. Day White® is available in two low concentrations (7.5% and 9.5%). Each syringe is filled with enough gel to treat the teeth three times daily, so the results are under the patient’s control.

 

To use Day White®, simply load the gel into the custom-made trays and apply to the teeth for up to 30 minutes twice daily. When the desired time expires, remove the trays and rinse the mouth. Be sure to thoroughly cleanse the trays after every application.

 

Whitening will occur gradually over the course of the Day White® treatment, and the end result will be a pearly white smile. If you have any questions about Day White®, contact us.

Zoom!®

Teeth Whitening treatment

Many people are opting for the Zoom!® Chairside Whitening System (Zoom!®) for fast, safe and effective teeth whitening. Zoom!® combines the newest advances in dental technology with proven chemical formulas. This ensures that the bleaching experience is painless, and the results are satisfying.

 

There are many reasons why teeth become stained or discoloured, including tobacco use, and drinking dark liquids such as red wine, coffee, tea and cola. However, the natural aging process and prescription medication use can also cause yellowing and graying. Zoom!® has many advantages over other treatments, including:
  All teeth treated simultaneously
  Faster treatment times
  Longer lasting results
  Reduced sensitivity
  Removal of stains on crowns, veneers and other restorations
  Safe procedure and treatment
  Treatments are performed by an experienced professional

 

It is important to seek advice from the dentist prior to beginning a bleaching regime. Women who are pregnant or lactating should not seek bleaching treatment.

How Does Zoom!® Whiten the Teeth?

Zoom!® is a bleaching process that lightens the dentin and enamel of the teeth. Zoom!® contains a hydrogen peroxide component (25%), which is the active ingredient in the gel. When hydrogen peroxide is applied to the teeth, the peroxide component breaks down into tiny oxygen bubbles. It is these bubbles that eliminate yellowing and staining.

 

A mercury metal halide light is used to activate the gel and expedite the whitening process. This specialized light contains a unique infrared filter that works to reduce the amount of heat (and therefore sensitivity) on the surface of the teeth during the procedure. The internal structure of the teeth remains completely healthy and intact during and after the treatment.

 

As with any whitening system, the post-treatment results can vary according to the degree of staining and the condition of the teeth. A consultation with the dentist prior to treatment will provide information as to what kind of results Zoom!® can provide in specific instances. Zoom!® is only applied to healthy teeth and gums. If tooth decay or gum disease is an issue, these need to be controlled before the bleaching treatment is performed.

How Is the Zoom!® Treatment Performed?

Prior to treatment, there will be a consultation where the dentist will outline the exact procedure. On treatment day, a deep cleaning (prophylaxis) will be performed to rid the teeth of any debris and plaque. Then, special eyewear will be provided to protect the eyes from the halide light, and splashguards to protect the clothing from the bleaching agent. Here is a brief overview of the Zoom!® procedure:
  Cheek retractors will be placed to expose the entire surface of the teeth
  The gums will be painted or covered to reduce sensitivity
  The dentist will apply the whitening gel to the teeth
  The halide light will then be applied to activate the gel. This specialized Zoom!® light can be positioned to work on all the teeth simultaneously.
  After 15 minutes, gel will be removed from the teeth and the mouth will be rinsed
  More gel will be applied for another 15 minutes
  Again, the gel will be removed and the mouth will be thoroughly cleansed
  The final treatment of gel will be applied for 15 minutes
  The gel will be removed for the final time

What Happens After Treatment?

The same external factors that caused the discolouration in the first place can quickly work their way back onto the teeth. For this reason, the dentist recommends flossing once a day, thorough cleaning with anti-sensitivity toothpaste twice a day, and occasional retreatment with Zoom!® Weekender. These post-treatment measures will ensure that the smile stays at its whitest for a long time.

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