Achieving a beautiful smile can be easier than you think. Many people achieve the appearance they’re looking for with a simple teeth whitening procedure.
Dental bleaching is a simple process to correct tooth discoloration, which is caused by staining, aging or chemical damage. Using the latest in bleaching technology, we can offer a safe way to create and maintain a whiter, more brilliant smile. In cases where the teeth are extremely discolored, porcelain veneers or dental crowns may be the only option, but bleaching is nearly always worth a try and may help the outcome of other cosmetic treatments.
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Tooth bleaching is safe, quick and inexpensive. Just let us know you would like to whiten your teeth during your regular dental checkup and we will create an impression of your mouth to help construct specialized trays to hold the teeth whitening bleach on your teeth. Your custom teeth bleaching trays will be ready for pick up within a day or two, and we will provide you with a special bleaching agent that you can apply yourself.
Depending on which bleaching agent you receive, the trays are used daily for a half-hour to overnight for about a week, after which time your teeth should be significantly whiter. The bleaching agent removes stains from your enamel without altering the tooth structure or damaging your existing dental work. Once your teeth have reached your desired brightness, you only need to retreat them occasionally to maintain your new brighter, whiter smile.
Many over-the-counter bleaching agents are available at drug stores and pharmacies. However, these can sometimes cause harm to the gums and teeth, so it is safer and more effective to consult with the teeth whitening experts near you at Higson Dental Group for your treatment.
The teeth whitening process will take two appointments.
Your first appointment will take 30 minutes to make the molds (impressions) of
your teeth. After you leave, we will create the models of your teeth and fabricate
custom flexible trays.
A few days later you will need to come in to our Grande Prairie dental clinic for a short visit to get the custom trays and whitening material.
The use of teeth whitening products with a low concentration of hydrogen peroxide does not damage teeth. The nerves in the tooth can get irritated by hydrogen peroxide as it penetrates the tooth, however, this effect is temporary and does not cause damage to the tooth.
A study done on teeth bleaching concluded that if the manufacturer’s instructions are followed, hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide-based tooth whitening is safe and effective.
Although there are cheaper alternatives than in-office teeth whitening like gel trays, they are not always safe as the trays are not custom fitted and may damage your gums.
Because we supervise the procedure at our Grande Prairie dental clinic, a stronger bleaching solution can be used than what’s found in home kits. A light or heat source may be used to speed up the process.
For a look at standard pricing on common dental practices, visit the Alberta Dental Guide for Dental Fees.
Although dentist-supervised whitening is the safest and most effective solution, there are many things that you can do to maintain whiter, stronger teeth for the long term:
The dentists at Higson Dental Group are happy to meet with you if you have questions about teeth whitening in Grande Prairie and surrounding areas near you, and we are always accepting new patients. Visit our contact page or call us at 780-532-4661 to schedule an appointment.
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