Teeth Whitening in Red Deer County AB
A beautiful smile is an asset, and some would say it's even a must in today's world of constant pictures and posts on social media. Teeth that are yellow, discoloured, or stained can diminish your otherwise perfect smile, but the good news is that there are steps you can take to achieve and maintain a whiter, brighter smile.
Even if you diligently follow a consistent home care routine, it's quite common for your teeth to lose a bit of their sparkle over time. This happens for many reasons like the foods and beverages we consume, medications we might take, and the lifestyle choices we make.
Whitening your teeth is an effective way to enhance your smile, and at Gasoline Alley Dental in Red Deer, AB, we can help! We offer a customized, take-home teeth whitening kit so you can whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home whenever you have available time.
- Why Have My Teeth Lost Their Luster?
- The Teeth Whitening Process
- Is Teeth Whitening Safe?
- Professional Teeth Whitening vs. Over-the-Counter Products
- How to Maintain Your Bright New Smile
- Take the Next Step Toward a Brighter Smile
Why Have My Teeth Lost Their Luster?
You may have noticed that the brightness of your smile has diminished over the years. Teeth have a natural whitish-yellow colour because the middle layer of the tooth called the dentin has a yellowish hue. As you age, enamel naturally erodes with the normal wear and tear of eating and chewing, and this means that healthy teeth will typically be a whitish-yellow colour, appearing more yellowed as we get older as more of your dentin shows through.
Certain foods like dark berries, tomato sauce, and curries, and certain beverages like coffee, tea, and red wine can also cause your teeth to stain or appear more dull looking.
Lifestyle choices, such as smoking or tobacco use, can also affect the appearance of your teeth. Tobacco leaves brown and yellow staining on teeth that is hard to remove with just brushing and flossing alone.
While you may not be able to stop the ageing process, you can take steps to eliminate a stained and yellowed smile with teeth whitening in Red Deer County, AB.
The Teeth Whitening Process
The first step in the whitening process is to come into Gasoline Alley Dental for an impression to make custom-fit bleaching (whitening) trays for your teeth. One of our staff members will do this using a digital scanner to take a digital impression of your teeth, or with traditional impression material to make a physical likeness of your teeth. We take impressions of both the upper and lower teeth at the same appointment.
Once we successfully have your impression, then our staff member will send it to our lab to make a model of your teeth. From the model of your upper and lower teeth, we will make customized bleaching trays that fit kind of like athletic mouthguards and can only be used by you since they are designed specifically to fit your teeth.
When your custom bleaching trays are ready, one of our friendly staff members will give you a call to have you come in to assess the fit of the trays on your upper and lower teeth. We will make sure you can put them in and take them out easily, and that their snug fit will protect your gums and soft tissue from any excess whitening gel escaping. Then we will go over the instructions for whitening your teeth safely at home with you. When you need more whitening solution to brighten your smile in the future, you just give us a call to order more. We sell teeth whitening gel right here at Gasoline Alley Dental for your convenience.
Is Teeth Whitening Safe?
One question that patients often ask Dr. Darren Whitehead and our staff when they want to know more about whitening their teeth is if the process is safe for their teeth. Whitening is definitely a safe procedure as long as you follow the instructions for your customized whitening kit.
Some patients, however, develop sensitivity after they use any type of whitening product on their teeth. Dr. Whitehead can help you manage tooth sensitivity during teeth whitening by recommending fluoride rinse, toothpaste, or other products you can use after your treatment to reduce and minimize discomfort. We can also adjust the strength of your whitening gel if you are experiencing sensitivity for a truly customized experience.
If you have concerns about the colour of your teeth, before using any whitening product, we recommend that you have a full dental check-up and cleaning to assess the health of your teeth and to decide if whitening would be a good option for you.
Professional Teeth Whitening vs. Over-the-Counter Products
With so many teeth whitening products on the market and at your local grocery store, you might wonder why it's a benefit to choose professional teeth whitening with Dr. Whitehead. The main advantage that professional teeth whitening offers is a customized and safe experience with your dentist that achieves proven results.
Even though you're whitening your teeth at home, you will have Dr. Whitehead's supervision and guidance available to you with just a phone call if you should encounter any issues.
Dr. Whitehead also utilizes a higher strength whitening gel that can be adjusted according to your needs if you experience any sensitivity. This type of whitening solution is only available to dentists, and it is much stronger than what is available in stores. A stronger bleaching gel means that you achieve better results, faster.
When you choose over-the-counter (OTC) whitening products, they are not customized to fit your teeth. You may be stuck with strips or trays that don't fit properly and don't achieve the results you were hoping for. Your Red Deer dentist makes custom trays designed just for you to ensure that you achieve the best outcome for your smile.
How to Maintain Your Bright New Smile
Once you invest in brightening your smile, you'll want to do everything you can to maintain it. So, besides making specific lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking and limiting your intake of food and beverages that stain your teeth, here are few other tips for maintaining your bright, white smile:
- Maintain your excellent home care routine. Diligent and consistent daily brushing and flossing will help you keep your smile bright.
- Visit your dentist every six months for professional cleanings and checkups.
- Update your smile whenever you like at home with your custom whitening trays.
Custom take-home whitening trays provide you with the freedom to brighten your smile whenever the next wedding, reunion, or vacation takes place. You'll never have to be without your best accessory again - your bright, beautiful smile!
Take the Next Step Toward a Brighter Smile
Are you thinking you need a "dentist near me" to help you brighten your smile and improve your appearance? If you’d like to know more about the customized take-home whitening service that we provide at Gasoline Alley Dental in Red Deer County, AB, don’t hesitate to ask at your next appointment, stop in for a visit, or give us a call at (403) 343-8622.