Preventative Oral Care
Teeth Whitening in Sherwood Park
Having whiter teeth is fast becoming the number one esthetic concern of many dental patients. Teeth whitening is a simple and common dental treatment that lightens the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile. At Acacia Dental Centre we offer our patients an individualized whitening program for use in the privacy and comfort of their own homes. Home whitening kits offer an excellent whitening result. Whiten at home to the shade you choose, or to match any existing dental restorations like crowns or veneers. Since teeth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, we encourage our patients to consider seeing us for any repairs to old crowns or fillings that may need doing before beginning the whitening process. New or replacement restorations (crowns/veneers) should be done after teeth whitening so they can be made to match your newly whitened teeth. Touch-ups may be needed every 18-24 months and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.
Why Do Teeth Sometimes Darken or Turn Yellow?
There are a number of reasons that teeth can become yellowed and stained that prompt patients to consider whitening their teeth, the most common being staining from foods and beverages; but, there are a few other less obvious reasons teeth become stained:
- Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development) – causing a white streaking effect on the tooth/teeth.
- Wearing of outer tooth – wear causes the enamel to thin exposing the darker dentin underneath.
- Staining from medications – some medications can cause tooth darkening (talk to your doctor).
Professional Take-Home Whitening Kit
Our take-home teeth whitening kits usually require two visits. At your first appointment digital impressions will be made of your teeth to create custom fitted, clear plastic trays. At your second appointment, you will try on the trays so we can ensure a proper fit and any adjustments will be made. Depending on the degree of staining and level of whitening you wish to see, the trays are worn with a whitening solution for a prescribed number of minutes per day or overnight for up to two weeks. It is normal to experience temporary tooth sensitivity during the treatment process; any discomfort should subside shortly after you have finished the whitening treatment. We will send you home with care instructions for your teeth and trays, and encouragement to book regular visits to help maintain your beautiful, healthy looking smile. All dental services performed by a general dentist.
Dental Services Provided at Acacia Dental
We are a full service dental clinic in Sherwood Park, with services ranging from regular check ups & cleanings to fillings to braces & Invisalign. All services provided by a general dentist.