We all want our smile to be dazzling, and teeth whitening is becoming a very popular service at Hammond Dental Centre.
Teeth whitening allows us to remove or reduce stains on your teeth, giving them a brighter, more attractive appearance. Dr. Townshend, Dr. Albert and Dr. Khouri can use this popular technology to help give you the smile of your dreams.
Our teeth develop stains because the enamel becomes more porous as we age, and gradually becomes darker. Acidic foods and drinks -- such as diet soda -- makes the enamel even more porous, and leave it vulnerable to stains. Tobacco, red wine, coffee and tea are the most likely to leave those ugly yellow stains on our teeth.
At Hammond Dental Centre, we’re happy to offer in-office teeth whitening, as well as take-home whitening -- both with customized trays.
We place a paint-on dam over your exposed roots and gum tissues. A gel is carefully applied to the teeth, and light is used to help activate the gel. The maximum result is achieved by following up with two weeks of at-home treatment.
Q: Can I get my teeth really white just by brushing them a lot, or using a baking-soda toothpaste?
A: The enamel on our teeth darkens with age, and even the most skilled brushing and flossing — and fancy toothpastes — cannot prevent that from happening entirely. But you can do your part to keep your teeth bright by brushing and flossing daily, not using tobacco, and limiting your intake of staining foods and drinks.
Q: If I want my teeth to be whiter, should I stop drinking red wine?
A: Red wine, coffee and tea are notorious for causing ugly yellow stains on your teeth. Diet soda is also a problem, because its acidity breaks down your tooth's enamel -- leaving it prone to stains. You don't need to avoid these beverages entirely — just be mindful of what they might do to your smile, and try to limit your intake.
Q: Are at-home tooth-whitening kits just as good as getting in-office whitening?
A: The teeth whitening kits available for purchase in our dental office are of very high quality, and include custom-made trays to help keep the material in place. With our in-office teeth whitening, your gums and roots are covered up to protect them from the whitening material.
Q: Does my dental insurance cover teeth whitening?
A: Teeth whitening is typically an “extra” that is not covered by insurance, but everyone has different coverage. We would be happy to help you understand your available coverage, so please ask us at your next appointment.