Hamilton Teeth Whitening
Are you noticing that your smile isn’t quite as white as you’d like it to be? Even after brushing your teeth, they still appear rather yellow. Over time, this is very natural, especially as we age. Certain foods, drinks and habits can also cause our teeth to yellow. If you’re unhappy with the colour of your smile, our team at Hamilton Mountain can bring back the pearly white smile you desire.
Why Are My Teeth Yellowing?
Unfortunately, there are certain drinks we consume every single day (possibly multiple times a day) that are contributing to teeth yellowing. Yes, this includes coffee. Other drinks like tea, sugary drinks (juice and pop) and alcohol, particularly red wine, are culprits too.
Foods that are high in sugar and citric acid will yellow teeth too, as well as smoking tobacco, poor oral hygiene, certain medications, if you’ve sustained an injury, and as you age.
Why Does This Happen?
There are certain compounds in food and drinks that stick to our teeth enamel and cause it to start changing colour. Not brushing or flossing your teeth can also cause plaque buildup which can also lead to discolouration. But, unfortunately, as we age the enamel on our teeth weakens and, therefore, ends up turning yellow a lot more easily.
Our teeth will lay down more dentin, a hard tissue beneath enamel that often causes teeth to appear “dark”. This is why it’s important to practice a healthy oral hygiene routine by brushing your teeth twice a day, followed by flossing and rinsing with mouthwash once a day.
How In-Office Teeth Whitening Works
There are a few different teeth whitening methods we provide here at Hamilton Mountain.
This can usually be done in one visit, but depending on your case, you may need to make a couple of whitening appointments to achieve your desired look. We’ll apply a shield to protect your gums and apply a high concentration of bleach solution to your teeth. It’s best to use this method of whitening with the help of a professional so we can suggest the safe amount of concentration solution to use.
Our take-home kits come with a custom tray for your teeth that the whitening gel solution will sit in so you can whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home. We also supply whitening strips with a safe amount of bleach that will wrap around your teeth.
Is Whitening Bad For My Teeth?
Whitening your teeth is perfectly safe and effective, but only in small amounts. Continuously bleaching your teeth can damage your tooth enamel leading to tooth and gum sensitivity and allow cavities to form more easily. Whitening toothpaste can cause the same side effects if used too excessively, especially because they’re abrasive. Ask us about tooth whitening toothpaste at your next dental appointment and we’ll recommend how often you should add it to your oral hygiene routine.
Before your whitening treatment, we’ll discuss if it’s the best treatment option for you. If you have fillings, crowns, implants or bridges, we may need to discuss other options. After whitening, it’s normal to feel some tooth sensitivity and gum irritation, but these side effects won’t last long. If they continue to last, you should contact us immediately.
It’s Not Just About Your Teeth. It’s About You Too.
Let us help you take control of your oral health again with our modern, state-of-the-art technology that we constantly evolve along with. Improving patient experience is very important to us as well as keeping every patient well-informed throughout any procedure. Call us today to schedule your next appointment.