Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening, North Vancouver

Teeth whitening has evolved into one of the most popular aesthetic dental treatments available. In fact, many dental professionals consider teeth whitening the safest cosmetic procedure available. With Philips Zoom, Third Street Dental can provide a whitening plan that’s specially customized to your unique needs and smile. Philips Zoom is an option that we offer that involves whitening in our office. This is the fastest tooth whitening option which is done in conjunction with an LED technology.

For those preferring a take home option, we have custom take-home whitening kits. Each type of teeth whitening procedure is designed to meet your needs for fast and effective results.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Zoom teeth whitening?

    Zoom bleaching uses a 32% Hydrogen Peroxide light activated gel to achieve rapid and powerful whitening results in just one visit. The procedure cannot be done at home because it requires a powerful ultraviolet (UV) laser lamp to activate the whitening material. It is this powerful UV light combined with the specially designed gel that makes the treatment exponentially faster than at-home whitening gels.

  • What is custom take home bleaching?

    This involves creating a custom dental bleaching tray that will administer optimal amounts of bleaching material over the specific teeth we want to whiten. You typically wear these trays 2-3 hours a day for 1-2 weeks. The strength of Custom Take Home Bleaching is that you control the amount of time and concentration of bleaching treatment. Also the trays that we create for you can be used multiple times with minimal cost for bleaching material refills.

  • Is teeth whitening safe?

    Yes, many studies have proven that teeth whitening is safe under the administration of a dental professional. The process does not cause permanent damage to the enamel or any other tooth structure. Teeth whitening is not recommended for pregnant or lactating women, or children under 13.

  • What’s the difference between professional dental teeth whitening and whitening strips?

    Through professional dental teeth whitening, you’ll be able to see significant results within an hour. Comparatively, it can take weeks too see good results with whitening strips, if any at all. Whitening strips only work on natural tooth enamel, not dental restorations like crowns and bridges. Professional teeth whitening takes the guesswork out; you get a teeth whitening treatment that is personalized to your medical history, the type and extent of your stains, and any dental restorations you have.

  • What’s the difference between professional dental teeth whitening and whitening toothpaste?

    Whitening toothpastes contain abrasives that can wear down your tooth enamel over time. Alternatively, professional teeth whitening lightens the shade of your teeth through a bleaching agent that is customized to your oral needs. This treatment is accompanied by safety measures to protect your gums and oral cavities in the process.

  • Are there any possible side effects?

    The most common side effect to teeth whitening is teeth and gum sensitivity. This is caused by the enamel pores opening during the process, but the sensitivity will lessen as minerals in your saliva help the healing process. To minimize any temporary discomfort, we will perform a sensitivity treatment prior to your in-office treatment. This will ensure that you are a good candidate and using the right concentration of whitening formula.

  • How long will my teeth whitening results last?

    You can expect your whitening results to last around a year, though the exact length is dependent on both genetics and habits. Consuming staining foods and beverages, such as coffee and tea, and smoking can limit the longevity of treatment results. However, you can easily keep your smile bright between treatments with the Zoom Whitening Pen.

  • Does teeth whitening damage existing dental restorations?

    No. Dental restorations, like crowns, bridges and veneers, do not bleach. Therefore, any previous dental work may need to be replaced following a teeth whitening process if you want to match the new shade of your teeth.

  • What causes teeth to discolour?

    There are many causes of teeth discolouration. Some of the most common include the consumption of coloured foods and drinks (berries, curry, coffee, tea and red wine). Some medications, aging, smoking and trauma can also cause teeth discolouration. Also genetically some people are born with darker teeth.

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