Teeth Whitening Services in Victoria
Do you avoid smiling in pictures or during social situations because you’re self-conscious about the colour of your teeth? You're not alone. Teeth staining and discolouration can happen to anyone. At Dr. Crapo & Associates in Victoria, we believe that having a bright and healthy smile is a great way to make a positive first impression. It gives you confidence and makes you feel great. Contact us today for more information about our safe and effective in-office teeth whitening services.
Why professional teeth whitening is best
Tooth whitening has become extremely popular with the increase of over-the-counter kits. However, these kits are typically unreliable, and the results are short-lived. Plus, people with sensitivity issues may not react well to them.
Instead, many people turn to professional, in-office teeth whitening as it’s safer and more reliable for your gums and teeth. Moreover, professional whitening treatments provide better, longer-lasting results than at-home box kits.
What leads to tooth discolouration?
Some factors that contribute to teeth staining include:
Poor oral hygiene. Inadequate brushing and flossing can lead to tooth discolouration.
Smoking. Smoking leads to the build-up of plaque, which stains your teeth. Additionally, the nicotine and tar in tobacco can cause teeth to turn yellow or brown over time.
Diet. Consuming lots of staining drinks, such as tea, coffee and wine can stain your teeth.
Aging. As you age, your teeth enamel can get worn down, leading to teeth staining and other oral problems.
Professional teeth whitening can help lighten the shade of your teeth and enhance your smile.
When should you avoid teeth whitening?
Although in-office teeth whitening is safe and effective for most people, here are some conditions which might preclude you from undergoing this treatment:
Presence of crowns or bridges
It’s important to speak to your dentist to make sure that tooth whitening is the right procedure for you.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
If you're considering teeth whitening, you probably have some questions. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions we get.
Is teeth whitening safe?
Yes. Professional teeth whitening is a safe and effective choice for brightening your smile.
How does teeth whitening work?
Professional teeth whitening treatments typically involve applying concentrated hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide solution to the surface of stained teeth. The bleach breaks up the stains, making the colour less concentrated, and resulting in brighter, whiter teeth.
Are there different kinds of teeth whitening methods?
There are various types of in-office whitening treatments. However, most involve using hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide gel combined with high-intensity light, like LED, UV or halogen. The light helps break apart the gel faster, speeding up the whitening process.
How long does teeth whitening last?
The results from over-the-counter kits only last a few months, while the results from a professional in-office treatment can last anywhere from one to three years. However, results vary from person to person.
Is teeth whitening painful?
Most patients don't feel any pain during or after in-office teeth whitening procedures. However, some people’s teeth are sensitive to peroxide. This can cause temporary tooth sensitivity when drinking or eating hot or cold products but usually goes away with time.
How to keep your teeth white
If you want to keep your teeth looking their best after a professional tooth whitening session, you should:
Keep up with your oral health care routine. Brush and floss twice a day and use mouthwash to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Regular visits to the dentist for cleanings and checkups are also important.
Avoid staining foods and beverages. Foods and drinks like red wine, coffee, cola and tomatoes contain chromogens, pigments that can stain your teeth. Remember to rinse your mouth with water or brush your teeth after enjoying these items.
Use a whitening toothpaste. Whitening toothpastes contain mild abrasives that can help remove surface stains.
Quit smoking. Quitting smoking can help keep your teeth looking whiter and healthier, as well as improve your overall health.
Additionally, Dr. Crapo & Associates recommends periodic in-office touch-up treatment to help maintain the brightness of your smile.
Professional in-office teeth whitening services in Victoria
Whitening your teeth is a simple and effective way to boost your confidence and enhance your overall appearance. If you're interested in professional teeth whitening services in Victoria, contact Dr. Crapo & Associates today. Results vary from patient to patient, but our patients are usually very happy with their whiter smiles! We also offer dental implants and root canal therapy.
A beautiful smile
Kathleen’s story is rather unique. She suffered a stroke in February 2011 and had to concentrate on pressing health concerns, which limited her ability to look after her oral health. When she first came to us, her fears of having all of her teeth pulled were quickly put to rest: we set up a plan that focused on properly caring for and supporting her existing teeth. She made her teeth a priority, and it payed off in the shape of a beautiful smile. All it took was the courage to make her first appointment, which she did on her own.
“I came to Dr. Crapo to see if I could save my teeth, and get my smile back basically. My job requires me to be in front of people, and speaking. So obviously… I was worried about my presentation… [The team has been] very helpful. They take care of you, right from the hygienists to the billing service: dealing with your benefits carrier. I wanted to get my smile back… I think I got my smile back!”