Who hasn’t dreamed of having a bright smile, worthy of the greatest Hollywood stars? Teeth whitening products, professional treatments or home methods, different solutions exist to improve the appearance of your teeth. It can be difficult to find the right solution for your teeth and your desires.
Our dentists in Montreal will provide you with advice on how to gain a few shades of white and explain the differences between professional treatments and those you can do at home.
How to whiten teeth professionally
Would you like to opt for a professionally provided treatment to regain a dazzling smile? You can have teeth whitening done at your dentist. Fast, safe and effective, our Montreal Montreal cosmetic dentistry clinic offer treatments tailored to your oral health.
Tooth whitening treatments offered by your dentist are often more effective and offer longer lasting results than at-home treatments. After a dental exam and teeth cleaning, your dentist will be able to tell you the reason for the yellowing and, most importantly, whether the use of whitening products is right for your teeth.
To take advantage of professional teeth whitening in Montreal, Clinique Dentaire 1935 offers its clients Philips Zoom. It is safe, effective and easy to use and the result is up to 8 shades lighter than before whitening.
1. In-clinic dental bleaching
The first solution proposed by your dentist to make your teeth white is dental bleaching. To do this, your practitioner will need to apply a whitening agent to the surface of your teeth. This product will act on the enamel to eliminate stains and lighten the colour of your teeth, creating the famous “white teeth” effect.
You should know that teeth whitening is not a permanent solution. Since the colour of a tooth varies from one person to another, the results of the procedure will also vary depending on the patient. In all cases, you can expect a two to three shade improvement with tooth whitening.
Our dental experts recommend that you repeat the procedure approximately every two years to ensure that your teeth are permanently white.
2. Outpatient bleaching
To complement teeth whitening, you can choose to perform outpatient bleaching. This technique aims to prolong the whiteness of your teeth, without having to visit your specialist.
Unlike the previous method, there are no special precautions to take to protect your gums, because the concentration of the whitening product is much lower. To apply the product, simply place the trays on your teeth after filling them with whitening gel (to be worn day or night as recommended for two or three weeks). Before using this technique, ask your dentist to prepare the enamel with a specific toothpaste one week before the whitening.
3. Teeth scaling
To complement the above methods or simply to replace them, you can make an appointment with your Montreal dentist to have your teeth scaled once or twice a year. Scaling removes tartar that has not been removed by brushing which brightens your smile and improves your oral hygiene and overall health of your gums.
How to whiten teeth at home
If you don’t want to go to your dentist to make your teeth whiter, there are several tips that will help you reduce the yellow colour of your teeth from home.
Whether using natural techniques or over-the-counter teeth whitening products, let us introduce you to some tips for whitening teeth at home.
4. Baking soda
Baking soda is a miracle tool in many areas, including making your teeth whiter. This natural descaler is known for its abrasive properties.
Once a week, you can replace your usual toothpaste with baking soda. Be careful, however, not to repeat this technique too often, as it tends to damage the enamel.
5. Sea salt
Iodine is an excellent element to make teeth white. Sea salt, which is extremely rich in iodine, is a great ally to help you with this task.
Just like baking soda, once a week you can mix a pinch of coarse salt with warm water and dip your toothbrush in the mixture to clean your teeth with it.
6. Whitening foods
Since the colour of your teeth is impacted by what you eat, it is important to focus on a healthy diet if you want to have white teeth. In fact, foods such as apple or mint have “cleaning” properties, which at the same time make your teeth feel whiter.
You can also drink a little lemon juice occasionally and rub half a lemon against your teeth for a few seconds. Don’t overdo this method, as the lemon can damage your enamel and the desired effect will be the opposite.
A tool for removing plaque and residue embedded between teeth, flossing is an excellent way to complement the use of other techniques with the goal of whiter teeth.
Flossing does not make teeth white on its own but is a complement to regular brushing. Be careful to avoid the gums when flossing.
8. Whitening toothpaste
Some toothpastes have been developed to enhance the whiteness of your teeth while maintaining good protection for them. Depending on the toothpaste chosen, the composition may differ and make the product more whitening.
Be careful, the use of this type of toothpaste can damage the enamel of your teeth. We invite you to ask your dentist about the best whitening toothpaste for you.
Contact the dentists at Clinique Dentaire 1935 for a whiter smile
Whether you prefer to choose a method performed by your dentist or use a homemade method, it is always wise to consult your Montreal dentist before starting any procedure to whiten your teeth.
If you have any questions about teeth whitening or if you would like to make an appointment, contact one of our dentists.