At Centre dentaire Dr Martin Turcotte, our dentists offer both in-office and take-home teeth whitening options to help our Trois-Rivières patients brighten their smiles.
What is Professional Teeth Whitening?
Professional teeth whitening is an effective way to safely remove stains and lighten the colour your teeth.
You may have noticed that the colour of your teeth appears more greyish or yellowish over time. This is due to superficial stains or aging.
The bleaching agents used during the teeth whitening treatment process are designed to reverse the effects of aging and staining, lightening the colour of your teeth.
How Teeth Whitening Works
Our dentists use peroxide-based whitening treatments to brighten our patients' smiles. Oxygen acts on the tooth enamel as the active ingredient breaks down, creating the whitening effect.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
The in-office teeth whitening process takes approximately 2 hours.
Before beginning the whitening treatment, our team will perform a thorough cleaning and examination of your teeth to make sure that you have no broken restorations or cavities.
During the whiten process, your dentist will first protect the soft tissues of your mouth then apply a thin layer of whitening solution on each of your teeth. This process will be repeated several times until the desired level of whiteness is achieved.
Take-Home Teeth Whitening
At Centre dentaire Dr Martin Turcotte, we offer at-home whitening options so you can whiten your teeth in the comfort of your home using custom whitening trays and professional whitening solution. Our at-home whitening treatments can help to restore the brightness of your smile.
Teeth Whitening FAQs
Read through the answers to our most frequently asked questions about teeth whitening at Centre dentaire Dr Martin Turcotte.
- How long do the effects of teeth whitening last?
Teeth whitening isn't a permanent solution way to brighten your smile.
If you continue to expose your teeth to foods and drinks that cause staining, you will likely begin to see the whiteness fade after a few months.
Avoiding these foods and beverages after your teeth whitening treatment, may mean that you only need a touch up after a year or so.
- Does teeth whitening make teeth more sensitive?
Sensitivity is a short-term side effect to teeth whitening. For most patients sensitivity fades away within a few days after a whitening session.
In order to minimize any discomfort, we recommend that you use an anti-sensitivity toothpaste prior to treatment and for at least two weeks following your treatment.
- Do teeth whitening products work on all stains?
Yellow and brown-coloured stains respond the best to teeth whitening treatments.
Grey, blue and purple-coloured stains tend not to respond to whitening treatments. For teeth with these types of stains, patients may be better candidates for cosmetic treatments such as dental veneers or crowns.
- Does teeth whitening work on dental restorations?
No, teeth whitening only works on natural teeth. It will not work on existing dental restorations such as veneers or dental crowns.
If veneers or crowns are part of your treatment plan, teeth whitening should take place before you receive your dental restorations.
- Will teeth whitening damage my tooth enamel?
Used under the supervision of a qualified dentist, it is very unlikely that teeth whitening will damage your dental enamel.
Always consult with your dentist to ensure that you are using teeth whitening products safely.
- Does insurance cover the cost of teeth whitening?
Dental insurance does not usually cover the cost of teeth whitening because it is a purely cosmetic procedure with no health benefits for your teeth.