What should you ask your dentist?
You may want to start by speaking with your dentist. He or she can tell you whether whitening procedures would be effective for you. Whiteners may not correct all types of discoloration. For example, yellow-ish hued teeth will probably bleach well, brownish-colored teeth may bleach less well, and grayish-hued teeth may not bleach well at all. Likewise, bleaching may not enhance your smile if you have had bonding or tooth-colored fillings placed in your front teeth. The whitener will not effect the color of these materials, and they will stand out in your newly whitened smile.
In these cases, Dr. Randhawa can very well help you decide in favour of the right cosmetic choice for your individual needs, like porcelain veneers or dental bonding.
What is in-office bleaching?
Also called chair-side bleaching, the in-office teeth whitening may require one or more office visits. Each visit may take from 30 minutes to one hour. A bleaching agent is applied to the surfaces of teeth, and a special light may be used to enhance the action of the agent. The dentist will monitor the progress and in most cases you are done in less than an hour. Follow up touch up visits or home bleaching systems may be required in some cases.
What are at-home procedures and products?
There are several types of products available for use at home, which can either be dispensed by your dentist or purchased over-the-counter.
Toothpastes: All toothpastes help remove surface stain through the action of mild abrasives. "Whitening" toothpastes have special chemical or polishing agents that provide additional stain removal effectiveness. Unlike bleaches, these products do not alter the intrinsic color of teeth.
Bleaching solutions: These products contain peroxide(s), which actually bleach the tooth enamel. These products typically rely on percent carbamide peroxide as the bleaching agent. Peroxide-containing whiteners typically come in a gel and are placed in a mouthguard. Usage regimens vary. Some products are used for about twice a day for 2 weeks, and others are intended for overnight use for 1-2 weeks. Currently, however, only dentist-dispensed home-use 10% carbamide peroxide tray-applied gels carry the ADA Seal.
At Randhawa Dental we offer our patients custom-fitted bleaching trays that will fit your teeth precisely. We will dispense the home bleaching gel kit along with the detailed instructions on how exactly to use the system safely and effectively. We then follow it up to ensure the optimal results for our patients.
Our patients are always made aware of any possible side effects and how to handle them. For example, teeth can become sensitive during the period of bleaching. In many cases, this sensitivity is temporary and should lessen once treatment is finished. Some people also experience soft tissue irritation - mostly from a tray that doesn’t fit properly.
How should I choose a whitening product?
Schedule a visit to Randhawa Dental today and let Dr. Randhawa examine your teeth and then help you make the right choice.
Veneer - FAQS
How are LUMINEERS ™ BY CERINATE® different than traditional veneer procedures?
LUMINEERS BY CERINATE are unique in that they are contact lens-thin (approximately 0.2 mm) and super translucent. Traditional veneers are fused or bonded to teeth, and generally will need to grind down the tooth for a good fit. Since LUMINEERS are so thin, little to no tooth reduction is necessary. In addition, LUMINEERS resists micro- leakage and micro-cracking.
Are there any other LUMINEERS?
No. LUMINEERS can only be made from Cerinate porcelain. This revolutionary porcelain is crafted through a proprietary process unavailable anywhere other than Den-Mat Corporation, one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of professional dental materials.
I’ve heard that a veneer procedure hurts? Is that true with LUMINEERS?
Although some porcelain veneer procedures require tooth structure removal, LUMINEERS are completely different because there is no need for grinding, cutting or filing of teeth in almost all cases. Consequently, no anesthetic or numbing shots are needed. Plus, no uncomfortable temporaries are required while you wait for your LUMINEERS to be created. Once the procedure is completed, there is no post-placement discomfort or sensitivity, which means they will look natural and feel comfortable from the start.
I think I need braces, but I really don't want to go through the inconvenient, unsightly and time-intensive process. Can I get LUMINEERS instead?
In most cases, yes. An evaluation of your teeth will determine whether orthodontics is necessary. If you do not have a severe problem, LUMINEERS will change the shape and alignment of teeth, making them look straighter and more uniform.
How long will LUMINEERS last?
LUMINEERS have unparalleled longevity. Clinical testing has proven that LUMINEERS may last and look great for up to 20 years.
Can LUMINEERS be taken off if I want them removed?
Yes, LUMINEERS are completely reversible. This is largely due to the no reduction in sensitive tooth structure so that your natural teeth remain intact and strong.
With LUMINEERS, do I need to use a special toothpaste or floss a different way?
LUMINEERS are similar in structure to real tooth enamel. Consequently, you should always try to choose a low-abrasion toothpaste that will remove plaque, stain and tartar gently but effectively.
With LUMINEERS, can I still chew gum and eat my favorite sticky foods like corn or candy?
There are no limitations to what you can eat or drink as LUMINEERS are placed over original teeth in the most durable way possible. However you should continue your dental visits every 6 months for a check-up and cleaning to keep your LUMINEERS in good condition.