Professional advice about teeth whitening: 4 things you should know before you bleach

Want whiter teeth?

We hear you. Even though white is not the natural colour of most teeth, it seems these days that everybody wants more luster and brightness to their smile. We understand the confidence a whiter smile can bring, especially leading up to important life events such as weddings, graduations, or other events where you’ll be photographed and want to feel your best. Dental whitening is the most commonly requested cosmetic treatment at NEESH dental, and this blog explains 4 things you should know before you bleach. 


  1. Not everyone is eligible for teeth whitening treatments

Unfortunately, teeth whitening isn’t safe for everyone. A number of factors may prevent you from whitening safely, such as if you are pregnant or nursing, undergoing chemo or radiation therapies, if your enamel is cracked or if you have untreated cavities. Certain types of fillings and veneers may also determine your candidacy for whitening treatments. Before considering any kind of whitening treatment, find out if you are a candidate by asking your dentist or dental hygienist during your regular dental cleanings and checkups


  1. Your Saskatoon dentist can help you choose the whitening treatment best suited for your teeth
    Everyone’s teeth are different, and not all will respond to the same treatments in the same ways. There are several options for at-home or in-office dental whitening, and they all vary in cost, efficacy, and speed. When choosing your method, compare your investment of cost versus safety and time. Your dentist can explain all your options, weigh the pros and cons of each, and help you choose the best option for your individual dentition and circumstances.


You can even schedule a virtual appointment for a whitening consultation. 


  1. A professional cleaning before whitening gives you the best results

dentist with blue gloves cleaning patients mouthYou wouldn’t paint a car without first washing it, and you shouldn’t attempt to whiten teeth without removing buildups of plaque and debris, either—this could block or hinder the effectiveness and uniformity of the whitening treatment. 

Ideally, you should be getting your teeth cleaned twice per year—even if you brush and floss daily, there will always be buildup that home care can’t remove. If it has been more than 6 months since your last dental cleaning, you’ll need to get that taken care of before you whiten your teeth. 


  1. NEESH professional teeth whitening is fast, safe, and effective

ZOOM Whitening made a huge splash in the media after it was featured in popular makeover shows in the last decade. However, there are better, and more potent options available in the market. And like all new technology, BLOK dental is committed to thorough research to ensure that we keep up with the best of what is available.


We use a professional bleaching process that lightens the dentin and enamel of the teeth using a strong hydrogen peroxide solution, boosted with a mercury metal halide light to speed up the whitening as well as reduce patient sensitivity during application so the treatment is very quick and painless. This noninvasive treatment is the quickest, safest, most effective option to whiten teeth. 


Read our FAQ about in-office teeth whitening here


How to get longer lasting results 

Preventing dental discoloration and staining is the best way to ensure your whitening treatment gives you long lasting results. There are many reasons why teeth become stained or discoloured including tobacco use, and drinking dark beverages such as red wine, coffee, tea and cola. Limiting exposure to these will result in longer lasting results post-whitening, Keep smiling brighter, for longer! 

Find tips about how to eat and drink for whiter teeth in this blog Understanding Dental Stains

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