Having bright, attractive teeth can boost your self-confidence. But our teeth don't always look as white as we'd like them to. A variety of factors contribute to staining such as drinking coffee, dark soft drinks, red wine or tea, or smoking. Did you know that teeth whitening is a relatively inexpensive way to enhance a faded smile? You've probably seen many different over the counter products that claim to whiten teeth to varying degrees, but the strongest and fastest acting whitening solutions are only available in the dental office.
At Mission Park Dental in Kelowna, we offer take home whitening kits that are custom made to fit your teeth, allowing you to apply the bleaching gel at your convenience. In order to achieve the desired results, you will need to stick with Dr. Wong's prescribed course of treatment.
Potential side effects include teeth sensitivity or gum irritation which are usually minor and clear up in a short time. Dr. Wong can tell you if you are likely to develop tooth sensitivity based on the current condition of your teeth and gums. Keep in mind that teeth whitening will not affect the shade of existing crowns, veneers, or fillings. Whitening is not permanent but it is possible to slow the fading process by avoiding foods and habits that cause staining, and by doing minor bleaching touch ups every so often. Most importantly studies have found teeth whitening to be safe when used as directed. Teeth whitening is the most popular and cost effective way to dramatically enhance your smile.