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Getting a Better Understanding of Teeth Whitening

Today, more and more people (both men and women) are having their teeth whitened. It’s a sign of the times, and professional treatments at the dentist’s office have become quite commonplace. Overall, the formulated whitening agents are safe, and the finished results are better than ever. Clearly, teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure, and as patients demand brilliant results every time, their expectations are higher than ever. The fact is, natural human teeth aren’t supposed to look “super white” – and besides, every patient is different and every result will be different.

Whatever the advertising and marketing claims, there’s no procedure that will make teeth white as snow. The idea is simply to make the teeth as white as possible. The conventional rule is that successful whitening is achieved when the teeth match “the white of the eyes”. Just by example, a patient with exceptionally yellow teeth can expect to improve whiteness by two shades. But even with the highest quality whitening, finished results will vary with every patient. For one, there may be an improvement of three shades - for another, the improvement may be less noticeable.

Every patient experiences discoloured teeth for different reasons. Needless to say, patient age is one factor. For some, diet and their choice of foods may be a factor. And for some, cigarette smoking will be a definite factor. Regardless of specific cause, teeth whitening treatments should be managed under the supervision of a dentist. And while the aim of whiter teeth is generally cosmetic, an astute dentist will be able to assess and diagnose if there are any underlying reasons for the discoloration. Simply put, the dentist’s clinic is the right place for comprehensive care.

Like any treatment protocol, patients should have an understanding of teeth whitening. Being informed means making better decisions, and collaborating more productively with the dentist.  And with teeth whitening, its better that the treatment is customized to suit patient needs. All things considered, the in-office approach to teeth whitening is preferable to the various products and kits that are sold over-the-counter in retail stores. Professional teeth-whitening treatments have been clinically proven as safe, and without any compromise to the natural tooth enamel.

Great results aside, the best long-term outcomes for healthy teeth are achieved by a commitment to personal care. This is about taking care of one’s dental health:  having a good balanced diet; maintaining day-to-day oral hygiene; and visiting the dentist regularly. After all, teeth whitening may do wonders from a cosmetic perspective, but what’s far more important is the overall health condition of the teeth. At the Mackenzie Dental Centre, Dr. Lloyd Pedvis and the dental staff will provide that overall health care in a clinic environment that is both relaxing and comfortable.

Beyond teeth whitening procedures, the Mackenzie Dental Centre offers a wide scope of dental services for patients young and old. From regular checkups and exams, to more involved dental procedures, patients are always in the most capable hands with the Mackenzie dental team.

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