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Is Teeth Whitening Right for Me?

People who have discoloured teeth can often feel embarrassed about them. At Skyview Ranch Dental Clinic in Calgary, we want all our patients to feel proud and in control of their oral health. That’s why we offer cosmetic dentistry services, including teeth whitening options. To help you decide if teeth whitening is right for you, we thought we’d offer a few facts about the process.

What Causes Tooth Discolouration?

There are actually two common ways that teeth can become discoloured. First, you can stain the enamel that coats your teeth (with cigarette smoke, wine or coffee for example). Although there is a little variation in the exact colour from person to person, the enamel that coats your teeth tends to be more or less white. The most straightforward and simple way for your teeth to look a different colour is to have some substance stain the enamel, covering up the white colour. Stains are an excellent reason to get teeth whitening done by a professional dentist in Calgary.

Alternatively, the outer layer of enamel can also grow thinner, causing the material below it to show through, giving the appearance of stains on the outside of your teeth. Just below the layer of enamel on your teeth is another material called dentin. It’s a kind of yellowish colour so, if it’s showing through the enamel it will give the impression that your enamel is also a yellow colour. There are a few different reasons your enamel may thin over time, the most common of which is that it simply happens with age.

What’s the Right Teeth Whitening Solution for Me?
There are a lot of teeth whitening products that are available over the counter these days, however the most effective and safe way to get your teeth whiter is to have it done in-office by a trained Calgary dentist. As an expert, your dentist will not only be able to tell why your teeth appear to be discoloured but will know the exact treatment to most efficiently restore your smile. Furthermore, as a professional, your dentist will have access to stronger teeth whitening products that are not available over the counter to the general public.

The most common version of teeth whitening involves bleaching products. Unfortunately this only combats stains and doesn’t restore lost enamel. At Skyview Ranch Dental Clinic in Calgary, we offer chairside bleaching by a dentist that is an effective way to deal with persistent stains. If you need teeth whitening in the Calgary area, or any other dentistry services, contact us today to find out how we can help you get your smile back.

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