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Teeth Whitening Treatments

Whitening Your Way to a More Beautiful and Confident Smile

Impressions are taken to make models. The models are painted with a special gel that will create space for the bleaching material. A dental tray will be created that custom fits your teeth and ensures the optimal amount of whitening material will cover all your teeth. Bleaching occurs at home or in office (Zoom).

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Over 10 million patients have had their smiles brightened by a Zoom treatment. That’s why Third Street Dental brings you Zoom’s revolutionary whitening treatment to our clinic. Zoom delivers a noticeably whiter smile after their first use and their most radiant smile in just 7 days. Get superior whitening for a confident, beautiful smile.

We also offer Custom Home Bleaching treatments. Each type of teeth whitening procedure is designed to meet your needs for speedy results or control over time.

What Causes Teeth to Discolor?

There are many causes of teeth discoloration. Some of the most common include the consumption of colored foods and drinks (berries, curry, coffee, tea and red wine). Some medications, aging, smoking and trauma can also cause teeth discoloration. Also genetically some people are born with darker teeth.

Is Teeth Whitening Safe?

Yes. Thousands of clinical studies have concluded that whitening your teeth with bleaching material (carbamide/hydrogen peroxide) under the supervision of a dental professional is safe for teeth and gums.

What Are The Side Effects?

The most common side effect of whitening is tooth sensitivity. Your North Vancouver dentist is your best resource to ensure that you are a good candidate for whitening and that you are using the right concentration of whitening formula. The great thing about bleaching is that you are in control, you can bleach for as long and as often as you like. If your teeth get sensitive, stop, the sensitivity will go away. Furthermore we pre-treat all our patients with desensitizing agents such as potassium nitrate and amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP) to reduce or eliminate tooth sensitivity.

What is Custom Take Home Bleaching?

This involves creating a custom dental bleaching tray that will administer optimal amounts of bleaching material over the specific teeth we want to whiten. You typically wear these trays 2-3 hours a day for 1-2 weeks. The strength of Custom Take Home Bleaching is that you control the amount of time and concentration of bleaching treatment. Also the trays that we create for you can be used multiple times with minimal cost for bleaching material refills.

What is Zoom! Whitening?

Zoom bleaching uses a 32% Hydrogen Peroxide light activated gel to achieve rapid and powerful whitening results in just one visit. The procedure cannot be done at home because it requires a powerful ultraviolet (UV) laser lamp to activate the whitening material. It is this powerful UV light combined with the specially designed gel that makes the treatment exponentially faster than at-home whitening gels.

What’s the Difference Between Professional Dental Bleaching and Over-The-Counter Bleaching Kits (ex. Whitening Strips)?

Over-the-counter whitening kits are not customized to your teeth. Your teeth have many different angulations, color shades and fillings/crowns that don’t pick up over the counter bleaching kits. Whitening strips and paint-on kits have lower concentrations and are not applied uniformly therefore you get inconsistent results. Professional dental bleaching treatments have higher concentrations and the amounts administered are specific to your individual teeth. The whitening process is tailored to your needs by your dentist, with custom-fitted trays for at-home treatments or just the right light intensity and duration in the dentist’s office for Zoom treatments.

How Long Will My Whitening Results Last?

Whitening treatments help to reduce existing stains, but through the consumption of coffee, pigmented foods, smoking or just through natural aging, your teeth may eventually become discolored again. We typically see teeth staying lighter for 8-24 months. If you avoid food and drinks that stain your teeth and follow proper dental maintenance you can expect your teeth to stay lighter for an even longer period of time.

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