In most cases, the natural colour of teeth falls within a range of light greyish-yellow shades. Teeth naturally darken with age, and their appearance can be affected by the accumulation of surface stains from tobacco products and certain foods and drinks.
Teeth are made of a porous material, which will naturally stain over the course of time. The level of discolouration depends on your eating and drinking habits, as well as your age and the quality of your natural teeth. Deeply pigmented foods and drinks such as red wine, cranberry juice, cherries, and especially coffee and tea play a major role in teeth staining. Smoking cigarettes will permanently darken the teeth to an ugly grayish-yellow shade. Long-term use of certain medications, such as some antibiotics, can also discolour teeth.
In addition, the perceived colour of teeth is drastically affected by skin tone and makeup. Regardless of the true hue of their teeth, people who have darker skin or use dark makeup will appear to have brighter, whiter teeth.
Although teeth are not naturally meant to be completely white, many Canadians want a brighter smile. Responding to this desire, manufacturers have made a wide range of whitening options available to consumers. Such products fall into two main categories: surface whiteners and bleaches.
It should be noted that Health Canada views claims related to teeth whitening as being cosmetic in nature. These claims must be accurate so as not to mislead the public. However, the regulator tolerates some puffery or exaggeration. As a consequence, the results of a whitening treatment may not be as dramatic as the consumer originally expected.
Special Protection During Whitening
Your dentist at Sunrise Dental Clinic in Coquitlam takes special care to isolate your gums and lips with a protective material in order to prevent any potential damage or burning of the soft tissue. (Home whitening kits usually have a lower concentration of peroxide.)
Home Teeth-Whitening Kits
Take-home whitening kits provide more permanent results with consistent use over a longer time frame, whereas Zoom in-office teeth whitening at our Coquitlam dental clinic offers immediate results. A combination of the two approaches is a better solution to both immediate and long-term whitening needs.
Philips Zoom is the fastest and most efficient way to whiten your teeth. Scientific research has proved that the Zoom teeth whitening technique performed by your Coquitlam dentist is actually very safe and effective. The Zoom whitening gel and special light do not affect the quality or hardness of teeth.