Your Top 7 Teeth Whitening Questions Answered by a Local Calgary Dentist

Your Top 7 Teeth Whitening Questions Answered by a Local Calgary Dentist

We don’t know about you, but we often wish our teeth were just a little whiter when we are reviewing our team photos.  That said, we decided to see what ‘people also ask’ Google when researching teeth whitening.  From there, we sat down with a local Calgary dentist, Dr. Jan Jaffer, and asked him the following:

  • What causes yellow teeth?
  • What is the best way to whiten your teeth?
  • What types of teeth whitening are available?
  • Is teeth whitening bad for your teeth?
  • Is it possible to whiten your teeth in one day?
  • How long does teeth whitening last?
  • How much does teeth whitening cost?

What causes yellow teeth?

Yellow teeth are caused in part by genetics as we all have different colors of teeth.  How our teeth change over time is based on what we actually end up eating or drinking.  For example coffee, soda, red wine and even red pasta sauces can cause some staining on the teeth.

What is the best way to whiten your teeth?

The best way to whiten your teeth is using some sort of bleaching product.  Many people have tried whitening toothpastes and baking soda but at the end of the day the bleach that you can get from your dental office or pharmacy tends to be the safest.

 

What types of teeth whitening are available?

The types of teeth whitening available include white strips from the pharmacy, take home bleaching kits from your dental office and in-office bleaching.  Essentially, how acidic the bleach is determines how powerful it ends up being on your teeth.  Ultimately the quality and strength of bleach is important in determining how white your teeth are going to get and how long the results will end up lasting.

 

Is teeth whitening bad for your teeth?

When used in moderation, teeth whitening is not bad for your teeth.  I like to explain teeth whitening like bleaching clothes, to some extent.  Putting a small amount of bleach in your washing machine to brighten clothes is fine however bleaching every day or using large amounts will cause some damage.  The bleaches that you are getting from your dental office are safe and removing surface stains and not getting inside of the teeth or weakening them, depending again on how much you’re using and how often.

 

Is it possible to whiten your teeth in one day?

Yes, it can be possible to whiten your teeth in one day depending on the status of your oral health.  There are some types of bleach where you can come into a dental office and they can do a couple of different sessions in the same day to really achieve a marked difference from the start to the finish in just a couple of hours.

 

How long does teeth whitening last?

Teeth whitening results can last between 6 to 12 months.  We recommend that our patients are bleaching their teeth every 6 to 12 months, but again not every day.  You typically bleach your teeth first the most.  By that I mean, if you get some take home bleach, you may use it for 4 – 10 days in a row initially and then consider a single tube of bleach every 6 – 12 months, depending on your coffee or red wine intake.   

 

Can I use peroxide and baking soda to whiten my teeth?

When looking at different types of teeth whitening material, we use hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide for our active ingredients in the bleach.  Many people try baking soda or activated charcoal and when you are using those, you are actually just trying to scrub off the surface of the tooth.  This doesn’t actually work that well and we want to ensure that we are not causing damage to the tooth or gums with abrasive materials, so the bleach really is the safest option.

 

How much does teeth whitening cost?

The cost of teeth whitening can range between $50 – $500.  If you are looking at something over the counter, such as whitening strips, these range between $50 – $100.  Whereas take home bleach from our dental offices costs $150 and our in-office whitening typically ranges between $400 – $500.

 

How can I find out more information about teeth whitening and what option would be best for me?

You can visit https://trecdental.com/#locations to find an office near you and request a New Patient Examination appointment.  For optimal results, we do recommend that you’ve had your teeth professionally cleaned prior to whitening them.


Disclaimer:  This post is for informational purposes only and not intended as professional medical advice.  To see if teeth whitening is a suitable option for you, please book an appointment with a licensed oral health care provider.  Images are provided for informational purposes only.  Individual results will vary and not all patients are candidates for treatment.

Take home LED Teeth Whitening kit on sale at participating TREC Dental Calgary locations
Portraits in the Park: A Fundraiser for the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation

Portraits in the Park: A Fundraiser for the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation

Every month, as a part of our Team Challenge, TREC Dental selects a local charity that we would like to support.  For the month of August, we are hosting a “Portraits in the Park” fundraiser for the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation (ACHF).

As such, on Sunday August 22, 2021 at Edworthy Park – Picnic Site 1, for a minimum donation of $25, we will be offering mini portrait sessions for anyone looking to have a “Pinterest-worthy” photo opportunity.  All proceeds will be donated to the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation and an official receipt for income tax purposes will be issued.

Your support for the Alberta Children’s Hospital helps provide kids with the best family centered care possible right in our own community – here when you need it.  The Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation aims to inspire our community to invest in excellence in child health, research and family centered care.

The TREC Dental family is a group of locally owned clinics that believe in giving back in our communities and internationally.  We are very excited to support such an important cause and look forward to seeing you at our “Portraits in the Park’ fundraiser.

If you are interested in a photo session, please click here to sign up indicating your preferred time of day and one of our event planners will contact you.  

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation, please click here to do so.

Introducing the TREC Community Cares Project

Introducing the TREC Community Cares Project

The TREC Dental Foundation is excited to announce the TREC Community Cares Project.  A fundraising initiative that partners with various local charities and community associations throughout Calgary.

From April 1 – June 30, 2021, in addition to supporting our team selected monthly charities, we will be supporting the following community initiatives:

1. Sage Meadows Dental proudly supports the Symons Valley Park Project 

A casual game of ice hockey on the weekend. A summer evening laughing with friends around a fire pit. A quiet walk in the natural forest to unwind after a busy day. With Symons Valley Park, you’ll be able to do this and more, while staying right here in the neighbourhood. 

Located south of Sage Hill Crossing along Symons Valley Parkway, Symons Valley Park is within walking and biking distance for many area residents and a short, 5-minute or less drive from anywhere in the neighbourhood.

2. Our newest clinic location, University District Dental, proudly supports the UCalgary Fund

Gifts to the UCalgary Fund are a vital source of institutional momentum. Student financial aid, faculty development, emerging programs for students, library and technology resources, and facilities renovation — these opportunities, and many more, are possible because of unrestricted gifts to the UCalgary Fund.

3. Wildwood Dental proudly supports the White Oak Playground Project

Did you know that the White Oak Playground Project is a recently completed First Nations inspired space?  “The goal of the project is to increase knowledge of Indigenous history and to give children the opportunity to explore the rich cultural heritage of the land which the playground is located on.”  

Each clinic will donate $25 from the sale of each take home whitening kit to their respective Community Cares project as well as an additional $5.00 every time someone shares the corresponding post from each clinic’s social media account.

Building stronger communities together!

We are hosting a Snack Drive to help feed hungry kids via BB4CK

We are hosting a Snack Drive to help feed hungry kids via BB4CK

This month we are hosting a Snack Drive for Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids.

“For 30 years, BB4CK has been feeding hungry kids in our city. Food nourishes us. Brings us together. Connects us. From enjoying a family meal to trading sandwiches in the cafeteria, some of the best memories are built over food. Hungry people can’t focus, can’t learn, can’t grow to be their best.

When kids don’t have food, they can’t reach their potential, and they miss out on key childhood experiences. They don’t make friends as easily, they have a harder time learning, they miss more school and are sick more often.

The BB4CK community is committed to ensuring that every kid in every school in our city has the lunch they need to flourish.

We feed kids who would otherwise go without.”

For more information, please visit: www.bb4ck.org

Help us Make Bullying Extinct!

Help us Make Bullying Extinct!

Make BULLYING Extinct Colouring Contest!

Want to join us in making a difference? 

This month we’re raising awareness about Pink Shirt Day!

Join us in a colouring contest for your chance to win a T-REC Dinosaur ‘Make Bullying Extinct’ T-Shirt.

You can download the file for the colouring contest here.

Bullying is a major problem in our schools, workplaces, homes, and online. Over the month of February, and throughout the year, CKNW Kids’ Fund’s Pink Shirt Day aims to raise awareness of these issues, as well as raise funds to support programs that foster children’s healthy self-esteem.  

Visit: Pink Shirt Day for more information.

 

Anti-bullying campaign colouring page
More Chocolate, No Cavities

More Chocolate, No Cavities

Dr. Roger Lucas is a board-certified pediatric dentist in Washington, and the author of More Chocolate, No Cavities, available on Amazon. After recently attending a Zoom lecture where he discussed the highlights of his book, I was interested enough to read it in its entirety over the holiday break.

 

As it turns out, this book is an excellent guide to keeping children (or anyone with teeth!) cavity-free. There are discussions about how cavities are formed, dental myths, and answers to common questions relating to pediatric dentistry. Here are the 3 main principles Dr. Lucas shares to ensure your child is not doomed to a mouth filled with cavities, even if they have “bad genetics”.

 

  • Brush teeth every night to remove bacteria. No food, and only water to drink afterwards. Yes, dentists always preach brushing and flossing at least two times a day. However, one “perfect” brush with the help from a parent is better than two less-than-perfect times by the young child unsupervised.
  • Do not graze or sip all day. This tip is about the frequency of your teeth having to fight off sugar assault. Cavities are more likely if food or sugary drinks are being consumed constantly throughout the day. Feed children at designated meal and snack times (5-6 times a day). Drink only water between meals, no juice or milk.
  • Eat teeth-friendly foods. More chocolate, less CRACKERS. This tip is a little more provocative because it seems counterintuitive, but trust me, the book explains it all. Is it practical to completely eliminate all sugary foods from a child’s diet? It is possible, but in most cases, not likely. So, we need to pick foods that do not linger in the mouth for extended periods of time. Specifically, dry crackers and cereal have an amazing ability to stick to teeth and wreak havoc on enamel. Basically, more crackers = more holes in teeth = more trips to the dentist. For snack time, try to choose fruits, veggies, nuts, and cheese. But, when the kiddos need a little something extra, I recommend some dark chocolate or ice cream that can be easily washed away by saliva, than those pesky crackers that are not.

 

This list just barely scratches the surface of cavity prevention, but the principles here are practical, and I believe reasonable to implement into real life. Studies show that over 60% of children have cavities by the age of 5. I am always happy to chat more about how to make your child one of the “unusual” ones, and help you keep them cavity-free!

 

Happy smiling 🙂

 

 

Written by: Dr. Cheyanne Olsen, Crestmont Dental