Transform Your Smile with Professional Teeth Whitening - My Medical Club

Safest, fastest and least expensive makeover? How to see stunning results!

Professional Teeth Whitening can Jumpstart Your Makeover

Procedure Canada/USA Mexico
Professional Teeth Whitening $1,500.00 $70.00

results of professional teeth whitening

If you're looking for a makeover pick-me-up, look no further than a professional teeth whitening.

As Connie Stevens says, “nothing you wear is more important than your smile.”

It must be that lots of people agree, as the global market in 2021 for the teeth whitening industry is predicted to be $6.5 billion USD, with future growth estimated at over $8 billion by 2026.

Everybody wants the whitest and brightest smile possible, but sometimes stain buildup can leave your smile looking less than brilliant. Teeth can become discoloured by drinking coffee, tea or red wine and some foods can be culprits as well. Think of beets and blueberries. Smoking definitely has a less than happy effect and some medications can also cause your teeth to turn dull and look gray. So when your grin turns to glum ...

What are the choices for whitening your teeth?

There are basically two different types of whitening procedures.

1. Chemical teeth whitening will address underlying or built-in discoloration (the actual internal colour of the teeth).

2. Mechanical teeth whitening will treat acquired or outer stains that form on the teeth. An example here is the use of abrasives added to toothpaste to remove surface stains.

Can You Whiten Your Teeth in One Day?

Yes, an in-office (chemical) treatment will provide immediate results. Mechanical whitening takes a lot more patience.

Over-the-Counter vs In-Office

The biggest difference between these is that, with an in-office visit; your dentist will use a higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide solution; often as high as 35%. The DIY approach (that you do yourself, at home) will be anywhere from 7 to 10% strength.

DIY with at-home whitening products

a) whitening pens and gels – barely effective. The very low level of peroxide means, even with keeping it on for 15 minutes to a half hour, you will notice very little difference.

b) toothpastes - some are better than others. Look for toothpaste that contains kaolin clay, which is abrasive enough to remove surface stain molecules without causing damage to the enamel. Calprox has also been proven to reverse stains from smoking. You must wait for at least 30 days before seeing results from whitening toothpastes.

c) whitening strips – more effective. You must wear the strips for 30 minutes a day for the duration of treatment; which varies from product to product. They work by applying peroxide directly to the teeth. Unfortunately, they reach the front 6 to 8 teeth only and are not very accommodating to the natural arch shape. Usually whitening strips will show results in from 5 to 14 days.

MMC Tip: You might think that the DIY approach will be less costly than an in-office appointment. Consider, however, the time factor. At home products will need to be applied more frequently and you will need more treatments to have the same result as one visit to your dentist.

How much does professional teeth whitening cost? In Canada/USA? In Mexico?

The average cost of getting your teeth whitened by a dentist in Canada or the USA is between *$400.00 to $1,500.00.

In Mexico, you can have the same procedure done for approximately *$70.00 – unbelievable, but true!

*prices quoted in USD

MMC Tip: If you opt for an over-the-counter product and start noticing translucent edges to the teeth or experience sensitivity on a regular basis, it's a sign you might be overdoing things. If this is the case, talk to a dentist immediately.

Benefits of professional in-office whitening

When you make an appointment for a professional (in-office) whitening with a qualified dentist, there are a number of advantages.

First, they will perform a professional teeth cleaning to remove any tartar of plaque.

They will also check for any cracks, cavities or issues with your gum lines so as to ensure there is no irritation from the whitening process.

It’s always a great idea to start with pictures of your teeth and then carefully choose your desired end shade. A good dentist will help with this and ensure an ideal match for your skin tone. (You want to look awesome, but also natural.)

Before and after pictures are always fun to look at but will also act as a guide to make sure you get the results you want.

After the shade has been determined, the dentist will place a cheek-retractor in your mouth, which exposes your teeth completely for treatment. Then, they will apply a protective resin or gel that will harden to keep your gums from being irritated.

Then the actual bleaching gel is applied and left to sit and work for upwards to half an hour or so.

Before the advent of laser technology, this was the extent of a teeth whitening treatment.

Zoom professional teeth whitening

What is Laser teeth whitening and how does it work?

Laser technology has changed the way in which many functional and cosmetic procedures are performed and dentistry solutions are no exception. Laser teeth whitening is an extremely effective way to remove stains and discoloration from the teeth, leaving them whiter and brighter than before.

Heat from the laser is what is needed to create a chemical reaction with the bleaching gel to break down and eradicate stains. How long this takes depends on how many teeth are being treated. A laser emits an extremely narrow beam of light which means that each tooth must be whitened individually.

What is Zoom teeth whitening and how does it work?

Zoom treatment is very similar to laser teeth whitening. The eyes, lips and gums are protected and then the Zoom hydrogen peroxide mixture is applied to the teeth. This gel must stay on your teeth for 15 minutes, during which time a Zoom lamp that emits a blue plasma light will be switched on. This chair-side, UV lamp can target all your teeth at once, thereby causing the chemical reaction to lighten and whiten your teeth.

It’s recommended that the Zoom process be followed for three, 15-minute sessions with the Zoom lamp. This totals a treatment time of 45 minutes, as the three sessions are performed back to back. The old gel is removed and new applied between each session.

Many patients see such a significant improvement that no further appointments are needed.

What are the differences between Laser teeth whitening and Zoom teeth whitening?

There are several differences that you should consider before making your choice. Probably the most significant one is that Zoom reaches all of your teeth at the same time, whereas Laser is done one tooth at a time.

A benefit then, of the Zoom process, is consistency and uniformity of results. This works best when all the teeth are dull or stained and you’re looking for a brighter smile overall.

A benefit of the Laser process is you can target one, or several teeth only, that need to be whitened. If you have one or two especially stained teeth, Laser treatment might be the best fit.

Please remember that any veneers, crowns, bonding and caps are not lightened by either treatment.

Zoom filters out infrared energy so you have less exposure to extended infrared emissions. This also means that your teeth are not as vulnerable to the heat that is generated during Laser whitening.

Zoom has been found to whiten teeth faster; however Laser whitening can be easier to tolerate. Zoom requires 3 back to back sessions and can be uncomfortable for those who have sensitive teeth.

Discuss the pros and cons with your My Medical Club specialized dentist to decide which procedure is best for you and the results you want.

What are the side effects of teeth whitening?

One possible side effect of the whitening process is a tingling or zapping along the gums and teeth, like small electric shocks. With professional teeth whitening, the dentist will be closely monitoring this and stop the whitening if it becomes too uncomfortable. The high concentration of hydrogen peroxide can cause these shocks and it’s the body’s natural way of saying that it’s time to stop.

Another side effect is sensitivity – both to temperature and to new staining.

Your teeth will be dehydrated and for the first 48 hours, pores in the enamel are open so you can absorb stains faster than before.

During this time, it’s very important to not eat or drink things that will contribute to staining. Examples are coffee, tea, spaghetti sauce, blueberries, red wine. Anything that could stain a white t-shirt is off limits. If you absolutely can’t survive without coffee, drink it with a straw. That way, only the backs of your teeth are exposed. Please also make sure to rinse your mouth with water right after so no residue remains on your teeth.

After several days, your teeth will have regained their moisture and the new colour is locked in.

MMC Tip: If you plan to continue with any other cosmetic work such as veneers or implants, wait about a week before choosing the shade. Leave enough time for your teeth to be rehydrated.

Is professional teeth whitening painful?

Generally, no. There is no need for anesthetic or “freezing” of any kind. The only discomfort could be the little electric jolts from the increased sensitivity of your teeth to the peroxide mixture.

There is a dental creme called MI Paste that will help soothe the nerves inside your teeth, if you require something to help with the sensitivity. The paste usually takes about 5 to 10 minutes to provide relief. You could also take an anti-inflammatory such as Advil or Ibuprofen and this will calm the nerves that became inflamed during the whitening treatment.

Aftercare

It's important to note that one treatment doesn't necessarily mean your teeth are eternally white. Your teeth can become stained again by exposing them to the same things that stained them in the first place.

Professional teeth whitening is not intended as a substitute for cleaning teeth. It’s important to follow the usual oral hygiene routine of daily brushing, flossing, rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash and of course, regular visits with your dentist.

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