Are you worried about your smile? Have you noticed discoloration or staining? If you’re on the search from a brighter smile in Vancouver, you’re certainly not alone.
“Darkening often occurs as people get older, “explains Shelley Smith, the owner and operator of Pearl Teeth Whitening Spa in Vancouver. “This is one of the reasons white smiles are associated with youth and vigor.”
As a Registered Dental Hygienist, Shelley has worked in the field of oral health for over 14 years. “Yellowing or staining can be caused by many factors: medication, food, genetics, tooth decay, root canal issues, or some other tooth trauma,” explains Shelley.
Many products and services are available to fix discoloration. The list is extensive and includes:
In-Office Whitening or Bleaching
This method simply involves an application of stronger whitening agents than found in toothpaste.
At Home Whitening Kits
This typically involves whitening agents used in a tray that fits over the teeth.
Lasers catalyze peroxide compound that applied to the teeth, causing a chemical reaction that destroys or loosen the stains
A tooth-colored material is applied (or bonded) to the outside of the tooth.
Veneers work similarly to that of bonding, except the outside of the tooth is covered with a thin, porcelain shell.
“While it’s easy enough to whiten teeth, the health and beauty of your smile is important for more than cosmetic reasons,” warns Shelley. “Certain bacteria found in the mouth have been linked to heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and even cancer.”
While a great smile is important, good oral health is key to healthier, longer life. “Getting your teeth whitened is great,” says Shelley. “But it’s no substitute for brushing and flossing. A whitening regime along with good oral habits are key to optimizing your beauty and health.
Emma Johnson is the owner of Pearl Boutique, a clinic that specializes in teeth whitening. She is a registered dental hygienist and completed her diploma at Camosun College, which offers one of the best recognized dental hygiene programs in Canada. Emma also holds a health science degree in kinesiology from the University of the Fraser Valley.