A beautiful smile could be much closer than you’d have thought. Many of our patients have achieved the look they’d previously dreamed of, simply by getting a teeth-whitening procedure.


What Westside Dental Centre Offers

Teeth whitening is an effective solution for restoring that lustrous smile. Over the course of several years, teeth can lose their bright shine due to the use of tobacco, drinking coffee or other dark-coloured liquids, or simply improper care or neglect. Tooth whitening helps to remove stains and discoloration. Whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures in West Kelowna as it can vastly improve how your teeth look.


Who Is Whitening For?

Whitening is not a catch-all solution. We recommend its use in tandem with an overall strategy that addresses the ongoing maintenance of proper oral health. Cavities need to be treated before teeth are whitened, because the whitening solution can pass through decayed areas and reach the inner parts of the tooth. If your gums have receded, the exposed roots of your teeth may be discolored, and whitening will not help this. If you have tooth decay or receding gums, whitening may make your teeth sensitive. Whitening also does not work on ceramic or porcelain crowns or veneers.


Expert Teeth Whitening Procedure

The outer layer of a tooth is called the enamel. Having smoother or rougher enamel also affects the reflection of light and therefore the color. The simplest whitening procedures we offer in Westbank entails a process of bleaching. Rest assured, we protect your gums by placing rubber shield or gel on first. The active ingredient is usually hydrogen peroxide or a similar substance; this allows oxygen to get into the enamel of the teeth, lightening their tone and shade of colour. Whitening doesn’t give a “totally white” look to teeth – it’s not a complete colour change, but rather lightens the existing shade of the teeth.


“Why can’t I just buy that ‘whitening’ stuff from the drugstore?”

That’s a question we hear quite often from curious patients. And why not? We all want to save money – when it’s feasible and prudent. Unfortunately, when it comes to the cheaper solutions available on the retail market, we must recommend against their use, as they can cause harm to the gums and teeth. Instead, we encourage you to speak with us about whitening treatments at Westside Dental Centre. We provide safer options, which are more effective and, in the long run, will deliver a greater value.