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Dr. Chuck Galambos, DDS
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The Truth About Tooth Whitening, Bleaching, Brightening, and Cleaning

Most everyone wishes they had a whiter and brighter smile.  The truth is that it is easy to obatain.


Recently there have been many professions hopping on the bandwagon and trying to offer teeth whitening services.  Hair dressers, spas, tanning salons, etc, have all started to try to offer this service to their customers.   We think that it is fantastic that there is such an interest in having white and bright teeth, but we do have some serious concerns about some of these completely untrained and unregulated businesses possibly having health and medical impact upon customers by offering something which they have no real knowledge or experience with.  So in the interest of public health, we would like to give you the full details about Lethbridge teeth whitening to help you decide if it is right for you.


Home bleaching kits - these are kits which you can buy at your local department store or drug store in Lethbridge and apply them yourself at home.  Many of them are made by the same companies which manufacture tooth paste or tooth brushes.  Generally speaking, most of these kits are basically just a low percentage peroxide solution which is mixed with some sticky tape or paste, which when applied to the teeth helps to dissolve some of the surface stains away.  These kits do work to a small degree and contain so little active ingredient that there is little possibility of any complications arising from their use.


Internet bleaching kits - you can buy online bleaching kits which contain a much higher dose of the active ingredients to bleach your teeth.  These kits are very similar to those used by medically trained and experienced Dentists and Dental Hygenists use.  These kits work, but their application can be tricky and if not done correctly they can have a negative effect on your dental health.  Complications of using these kits incorrectly or too frequently or with too strong of a compound in them can include extremely sensative teeth, burned and inflammed gums, or damage to the enamel on your teeth.  These kits are great, but we cannot stress strongly enough that application of them at home or by the kid working in your local tanning salon is a huge health risk.


Cleaning and Scaling - before we attempt to whiten and brighten your teeth at our professional Lethbridge dental clinic, we do a proper scaling and cleaning of your teeth.  Basically, we remove all of the plaque and tartar that has built up and is covering the enamel of your teeth.  By doing this first, we know that the solution we apply will be able to go to work directly on the stained enamel.  This means that we do not need to use as much or as powerful a solution to achieve superior results to the home kits or internet kits.  By doing so, we lower the risk of having any problems and are safeguarding your health.  Think about it, trying to bleach your teeth while they are covered in a layer of plaque and tartar makes no sense.


Lethbridge Teeth Whitening (bleaching) - this is the process that a medically trained dental hygenist works to brighten your smile using a variety of compounds and treatments.  Sometimes it is the application of a brightening compount, other times it requires the use of a whitening system such as the Zoom teeth whitening system, other times we use our state of the art laser whitening method.  We use the procedure that we know will work best with your dental health and your budget, and which will give you the best results.  For our patients who see us on an annual basis, this is a quick and painless procedure that really lets others know that they take care of their teeth.  We want you to have the same white smile and be proud of your teeth.


If you are interested in having a brighter smile but really do not know where to start or are aprehensive about actually booking a dentist appointment, give us a call.  We would be please to have one of our staff speak with you, even set up a quick exploratory consultation, or schedule your for a cleaning.  It is up to you, we just want to give you something to smile about!

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