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Most individuals naturally have teeth in a range of light greyish-yellow shades, which can darken over time due to aging and the accumulation of surface stains from tobacco products, certain foods, or drinks.

It's worth noting that the perception of tooth color can also be influenced by factors like skin tone and makeup. People with darker skin or those who use dark makeup may appear to have brighter teeth, regardless of their actual tooth color.

While teeth aren't naturally meant to be pure white, many Canadians desire a brighter smile. In response to this demand, a variety of "whitening" options have become available, falling into two main categories: surface whiteners and bleaches.

Health Canada categorizes claims related to tooth whitening as cosmetic. These claims must be accurate and not misleading, although some degree of exaggeration is tolerated. Consequently, the results of whitening treatments may not always meet consumers' high expectations.

Most bleaching products are peroxide-based and have the potential to alter the color of the tooth itself. However, not all tooth discolorations respond to bleaching treatments. Individuals considering tooth bleaching should consult with Dr. Ed Hoben to determine the cause of tooth discoloration and whether bleaching will produce the desired outcome. This is especially important for patients with fillings, root canal treatments, crowns, or extremely dark stains on their front teeth.

It's crucial to undergo bleaching treatment under the supervision of Dr. Ed Hoben. Tooth bleaching performed in a controlled dental office setting can be safe and effective, but newer in-office vital tooth-bleaching techniques, including those using lasers and lights, require further scientific evaluation.

Home-use tooth-bleaching systems are available to the general public, either through Dr. Ed Hoben or various retail outlets. Clinical studies support the safety and effectiveness of home-use bleaching gels when used correctly. Temporary tooth sensitivity and irritation to soft tissues can occur during bleaching, but these effects are transient. However, the long-term effects of tooth bleaching remain unknown and warrant further research, especially considering that the results are not permanent, often requiring periodic bleaching treatments.

Contact Dr. Ed Hoben Dentistry for Teeth Whitening in Woodstock

Ready to achieve a brighter smile through teeth whitening? Schedule your appointment with Dr. Ed Hoben at Dr. Ed Hoben Dentistry by calling (519) 539-4868. Our dental practice is conveniently situated at 35 Wellington St. North in Woodstock, ON. Let us help you unlock your smile's full potential.

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