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Are you considering a teeth whitening treatment for a brighter, more beautiful smile? Here are some factors that could affect the success of your procedure.

Are you tired of feeling self-conscious about a lacklustre smile? Over the years, your teeth can become stained and discoloured from a number of causes including:

  • Age
  • Genetics
  • Use of tobacco
  • Over-consumption of dark liquids
    • Red wine
    • Coffee or tea
  • Citrus and acidic foods
    • Acidic fruit
    • Soft drinks 

The good news? In-office teeth whitening remains one of the most effective and economical ways of getting rid of any stains/discolouration and achieving a brighter, more beautiful smile.

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At our Calgary dental clinic, we use the advanced BriteSmile Teeth Whitening System. This customized dental treatment will give you a brighter, whiter smile in just one treatment! (Find out more >)

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4 Factors That Affect The Success of Your Teeth Whitening Procedure

Teeth whitening is one of the most effective ways of minimizing the appearance of teeth stains and discolourations. However, before you undergo the procedure, you should be aware that there are a number of factors that could affect the overall results of this cosmetic treatment.


While the BriteSmile teeth whitening technology is very effective, your teeth’s original color will ultimately contribute to the appearance of the final shade. While patients with a yellowish hue to their teeth will typically see successful results, those that may not include patients with teeth that have a:  

  • Greyish shade (usually caused by the antibiotic tetracycline)
  • Brown shade (caused by an overexposure to fluoride)

Such patients may have to undergo a number of teeth whitening treatments in order to get the results they want.

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The teeth whitening agent you choose will make a huge difference when it comes to the effectiveness of your treatment. Typically, in-office whitening is a better option compared to the over-the-counter products. It has many benefits including:

  • Faster treatment time
  • More uniform and pleasing results
  • Fewer touch-ups over the years
  • Customization options
  • Natural-looking results

The positive, customized results of in-office whitening can save you more than the frequent use of boxed kits. Additionally, the dentist can adjust the amount of whitening product to your individual case. This allows for predictable results and also eliminates the gum irritation that many people experience after using one-size-fits-all whitening trays.

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The routine you follow after the teeth whitening procedure, as well as the foods and drinks you consume, will greatly influence the longevity of your treatment. To ensure the long-term success of this procedure, it’s recommended that you:

  • Avoid the use of tobacco products and smoking
  • Minimize consumption of acidic foods
  • Limit your intake of dark-coloured drinks such as coffee, wine, tea and soda
  • Go for regular teeth cleanings at your local dental clinic

There are also some foods that can protect your teeth by cleaning them and encouraging your mouth to produce more saliva. This chewing action helps scrape tartar off your teeth, while the excess saliva neutralizes the acids which leave your enamel more susceptible to stains.

Foods For Healthy Teeth



The condition of your teeth will play a large role in how effective, or even possible, a teeth whitening procedure is. Teeth with cavities or plaque build-up won’t whiten as well as teeth that are free of deposits.

That’s why it’s recommended that, prior to any whitening treatment, you should visit your dentist for a cleaning in order to create a good foundation for the teeth whitening products.

Tip: If you've recently had a checkup and are looking for a cost-effective cleaning prior to your whitening appointment, book a cleaning (without the full checkup) with one of our experienced hygienists!

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To find out more about our teeth whitening and cleaning services, contact our Calgary dental clinic today at 403-248-2066 or fill in our online contact form.

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