Teeth Whitening for Smokers By Roni S. Berbari, DMD on October 11, 2020

illustration of yellowed teethThe harmful effects of smoking are well known but what many individuals do not consider is how the habit can affect the appearance and health of their teeth. The nicotine and tar in cigarettes and tobacco products can yellow the teeth, causing them to look dingy. When your smile is no longer white and dazzling, your self-esteem might suffer. 

If your smile needs refreshing, we encourage you to visit our Montreal, QC, office to learn more about teeth whitening for smokers. Dr. Roni Berbari’s professional whitening treatments can lighten your teeth several shades to help you achieve a more luminous smile.

How Does Smoking Affect Your Oral Health and Appearance?

Smoking can wreak havoc on an individual’s oral health by causing bacteria to accumulate in the mouth, which can lead to gum disease. As the infection progresses, it can reach the bone and lead to tooth mobility and loss. 

Additionally, smoking can lead to a decrease in saliva that can cause dry mouth and bad breath. Smokers might find themselves brushing, flossing, and rinsing their mouths more regularly, but they still might notice that their teeth are discolored and yellow.

The longer you smoke, the more tar and nicotine build up, leading to varying degrees of staining. For individuals who have been smoking a shorter amount of time, they might notice a yellowing of the teeth. If you have been smoking for years, your teeth might appear brown. 

What Happens during a Consultation?

When smokers find themselves dissatisfied with the color of their teeth, they can contact our Montreal, QC, practice to learn more about teeth whitening. During a consultation, we will examine your teeth and gums to assess your oral health. If you have underlying issues like tooth decay or gum disease, we will treat these conditions before we recommend teeth whitening.

What Can I Expect from a Teeth Whitening Session?

Patients who choose Montreal Smiles for teeth whitening get the assurance of a safe and comfortable experience. Before treatment, we place a barrier on the gums to keep them protected throughout the process. Afterward, we place a whitening gel that contains 40% hydrogen peroxide onto the surface of the teeth. The gel is chemically activated to achieve a whiter, brighter smile. We keep the gel on your teeth for about 20 minutes, then rinse and repeat the process as needed. The treatment is continued until you achieve the desired shade. In most cases, the entire procedure takes less than one hour.

After treatment is complete, we provide you with a tray that contains potassium nitrate and fluoride. You will wear it over your teeth to help reduce tooth sensitivity and to strengthen your enamel.

How Do I Maintain My Look?

To maintain the appearance of your smile, our office provides at-home kits that you can use to extend the results of your in-house treatment. We provide detailed instructions on how to use the product. 

The Opalescence system involves customized trays to whiten your teeth at home at your convenience. Our dental team takes impressions of your teeth to personalize the trays to fit precisely and comfortably. The kit comes with the trays and tubes of whitening solution that you will wear for about four hours per day. After about two weeks, you will notice a dramatic appearance in the color and appearance of your teeth.

Schedule a Consultation

If you want to learn more about teeth whitening for smokers, you can schedule a consultation at our Montreal office. You can contact our team by visiting us online or giving us a call at (514) 733-3933

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