Tooth Whitening Newmarket and Aurora

What is the Difference between Teeth Whitening and Teeth Cleaning?

Teeth whitening and teeth cleaning are two of the most common dental procedures that many patients confuse as the same procedure. However, the two could not be more different in terms of their goals and procedure. According to Dr Mike Ghiami, the head of Sun Lake Dental Care in Newmarket: 

Teeth cleaning is done with the objective of removing tartar and plaque from the tooth surface to prevent gum disease and tooth decay. On the other hand, the objective of teeth whitening procedures is to remove discolouration and stains to give the tooth a whiter sheen. Teeth whitening procedures are for the most part cosmetic while teeth cleaning procedures are critical in keeping your gums and teeth healthy.

How we can help

At Sun Lake Dental Care we perform both cleaning and whitening procedures. Dr Golnaz Fazeli, the dentist and clinic manager is always happy to explain the procedures to you including which one would be best for your needs. Our dental technicians are trained and licensed professionals who will clean and polish your teeth to achieve the desired result.

We also do provide same day cleaning and whitening appointments at competitive prices so that you can have your best smile without any inconvenience.

Types of Teeth Cleaning

  1. Prophylaxis
  2. Root Scaling and Planing

Options for Teeth Whitening

  1. Whitening Trays
  2. In-Office Whitening

Types of Teeth Cleaning


Prophylaxis is a preventative measure that is intended to monitor and improve the health of your teeth. The process usually starts with the dental hygienist using an X-ray machine to look for any issues in your teeth.

The hygienist will also conduct a thorough oral exam to check for any problems on your teeth and gums. Next, they will use picks and scrapers to remove any plaque and tartar from the teeth.

Once they have gotten rid of the tartar they will polish your teeth to remove any leftover plaque and stain to give you that gleaming smile.

Teeth whitening and teeth cleaning dentist in Newmarket

Root Scaling and Planing

Sometimes called advanced cleaning or deep cleaning root scaling and planing is a procedure designed for patients with gum disease. The tools for root scaling are not that different from those used to perform prophylaxis though we at Sun Lake Dental Care in Newmarket typically use scalers to clean off tartar and plaque below the gum line.

Since you have gum disease and possibly pain, the hygienist will use a local anaesthetic to numb the area that is to be cleaned. If you have advanced gum disease you may have to visit the clinic several times as we will clean the mouth in stages at each appointment.

You may need dental scaling rather than the regular prophylaxis if you have the following symptoms:
Pockets between the gums and teeth

  1. Loose teeth in the jaw
  2. Bleeding gums when you floss or brush
  3. Sore, swollen and red gums
  4. Chronic bad breath that is resistant to mouthwash, flossing or brushing

Types of Teeth Whitening

Whitening Trays

With whitening trays, the hygienist will make a mould of your mouth, which will then be used to make custom whitening trays. We will then give you these trays and a bleaching solution to take home with you. You will wear the trays containing the solution for a set period of time each day (typically between 30-60 minutes).

You will see the results after using the whitening trays consistently for several days.

In-office Whitening

This will be the best solution if you happen to have serious discolouration and staining. While there are different formulas most in-office whitening treatments follow a similar procedure. Using a toothbrush a bleaching solution is applied onto the teeth, which is then activated using specialized laser light.

Depending on the extent of staining and discolouration you could have great results in one or two sessions each lasting between 150-60 minutes.

Dental Care for The Whole Family

Providing cosmetic dentistry in Newmarket Ontario, our genuine passion for dentistry and artistry shines through in the smiles of every patient that walks through our doors.

SunLake Dental Care Newmarket

16945 Leslie St, Unit 15.
Newmarket, ON L3Y 9A2

 Call : (289) 803-0335


Working Hours

  • Monday - Friday 10:00 am - 19:00 pm
  • Saturday 10:00 am - 18:00 pm
  • Sunday 10:00 am - 16:00 pm

Clinic Location:
16945 Leslie St, Unit 15.
Newmarket, ON L3Y 9A2

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Sunday: 10:00 am - 16:00 pm


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