Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening At VCCID in Burnaby

In a world where clean appearances are important for daily success, your teeth matter. Whether you’re going for a job interview, a fancy gala dinner or a date with your partner, the appearance of your teeth give impressions.

White teeth can give you confidence in everything that you do – just to know that when you smile, you’ve got glistening, pearly whites can make a world of a difference.

teeth whitening from VCCID before and after
Teeth Whitening – Before & After

The truth is not everyone has perfect teeth. If you look in the mirror and wish you could have whiter teeth, well, you can make that happen. In some cases the discolouration of your teeth is due to surface stains in which case brushing your teeth and flossing regularly can make a difference (not everyone has a strict routine or regimen to keep their teeth clean).

For others there may not be any surface stain yet the teeth look darker or more yellow. Often this is due to the colour of the dentin underneath the surface enamel. In these situations there are alternative options available for you.

Bleaching your teeth helps restore the whiteness that can erode with time. Teeth whitening is a safe process (in use for over 30 years) when used as directed. All whitening products use peroxides to brighten tooth enamel. It does not weaken your tooth or enamel nor does it make your teeth more prone to future problems such as tooth decay.

Why Do Teeth Change Colour?

In most cases, the natural colour of teeth is within a range of light grey-yellow shades, however our teeth naturally darken with age.

The layer of dentin is what affects the colour of your teeth. Over time, the dentin can become thicker and more dense/opaque. Additionally the enamel on the outer layer can wear away so the dentin colour becomes more apparent over time.

Teeth Whitening Options

Fortunately, there are things that can be done to whiten your teeth. VCCID’s Teeth Whitening treatments provide a professional and safe procedure.

How Long Do Teeth Whitening Effects Last?

The degree of whiteness achievable will vary from individual to individual according to:

  • The condition of the teeth,
  • the level of degree of staining, and
  • the sort/concentration of bleaching system used.

Treatment processes vary and include off the shelf products as well as professional take home products and in office procedures. Once treatment is complete, the new whiteness of your teeth is semi-permanent – just as your natural teeth darken as time progresses, so will your bright new smile.

Generally, patients don’t notice darkening/relapse until six months or year or more has passed, and their teeth will always be whiter than if they hadn’t whitened them at all. If this relapse is a concern, occasional touch up procedures quickly bring the brightness back.

Key Benefits of Teeth Whitening

  • Having a beautiful smile may be even easier than you think.
  • Corrects brown, yellow and spotted tooth staining
  • Works on people of any age (although not recommended for developing teeth)
  • Is a near-permanent solution for a “dull” smile, restoring brightness and bringing a smile to life
  • Can be done very simply and inexpensively especially compared to alternative dental cosmetic procedures

At Home vs. Dentist Supervised

Now, some of you may be thinking “I can do this myself, can’t I?”

You’re right. But do-it-yourself methods may not provide the same results as getting your teeth whitened by a professional. You’ll want to consider a few important differences.

Over-the-counter products usually contain a lower strength bleaching agent, with about a 10% to 12% peroxide content. Professional take home products are often 15-17% peroxide. In-office, professionally applied tooth whitening products contain peroxide in concentrations ranging ~25%+.

We can often determine if you teeth will whiten sufficiently with an off the shelf product. If so then that will often be the most economical solution. For darker teeth or certain types of discoloration a more concentrated form of whitening agent may be required.

For professional take home kits, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and make a tray that is customized to exactly fit your teeth. This customization allows for maximum contact between the whitening gel and you teeth as the gel is applied inside the tray. A custom-made tray also minimizes the gel’s contact with gum tissue.

Whiten and Brighten Your Smile – Get Teeth Whitening at VCCID Now!

At VCCID there’s more than one way to a brighter smile – give us a call at (604) 434-0248 or come in for a consultation and we’ll help you decide which option is best for you.

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Covid Phase II:  Dental offices reopening


We are “OPEN”


UPDATE May 22 2020


Dear patients:


The BC provincial health officer has given dental offices in BC the green light to reopen under “Phase II” regulations.  These regulations are dictated by WorksafeBC, the provicnical licencing body, the ongoing progression or diminishing of viral cases and current understanding of transmission, particularly in the dental office setting. 


The  greatest risk/concern re further spread of this virus is with those that are currently ill or who may have come into contact with someone who has been ill within the past 14 days. In the dental clinic the  concern is the generation of any aerosols that may contain virus particles.


Therefore when booking appointments  we will ask a series of questions to determine your risk. For those at risk of being Covid positive, treatment will be deferred until  the 14 day risk of transmission has passed. If treatment is of an urgent nature, we have  additional safety measures in place to provide emergency care, assuming it will not create a greater health risk. Alternatively referrals to a hospital may be  recommended for anyone with severe health risks who cannot be treated in office.


For those without contact or risk of Covid, we will be able to book your appointments. Upon arrival to the office you are required to complete a COVID screening  and consent form prior to being seen in the clinic area. The clinical staff will also do an assessment to determine if there is any risk. 


Similarly our staff will also be assessed daily to ensure none are ill or have had contact with a potential case of COVID within the previous 14 days.


We are required to modify our scheduling to allow for continued distancing and other measures to minimize potential spread. Therefore we anticipate a slightly longer waiting period for available appointments until this Phase II is complete.


Our primary concern is your overall health, consequently we have incorporated  additional protocols and precautions during this time to ensure the safety of patients as well as staff from this viral infection.  It involves additional barrier protection, modifying how procedures are done to avoid generating aerosols and sterilization protocols to decontaminate any surfaces that may have come in contact with aerosols. 


The good news is that over the past 50+ years the dental industry has learned to manage and control in-office transmission of many viruses, bacteria and outbreaks of  illnesses, and we anticipate these same protocols  will continue to protect yourselves as well as the staff. As we move through Phase II and  see this pandemic lose its “foothold” we expect we will slowly return to a more normal routine and scheduling of appointments. 


Of course your dental health is also paramount and therefore finding appointments for your care is also essential. Rest assured that we will be following up and contacting anyone who has missed appointments and those that are currently booked in the weeks ahead. 




Dr Peter Balogh and all of us at VCCID