Teeth whitening is the use of bleaching agents to give teeth a whiter appearance. It is one of the most effective and transformative cosmetic dental treatment.
It is a rewarding aesthetic solution for people exhibiting tooth discolouration and it’s become hugely popular, thanks to its convenience and simplicity.
Do you avoid smiling because you are embarrassed about the colour of your teeth? Don’t worry! our team is here to help you rediscover your best smile.
Teeth naturally turn yellower as we get older. However, everyday habits or guilty little pleasures are contributing factors including:
- staining caused by coffee, tea, smoking or red wine
- poor oral hygiene from irregular brushing or flossing
- excessive fluoride or antibiotics
The good news is that teeth discoloured by age or surface stains caused by diet are external, and can be removed by your dentist.
The Teeth Whitening Process
Teeth whitening is a process that uses a specialised bleach to remove stains and discolouration from your teeth. The treatment gives you a whiter, brighter, fresher and rejuvenated smile.
Your whitening treatment will generally take two appointments, depending on the type of whitening you choose.
We may give you anti-inflammatory medicine beforehand to reduce discomfort. We usually conclude the procedure by applying topical fluoride to reduce sensitivity to hot and cold or tooth-mineralising treatment to strengthen the enamel.
Keep in mind that the effectiveness of teeth whitening is dependent on the condition of your teeth in the first place and also that results may vary from person to person. Speak to your dentist if you are not happy with the results, as other cosmetic procedures such as veneers may be recommended to achieve the desired result.
We offer whitening in the form of In Chair Teeth Whitening & Take Home Whitening Kit.
In Chair Teeth Whitening
This option is an ideal solution if you are seeking immediate results and a whiter smile in the shortest amount of time. Dentists are allowed to use a higher concentration of bleach than you can at home.
We will first apply a rubber seal or gel to protect your lips and gums, then a stronger bleach will be applied to your teeth. A high intensity ultra-violet light or laser is shone into your mouth to activate the bleach and speed up the whitening process.
This process involves a single visit to our practice and takes approximately one hour to complete, often with immediate results. Multiple sessions may be required and may need to be augmented with whitening trays.
Take Home Whitening Kit
This option involves an initial visit to our clinic where your dentist will take an ‘impression’ of your teeth. From the impression, whitening ‘trays’ will be designed specifically for you in our laboratory.
At your second appointment, the trays will be custom fitted to you. You will then take the trays and bleaching gel (whitening kit) home and apply as directed by your dentist.
You need to make sure you follow the instructions as not doing so can cause damage to your teeth and gums.
Applying more than the recommended amount of bleach does not make your teeth whiter, however it does increase the risk of burning your gums!
What are the risks?
Teeth whitening should always be administered under a qualified dentist’s instructions for safety and long lasting results. You should follow your dentist’s instructions and only use their recommended products as some over-the-counter products are very abrasive and can cause allergy or permanent damage to your teeth and gums, which may be expensive to repair.
You should avoid beauticians, hairdressers and shopping centres who are NOT qualified to whiten teeth.
Our dentists are qualified to provide teeth whitening treatment. Contact our friendly team today to discuss the most suitable treatment option for you.
Whiter, brighter teeth are just a phone call away!
Teeth Whitening FAQs
Will teeth whitening damage my teeth?
Teeth whitening when done by a qualified dentist, poses very little risk. Whitening products used by your dentist are much safer than over the counter or online products. Some people may experience sensitivity to hot and cold foods in the 48 hours post bleaching. This is completely normal and there are product your dentist can recommend to ease the sensitivity. If you follow the instructions of a dental professional there are minimal chances of side effects or damage to your teeth or gums.
How long does teeth whitening last?
Teeth whitening can last from 6 months to 2 years. Teeth whitening isn’t permanent and the effects will gradually fade over time. How long the effects last will largely depend on your lifestyle as certain foods, drinks (red wine or tea), smoking and medications can stain your teeth. Using more bleach than recommended doesn’t make your teeth whiter, it just increases the risk of burning your gums!
Are you ready to start improving your smile?
Contact us today to arrange dental hygiene appointment in Coogee Plaza Dental.
Same-day visits are available.