What is tooth whitening?
Tooth whitening is a bleaching process that lightens stains in the enamel and dentine of your teeth, to give a brighter tooth colour.
What are the benefits of tooth whitening?
The confidence of the bright white smile and younger looking appearance! Our teeth gets darker as we gets older, so having whiter teeth will make you appear younger!
Are all teeth suitable for whitening?
Teeth whitening may be done on live teeth and teeth that have had root canal treatment.
Before having your teeth whitened our dentist will check to make sure your teeth are suitable to be treated. In some cases treatment may be difficult or ineffective, for example with Tetracycline staining.
Teeth whitening may make your fillings or crowns look darker after treatment, so it is very important to be checked and advised of this before you proceed
Our friendly highly qualified and trained dentist will assist you in either whitening your teeth in our clinic within 1 hour or you can use our at home whitening system which may take around one to two weeks.
How can our dentist whiten your teeth?
Tooth whitening can be done at home (using a customised tray system designed by our dentist) or in the dental office.
our dentist can provide a more effective tooth whitening system for use at home than the ‘do-it-yourself’ kits available at pharmacies.
The dentist makes an impression for a model of your teeth. A thin, custom fitted, clear plastic tray that fits over your teeth is made.
At home you place the tray over your teeth. This is worn for up to two hours daily or at night.
Results are usually seen after the first day but maximum whitening may take 10-14 days. Our dentist will check on your progress.
Our dentist can also whiten your teeth at the dental office, using similar ingredients to the home use whitening.
The whitening gel is applied to the tooth and may be activated with a special light for up to 20-30 minutes. Several repeat processes may be necessary.
Are there side effects of home or dental office treatment?
Sometimes people will experience increased tooth and gum sensitivity during treatment, which goes away shortly after stopping the treatment.
The structure of the tooth is not changed by the process.
Can teeth with root fillings be whitened?
Yes. Root filled teeth are treatment by placing a bleach inside the tooth.
A protective rubber shield is placed over the tooth, and the tooth is partly opened into where the root filling has been placed. The inside is cleaned and a bleaching material is placed inside.
The tooth is temporarily resealed and left 7 – 10 days. This may need to be repeated 2-3 times if necessary.
How long does tooth whitening last?
Over time your teeth can lose some of their whiteness. You may need to repeat the process occasionally. (top ups).