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Teeth Whitening

Whiter Brighter Smile

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a safe and proven way to brighten your smile and significantly boost your confidence and how other people view you.

The appearance of your teeth is an important part of your smile and the way you look overall.

Your smile is your greatest asset, so why not let it shine!

Teeth whitening can be a simple, safe and quick way to refresh your smile. We pride ourselves on our incredible reputation for safe, long-lasting treatment and outstanding results providing you with healthy, confident smile.

It’s one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures and the results can dramatically enhance your appearance.

Brushing and flossing are everyday ways to keep your teeth bright, white and healthy. Still, if you might feel like your smile is lacking some sparkle or is more yellow than it used to be, you’re not alone.

As the name suggests, teeth whitening is a process of improving the colour of your teeth.

What is teeth whitening

All teeth whitening products contain peroxide, either as carbamide peroxide (CP) or hydrogen peroxide (HP).

The peroxide in teeth-whitening products dissolves the organic stains in the tooth to change the colour and produce a whitened effect. 

This is achieved by oxygen entering the tiny pores of the enamel and dentin and breaking up the stains that block out light. More light passes through the teeth and makes them look lighter as the stains are broken into smaller and smaller pieces.

The structure of the tooth is not changed, it is only the enamel of the tooth that appears whiter. 

Which teeth whitening works best

To be able to deliver the best teeth whitening results we will perform a thorough dental examination to determine whether you’re an appropriate candidate for whitening, or if there’s a reason to your teeth discolouration that needs to be addressed first. 

After all, you may have an underlying dental problem that needs treatment rather than a course of teeth whitening. Whitening is unlikely to cause any serious side effects.

Getting teeth whitened

Teeth whitening is one of the most common cosmetic treatments requested by patients. We can help patients achieve a whiter smile that looks natural, enhancing their overall facial aesthetic. People with whiter, brighter smiles tend to smile more and feel better about their overall appearance. 

Whether you are preparing for an important company function, anxious about an upcoming blind date or even more exciting, you’re about to get married, having “white and shiny” teeth will go a long way towards making the right impression for that all-important event.

Teeth whitening  is a simple, minimally invasive, accessible cosmetic dentistry option, that can can help you look and feel more youthful. 

Ask us about teeth whitening options for a more confident and beautiful smile.

Teeth whitening procedure

Enamel is composed of microscopic crystalline rods, designed to protect the teeth from the effects of chewing, gnashing, trauma and acid attacks caused by sugar. 

But over the years enamel is worn down, becoming more transparent and permitting the yellow colour of dentin – the tooth’s core material – to show through.

If you follow our guidelines for the best and safest results there will be no damage to your enamel.

Quality is our highest priority in everything that we do, which is why we have packed extensive research and cutting-edge technology into a safe, simple and effective treatments that we offer our patients so that you will have realistic expectations of the outcome. Don’t take our word for it, because our results speak for themselves.

Discolouration

There are two types of discolouration or staining as it relates to the teeth: extrinsic staining and intrinsic staining.

Extrinsic stains are those that appear on the surface of the teeth as a result of exposure to,

  • Coloured beverages like tea, coffee, soft drinks, red wine, sugary drinks
  • Coloured foods,
  • Smoking & tobacco, and 
  • Routine dental wear. 

If you have spent years smoking or are an avid coffee drinker, chances are your smile is not as white as it used to be.

Superficial extrinsic stains are minor and can be removed with brushing and prophylactic dental cleaning. 

Stubborn extrinsic stains can be removed with more involved efforts, like teeth whitening. Persistent extrinsic stains can penetrate into the dentin and become ingrained if they are not dealt with early.

Intrinsic stains are those that form on the interior of teeth resulting from, 

  • Trauma, 
  • Ageing, 
  • Medications,
  • Exposure to minerals (like tetracycline) during tooth formation and/or
  • Excessive ingestion of fluoride during tooth formation. 

In the past, it was thought that intrinsic stains were too resistant to be corrected by whitening. Today, we believe that even deep-set intrinsic stains can be removed with supervised take-home teeth whitening that is maintained over a matter of months or even a year. 

If all else fails, there are alternative cosmetic solutions to treat intrinsic staining, such as dental veneers.

Is there anyone who cant whiten?

We do not recommend whitening for the following:

  • Children under the age of 18 as the pulp (nerve of the tooth) is enlarged until this age and whitening will cause irritation and sensitivity.
  • Pregnant and breastfeeding, however you can seek advice from your obstetrician/paediatrician.
  • People with health related issues that can cause damage to your enamel. We recommend you seek advice from your GP.

Also, discuss with us if you have history of,

◦Periodontal(Gum) disease

◦Overly sensitive teeth

◦Have had recent oral surgery

◦Decayed teeth(holes in your teeth)

◦Exposed roots

◦Exposed dentine

◦Jaw problems

Which teeth whitening works best

The different types of Teeth Whitening treatments are:

In chair teeth whitening

1) In-chair Teeth Whitening or Vital Whitening:

An hour in a dental chair can transform stained or discoloured teeth into a whiter smile.If you are wanting fast results and you don’t have tooth sensitivity, this may be the best option for you.

A whitening treatment at our dental surgery can usually be completed in one visit. 

A gel is used to protect the gums and a solution containing hydrogen peroxide is applied to the teeth. The teeth are then exposed to a special bright light that causes oxygen to be released. Stains are lifted off the surface of the teeth and the tooth is whitened.
In laser whitening, the same procedure is followed but a laser is used to activate the oxygen in the compound.

Teeth whitening kits

2)Take-Home Products

A whitening kit may allow you to lighten your teeth in the comfort of your own home.

The active ingredient is high quality 18% carbamide peroxide – the highest legal grade in Australia.

The home whitening kit includes a custom-made ultra thin mouth tray minimising its contact with the gums and whitening gel. The tray hugs the teeth and ensures the gel is kept where it should be and is evenly applied.

Full instructions on the correct way to use the kit will be provided. For best and safest results, we recommend you closely follow the instructions provided with your kit.

Teeth whitening products

3)Over-the-Counter teeth whitening products

Over-the-counter (OTC) whitening products contain a small percentage of peroxide. These can include strips, gels and whitening trays. 

A lot of these products contain an acidic solution that can damage tooth enamel, as its one-size-fits-all trays to hold the product, providing a poor fit against the teeth so they should always be used with caution.

Best tooth whitening toothpaste

4)Over-the-Counter Toothpaste

Over-the-counter teeth-whitening toothpastes also contain a small percentage of peroxide or a polishing ingredient. The toothpastes are effective in removing surface stains and whitening teeth, but some can be very abrasive.

With repeated use, the harsh abrasive will gradually wear away the enamel and make the teeth look yellow and feel sensitive.

Internal bleaching root canal whitening

5)Internal bleaching or Non-Vital bleaching or Root canal whitening:

Vital whitening may not improve the appearance of a tooth that has had root-canal treatment because the stain is coming from the inside of the tooth. 

In this case, we will use a different procedure that whitens the tooth from the inside. We will place a whitening agent inside the tooth and put a temporary filling over it. The tooth will be left this way for several days. 

You may need this done only once, or it can be repeated until the tooth reaches the desired shade. In some case, external teeth whitening may be necessary in addition to internal teeth whitening. 

Other effective and attractive options include crown or veneers for these teeth.