Professional tooth whitening
Professional tooth whitening is a procedure designed to lighten the colour of your natural teeth. The tooth whitening systems we use achieve significant colour change in many cases and your dentist will carefully consider which option will work best for you.
The long term results of whitening vary from patient to patient and depend on the original shade of your teeth and the reason why your teeth discoloured in the first place. Most people require touch up treatments every six to 12 months to retain their desired colour. Unfortunately, existing fillings, crowns or veneers will not whiten and may need to be replaced to match your lighter coloured natural teeth.
Professional tooth whitening achieves great results in many cases.
First step towards a whiter, brighter smile
The first step to a beautiful smile is a discussion with your dentist about your treatment options and what you are hoping to achieve. If you do not attend the dentist routinely, it is recommended to have a thorough examination to check for any problems that may be effected by the whitening process. Your dentist will explain any problems identified during your examination and discuss your treatment options. Almost everyone will require a professional clean prior to whitening to remove calculus build up and any stains on the surfaces of teeth.
In office whitening
In-office tooth whitening produces maximum whitening result in the shortest possible time with minimum sensitivity. Immediate whitening results can be quite dramatic due to minor dehydration of your teeth. It is normal for the colour to tone down somewhat after treatment when your teeth rehydrate to a natural white tone.
If you are interested in whitening your teeth, your dentist will assess your suitability for in-office whitening during your examination appointment. In-office professional tooth whitening is not recommended for pregnant or lactating women, children under 14 years of age or any person with a known allergy to peroxide.
Take home whitening
The take home whitening system offered at our practice includes custom made trays and whitening gel, along with professional advice and instruction. It takes two appointments to create your customised trays. At the first appointment your dentist will take a mould of your teeth and check the current shade of your teeth. You will then see your dentist again a few days later to fit your whitening trays and go through how to use the whitening gel. After whitening your teeth for the duration recommended by your dentist, we like to see you again to check your results.
Post whitening instructions
If you are a smoker, do not smoke for 48 hours
Stay away from highly coloured foods and beverages for 48 hours
Expect mild sensitivity to hot or cold liquids for a day or two
If you experience any gum irritation, rinse with warm salty water