At The Dental Practice in Burwood, we use a combination of whitening treatments including in-office and take-home whitening trays to ensure that the best possible results are achieved for our patients in the most convenient way for them.
Generally, patients will find an improvement of 0.5 – 2 shades immediately, which gradually improves over the next 3 weeks. Individual results vary from patient to patient and will depend on your initial tooth colour, type of stain, oral hygiene habits and diet.
Most people are candidates for teeth whitening, however, there are a few restrictions so you will need to have a consultation with the dentist before you can proceed.
Teeth whitening is a safe procedure and does not affect the structure of the tooth or the enamel. It has been used in dentistry for many years. The procedure does not affect existing restorations and these will not change colour with the bleach so the dentist may recommend changing them to achieve the best results.
How does in-chair teeth whitening work?
In-chair teeth whitening generally involves the application of a whitening gel which may or may not be activated by the application of a special light. Generally this procedure takes up to an hour and it will not require a serious of appointments as the results are generally achieved within the one teeth whitening session.
How does take-home teeth whitening work?
Take-home teeth whitening requires a set of custom made trays to fit your teeth. You will then apply a small amount of whitening gel to each tooth area, so that each tooth has an even application of whitening gel. You will then wear this tray on both your top and bottom teeth for a number of hours or overnight. Your dentist will be able to prescribe the correct length of time to do this treatment.
Results will take longer than they would with in-chair whitening as you will require multiple applications using your trays to achieve the same results.
How long does teeth whitening last?
Typically, teeth whitening may last 12 -24 months. However with regular use of the home whitening kit, results can last for much longer. Other factors such as smoking, poor oral hygiene and diet can affect the longevity of the results.
Is it safe?
Teeth whitening performed or recommended by your dentist is safe and has been used in dentistry for many years with no serious adverse effects ever being reported. Teeth whitening does not soften the enamel or tooth structure nor does it affect the quality of existing restorations.