Teeth whitening is a common and relatively cheap procedure to improve the appearance of discolored teeth. The safest, most effective treatment will be given by your dentist. Over-the-counter treatments can be less effective and riskier.
Teeth whitening involves bleaching the teeth to lighten their colour. After treatment, the teeth look a few shades whiter, but not usually bright white.
Teeth whitening is an optional procedure — it is very rarely a necessity.
Whitening products typically use the chemicals hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. Only registered dental practitioners can legally use the most concentrated — and thus most effective — whitening solutions.
The bleach soaks through the tooth’s enamel top layer and into the dentine, the main part of the inside of the tooth which is slightly softer than the enamel. The bleach reacts with the coloured molecules that cause discoloration. The dentine then becomes lighter and the teeth look whiter. Bleach can also make the enamel surface more reflective, which looks whiter too.
Teeth can be discoloured by:
If you are considering teeth whitening, you should consult your dentist to see if your teeth are suitable.
Teeth whitening is not recommended if you:
Note that whitening treatments will not whiten existing Crowns, fillings or Veneers.
Your dentist will first create moulds of your top and bottom teeth. These are used to make customised trays (somewhat like a mouth-guard, but thinner and smaller) that fit over your teeth.
At your next appointment, the bleaching gel is put into the trays, which you wear in your mouth for 15 to 30 minutes. The dentist might also shine a light to speed up the whitening process. Often, the treatment is repeated at home, following the dentist’s instructions. You’ll probably notice a difference in 2 to 4 weeks.
Another option is to get a kit with the customised trays from your dentist but carry out the treatment at home.
Power bleaching, also known as laser whitening, is done in the clinic. The dentist covers your gums and then paints a bleaching agent on the teeth. Laser light is shone to activate the whitening. This takes about 60 minutes, and often only needs one treatment.
Whitening is generally successful and can last for several years, but it isn’t permanent: for example, tea, coffee, and red wine can stain your teeth again.
Teeth whitening can improve the appearance of discoloured teeth. It is also cheaper than some other restorative procedures. However, make sure you find out about the cost, risks, and likely outcome before going ahead with the treatment.
The most common side-effects, which are often temporary, include:
If you’re not happy living with your teeth just as they are, alternatives include:
At Whitehills Dental practice we can help you to achieve the kind of teeth that you want, by Bleaching/ Teeth-whitening or other techniques, as appropriate for your circumstances.
We are your local Bendigo Dentists and are based in Whitehills 3550. We are located on the Midland Highway which comes from Melbourne, going to Epsom
Please contact us via our website www.whitehillsdental.com.au or call 1800 546 333 to make an appointment, wherein we can discuss what are the best options in your situation.
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