Why Choose Teeth Whitening
Teeth can get discolored and stained, which can take the sparkle out of your pearly whites. You can have professional teeth whitening options for that dazzling, brilliant smile.
What is Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening, also called teeth bleaching or dental bleaching, is one of the quickest, safest, and simplest ways to give your teeth that brilliant do-over.
Smoking, aging, medication, trauma, as well as consumption of certain foods and can stain the teeth. As a result, your teeth becomes discolored. And this doesn’t disappear by mere brushing.
With professional teeth whitening, an hour in the dental chair can change your smile—and your life.
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
Teeth whitening products contain peroxide, which is the compound responsible for dissolving the organic stains that change the color of your teeth. This peroxide breaks up the stains that block the light on your teeth as it enters the microscopic pores of the tooth enamel and dentin. This allows more light to pass through the teeth, so they look lighter and whiter.
After the peroxide is applied to the teeth, they are then exposed to a special bright light to activate the oxygen in the compound that helps lift off the stains. The same procedure is followed in laser whitening, except laser is used instead of the bright light.
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Choosing the Best Teeth Whitening for You
While you can do your own teeth whitening procedures at home using over-the-counter products and whitening toothpastes, better results are achieved when you have your Caloundra dentist on board.
Professional teeth-whitening procedures done by your dentist gives you less chances of damaging your enamel and gums using teeth whitening products. Only dentists can legally give the highest level bleaching materials despite savvy, false marketing by Instagram bleaching companies.
Unlike over-the-counter teeth whitening products which you have to apply regularly, in-clinic teeth whitening shows visible results right after the procedure
The products and equipment used are proven to effectively whiten teeth up to six shades lighter, depending on discoloration
Frequently Asked Questions
Who are eligible for teeth whitening procedure?
A thorough dental exam must be conducted, as not everyone are eligible for teeth whitening. The procedure is not suitable for those with tooth and gum hypersensitivity, thin and aging brittle teeth, as well as those with deep teeth stains.
What are my options in teeth whitening?
There are three main kinds of teeth whitening that are available:
(1) In-clinic or in-practice teeth whitening have higher peroxide content which are then activated by light or laser, and results are immediately visible
(2) Take-home whitening has less peroxide, with results after 7 to 14 days of continued use
(3) Over-the-counter whitening have abrasives and even smaller peroxide content, which poses a higher risk of damaging tooth enamel; results show after 6 months of continued use.
We recommend option 1 or 2 for the best long term results, and the ease of being able to do again down the track without the cost.
How long does the procedure take?
We offer an initial free checkup, where Dr. Luke will ascertain whether you're suitable for teeth whitening. If so, he will take an impression of your teeth. Custom made bleach trays are then constructed, and clear instructions are given with the highest grade, legal, bleaching solution. You will need to wear the trays at home or in our dental chair, for 45mins- 2hours per day, for 2 weeks, or longer, depending on the desired result.
How do I care for my teeth after whitening?
After whitening, your teeth will be porous and therefore more susceptible to staining. This is why you should refrain from the following:
- drinking coffee or tea
- drinking red wine
- consuming acidic foods such as berries
- consuming foods with dark pigments such as soy sauce
- using lipsticks and colored lip balms
How long does my teeth stay white?
Your pearly whites can stay white for years, as long as you maintain good oral hygiene and go to your dentist for regular cleaning. However, factors such as smoking, diet, alcohol, medication and aging can cause your teeth to still get discolored over time. In this case, you may consider touch ups with your dentist.
What kind of stains can teeth whitening procedures treat?
Organic stains caused by aging, smoking, and consumption of certain foods and drinks are best removed by pros. Inorganic stains, trauma, overexposure to fluoride, and use of medicines that bind with the tooth enamel and underlying dentin are all resistant to whitening.