Tooth whitening lightens any discolorations within the tooth and helps create a whiter and brighter smile. There are many causes of tooth discolorations. The most common being from the consumption of highly coloured food items (sauces, berries) and drinks (coffee, tea, red wine). Other important factors causing discoloration include antibiotics taken at a young age, smoking, ageing, and trauma. Teeth whitening generally last for a long time with touch-ups required a few times a year. Without the touch ups being done your teeth will start to re-stain. Carbamide or hydrogen peroxide is generally used as the whitening gel.
Teeth whitening could be done in the office or at home. With the in-chair teeth whitening, the whitening gel is placed directly onto the teeth for about 30 minutes. With the home whitening, the whitening gel is placed on a custom tray with fits onto your teeth. It would take approximately 5-14 days to achieve results with the home whitening while the in-office whitening gives results instantly. Most patients do not experience any side effects with the whitening. However temporary sensitivity is experienced by some. A desensitizing gel or toothpaste can be used during this period.
Clinical studies have shown that bleaching with carbamide or hydrogen peroxide under the supervision of a dental professional is safe for the teeth and gums. At Gosnells Dental Centre, teeth whitening is carried out under the constant supervision of a dentist and thorough instructions are given to the patient. As each procedure carries a certain amount of risks, please contact our practice on 9398 4786 to book a consult with a dentist.