Teeth Whitening in Adelaide

What is Teeth Whitening?

Teeth whitening is a procedure that uses a specially formulated dental whitening gel to lighten the shade of the teeth. The procedure helps to remove stains and discoloration from the teeth. Causes of discoloration of teeth:

  • Smoking
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Red wine
  • Certain medications
  • Trauma
  • Effects of aging & genetics
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What is the procedure for Teeth Whitening?

A thorough examination of the mouth is performed to ensure that the teeth and gums are healthy for the whitening procedure. Any tooth decay and gum disease must be treated before the whitening gel can be safely applied to the teeth.

We ensure that our whitening treatments are safe and will not harm teeth or gums.

There are 2 methods used for whitening. After a thorough examination, we will advise you of which procedure is best suited for you.

In-Surgery Whitening:

A light reactive, scientifically formulated hydrogen peroxide gel is used to gently penetrate the teeth & remove stains and discoloration

  1. A protective sheet is used over your gums to protect them from contact with the whitening gel.
  2. The whitening gel is applied to your teeth and is activated with a high intensity light.
  3. The procedure takes approximately 1 hour & produces an immediate result. Your teeth will become shades lighter & your smile whiter & brighter.

Take-home Tooth Whitening

 A thorough examination of the mouth is performed to ensure that the teeth and gums are healthy for the whitening procedure. Any tooth decay and gum disease must be treated before the whitening gel can be safely applied to the teeth.

We ensure that our whitening treatments are safe and will not harm teeth or gums.

There are 2 methods used for whitening. After a thorough examination, we will advise you of which procedure is best suited for you.

In-Surgery Whitening:

A scientifically formulated hydrogen peroxide gel is applied in whitening trays, custom made specifically for your teeth, to gently remove stains and discoloration.

  1. An impression is taken of your teeth so that a custom made whitening tray can be fabricated. The custom made tray minimizes contact of the whitening gel with your gums.
  2. The whitening gel is placed into the whitening trays at your own leisure at home & worn for 45-60 mins a day for 7-10 days. As this procedure provides a gradual whitening effect, it allows more control over the level of whitening desirable for you.
  3. An advantage of this system is that you retain the whitening trays upon completion of the procedure for any “top-up” whitening in the future e.g. 2-3 years later.

Frequently Asked Questions About Whitening

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1 -3 years but it really depends on how good your oral health, diet, and overall health. If you are a smoker, heavy drinker of tea, coffee, wine, then the effects of the whitening may not last as long as someone who regularly brushes, flosses, and has dental checkups for dental cleans.

3 – 12 months – the effects are the same as the in-surgery whitening, all depends on your oral health, general health & diet.

Whitened teeth can lose their lustre in the months and years following the initial treatment and stains can return. Sometimes additional whitening treatments will become necessary, although with good dental hygiene and care white teeth can be maintained for longer.

To prevent stains returning clean your teeth twice a day, but instead of brushing immediately after a meal, rinse your mouth with water then wait 30 minutes before cleaning your teeth more thoroughly. This routine will prevent the toothbrush from rubbing stains into the tooth surface.

Beverages that stain should be avoided, especially immediately after receiving treatment. Smokers in particular will require many more repeat treatments to maintain whiteness. It’s also important to floss and use antibacterial mouthwash every day. Finally, remember to visit a dental clinic twice a year for a check-up and clean.

Professional whitening is the safest and most effective treatment available. For faster results, whitening at a dental clinic is your best bet. For more value, ask your dentist for a take-home kit with professionally fitted trays.

Whitening treatment will not change the colour of Fillings, Crowns or Veneers. After whitening they will need to be replaced to match the new colour of your teeth.

Whitening can be done while wearing braces or Invisalign, but the process is more difficult and has less consistent results. If using a take-home kit, the trays will need to include space for the brackets. If teeth are whitened at a clinic, the dentist will whiten around where the braces contact the teeth.

Studies have found the increased sensitivity of the teeth after whitening is temporary and generally only lasts 24 hours.