How To Get Whiter Teeth
Tooth whitening is a cost-effective and conservative way of brightening your smile. Teeth can become yellow or discoloured through aging, coffee, wine, cola and smoking. Whitening is an excellent solution.
What are my options?
There are three methods for whitening your teeth:
- At home whitening:
- Moulds are taken of your teeth and trays are made at Noosa Family Dental.
- You use your trays at home over a couple of weeks, to whiten your teeth.
- In office whitening:
- An hour is reserved for this treatment, we protect your gums with a custom shield, then apply a strong whitening agent.
- The results are quick, however it can cause sensitivity for a couple of hours. This method is great for whitening in a short period of time.
- Store bought options:
- These are found in supermarkets are pharmacies. Unfortunately the concentration is often too low to be effective. Results are usually underwhelming and don’t last long.
At Noosa Family dental we are experienced and confident in the whitening results we can achieve. We will work with you to make sure you are happy with your result.
Who can whiten their teeth?
Tooth whitening is completely safe, not only to the teeth themselves, but also any fillings, crowns or implants you may have.
Whitening treatments will only lighten natural tooth structure however. If you have fillings or crowns which are visible in your front teeth, they will not be affected. This may mean that they will need replacement after whitening if they are too obvious. Your dentist will be able to talk with you about the likely outcomes and what will be involved in filling replacement.
Whitening can not be carried out if you have active dental decay in your mouth. It is essential that a thorough examination and planned fillings be carried out first. Whitening with decay in your mouth can cause a great deal of pain.
How long will it last?
Generally speaking our patients find the results last for 2-3 years, after which they may re-whiten for a few days to a week.
At home whitening:
You will have two appointments, first moulds of your mouth are taken and whitening trays made.
A week later your second appointment will involve education on the whitening process. You will have a booster gel placed in your trays for 30mins which will start the whitening process. From there you will take your trays and gel home and use the system for a couple of hours every day, for a couple of weeks. You stop treatment when you are happy with your results. The length of treatment varies depending on how stained your teeth are and how well your teeth respond to whitening.
Is it painful?
Tooth whitening can cause sensitivity. Your dentist will talk to you about your current levels of sensitivity and make an assessment. There are many strategies for reducing and avoiding sensitivity which your dentist can talk to you about.
Patients Teeth Before & After Teeth Whitening