Cosmetic dentistry has changed a great deal in the last decade. More and more people are whitening their teeth with simple and safe methods. Doctor Kat Marhfour discusses the most popular current methods of teeth whitening.
What are the different teeth whitening options available?
At Smile Solutions we have been doing whitening for over 20 years using the take home system. We see great results within 10-14 days with our day-white whitening system using a mild bleaching gel. Home whitening with custom fitted trays worn over your teeth for 30 minutes each day still remains one of the most popular whitening options for patients.
Tell us a bit about the process.
To get started we take impressions of your teeth to make your trays. Then we provide you with instructions about how to use them safely and most effectively. Under our supervision this technique is totally safe for your teeth and gums, and results are generally achieved within several days.
Are there any options available if I want to have my teeth whitened immediately without the hassle of wearing the trays at home?
Many of our patients opt to do in chair whitening procedures, which enables us to do whitening for them within an hour. We use two of the most recognised whitening systems in the world, namely Brite Smile and Zoom Advance Power. You can just lie back and relax in tranquil surrounds and listen to music or watch a DVD while having your teeth whitened by 6-8 shades in your lunch break. With Brite Smile the gentle hydrogen-peroxide whitening gel is activated by the special patented blue spectrum light.
And will whitening remove all the marks on my teeth?
Not entirely, there are certain stains or marks in the tooth enamel that whitening products cannot change. In these cases the most aesthetically pleasing results may be porcelain veneers.