Teeth whitening at the dentist is becoming increasingly common, effective, affordable and, most importantly, safe.
Compared to whitening products that can be purchased off the supermarket shelf or at your local chemist, the products used at the dentist are of a significantly higher strength and potency and are designed to maximise contact with your teeth, in order to achieve a more desirable shade.
Following a thorough check up and clean at Smile Solutions the choice of which whitening approach to be undertaken depends on the causes of your teeth staining (smoking versus antibiotic staining), time-frame for achieving your results, and your budget.
The whitening choices offered to you at Smile Solutions can be divided into two categories:
“In-Chair; Two Hour Treatment” – providing immediate results. Or, “Take Home; 10 Day Treatment” – allowing patients to whiten their teeth over a short period of time in their own home.
In-chair whitening involves the use of a high strength peroxide, activated by shining a special light, and is completed within two hours. It is ideal for time poor patients or patients with an impending event who require a fast result.
At Smile Solutions, we can offer you two in-chair options:
- Zoom – the most popular in-chair whitening procedure in the world. Involves 3 x 15min sessions.
- Brite Smile – a market-leader for sensitive teeth for over a decade. Involves 3 x 20min sessions.
The results of the power bleaching procedures can be enhanced and maintained either in conjunction with at-home whitening, or through annual or bi-annual power bleaching procedures.
The process of undertaking at-home bleaching begins with your dentist taking upper and lower moulds of your teeth to make custom-fitted bleaching trays, for your teeth.
Once you have received the trays, the procedure is very simple. Either on a daily or nightly basis you will need to wear your trays containing the appropriate whitening gel, as provided by your dentist.
The duration of wear can range from one hour per day while you watch TV or read a book; to overnight while you snooze. This procedure is repeated daily or nightly over a few weeks.
At-home whitening carries numerous positive. Namely, it places the control of whitening in your hands, allowing you to dictate how “white” your teeth become, before moving onto your “maintenance” phase.
It also doubles up later on as your maintenance system, allowing you to touch up the whiteness of your teeth. In addition, it allows our more sensitive patients to tailor their whitening procedure to their comfort.
° Most home teeth whitening products cannot by law, administer a high strength of peroxide, thereby reducing the whitening potency of these gels. The products are also washed off or diluted with saliva or water, either by procedure (eg. toothpaste) or by leakage (eg. generic whitening trays), thereby reducing essential contact time with your teeth. The combination of the two, typically entails minty fresh breath but with very limited alteration of tooth colour.