Most people want a whiter, brighter smile. Unfortunately no toothpaste by itself can guarantee a white smile as they only remove external stains. That’s why Amazing Smiles is pleased to offer our patients a safe, cost effective way of getting a whiter, better smile in the shortest possible time. How? By using a technique known as cosmetic teeth whitening or bleaching.
Enamel stains or discoloration, trauma to baby teeth, which has stained permanent teeth and a general discoloured pattern in teeth, can all benefit from bleaching. Bleaching can also be the next step prior to cosmetic treatment to provide a uniform appearance.
This cosmetic teeth whitening process makes it easy to bleach the teeth. First, you come for an examination to make sure there are no restoration problems and to make sure that bleaching is appropriate for you. Then we’ll examine your mouth, and take any necessary x-rays, for safety’s sake.
It is recommended to have your teeth professionally cleaned to remove any excess plaque or damaging build up on your teeth.
How at Home Whitening is done?
The whitening gel is applied to your teeth by a whitening tray (a thin plastic flexible mouth guard) so only the teeth to be bleached are covered by the gel. We measure your mouth and take an impression of your upper and lower teeth. This impression will be used to make a bleaching tray to specially fit your mouth exactly. This usually takes about 2 days to make. When the tray is complete, you’ll come back for instructions and supplies.
We will show you how to use the gel and to apply it correctly. We usually advise wearing them for period of one to two hours at a time, once to twice a day, over a two-week period. Or there is another type of whitening gel, which you wear over night for five days. You can choose the type of bleaching that best suits your lifestyle. Results usually last a long time, but will gradually fade, therefore we usually recommend a 1 or 2 monthly “touch up” treatment of 1 – 2 days duration. Your mouth is unlikely to change and so your trays will still fit. Should you run out of bleach we can sell you a top up bottle.
Some people desire a faster result, in which case you can do an in office whitening. This process is also called Zoom Bleaching. It takes one hour in the dentists’ chair to lighten your teeth one or two shades. For best long term results we recommend you follow up with an at home whitening routine.
Are there any side effects?
The whitening gel we use has been proven to be a safe and effective treatment. It does not damage or weaken the enamel of teeth.
Some patients may experience a temporary increase in teeth sensitivity, although the gel concentration we use makes this unlikely. Should it occur we suggest stopping the bleaching process for 1 -2 days to give your teeth a rest, then continue the process.
Gum irritation may also occur, especially if you have gingivitis and bleeding gums to start with. For this reason we recommend a thorough teeth and gum cleaning prior to commencing the bleaching process.
I have sensitive teeth, can I get Teeth Whitening?
Patients with sensitive will need to be examined by the dentist prior to undertaking any form of whitening. Examination by dentists allows for professional assessment of your enamel and prescription of appropriate gel grades.
How many Shades lighter can I go?
On average most patients see a 2-3 shade change lighter. Shades are based on the clinical referral chart provided by SDI Polawhite. Our dentists will consult you on strength and whitening application recommendations based on your teeth. Polawhite has been clinically tested to protect your teeth and gums.
A bright smile signifies health and vitality. Over time your teeth can become stained and discoloured. This may be caused by drinking coffee, drinking red wine, smoking and aging (to name a few). To brighten up your pearly whites consider tooth whitening.
At Amazing Smiles Dental we choose a whitening treatment that:
- Offers longest-lasting results.
- Provides you with a natural, shining pearly look.
- Is clinically proven to be effective and safe.
- All packages include professional examination and administered by Australian registered dentists.
- Patient Specific Whitening trays are molded and contoured to fit your teeth and mouth to ensure a more accurate bleaching of teeth.
- Whitening agents are only available by dental prescription only due to administering appropriate whitening strengths. If sensitivity occurs, then dentists can prescribe softer gels.