Tooth whitening has become one of the most popular ways to improve your smile by lightening the existing shade of your natural teeth. This is a simple and effective treatment which can be carried out at your home or by your dentist at Mildura Family Dental.
Tooth whitening is non-invasive treatment which does not involve drilling or removal of the tooth surface. Please note only natural teeth respond to tooth whitening, Crowns, Bridges, Dentures or Implants cannot be whitened.
Your dentist will provide you with the whitening kit which contains custom made whitening trays and a peroxide based gel.
An impression (mould) is taken of your teeth using special dental "putty" to fabricate your custom made whitening trays.
The whitening gel is placed into your trays and the tray is then placed onto your teeth for a period of time.
Home whitening can take up to 14 days to achieve your desired shade.
In Surgery Whitening
Whitening can be carried out in the dental surgery, this way your teeth will be several shades lighter in one to two hours. There are many methods used to achieve whiter teeth whilst in the dental chair, all the methods follow a similar procedure:
Your gums will be protected using a rubber coating.
The whitening gel will be applied to your teeth. The gel will begin to work upon contact with the tooth or will be activated with light.
After a period of time the gel and the protective coating are removed to reveal whiter teeth.
The degree of whitening will vary from patient to patient, greyer teeth can take longer to respond. Tooth whitening is not permanent; the whitening process will need to be repeated approximately every 12 months to keep your teeth at the shade you desire.
Over-the-counter and whitening by non-qualified practitoners
Here are the recomendations from the Australian Dental Association (ADA) on this matter:
While you can buy over-the-counter, use-at-home toothpastes and strips, your dentist is best qualified to determine if you need teeth whitening, and can use a stronger bleach than you can at home, with greater safety and expertise.
You may be tempted to go to a shopping centre booth or a beautician to get your teeth whitened but neither are suitably qualified and could cause irreversible damage to your teeth and gums. DIY bleaching comes with all sorts of risks, and old wives tales treatments such as rubbing strawberries, lemons, or even bicarb of soda on your teeth, do a lot of damage to your teeth for no real whitening gain.
Please consult one of the dentists at Mildura Family Dental for the best and safe option for you to brigthen your smile.
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