Do you have stained teeth
that make you feel self-conscious about smiling?
Don’t let tooth discoloration ruin your smile. Teeth Whitening is quick, convenient and safe, not to mention cost-effective.
Teeth Whitening done correctly is safe. Extensive research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth is safe especially by using low hydrogen-peroxide and peroxide-free whitening agents. Over time- even with a good oral healthcare regime – teeth can become yellow or stained. Teeth whitening is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to restore the beauty of your smile.
Bleaching is not recommended on anyone under 18 years of age as teeth are still developing, and is not recommended for pregnant or lactating women. It is important to mention that teeth whitening is only carried out on a healthy mouth that is free from tooth decay and gum disease and that is something that can only be assessed by your dentist. Bleaching wont work on false teeth, crowns, veneers or fillings .
Here at Crown Dental our dental team uses three types of whitening options:
Beaming White Laser Whitening (In-Clinic)
Here we use Sodium-Perborate as a whitening agent and your teeth are whitened in the dental chair. A protective barrier is placed on your gums and lips, and the whitening gel is placed on your teeth. A lamp is positioned over the teeth and this activates the bleaching process. After one hour you can expect your teeth to look a few shades brighter and is a popular choice with many patients who have an important event coming up where they want to look their best. This in-clinic system takes one and a half hours.
Internal Tooth Bleaching
This method is used in specific cases of discoloration like that of a front tooth following root canal treatment. This method is applied on one tooth at a time and it involves:
- Drilling a hole to access the tooth cavity.
- The whitening agent is applied inside the tooth in the hole drilled and the holes is then closed with a temporary filling. The whitening agent is a strong peroxide.
- The cosmetic dentist will review your case at your next appointment and may decide to replace it with a new patch of peroxide. This procedure is repeated 2 or 3 times until desirable results are reached.
- When the desired color is reached, your dentist will remove any whitening agent from inside the tooth and seal it with a permanent filling.
Tooth whitening is a chemical process. The whitening agent breaks down into tiny molecules that move inside the tooth structure, where they break down any molecules that cause discolouration. Because of this process, the internal colour of the entire tooth is lightened, and the structure of the tooth is not altered at all. Enamel, dentine and any fillings, crowns or veneers are not affected or harmed by the whitening agents.
Sensitivity of the teeth is the most common side effect of bleaching. This usually occurs around the necks of the teeth where the gum has receded. A desensitising agent is contained in the whitening gel to reduce sensitivity as much as possible.
There is a limit to how white your teeth will naturally go. Teeth Whitening procedures will get your teeth as white as they can be without opting for porcelain veneers. Usually, your teeth can lighten several shades in one 60 minute session or in a few weeks by using the home whitening system. This level of whiteness will vary from person to person and regular touch-ups might be needed as whitening is not permanent.
This depends on any habits you may have such as smoking, drinking red wine or eating staining foods. The less of these you consume, the longer the effects will last. Generally, you can expect 1-2 years. If you do smoke, we would recommend getting home whitening trays for top-ups when needed. Regular hygiene appointments can also help maintain your brightness.
Your teeth will feel some sensitivity, on and off, in the first 24 hours.
Follow a ’clear and white’ diet: Smoking and any staining foods or liquids need to be avoided such as tea, coffee, red wine, coke, curries and ketchup. Avoid anything that would stain a white shirt!
You may also experience some tooth sensitivity in the first 24 hours. We advise the use of a pure white desensitizing toothpaste and mouthwash after the procedure as a precaution. In the unlikely event that you should still be experiencing sensitivity you may take whichever pain relief you would normally use for a headache.