Teeth Whitening – FAQ
What is tooth whitening?
Tooth whitening is a process known as oxidation. Any dis-colourations within the tooth will be lightened. Organic materials break down to remove staining and create a whiter brighter smile.
What causes my teeth to discolour?
There are many causes of tooth discolouration. Some of the most common include the consumption of highly coloured foods (berries) and drinks (coffee, tea, red wine). Antibiotics at young age, aging, smoking and trauma can also result in discolorations.
How long will it last?
Just touch up your teeth a few times per year for one or two days or nights. Without a touch up, your teeth will start to re-stain by the same things that caused them to discolour in the first place.
Is the treatment safe?
Yes, clinical studies have shown that bleaching with carbamide or hydrogen peroxide under the supervision of a dental professional is safe for teeth and gums.
What if I have restorations in my teeth, will these change colour?
Whitening will remove any existing stains on the restorations but will not affect the original shade.
What are the steps involved?
With in Office teeth whitening, whitening gel is placed directly on your teeth and will remain in contact with them for less than 20 minutes at a time. With take home teeth whitening gel is placed in your custom-made tray which fits over your teeth. The whitening gel is broken down and oxygen enters the enamel and dentin, and the stains are dissolved.
What are the side effects?
For the majority of the patients, there are none. However, some will experience temporary sensitivity (dull or sharp pain, sensitivity to hot and cold). This will subside after several hours of ceasing treatment. If sensitivity is present, wear times can be shortened or made less frequent. Additionally, use desensitizing gel or cream which will help decrease sensitivity and can be used before or after the whitening process.
How long does it take?
With in office teeth whitening, total treatment time will be one hour. Take home teeth whitening kits takes between 7-14 days depending on use. With either option, you achieve a whiter, younger looking smile.
Contact us for more information on teeth whitening on 38783384 or email: Info@heritagedentalgroup.com.au