What is tooth whitening?
Tooth whitening is a bleaching process that lightens discolored teeth and usually takes less than an hour. It can boost your confidence and self-esteem by greatly improving the appearance of your smile.
What causes tooth discoloration?
Discoloration may be caused by a variety of factors including aging, staining from substances such as tea, coffee, colas, tobacco, red wine etc. or the consumption of tetracycline, certain antibiotics or excessive fluoride during tooth formation.
Who can benefit from tooth whitening?
Almost anyone can be determined to be a viable candidate for this procedure after undergoing an oral exam by a dentist but treatment may not be as effective for some as it is for others.
Is Whitening Safe?
Research has indicated that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. To ensure your safety, great care is taken to protect skin or tissue around the mouth and the use of protective eyewear is required. However, the procedure is not recommended for children under the age of 13 and pregnant or lactating women. Light sensitive individuals, including those undergoing PUVA therapy (Psolalen+LV Radiation), other photo chemotherapy or patients with melanoma, also should not undergo this treatment.
Is tooth whitening painful?
Our patients have achieved amazing results after only one appointment and with minimal pain or discomfort. However, you may experience some tooth sensitivity, gum irritation or occasional pain. While we cannot guarantee that these effects can be avoided, we recommend that you do the following to reduce the risk:
- Use a high fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash for a few weeks prior to your visit to help to strengthen your teeth.
- Take an ibuprofen such as Nurofen before and after the whitening to assist in sensitivity management.
- Avoid extreme temperatures in liquids or food after whitening as well as a soft bristled toothbrush and toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
- Let us know if tooth sensitivity persists for longer than a few days so we can check to make sure it is not a symptom of a different underlying problem. We aim to make patients comfortable by watching television or listening to music but those with a strong gag reflex or anxiety may have difficulty undergoing the entire procedure
How long will results last?
Whitened teeth will stay lighter than they were before the procedure and we recommend that teeth are flossed and brushed twice daily and occasionally touched-up with whitening gel.
How are teeth whitened?
The active ingredient in teeth whitening treatment is Hydrogen Peroxide which bleaches colored substances while keeping the structure of the tooth unchanged. Light is also used to aid in activating the Hydrogen Peroxide and help it penetrate the surface of the tooth.
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We offer a variety of Family & Aesthetic dentistry procedures that can be customized to meet the unique needs of each of our patients at Sweet Smile Dental Clinic. Call us today at: 9842 9684