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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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