Teeth whitening uses a bleaching a process to remove stains and discolouration of the teeth and give them a whiter appearance. With lasting effects of up to five years, teeth whitening is a great way to stay looking younger!
Teeth whitening treatment has become very popular over the last few years. It is a great way to improve your smile and appearance in an affordable and non-invasive way.
As with everything else, teeth whitening is not suitable for everyone. Your dentist will initially assess your teeth and gums and then determine if you are a good candidate for teeth whitening treatment.
Whitening gels contain an active whitening ingredient (either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide) that penetrates your enamel to get to discoloured molecules. Oxygen molecules from the whitening agents react with the discoloured molecules in your teeth, breaking the bonds that hold them together. The oxygen molecules spread, whitening the entire tooth. As a result, you are left with a brighter, whiter smile without damaging your tooth structure.
There are two options for whitening your teeth: Home Whitening or In-office Whitening.
Home Teeth Whitening
This method uses customised, thin plastic trays which are supplied with and are designed to hold whitening gel to whiten your teeth at home. The teeth whitening process involves wearing the gel-filled trays for a few hours per day, or at night whilst sleeping, for about 14 days. This process takes longer than the In-office teeth whitening treatment.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Philips Zoom Whitespeed is the latest teeth whitening system, offering great results in just 45 minutes. This method has the power to whiten teeth by 8 to 10 shades. This procedure is done in our clinic and involves applying 25% hydrogen peroxide gel on your teeth, which is then activated for 45 minutes with the Zoom Advanced Power light. After the main teeth whitening procedure is complete, you will receive a set of custom-made trays to maintain your new white smile at home.
Here are some useful facts about teeth whitening:
Tooth-coloured fillings, crowns, veneers and bridges will not lighten when your teeth are whitened.
Teeth whitening toothpastes can make your teeth appear a little lighter by removing stains, but they do not actually bleach your teeth and can be abrasive.
Teeth whitening treatment does not produce the same results on all types of teeth discolouration.
If you have any cavities, they should be filled before you have your teeth whitening treatment.
Teeth whitening kits from the dentist produce faster results than whitening kits purchased over the counter as they contain a stronger peroxide bleaching agent.
People with gum disease should be treated before whitening their teeth.
We recommend that you have a thorough dental cleaning prior to having your teeth whitened to remove plaque and surface stains.