Bright, white teeth and a big smile. It’s what we all aspire to, but to achieve it we may need a little help.
Are you tired of the colour of your teeth? Are they stained? Dull? Yellow? Don’t worry, you’re not alone and we are here to help! If your pearly whites have lost their lustre in recent years, don’t despair – there are a number of ways you can solve the problem.
Teeth Whitening is a specific treatment for those with stained or discoloured teeth. As the name suggests, it is the process of improving the colour of your teeth. Teeth can become stained or discoloured for multiple reasons. The most common cause is dietary habits; your teeth will be discoloured if over time you drink large amounts of caffeine, sugary drinks, red wine or tea, or if you smoke or take certain medicines.
The effectiveness of treatment varies. Your DB Dental dentist will examine your teeth to determine if teeth whitening will be a suitable and effective option for you. There are two main options for teeth whitening: at home, or at the dental practice. Having your teeth whitened at the dental practice involves a one hour treatment in the dental chair.
Your DB Dental dentist will use a whitening solution with or without a bright light to improve the shade of your teeth. This method usually involves a strong chemical bleaching agent, so it is important to receive treatment from a qualified dentist.
Alternatively, your DB Dental dentist will prepare a take-home whitening kit of clear custom trays and whitening gel. DB Dental recommend their new Boutique Whitening system, a safe effective way to enhance your smile. Using the highest quality whitening gel, manufactured in the USA, you can be assured of fantastic results and a brighter, whiter, smile.
Make sure to discuss treatment in detail with your DB Dental dentist so you will have realistic expectations of the outcome. Any large fillings in your front teeth may need to be replaced after the whitening process as fillings do not change colour, but your teeth do which leads to a mismatch in colour. Once your teeth have been whitened satisfactorily, lifestyle changes such as drinking less caffeine, red wine, and tea, and stopping smoking, can help keep your smile clean and white.
Please note a teeth whitening treatment may only commence after the patient has undergone a scale and clean by a DB Dental dentist and is subject to the oral fitness of the patient. You can make a whitening examination appointment with DB Dental using the Book Now button above.
In chair and take home bleaching kits – what is the difference?
In chair teeth whitening uses a strong active ingredient, which can only legally be prescribed and applied in the dental practice. This type of whitening can only be applied for an hour at a time and if multiple visits are required, they must be at least one week apart. While this whitening process may result in a dramatic change in brightness, it also causes more sensitivity and temporary tooth dehydration.
One visit may not be sufficient to get your teeth to the brightest shade they can be. Because this treatment is done in surgery, there is a higher cost associated with the treatment. Take home whitening is gentler, has a mild active ingredient and is safe to use without constant professional supervision. However, some professional supervision is still advised as all whitening can cause side effects like tooth sensitivity and even chemical burns.
It is important to follow instructions from your dentist, therapist and hygienist regarding the safest application of your home whitening kits. You should also check in with your NDC dental team regularly to ensure you are on track for the best results. Take home whitening is also very economical: once you have been issued your custom made home kit and starter gel, you will only need to top up your whitening once per year and the gel can be supplied at minimal cost by your DB Dental dental practice during your preventative care visits.