How teeth whitening works?
Our teeth whitening process involves two dental appointments. During the first appointment, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth to create a custom tray. Once complete, you will return for your second appointment and during this time will collect your custom-fit bleaching tray and tooth whitening solution. Your dentist will then run through any questions you have about the teeth whitening solution and provide instructions for use, at home.
How long does teeth whitening take?
Depending on the results you desire, your teeth whitening treatment can take from 10 to 14 days. During this time, you will wear the whitening tray for a couple of hours a day or overnight while you sleep.
How much whiter will my teeth be?
As with all dental treatments, the results will vary from patient to patient, so it is difficult to determine. There are varying reasons for tooth discolouration and these reasons will determine the effectiveness of teeth whitening treatment.
Our Pinjarra dentists will evaluate whether or not you will be a successful candidate for teeth whitening. They will professionally examine your teeth and discuss all suitable options along with the results you are likely to expect from the treatment.
How long does teeth whitening last?
Teeth whitening lasts varying lengths of time for each patient. For most people, whitening will last for one to three years until the full effects have worn off. Smoking and consuming food and drinks that stain your teeth (such as coffee, red wine and blueberries) will reduce the effects of whitening and its longevity.
Help to keep your teeth whiter for longer, with the tips below:
- Brush your teeth or rinse your mouth with water, directly after consuming stain-causing food and drink.
- Maintain healthy oral hygiene routine by brushing twice a day and flossing once a day
- Use a straw to drink beverages that may stain your teeth
- Eat foods that help to clean your teeth like raw carrots and celery
- Avoid food and drink that will stain your teeth
- Avoid smoking
Is teeth whitening safe?
The teeth whitening process involves bleaching your teeth at a concentrated level. Providing your dentist has assessed your suitability for teeth whitening, it is a reasonably safe procedure.
What are the side effects?
The majority of patients will not experience any side effects, however some people may experience tooth sensitivity and irritation in the gums and or throat. These side effects usually only last a couple of days and can be eased with the use of a sensitive toothpaste. During this time, it’s important to avoid carbonated drinks, acidic drinks and food containing citrus (such as oranges, lemons, grapefruit and mandarins).
Will my crowns and veneers also get whiter?
No. The whitening solution only works on natural teeth. During your consultation, your dentist will be able to discuss your options to help avoid any noticeable differences that may arise between your fillings, crowns or veneers and natural teeth.
Disclaimer: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.