How does teeth whitening work?
There are two approaches that we can offer for teeth whitening in our southern Adelaide surgery.
The first involves taking an impression of your teeth, which we use for making customised whitening trays for you to use at home.
The bleaching medication is placed into the reservoirs in the trays, which you then put into your mouth for an hour during the day, or overnight if that is more convenient. Over the course of the treatment, you can expect your teeth to brighten by 2 to 3 shades.
The other form of treatment that we can offer is Zoom! whitening, which can be completed in our surgery in around an hour. A gentle blue light is used to activate a whitening gel, and this process can brighten your teeth by up to 8 shades.
What are the benefits of teeth whitening?
While discoloured teeth can be a sign of poor oral hygiene, it is not always the case, as the natural effects of ageing and your lifestyle can be responsible for your teeth losing their whiteness and vibrancy over time.
Teeth whitening is a simple and straightforward process that can transform your smile relatively quickly, and restore your self-esteem and confidence in the process.
Is teeth whitening right for me?
Most people who are unhappy with the colour of their teeth and the vibrancy of their smile can benefit from Southside Dental Options teeth whitening.
The process is simple, straightforward and cost effective. However, not everyone will be suited to undergoing teeth whitening.
We will be able to advise you whether it’s right for you, or whether an alternative approach such as dental veneers is more appropriate.
Common questions about Teeth Whitening
What results can I expect from teeth whitening?
If you opt for using our teeth whitening trays, you can expect your teeth to become to 2 to 3 shades whiter. With Zoom! whitening, your teeth can become up to 8 shades lighter.
How can I maintain my whiter teeth?
Once you’ve undergone teeth whitening, there are a number of steps you can take to maintain the vibrancy of your smile:
- Cut down on your consumption of dark liquids, such as tea, coffee and red wine
- Stop or cut down on smoking
- Have a touch up each time you come to us for a dental checkup (or more often if you are particularly prone to staining)
Will my teeth become more sensitive after whitening?
It can be the case that your teeth become more sensitive after whitening, but this can be alleviated by not sleeping in your trays, and then using a relieving gel afterwards. It might also be helpful to use a sensitive toothpaste prior to starting the whitening process. If the sensitivity continues, we might recommend using your whitening trays on alternate days, rather than daily.
Do I have to get my teeth whitened by my dentist?
You should only ever have teeth whitening performed by your dentist at Southside Dental Options. Although there are other people (such as beauticians and hairdressers) who claim they can do teeth whitening, they will not be qualified and could damage your teeth and gums by not applying the treatment correctly.