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Teeth Whitening in Nundah QLD

Teeth Whitening is a cosmetic treatment and is a very common procedure in dental. Every day more and more people are looking to this treatment to help brighten their smiles.

In a dental clinic, it is increasingly common to have patients who note their insecurities and discomfort with their smile because they have teeth that are discoloured, stained, or give off a yellowish colour.

It is situations as this, that one of the most popular procedures in dentistry, teeth whitening, is put into practice. This treatment is aimed at the modification of the colour of teeth with different whitening techniques.

Teeth Whitening in Nundah QLD
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What Is Teeth Whitening?

Whitening teeth is a procedure performed in a clinic or at home to reduce stains or improve the colour of the teeth. When applied with the appropriate whitening materials, it can whiten the colour of the teeth by several shades.

When Will I Need Whiten My Teeth?

Over periods of time our can teeth stain and therefore need to be whitened, the following are some reasons that cause discoloration:

  • Smoking
  • Drinking black tea or coffee, red wine, and dark carbonated drinks
  • Medications taken such as tetracycline
  • Due to aging
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What Options Do I Have For Whitening?

Whitening your teeth can be done in two ways,

In-Chair Teeth Whitening

To apply in-chair whitening, hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide product is used, which are biocompatible whitening agents. The product is applied to the front surface of all the front teeth you see upon smiling, after protecting the surrounding gum with a barrier material.

A power bleaching can also be done, which is a procedure in which the teeth are exposed to an LED or halogen light in-chair after applying the whitening gel to the surface of the teeth, in order to quicken the whitening process.

It is crucial to note that for in-chair teeth whitening to be effective, the teeth have to be entirely healthy, that is, they must be cavity and decay free and a prophylaxis cleaning must be performed prior to ensure there is no dental plaque and calculus present, and there be no swelling of the soft tissue gums (periodontal disease).

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Take-Home Whitening Kit

Teeth bleaching or whitening at-home kits have become increasingly popular due to them being a cheaper and easy to use option, coming with a tray, syringe, and whitening products. However, it does contain less peroxide in comparison to the whitening materials used by dentists in-chair as the product that dental clinics use is stronger and more effective at removing discolourations.

For the take-home whitening kit, a dentist will provide you with a custom-made tray to specifically fit your teeth, giving you a better result and minimizing the amount of leaking gel from the tray (which can irritate the gums). 

How Much Should I Have My Teeth Whitened?

How often whitening is needed depends on the patient’s oral hygiene habits. Whitening can last anywhere from months to years from the time it was performed, if the instructions given by your dentist are followed, such as –

  • Brushing your teeth twice daily and after every meal,
  • Flossing daily,
  • Keeping away from coloured drinks and foods (such as those mentioned previously),
  • No smoking

Is Teeth Whitening Safe For Me?

Whitening the teeth is a safe method, as long as it is performed under the exact direction and supervision of a dental professional and it is done with the correct materials that are compatible with your tooth structure.

Although it is a painless procedure it can give a certain degree of teeth sensitivity to the patient, hence the requirement for whitening to be performed under the direction or supervision of a dental professional, with the appropriate teeth whitening products and following the manufacturer’s directions.

What Options Should I Consider Before Going Ahead With Teeth Whitening?

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If you are after some other options to brighten your smile other than traditional whitening, there are a few to consider. Veneers, either composite or porcelain, are another alternative or added solution as they do not suffer the whitening effect from the hydrogen or carbamide peroxide. 

When veneers are in the patient’s dental plan alongside teeth whitening, the whitening should always be completed prior and then the restorative procedure performed.

This treatment is a quick, effective and a great option for those patients who are wanting to improve and enhance their smiles aesthetically in a minimal invasive way. 

If you’re interested in smile makeover, we recommend booking a consultation with one of our cosmetic dentists so that we can assess your suitability for the treatment and discuss your desired results. To book an appointment or talk to the Nundah Central Dental team, give us a call at (07) 3130 4472

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