Should I get my teeth whitened in the dental clinic (in-office) or at home?
There are certain factors that need to be considered before choosing the right option. These include cost, duration of treatment and results, among others. For more information Click Here
What are the common side-effects of teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening treatment may cause temporary irritation and sensitivity on your teeth and gums. Your teeth and gums may experience some minor discomfort or minor pain. However, the discomfort or pain should subside within 24 hours. The use of a lesser concentration of teeth whitening treatment can reduce these side effects.
What does whitening my teeth cost?
This depends on whether you want in-office treatment or home treatment. Also depends on what brand you prefer. Please call us on 02 9267 7777 so that we can give you the correct quote.
How white will my teeth get?
Studies show that whitening procedures can deliver results of up to eight shades lighter and even higher for individuals with darker teeth. Results, however, do vary as the starting points may be different and every individual’s teeth respond differently.
Is it safe for anyone to use the teeth whitening treatment?
Tooth whitening is not recommended for Children under the age of 16 years. Furthermore, women who are pregnant or lactating should not be treated with whitening products. Also, anyone allergic to peroxide should not use teeth whitening products.
Is it common to follow up the in-office whitening treatment with a home whitening kit?
Yes, to give better and longer lasting results. Since the in-office whitening treatment bleaches and dehydrates you to make it bright white, as soon as water is restored to the teeth, the colour will slightly relapse. Hence, continuing the treatment with a home whitening kit will make your teeth achieve better results.
What should I avoid after teeth whitening?
The first 3 days are critical to keep the whitening results after the treatment. Hence any foodstuff or substance that could potentially stain your teeth should be avoided. Such items include: Tea, coffee, Cola, soy sauce, red wine, chocolates, etc. It is also recommended to avoid cigarette smoking at least a month.
What other options are available for whitening my teeth?
Porcelain veneers are available as an option to whiten your teeth. These are a thin overlay that is bonded directly to the tooth and gives it a completely new surface. They have a much longer life – approximately 10-15 years – and not susceptible to permanent staining and discolouring, if taken care off. Give us a call for more information or to book a consultation on 02 9267 7777. You can see what porcelain veneers can do for your teeth
Does whitening affect my caps, crowns, fillings or veneers?
No, these are not affected by the whitening treatment, as it only whitens the enamel. Hence the actual colour of the cap, crown, fillings or veneers does not change – however, food and drink stains may come off.
How long does teeth whitening results usually last?
The in-office treatment results usually last 1 to 2 years, as long as the treatment is followed up regularly with the home kits. If using the home treatment by itself, the results can last between 3 to 8 months. Duration of results do vary and depend on your hygiene, diet (drinks and food that cause staining should be avoided) and your habits (such as smoking).