What is Teeth Whitening?
Professional teeth whitening, also known as teeth bleaching, has become extremely popular. Whitening will not change the colour of your teeth completely, but will lighten the shade, without removing any of the tooth surface. The results are temporary, but can last up to 3 years, depending on diet and smoking habits.
Teeth whitening treatments lighten the teeth with the use of Hydrogen Peroxide (bleach). Whitening can be applied to the outside of teeth to brighten their appearance, or to the inside of the root canal for teeth that have had diseased roots.
Tooth coloured fillings and replacement teeth will not lighten with these treatments.
Teeth may be sensitive to hot and cold food and drink for a few days after the whitening treatment, but this is a temporary effect.
Dental Surgery Whitening
Whitening treatment in a dental surgery offers faster results than the alternatives, as the dentist will use stronger bleach. This procedure can be done very quickly, usually in a little over an hour.
Your dentist will first place a shield or a gel on your gums to protect them, before painting the bleach onto all of the teeth in either the upper or lower jaw, heating it with a light for a few minutes, and then washing off with water. Recent advances in technology have developed several alternative whitening techniques. Ask our dental teams for more information on the techniques used in your practice.
It may be necessary to have other dental treatments prior to whitening, as whitening treatments can only be applied to healthy teeth and gums. A visit to the dental hygienist is also recommended prior to whitening treatment, to give the teeth a thorough cleaning and remove any surface stains.