Whiter, Brighter Teeth
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At Byron Family Dental we recommend teeth whitening as a treatment to turn discoloured teeth into bright, beautiful and white smiles.
Types of Teeth Whitening
We offer two different types of Teeth whitening treatments:
- In Chair – this treatment is completed at our dental practice by a dental professional.
- At home – this treatment is completed by the patient at home using tooth whitening products provided by us.
In Chair Teeth Whitening
- In chair whitening takes approximately 90 minutes, and uses a stronger solution that the at home whitening product
- During the in chair teeth whitening procedure, our dental professionals will firstly apply a gel to protect the gums
- Then a hydrogen peroxide solution, which is a bleaching agent, is applied onto the teeth
- A special bright light is used to release oxygen after the bleaching solution is applied
- The stains and discolouration is then removed from the surface of the teeth
- After the stains are removed from the surface the dentin of the teeth are whitened
At Home Teeth Whitening
- Although the at home whitening solution is not as strong as the in chair solution, you can still achieve the same finished results
- The process starts with an impression of your mouth, taken by our dental professionals
- Then whitening trays are made for your mouth
- At home, you will place a small amount of whitening solution given to you by us into the trays
- Generally the whitening trays need to be worn for approx. 1 hr each day for 2 weeks, but our dental professionals will advise exact timings required for you at your appointment
- Mouthpieces, containing the whitening gel, may cause irritation to the teeth if it is worn for too long since the whitening gel contains peroxide
Preparing your teeth for teeth whitening
Before we commence any teeth whitening procedures we require our patients to come in for a whitening consult to allow our dental professionals to access your suitability for teeth whitening. Not everyone’s teeth will respond the same to the whitening procedure. We also recommend patients to have teeth whitening shortly after they have had their regular teeth cleaning with us. Book your whitening consult ONLINE HERE.
Foods and Beverages
- Foods which contain a lot of acid may cause that yellowish hue on your teeth.
- Coffee, all kinds of tea, sodas and wine are some of the beverages that contain acidic polyphenols that can also cause discolouration to your teeth, however, adding milk into tea or coffee could decrease the staining power of these beverages.
- Smoking is considered harmful to your health and bad for your teeth. A cigarette contains tobacco which has substances that cause your teeth to stain.
Passage of time
- While we go through the natural aging process, the outer layer of enamel found on our teeth gets thinner and exposes the layer called dentin, which is found below the enamel. Dentin is yellow in colour and is the reason why our teeth doesn’t appear as white anymore.
- Injury to the mouth may cause teeth to change colour.
Teeth whitening works by lightening the colour of the teeth. The formula that is used in the process effectively breaks down the pigmentation of stains and discolouration, leaving the teeth looking much whiter and brighter than before. The treatment works more effectively on some people than on others, as the procedure achieves best results on teeth affected by surface stains, rather than those with intrinsic stains that develop inside the teeth and may be caused by trauma and certain medications.
- Refraining from smoking, and consuming foods and drinks which can stain your teeth
- Since teeth whitening is not permanent, you may need to re-whiten your teeth as soon as they begin to discolour again.
- It is important to visit the dentist on a regular basis to help maintain a healthy oral lifestyle.
- Make sure you floss your teeth after every meal and brush them at least twice a day.
- In some very rare cases you may experience tooth sensitivity that may last a day or two or sometimes a bit longer
- In some instances a side effect may be mild gum irritation or inflammation