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Frequently asked questions
How does teeth whitening work?
Teeth whitening refers to the removal of stains on the surface of the enamel, which are often caused by food and drink, including red wine, coffee, cola and tea. Over time, stain particles are absorbed in the internal porosities of the teeth, where they can accumulate. During teeth stain removal, a bleaching agent is applied to the teeth, which works by penetrating the enamel and bleaching the stain deposits in the crystal structure of the enamel.
How do I whiten my teeth?
At Bite Dental Studios, we offer several whitening options, including Zoom, an in-office procedure. The procedure works by bleaching the teeth and lightening any discolouration on the enamel with the use of hydrogen peroxide. With the use of a special lamp, the hydrogen peroxide is activated and the bleaching process is accelerated.
What are the benefits of teeth whitening?
It is quite common to experience some staining, and you may choose to whiten your teeth and restore your beautiful smile. A whiter smile often creates a more youthful appearance, and the procedure is highly effective in reversing years of staining. Teeth whitening is also a great option for a special event, such as a wedding, or an interview.
Will teeth whitening cause my teeth to become sensitive?
When you have your teeth whitened, tooth sensitivity is sometimes a side effect experienced by patients, usually early on in the treatment when going through the bleaching process. In most cases, the sensitivity that occurs will be temporary and will subside once the teeth whitening process has been completed. The ingredients used in the whitening paste such as potassium nitrate and fluoride are used as desensitisers and help to reduce tooth sensitivity as well as prevent discomfort.
What can I do to maintain my brighter smile?
We recommend a number of easy ways to keep your teeth looking bright and healthy between teeth whitening treatments. Most of them don't require anything else except dedication to your own good oral hygiene. Of course, one of the most straightforward ways is to try and avoid the foods and drinks that are likely responsible for staining your teeth in the first place. Anything from wine and coffee to chocolates and cigarettes can dramatically change the colour of your teeth. Brushing twice a day or after meals and flossing at least once a day will ensure that your smile lasts a lifetime. We also recommend that you touch up your teeth with a new whitening treatment about every six months or so.
Does teeth whitening affect fillings, veneers or crowns?
Unfortunately, teeth whitening has little or no effect on restorative materials such as porcelain. Even dental grade whitening treatments cannot whiten them. It is possible, however, to whiten prosthetic products before having them placed. Porcelain prosthetics are very resistant to stains and will remain the same colour no matter what foods and beverages they are exposed to. So, if you whiten prosthetics ahead of time, you can count on those parts of your mouth to maintain their colour indefinitely.
Is teeth whitening safe?
Yes, teeth whitening is a safe procedure, as long as you have it performed by or with the guidance of a qualified and experienced dental professional. In fact, teeth whitening is now one of the fastest, easiest and most non-invasive ways of improving the appearance of your smile. The treatment has become very popular because of the excellent results it produces, but we recommend that you come in for a consultation so that we can determine whether it's a suitable option for you.
How long does teeth whitening last?
The longevity of your teeth whitening results will depend on the type of treatment that you choose to have, as well as your particular lifestyle and oral hygiene habits. It is important to know that teeth whitening does not produce permanent results. In fact, stains can and often do come back, so we see teeth whitening as an ongoing program. When you come in for a whitening treatment, we will provide you with the necessary solutions to achieve your desired result, but will also continue to reassess your maintenance requirements at each of your future visits. Generally, we recommend touch-ups every six months or so.
What can you eat after teeth whitening?
In order to avoid further staining after a teeth whitening treatment, there are a few foods and drinks that you can avoid. These include tea and coffee, excessive amounts of dark cola, and any dark coloured foods and sauces, such as berries, tomato sauces and soy sauce. Besides avoiding these foods and drinks, it is also a good idea to maintain good oral hygiene habits by brushing your teeth at least twice a day to remove plaque deposits and leftover food particles. Flossing daily is also an important part of a good oral hygiene regime.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek the opinion of an appropriately qualified health practitioner.