Teeth whitening is safer, faster, more effective and accessible than ever before
At Bite Dental, teeth whitening is a service that we provide to our patients several times each day. In recent years, teeth whitening has become hugely popular, yet most people have little knowledge of the different methods for whitening, as well as the considerations and limitations of the procedure. Advertising and marketing claims often distort the differences in the whitening procedures and amplify the actual results.
Still, teeth whitening is the fastest, easiest, and most non-invasive way to improve the appearance of your smile.
The term ‘teeth whitening’ is a bit misleading. All teeth whitening procedures—even in-office whitening—are based on hydrogen peroxide stain removal—but hydrogen peroxide can’t reach to the middle of your tooth so doesn’t actually whiten the whole tooth. It’s, therefore, better to think of teeth whitening as removal of deep stains rather than making the colour whiter.
Here, at Bite Dental Studios, we offer several options of teeth whitening procedures. While good results can be achieved with the conventional take-home kit that usually takes up to two weeks, Zoom! whitening can speed up the process for you. It’s ideal for patients who may find it difficult to regularly keep up with wearing whitening trays or those seeking instant results. Zoom! whitening is also perfect for those with very discoloured teeth as it can be followed with take-home whitening for more dramatic results.
As stains can and do come back, at Bite Dental Brisbane we see teeth whitening as an ongoing program.
Normal tooth whitening packages consist of a pre-ordered stock kit that does not allow for ongoing maintenance. Our team at Bite Dental provide you with the necessary teeth whitening solutions to achieve your desired result, but also continue to reassess your maintenance requirements at every future visit. All teeth whitening clients at Bite Dental receive a complimentary ‘top-up’ solution at every six-monthly check up to maintain their bright and healthy smile.
Why should I whiten my teeth?
Maybe you’ve always wanted a beautiful white smile, or your teeth have yellowed over time. Maybe you’re not happy with the staining that results from drinking coffee, tea or cola. Whatever the reason for wanting teeth whitening, you’re not alone.
Just as we all have different hair and skin colour, people also have a different tooth colour. In most cases, the natural colour of teeth is within a range of light yellow shades. Teeth naturally darken over time and their appearance can be affected by the accumulation of surface stains acquired from tobacco products and certain foods or drinks. Some ‘stainers’ are obvious, but there are some you may have overlooked.
- Tea and coffee (this includes herbal & green tea)
- Plaque and tartar deposits
- Red wine
- Excessive dark cola
- Antibiotic treatment in childhood – especially tetracycline
There are many reasons for whitening your teeth, and most of the time it is a personal choice but the reasons our patients often give us are:
- For a more youthful appearance
- A special event such as a wedding, job interview or class reunion
- To make a positive first impression on others
- To visually reverse years of everyday staining and yellowing
However, not all tooth discolouration responds to tooth whitening treatments. That’s why, before beginning any tooth whitening procedure, be sure to consult with our experienced oral health professionals to ensure that the right tooth whitening treatment is suitable for you.
How does teeth whitening work?
Teeth whitening makes teeth appear whiter by bleaching the stains from the surface enamel. Our teeth are porous, like a really fine pumice stone, so over time surface stain particles get absorbed and accumulate within the internal porosities of our teeth. The teeth whitening agent penetrates the porosities in the crystal structure of enamel and bleaches stain deposits rendering them colourless.
Is teeth whitening expensive?
At Bite Dental Brisbane we offer a take-home teeth whitening loyalty program for $150 to our existing patients. This includes a complete initial course of teeth whitening and ongoing maintenance gel at your six-monthly check-ups to keep the stains at bay and your teeth pearly white.
Obviously, as teeth whitening is a dental treatment, we do need to do a full dental examination and hygiene appointment prior to assess if it is safe to do teeth whitening, and if whitening will give you the results you desire.
Will teeth whitening damage my teeth?
Many clinical studies support the safety and effectiveness of tooth whitening gels, when used appropriately. However, there are some potential side effects from teeth whitening—most are temporary but some can be permanent.
The side effects of teeth whitening are associated with over-use of the tooth whitening gel or the provision of trays that are not fabricated properly and have a poor fit. Side effects of teeth whitening can range from sensitivity during the course of whitening to irritation or burns to the gums and soft tissues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 a 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, coffee, chocolates to 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.
Unfortunately, tooth 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.
At Bite Dental Brisbane City, we take the time to thoroughly assess and explain the teeth whitening procedure to our patients so you know what to expect and your anticipated results. We work out a process for you to reduce your risk of sensitivity and work together to achieve and maintain your desired result.
Call us now at 07 3221 5399 to arrange a consultation with our dentist to see if tooth whitening will work for you. Sink your teeth into Bite Dental Studios Brisbane!