Teeth whitening solutions at our Melbourne dental practice
Most people want a whiter, brighter smile. Unfortunately, no toothpaste by itself can guarantee a whiter smile as toothpaste only removes external stains. That’s why we’re pleased to offer our patients a safe, cost-effective way of getting a whiter smile in the shortest possible time.
The experienced and caring dentists at our Melbourne dental clinic help our patients achieve a whiter smile through a technique known as cosmetic teeth whitening.
The following situations can receive a positive outcome from teeth whitening:
- enamel stains or discolouration
- trauma to baby teeth which has led to stained permanent teeth
- previous staining due to some antibiotic medications
- a general discoloured pattern in teeth.
Whitening can also be the next step before cosmetic treatment to provide a uniform appearance.
First, you come for an examination at our Essendon dental clinic to confirm there are no restoration problems (where a crown, bridge or implants may be needed). Our dentist will also make sure that whitening treatment is appropriate for you. Then we’ll examine your mouth, and take any necessary x-rays, to ensure sound dental health and overall oral hygiene.
How is teeth whitening done?
If you are after teeth whitening in Melbourne, you will find two methods. Both use hydrogen peroxide as the active bleaching ingredient to remove stains and discolouration.
At-home whitening kits, which require multiple applications of a low-strength gel, are an excellent option for patients prone to sensitivity. These treatments are a fantastic alternative to in-chair whitening treatments as they can conveniently occur in the comfort of your own home. These treatments are also very cost-effective. However, at-home treatments are a much slower means of achieving your ideal result of sparkling white teeth.
The second option is professional in-chair whitening, which uses a much stronger whitening solution to lift your tooth shade significantly in just one 45 minute session. In-chair whitening is a speedy, safe and effective way to lighten your teeth in the care of a dental professional.
At-home teeth whitening
For those who are seeking at-home whitening, we recommend the Pola Day treatment system. Pola has a sufficient concentration of hydrogen peroxide, and a nourishing formula to protect teeth.
The whitening gel is applied to your teeth using a thin plastic tray (custom-fit to your teeth) to protect your gums and concentrate the bleach on the tooth surface. Whitening results usually last a long time but will gradually fade; therefore, we typically recommend a 6 or 12 monthly ‘touch up’ treatment of 1–2 days duration. Visit our At-home Whitening page to learn more.
In-chair teeth whitening
Some people want a faster result. For a rapid response, you can do an in-chair whitening which takes just 45 minutes in-clinic. We use the Zoom whitening system because it’s quick, effective and safe.
This treatment can lift your smile up to 8 shades whiter and is an excellent option for patients who want to brighten their teeth for a special event. We recommend following up in-chair whitening treatment with an at-home whitening routine to extend the longevity of your results. For more information about Zoom treatment, head to our In-chair whitening page.
Frequently asked questions about teeth whitening
Does teeth whitening cause any side effects?
The whitening gel we use at our Essendon clinic is a proven, safe and effective treatment. It doesn’t damage or weaken the enamel of teeth. Some patients may experience a temporary increase in teeth sensitivity, although the gel concentration we use makes this unlikely. If teeth sensitivity occurs, we suggest stopping the whitening process for 1–2 days to give your teeth a rest, then continue the process. To help with potential sensitivity, we send all patients home with a toothpaste with a special sensitive formulation to help soothe the teeth.
Gum irritation may also occur, especially if you have gingivitis and bleeding gums in the past. For this reason, we recommend a thorough tooth and gum cleaning before you begin the whitening process. Having a thorough tooth and gum clean also helps to remove any stains from your teeth, making the whitening more effective.
Does whitening work for all teeth?
Whitening will change the colour of your teeth, but will not change the colour of your fillings. For this reason, after you’ve completed your Zoom whitening treatment, it may be necessary to replace some old fillings to better match the colour of your sparkling white teeth.
The teeth whitening results for some patients who have taken antibiotic medications that cause staining may not meet expectations. An alternative treatment procedure, such as porcelain veneers, may be required.
Next steps for whitening treatment
Before beginning any whitening treatment, we strongly recommend you come in to our Essendon dental clinic. One of our experienced staff members will provide a dental health and oral hygiene check-up, and will also be able to assess your eligibility for cosmetic teeth whitening. Therefore we will be able to create a suitable treatment plan for you.
See examples of whitening in our cosmetic dentistry case studies. Please contact our knowledgeable and friendly reception staff to make an appointment to learn more in-person about the whitening treatments we offer at our Essendon clinic, to see if you may be a candidate for a whiter smile.