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 they only remove 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. This is achieved through a technique known as cosmetic teeth whitening.
Enamel stains or discolouration, trauma to baby teeth which has stained permanent teeth, or a general discoloured pattern in teeth can all benefit from whitening. Whitening can also be the next step before cosmetic treatment to provide a uniform appearance.
This cosmetic teeth whitening process makes it easy to bleach the teeth. First, you come for an examination to make sure there are no restoration problems and to make sure that whitening is appropriate for you. Then we’ll examine your mouth, and take any necessary x-rays, to ensure your dental health and overall oral hygiene is well.
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 requires multiple applications of a low strength gel, are an excellent option for those who are prone to sensitivity. These treatments are a fantastic alternative to in-chair whitening treatments as they can conveniently be done in the comfort of your own home, and they’re very cost-effective. However, this is a much slower means of achieving your ideal result.
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. This 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 due to its effective levels of hydrogen peroxide and its nourishing formula.
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.
For more information regarding the Pola Day treatment head to our at-home whitening page.
In-chair teeth whitening using laser
Some people desire a faster result, in which case you can do an in-chair whitening which takes just 45 minutes in-clinic. We utilise the Zoom whitening system as it’s quick, effective and safe.
This treatment can lift your smile up to 8 shades whiter and is a great option for patients who are needing to brighten their teeth for an 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 regarding the Zoom treatment head to our in-chair whitening page.
Are there any side effects caused by teeth whitening?
The whitening gel we use has been proven to be a safe and effective treatment. It does not 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. Should it occur we suggest stopping the whitening process for 1–2 days to give your teeth a rest, then continue the process. To aid with potential sensitivity, we send all patients home with a sensitive toothpaste to help sooth the teeth.
Gum irritation may also occur, especially if you have gingivitis and bleeding gums. For this reason, we recommend a thorough tooth and gum cleaning before commencing the whitening process. This also helps to remove any stains from your teeth and thus makes 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 your teeth have been satisfactorily whitened it may be necessary to replace some old fillings to match the colour of your teeth better.
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.
It would be best if you came in for a dental health and oral hygiene check-up before beginning any whitening treatment. One of our experienced staff members will be able to assess your eligibility for cosmetic teeth whitening, thus creating a suitable treatment plan for you.
See examples of whitening in our cosmetic dentistry case studies.