IMPROVING YOUR SMILE BY WHITENING YOUR TEETH
Before going any further, have you read Choice Magazine's independent article
on teeth whitening? We recommend that you have a read of this article
so you get an independent understanding of your general options and the value
of our professional teeth whitening services by a qualified dentist.
the article now.
No matter how well you care for your teeth, your teeth can or get stained or
darken over time due to aging or other factors.
There are several options to have your teeth made whiter and brighter and those
that we offer here at Pearly Whites Dental include
Since each person's teeth are unique, there is no single best way to whiten
teeth and so it is important to understand your options so we recommend either
an examination or consultation with the Dentist preior to treatment especially
if you haven't seen a dentist for 6 months or more. Alternatively, if you satisfy
the following conditions, you may book directly with our Hygienist who can review
your teeth for suitability.
- Do not have sensitive teeth
- Teeth are free of decay and cracks
All teeth whitening results are dependent on the initial colour of your teeth
and the reason(s) for any discoloration. A professional consultation is recommended
to ensure that the desired results are achievable and more importantly, safe
for your teeth, gums and mouth. If you have periodontal (gum) disease or decay
, you will need to have this treated prior to bleaching to minimise the chance
Teeth are many different shades and colors. Some people have naturally white
teeth but most people have light to dark yellow teeth. Sometimes teeth can have
a grey tinge that may have been the result of tetracycline antibiotic use in
When staining is present on a tooth's surface, a professional clean always
helps but some stains/imperfections may be deep within the tooth surface and
common whitening techniques will not be sufficient to achieve an even smile.
In this case composite veneers are used to whiten teeth.
Teeth Whitening does not whiten existing fillings or crowns and it is usually
necessary to have visible tooth coloured fillings replaced or veneered to match
the final tooth colour after whitening is completed.
Here at Pearly Whites Dental, we use and provide the
teeth whitening products manufactured by SDI, the same people who makes the
revolutionary Aura Composite Resin materials we use for composite veneers and
crowns. Full product information can be found at www.sdi.com.au.
Please note that chemicals used to whiten teeth may cause irritation to
teeth and/or soft tissues. It is therefore important to discuss any sensitivity
issues you may have with your Dentist or Hygienist and to immediately stop any
treatment and seek professional advice if any more than minor irritation / discomfort
There are many products available in Supermarkets, Beautiticians and Internet
that may whiten your teeth. We are often asked why Dentist provided treatments
are more expensive and why they consistently provide better results. Here are
- All whitening gel strengths and ingredients provided by either Dentists
or Non-Dentist are tightly controlled and limited by law in Australia. Those
whitening agents provided by Dentists are typically many times stronger than
what can be legally provided by Non-Dentists.
- Treatments provided by dentists are typically specialisd products and strengths
that are not otherwise not available
- Our treatments can be used without the need for special lights to accelerate
the whitening process. These lights and the accelerate whitening process can
create heat that may cause serious issues including the irreversable damage
to a tooth's pulp so great care is required. Another reason why only Denists
should provide this type of treatment.
- Treatments provided by dentists consistently provide better results including
avoiding unnecessary pain.
- Custom made trays are far more effective and generally last much longer
than generic or "boil and bite" trays
- Additonal whitening treatments often require the puchase of additional whitening
- If something goes wrong, only Densists can provide professional support..
We suggest that anyone considering whitening products be wary of claims suggesting
that more than a two or three shades of teeth whitening is probable.
"IN OFFICE" WHITENING (polaoffice+)
This method of teeth whitening is performed by a Dentist while you are in the
dental chair. Your teeth are pumiced/polished, a gingical barrier applied to
protect your gums and up to three applications of a tooth whitening gel are
applied, removed in 8 to 15 minute intervals.
In Office Whitening may be covered in whole or part by Private Health Insurance
(please refer to your own policy). Item numbers used are 015, 111 and 118.
Check out this
independent review of PolaOffice or the pola
This method has become increasingly popular, particularly in overseas clinics
and holiday resorts because of the immediate results. As with all teeth whitening
procedures, it is important to understand the risks involved, especially when
a high strength bleach or a light is used to accelerate results.
- Teeth Sensitivity - some patients find the strength of some whitening
gels too strong and experience mild to severe pain
- Soft Tissue Burns - the whitening gel is bleach and therefore used
incorrectly can burn soft tissue such as lips and gum.
The upside of these issues is that they have been addressed by SDI's
polaoffice product that we use. polaoffice has
- A built in desensitiser that acts on nerve endings
to block transmission of sensitive nerve impulses
- Flexible gingival barrier to protect soft tissue
and allows for quick and effective removal of whitening gel
- A bleaching light is optional and if used, we use the SDI Radii Xpert
designed for use with polaoffice.
Some Health funds offer rebates for in-Office whitening and
for take home bleach trays.
HOME WHITENING KITS (polanight &
Home Whitening is a convenient and practical way to whiten your teeth, especially
if you have sensitive teeth. Home Whitening can also compliment an "In
Office" whitening and allows you to maintain your new smile although pola
luminate is sufficient for many patients to keep their teeth white.
Home Whitening kits are considered the safest and most cost effective form
of professional whitening although it can take a little longer to achieve your
desired results when compared to an In Office treatment. Even though the issues
associated with In Office treatments can still be experienced, the likelihood
and severity is generally much less and easily managed.
Home Whitening is a technique where custom trays that perfectly fit the teeth
with a little added room for whitening gel are made here at Pearly Whites Dental.
Small amounts of special, safer strength bleaching gel (Polanight 16%) is then
used to treat the teeth for one to a few hours or over night.
Home Whitening is the most predictable form of teeth whitening and results
can begin to be seen within a few applications. The recommended initial treatment
is 10 days. Once completed, extra gel or gels of a different formulation and/or
strenght can be purchased to further bleach or simply maintain your new whiter
Home Teeth Whitening Kits are safe, simple and provide a fantastic lightening
of teeth that can be used whenever necessary.
Whitening Paint (pola luminate)
Paint on whitening is a convient way to touch up and maintain you whiter smile
after either an in-office treatment or take home kit. Pola luminate is 6% hydrogen
peroxide to deliver quick and efficient results.
Brush on and go!
- No trays required quick & easy professional tooth whitening
- 6% hydrogen peroxide
- Fluoride Releasing that remineralises the tooth surface and assists in reducing
- Only 30 minutes twice a day
- Over 60 applications 5.5mL tube
Check out this
independent review of PolaOffice or the pola
Read our Cosmetic Dentistry information
for other options to improve your smile