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.
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
- Professional Whitening in the surgery (In Office using SDI polaoffice)
- Home Whitening Kits (using SDI polanight/poladay)
- Whitening Paint (using SDI pola luminate)
- Veneers (using Composite Resins)
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 of pain.
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 the 60s.
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 is experienced.
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 some considerations.
- 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 agents.
- 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.
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.
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 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 teeth.
Home Teeth Whitening Kits are safe, simple and provide a fantastic lightening of teeth that can be used whenever necessary.
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 post-operative sensitivity.
- Only 30 minutes twice a day
- Over 60 applications – 5.5mL tube
Read our Cosmetic Dentistry information for other options to improve your smile
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Dr Angela McIntosh BDS Otago
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