Teeth can become stained or discoloured from frequently drinking tea and/or coffee, from smoking, from drinking red wines, from antibiotics or can simply be part of the aging process. Plaque build-up to tartar, tooth decay, and nerve damage can also discolour teeth. Tooth whitening is a method used by dentists to improve the colour of teeth to natural whiteness and health through a bleaching process.
Who needs tooth whitening treatment?
Anyone who has yellow, brown or purple stained teeth can consider tooth whitening to brighten their teeth to their natural shade of white. If your teeth have plaque or stain, you can see our resident dentist for advice on dental treatments and oral hygiene, while also learning more about tooth whitening that can progress you to a better looking and healthier you.
What tooth whitening treatments are available?
The tooth whitening options are easily purchased self-applied home-kits or professional bleaching by a dentist through internal and external whitening. Teeth whitening or bleaching home-kits can be bought from your local pharmacy or online. However, this isn’t necessarily the solution because your natural teeth may continue to discolour for dental or medical health reasons. You are also at risk of over-bleaching, chemical burns and tooth and gum sensitivity with these self-applied home-kits. Seeing our resident dentist can help you identify the cause of your teeth discolouration, so that the most appropriate dental care and tooth whitening treatment can be identified.
What happens during tooth whitening treatment?
Tooth whitening products contain hydrogen or carbamide peroxide and are applied to the teeth as a gel or paste via a gum shield or tray fitted to your teeth. Oxygen is released into the teeth enamel as these chemicals disintegrate, and this process is what lightens the teeth. Home-kits work on a similar basis, but teeth whitening results can take longer. The more peroxide used can cause damage to the teeth and gums, so it is important to consult a dentist about the bleaching kits you are using and frequency of use to identify potential harm to your mouth..
External professional whitening is when a dentist places the bleaching agent on the outer part of the tooth via a rubber mouth tray that also protects the gums. These may include OTC kits (safe home-type kits), power laser treatments, or a combination of both.
How long does tooth whitening last?
The whitening effect on your teeth is dependent on your overall health, oral hygiene, life-style choices, diet, and the type of tooth whitening treatment used. Some tooth whitening treatments have whitening effects for up to three years. Our resident dentist can give you information on what to expect for duration of whiteness for each type of tooth whitening treatment available.
What alternatives are there to tooth whitening?
Alternatives to teeth whitening are slightly abrasive whitening toothpastes, whitening sugar-free chewing gum, natural-looking tooth crowns and veneers, and having teeth scaled and polished by our resident dentist.
What are the costs for tooth whitening?
When visiting Dawley Family Dental, our dentists can advise you on the cost of tooth whitening treatment appropriate for you and also what price payment plans are available.
The cost does depend on the type of tooth whitening procedure, and also on any pre-dental treatments that may be needed