Over the years, enamel (the most outer layer of your tooth) is a porous layer that tends to absorb the colour of all those daily doses of caffeine or tea, fizzy coloured drinks, daily puffs of cigarettes, red wine and several other staining foods that we consume. This leads to the dulling of your natural teeth! Teeth whitening or Bleaching is the process of applying a peroxide-based bleaching agent on your teeth which breaks down the staining compounds embedded deep in your enamel, leaving you with a whiter, brighter smile.
Teeth stains can be caused by various factors. These are some of the most common causes we discovered among our Werribbe patients.
Teeth whitening offers a range of amazing benefits that can improve your smile and boost your confidence. Some of these key advantages include:
Teeth stains can vary in severity from minor discolouration on the surface to more noticeable ones within the structure. Teeth whitening can effectively address two types of stains: extrinsic and intrinsic stains
These stains occur on the outer surface of the tooth known as the enamel. Stains that the tooth absorbs over the years because of coffee, tea, alcohol, cigarettes, or various staining foods, known as ‘extrinsic stains’, can be removed using professional teeth whitening. Extrinsic stains are also relatively easier to treat with teeth whitening treatments as they are on the surface of the tooth.
Another category of tooth stains is embedded in the deeper layers of the tooth and is relatively complex to treat. These are known as ‘intrinsic stains’ and may be due to a number of reasons like long-standing tooth infections, old metallic fillings or possibly formed during the developing stages of a tooth due to certain medications, nutritional deficiencies, genetic predispositions etc.
These intrinsic stains may require additional approaches to be treated, as whitening alone may not be effective enough. Our team of dental professionals in Werribee will assess your individual smile and come up with just the right treatment solution for you.
It may seem like an attractive deal to achieve that sparkle with lesser cost and within the comfort of your own home, but what they fail to advertise are the harms that over-the-counter whitening products may inflict on your oral health! Unsupervised or over-the-counter whitening kits can lead to hypersensitivity of teeth or even cause burns along your gums, so always follow professional dental advice when seeking treatment with at-home bleaching kits.
Charcoal-based toothpastes and powders can be quite abrasive on your teeth and although they may give you temporary results, they may lead to long-term gradual wear of your teeth, resulting in increased susceptibility to chipping of tooth and even decay. We recommend scheduling a consultation with one of our dental professionals so we can either effectively administer teeth whitening agents to your smile or supply you with all the guidance needed to do it safely at home.
At Wyndham Dental Solutions we make sure to take a step-by-step process and create the best treatment plan for you. This requires assessing of all your teeth for sensitivity, tooth decay, white spots or intrinsic stains, which may require a separate treatment first. We then decide the suitable peroxide concentration used for your whitening.
The process takes about an hour where we start off with isolating your gums and lips to protect them from any undesirable harm from bleaching gel. The gel is applied on to your teeth and a blue LED light is used to activate it, allowing the gel to do its magic! This is referred to as ‘In-Office Teeth Whitening’.
For the effects of in-office bleaching to last longer, we recommend at-home teeth whitening. This is done using custom-made trays fabricated at our clinic after an impression of your teeth is taken, and we also provide a whitening agent of a lower concentration and safe for home use. This is carried out for two weeks post-in-office whitening for an hour each day, topping up your whitening and helping you to maintain that bright smile for longer!
In some cases, patients may develop temporary sensitivity after bleaching, but this is nothing to be concerned about. This is quite manageable, where we may even prescribe fluoride gel to strengthen your teeth. We’ll make sure you’re fully prepared before you leave our clinic with that spectacular new smile!
We recommend having your teeth whitened twice a year at most as this minimices the risk of increased sensitivity. We offer various other dental treatments such as general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry to restorative dentistry.
Leave your smile to our dental professionals at Wyndham Dental Solutions! Servicing Werribee, Wyndham, Hoppers Crossing, Point Cook, Williams Landing & other suburbs, there’s nothing holding you back from smiling with confidence!