At Happy Smiles Dentist we understand how a smile can add so much to your confidence. Once you’ve achieved good oral health, we have a range of cosmetic dental options which are available to you to create a naturally beautiful smile. Our dentists are experience in Porcelain Veneers, Tooth Bonding and Tooth Whitening. We also have Invisalign trained dentists.
See below for Frequently Asked Questions about Take-home whitening.
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Take-Home Teeth Whitening Frequently Asked Questions
Is Teeth whitening safe?
Yes! Our teeth whitening products are perfectly safe and are approved by the Therapeutic Goods Association. We only use clinically proven systems, such as Opalescence, which are applied under the supervision of trained dental professionals.
When will I see results?
Generally, you will notice a difference after your first treatment. However, results will become more noticeable after 5-6 treatments.
Before and after your teeth are whitened, our dentists will identify what ‘shade’ your teeth are. You can then visually compare how much your teeth have improved, sometimes even up to 8 shades whiter! You will also be in control of how white you want your teeth to become, in discussion with your dentist, enabling you to achieve the confident smile you’ve always wanted.
How long with my teeth whitening last?
Although teeth whitening results are generally very stable, the longevity of the whitening will depend on each person’s individual lifestyle. With heavy consumption of staining liquids, combined with the aging of your teeth you may notice discolouration over time. However, at any stage if you feel your teeth are not as bright as you would like you can simply use your existing personalised trays and purchase more whitening gel.
You can avoid stains and increase the longevity of your treatment by:
- Brushing twice a day
- Quit smoking
- Limit staining drinks like cola, coffee, tea and red wine (and drink water afterwards)
- Avoid soy sauce
- Having regular check-ups to remove plaque.
Are there any potential side effects?
Some patients may experience short-term sensitivity to cold on the gums or teeth but these systems, if present, usually disappear within 1-3 days. Our teeth whitening products contain desensitising ingredients which aim to reduce sensitivity and maintain comfort.
Our whitening products will not affect existing restorations such as crowns or fillings.
The products used contain PF (potassium nitrate and fluoride) which helps maintain the health of your tooth enamel throughout the process.
Do you use bright lights or lasers?
No. Current research shows that peroxide based whitening agents alone is effective in brightening teeth and that light activation adds no additional benefits
What’s the Difference between over-the-counter teeth whitening and professional whitening?
According to the Australian Dental Association (ADA) teeth whitening should always be performed by a dental professional1 to avoid a number of potential problems from using over-the-counter whitening products including:
- Heightening tooth sensitivity
- Weakened or softening of tooth enamel (which may be irreversible)
- Damaged and inflamed gums
- Chemical burns
- Blistering on the mouth and gum
- Uneven colouring
- Lack of results
- Australian Dental Association https://www.ada.org.au/
- Does light activation enhance teeth whitening? https://www.drbicuspid.com/index.aspx?sec=defMay 28, 2010. Retrieved from drbicuspid.com August 14, 2013.