Are you wanting a lighter, brighter smile?
Come and see us about tooth bleaching. Our team us here to help give you the smile you are hoping for.
Tooth bleaching safely lightens the colour of your teeth for up to three years. The safest and most effective method of tooth bleaching is dentist-supervised. We plan it with you.
You can benefit from tooth bleaching if your teeth are stained by coffee, tea, smoking or simply darkened by age. Teeth stained yellow, brown or orange respond better to lightening. Results are less dramatic in teeth with grey stains caused by fluorosis, smoking or tetracycline.
If you have very sensitive teeth, periodontal disease, or teeth with worn enamel, your dentist may discourage bleaching.
So what’s involved?
A dentist or hygienist takes impressions of your teeth from which to make a mouthguard appliance, just for your mouth. It’s very lightweight and comfortable to wear, whether you’re awake or asleep.
Along with the mouthguard you’ll receive the bleaching materials.
In most cases we’ll ask you to wear the mouthguard for four hours per day (or overnight), for seven nights, over a two or three week period. This allows you to decide on the final lightened appearance of your teeth.
The lightened teeth should last for between one to five years, depending your personal habits (such as smoking or drinking coffee and tea), but this supervised home bleaching treatment lets you make touch ups easily.
Teeth whitening is safe. The only potential side effects are slight gum irritation or tooth sensitivity but, because the bleaching solution is very weak, any sensitivity will disappear when the treatment ends.
So what can you expect, realistically?
No one can predict how much lighter your teeth will become. Every person is different. Typically, however, there is a two-shade improvement on a dentist’s shade guide.
Success depends upon the type of stain and your compliance. Bleaching can only provide a shift in colour — from grey to a lighter shade of grey, for example. Bleaching does not lighten your crowns or restorations, unfortunately.
Book a bleaching consultation with us if this is something you would like to know more about.