With so many teeth whitening products available, what do our experienced dentists think are the best ways to whiten your teeth?
The dentists at All About Teeth use the professional grade teeth whitening system Opalescence. This take home whitening treatment is only available through a licenced dentist.
Opalescence gives you a whiter, brighter smile by being completely customised to your smile.
The benefits of this professional grade teeth whitening system are:
- It’s safe – The whitening gel won’t leak out of your whitening trays onto your gums and the Opalescence gel includes potassium nitrate and fluoride. Findings show that these elements can help to minimise sensitivity, increase enamel hardness and improve the overall health of your teeth.
- It’s effective – Opalescence’s powerful whitening gels are available with 10% and 16% carbamide peroxide concentrations. The take home whitening gels provide results after just one treatment.
- It’s customisable – The Opalescence take home whitening gel is delivered into your teeth via a custom-made mouth tray, similar to a mouthguard. This tray is a reason why Opalescence is so effective.
How do teeth whiten?
Teeth whitening is quite a simple process. Stains on your teeth can be classified as extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic stains appear on the surface of your teeth and Intrinsic stains are deeper and appear in the micro-cracks in your enamel and deep down in your dental (lower layers of a tooth).
Whitening toothpastes may remove some of the extrinsic stains on your teeth but only professional teeth whitening agents like Opalescence can remove the stubborn extrinsic stains and the unsightly intrinsic stains that cause your teeth to look discoloured.
The Opalescence gels that All About Teeth use contain an active whitening ingredient (carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide) that will penetrate your enamel to get to the discoloured molecules beneath.
Oxygen molecules from the powerful whitening agents react with the discoloured molecules, breaking the bonds that hold them together. The oxygen molecules will then spread, resulting in a whitening of the entire tooth.
How safe is teeth whitening?
When teeth whitening is overseen by a skilled and experienced dentist, it is relatively safe. One of the only dangers of teeth whitening kits is buying them over the counter. Many patients who decide to whiten their teeth don’t know if they are a good candidate for teeth whitening or how powerful the whitening kit is.
Patients who use a teeth whitening kit that is too concentrated could damage the precious enamel and increase sensitivity. Some kits may even cause permanent discolouration. If your teeth are already damaged, unsupervised teeth whitening can lead to the bleach reaching the bone at the root of the tooth. This can cause a toothache or if the bleach enters the bloodstream, can lead to an infection.
Patients with decayed teeth, infected gums, white spots and multiple fillings or caps would not be considered good candidates for whitening. To see if you can benefit from this professional grade teeth whitening system, book in a detailed consultation with the dentists at All About Teeth today.
Every patient’s decision to have teeth whitening treatment is a personal and you may have a very different reason than the next person. Much like the rest of your body, your teeth are totally unique to you and just as your hair and skin colour varies, so too does the colour of your teeth. Not many people are born with sparkling white teeth and even if they were, the passing of time and the colourants in the foods and drinks we consume are constantly staining our teeth. If you are someone that values an aesthetically pleasing smile, teeth whitening treatments may just be for you.
Teeth whitening treatments can usually be completed within about three to four weeks, but you may need to pay us a few visits before you before we can start your treatment. We will need to take impressions of your smile so that we can create your custom-made mouthpiece so that your treatment is spread equally amongst all your teeth. Once you have started your treatment, you will be applying your teeth whitening product for 30 minutes a day over a 2-4-week period.
Professional teeth whitening treatment is sometimes known as bleaching. Both of these terms can be somewhat misleading. Teeth whitening actually refers to the removal of stains inside the tooth that reveals your teeth’s natural sparkle. Not everyone is a suitable candidate for teeth whitening treatments and this will be discussed with you during your first consultation. The active ingredient in teeth whitening treatments is usually hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. These active ingredients start a kind of chain reaction where oxygen is released into the enamel of your teeth and breaking down the molecules of the stains themselves.