Teeth whitening: your commonly asked questions answered
When it comes to teeth whitening, you generally have two options—in-chair whitening or take-home whitening trays. We’ve looked into the options here at Freedom Dental and have become providers of Philips Zoom in-chair teeth whitening.
In-chair whitening is the optimal process and uses a peroxide to whiten the enamel of your teeth. It doesn’t cause any harm to the tooth structure.
Is teeth whitening a good option for me?
The truth is, teeth whitening doesn’t work for everyone. The whitening process only whitens the enamel of the teeth, so the colour of any pre-existing crowns or restorations you might have will not change.
Any areas of recession also won’t whiten. That’s why we go through a thorough analysis and assessment prior to a teeth-whitening treatment to ensure you’re a suitable candidate. We’ll also give you a clear idea of where we expect your result will lie on a shade guide. Click here to read the terms and conditions of our free consultation sessions.
What’s the process for in-chair teeth whitening?
Following your initial assessment, we always recommend a clean prior to whitening to ensure optimal results are achieved. Once that’s been done, we then go ahead and whiten.
We also recommend using the take-home trays we supply as part of our ‘Whitening for Life’ package following an in-chair treatment. You can use the take-home trays to touch up any fading, which will occur over time.
What’s the difference between in-chair teeth whitening and a take-home tray?
It’s basically to do with the strength of the peroxide and the whitening agent that each method uses. In-chair whitening involves three or four cycles of coating the teeth with a high concentration of the whitening gel, which is then light activated.
Take-home trays use a fraction of that concentration, which means using a take-home tray will give you a more gradual result over two to four weeks. Patients who choose in-chair whitening want to see an instant result, and may just use take-home trays to maintain their new colour.
What do I need to do following a teeth-whitening treatment?
As we whiten the tooth, the tooth becomes more susceptible to absorbing stains. That means you’ll need to avoid certain foods and drinks for 24 to 48 hours after whitening to optimise results. For example, red wine, coffee, tea and coloured soft drinks can stain your teeth and make them fade a lot faster.
Will teeth whitening harm my teeth?
Although teeth whitening is completely safe for people with healthy teeth, there are a few things you’ll need to keep in mind. You should not be whitening while pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you’re taking any photosensitive or skin medication.
If you have any other health issues, such as gum disease or tooth decay, you will need to address this first to ensure your teeth are in a healthy state for whitening to be effective and safe.
Book your free information session
Any decision regarding your oral health needs careful planning and assessment. That’s why we offer a free information session where you can find out everything you need to know about our dental spa and our treatments, and ask us any questions you have. Terms and conditions apply.
Find out more or contact us on 1300 U SMILE (876453).
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