Whitening

Get Professional Teeth Whitening at Our Clinic in The Gap, Brisbane

TOOTH WHITENING (otherwise known as bleaching) is a process of lightening the colour of teeth that have not responded well to professional cleaning.

the general process involves the application of a bleaching agent onto the tooth surface. most bleaching agents are comprised of a hydrogen peroxide formula. depending on the system chosen by your dentist, the strengths of the bleaching agents can vary.

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At Complete Smile Dental, we currently provide two general teeth whitening options for you to choose from.

  • Firstly, there is the “Take-home kit” option, which is done by getting a set of custom-made trays and taking home tubes of bleaching agent.

    At home, the patient then needs to apply the bleaching agent into the trays and wear them for a specified amount of time. At HSD, we use a system called Poladay which has proven to be very effective for our patients. The process generally calls for a half-hour application of the tray for 7-10 days. One major drawback of this method is that patients need to be responsible for wearing the trays consistently throughout the treatment period.

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  • The second option is the “In-chair” option. This process involves the patient having the whitening done in the dental surgery. Generally going for 2 hours, in-chair bleaching involves the dentist applying the bleaching agent to your teeth and using a cool blue light to activate the bleaching agent. This generally results in a rapid whitening process. Furthermore, as this process does not rely on the patient having to be consistent with wearing a whitening tray every day, it often leads to better results.

At Complete Smile, we use the Zoom “In-chair” bleaching system.

Both teeth whitening systems work effectively, but with slight differences.
Some general advantages of teeth whitening

  • Bleaching is ideal for undamaged teeth that need lightening in colour (as opposed to teeth treated with crowns, veneers or facings).
  • Custom-made trays can be used again at a later stage.
  • Upper and lower teeth can be treated at the same time in one procedure.

Approved tooth whitening products are safe to use.

Some disadvantages of teeth whitening

  • Not all teeth respond well to bleaching. For example, yellow, brown and orange stained teeth usually respond well to bleaching. However, grey stains may lighten a little, but results may not be as good.
  • Not every tooth bleaches evenly.
  • White composite restorations do not get affected by the bleaching process, and may need to be replaced after the process, in order to achieve a consistent aesthetic result.
  • If the bleaching agent is in prolonged contact with the gums, it can lead to irritation and burning.
  • Bleaching should be performed in a controlled setting. Some “over the counter” whitening systems can be very strong, and can damage teeth over a long term period. We do not recommend such treatments.
  • Bleaching may not be suitable for people with pre-existing sensitivity; cracked or worn teeth, receding gums or periodontal disease.

In general, it is important to see a dentist, before commencing any form of teeth whitening. There may be specific considerations that need to be taken – in regards to your teeth. If you have ever wanted to whiten your teeth or even thought about it, give us a call to book a consultation.

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