A teeth whitening treatment uses hydrogen peroxide to bleach superficial stains on the teeth and restore them to their natural colour. We do offer a non-peroxide treatment, however the results are not as dramatic.
Yellow marks on the teeth are extrinsic and are usually the result of exposure to coloured foods, drinks and tobacco. These stains are usually the most responsive to a teeth whitening treatment.
Brown marks on the teeth may extended deeper into the enamel and are often a result of 'wear and tear' and age, or extended exposure to coloured food, drinks and tobacco. These marks may be targeted during a teeth whitening treatments, but are harder to lift than yellow marks. To effectively treat brown marks, further treatments may be required.
Grey marks on the teeth are intrinsic (inside the tooth) and usually are the result of trauma / nerve damage or long-term use of medications such as antibiotics. These stains will not be lifted during a standard teeth whitening treatment and will require a more extensive cosmetic dental restoration.
Teeth with a composite resin coating, capped teeth and veneers will not be whitened during a teeth whitening treatment and will need to be restored by a dentist to match the surrounding natural teeth.
Please brush your teeth gently (not vigorously) at least 1 hour prior to treatment.
Immediately following treatment, teeth may look mottled. This appearance will dissipate around 24-48 hours following the teeth whitening treatment.
In the 24-48 hours following a teeth whitening treatment, the teeth are porous (hence their appearance) and so it is imperative to consume a 'white diet' during this time. A 'white diet' avoids anything consumed by mouth that may promote staining. This includes avoiding tea/coffee, cola, red wine, curries, turmeric, red/blue/purple food and drinks, and smoking (tobacco).
DOES IT HURT?
No, not at all. The gel is cured with an LED Light and this process is completely painless. If the gel accidentally gets on the gums or lips, it can feel irritating - especially if it reaches any broken areas of skin (piercings, mouth injuries, sore teeth). However, this is temporary and only lasts a few minutes. We offer a gum barrier gel during treatment to avoid this happening.
We also offer a desensitising mouth rinse immediately following the treatment. However, if you are a person who suffers from tooth sensitivity, it is recommended to use a desensitising toothpaste following a teeth whitening treatment for a minimum of 2 weeks. Sensodyne works as a longer term solution, whereas Colegate Sensitive can have a more immediate effect but it is not prolonged. For the best results, we recommend alternating between these two toothpastes.
WHAT KIND OF RESULTS CAN I EXPECT?
You can expect a 1-hour treatment to whiten teeth 5-14 shades lighter. Results may last years, but it does depend on the amount of strongly coloured foods and drinks you consume, how often you smoke, and your age. You are welcome to book regular teeth whitening treatments if you desire.
HOW MUCH DOES THIS TREATMENT COST?
A 1-hour treatment costs $149.