All our teeth whitening treatments are offered subject to an initial assessment to determine the suitability of the treatment. We are honest, open and truthful about teeth whitening and say to all our patients that there are no guarantees on what the final colour of their teeth will be. This is because results vary considerably from one individual to another and it is almost impossible to predict how white your teeth will become at the end of your teatment. Practices that make bold statements about the outcome and who say that there will be an 8-10 shades improvement after the whitening treatment only create a false expectation which can easily lead to disappointment. Regardless of how well you care for your teeth, it is inevitable that, over time, some yellowing or discoloration will occur. This gradual change can be caused by aging, substances that stain your teeth (such as coffee and tobacco), excessive fluoride, or the deterioration of a tooth’s nerve. A tooth whitening treatment can be performed either as an at-home, dentist-supervised process or in the dentist’s chair. While neither of these methods stops future discoloration, these treatments bring about whiter teeth and help create a more vibrant smile.
Treatments offered at Puresmile Dental Care include:
Laser teeth whitening is performed at the chairside and the treatment involves coating the teeth with a non-peroxide containing gel which is very safe to use and rarely causes any sensitivity. When the laser lamp is applied to the gel on the tooth surface, the tooth’s enamel takes on a whiter appearance. The powerful lamp accelerates the release of tiny oxygen bubbles from the gel onto the tooth enamel removing the instrinsic staining. This technique lasts approximately one hour in the dentist’s chair and may require further at-home treatment. While more convenient than take-home treatments, it is more expensive and the results may not be as long lasting; factors affecting this would be individual habits such as smoking, drinking frequent cups of tea and/or coffee. We usually advise a combination of laser whitening and customised bleaching trays for the take home whitening to maximise the results.
The most popular method of whitening teeth is the at-home, dentist-supervised option. During your visit to the dentist, he or she takes an impression of your teeth and creates a comfortable, customized mouthtray. The mouthtray holds a mild solution whose main ingredient is carbamide peroxide, a substance that reacts with water to release a non-toxic bleaching element (hydrogen peroxide). The mouthtray is placed inside the mouth, and sits only against the teeth, thereby avoiding contact with the gums. Patients can choose either to wear the mouthtray throughout the night or for stretches that last from two to four hours. When the mouthtray is worn throughout the night, the treatment lasts one to two weeks. Patients with more sensitive teeth may opt for the latter approach, which lasts three to five weeks.
When using the at-home treatment, patient’s teeth may feel a heightened, but temporary, sensitivity. The gums may also feel more sensitive or burn slightly. Not all people experience the quality of whiteness they had hoped for on their first treatment and they may require a “touch-up” treatment. Whitening treatments begin to fade in one to four years. It should be noted that tooth whitening treatments have no effect on the artificial materials used for bonds, veneers, or capped teeth.