Professional teeth whitening: everything you need to know

By: Dental Holistix

If you’ve ever wondered about teeth whitening, its benefits, and the process, you’re in the right place. Get ready to experience a smile transformation like no other with professional in-clinic teeth whitening.

The benefits of professional teeth whitening 

Professional teeth whitening is not just about aesthetics; it’s about boosting your confidence and enhancing your overall wellbeing. While there are various over-the-counter whitening products available, professional teeth whitening offers distinct advantages:

The treatment is highly-customised: Our dental professionals can tailor the whitening process to your specific needs and goals.

Fast and effective: Professional treatments often deliver quicker and more noticeable results compared to DIY options.

Safe and supervised: Our trained professionals ensure your safety and monitor the procedure to minimise potential risks.

Are you a good candidate for professional teeth whitening?

Determining whether you’re a suitable candidate for professional in-clinic teeth whitening is essential for a safe and effective experience. While many individuals can benefit from teeth whitening, some factors make a person an ideal candidate for this procedure.

Good oral health: A fundamental requirement for teeth whitening is having a healthy mouth. Any existing dental issues, such as cavities or gum disease, should be addressed before whitening. Our dental professional will assess your oral health during the initial consultation to ensure there are no underlying concerns that need attention.

Stained or discoloured teeth: In-clinic teeth whitening is most effective for individuals with extrinsic tooth stains caused by factors like coffee, tea, red wine, tobacco, or certain foods. These external stains are typically more responsive to whitening treatments.

Realistic expectations: It’s essential to have reasonable expectations regarding the outcome of teeth whitening. While professional whitening can significantly brighten your smile, it may not achieve the same results for everyone. The extent of whitening can vary based on factors like the severity of staining and the natural colour of your teeth.

Tooth sensitivity or allergies: Individuals with a history of severe tooth sensitivity or allergies to whitening agents may not be suitable candidates for in-clinic teeth whitening. Sensitivity is a common side effect of the procedure, but it is typically temporary and manageable. However, if you do have a history of extreme sensitivity, our dental professionals may recommend alternative whitening methods.

No restorative work: Teeth whitening primarily affects natural teeth. If you have dental restorations such as crowns, veneers, or fillings, keep in mind that they won’t whiten along with your natural teeth. If these restorations are visible when you smile, you may need to consider replacing or adjusting them to match your newly whitened teeth.

The best way to determine if you are an ideal candidate for in-clinic teeth whitening is to schedule a consultation with one of our dental professionals. During this consultation, we will assess your oral health, discuss your goals, and tailor a treatment plan to meet your needs.

The treatment

During your in-clinic teeth whitening procedure, our experienced hygienists skilfully apply a specially formulated bleaching agent to your teeth, targeting those persistent stains that have accumulated over time. This superhero gel, enriched with hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, penetrates the enamel to break down and neutralise discolouration, revealing a rejuvenated and captivating smile.

To enhance the whitening process, we employ advanced light or laser technology, which activates the bleaching agent, resulting in accelerated and impressive results. Witness the magic unfold as your teeth regain their youthful brilliance, leaving you with a renewed sense of confidence.

But the journey doesn’t end at our dental office. We also provide custom-fitted trays and a prescribed bleaching gel for take-home use, allowing you to maintain teeth whitening in the comfort of your own home. Our team will guide you on how to use these trays effectively, ensuring optimal results and a gradual, yet noticeable, improvement in the radiance of your smile.

Your professional teeth whitening team

Meet our oral health therapists, Jenny Cheong and Kara Williams. With over 15 years of experience and a Bachelor of Health Science degree in oral health, Kara and Jenny are dedicated professionals committed to providing exceptional care and ensuring outstanding results from your whitening treatment.

With their meticulous approach, Kara and Jenny tailor each teeth whitening treatment to meet your unique needs and preferences. Their personalised care ensures that the treatment is effective and delivers remarkable results. Whether it’s addressing tooth discoloration, stains, or enhancing the overall brightness of your smile, Kara and Jenny will guide you through the process with expertise and skill.

FAQs

Can anyone get their teeth professionally whitened?

Teeth whitening is generally safe and suitable for most people. However, it is recommended to consult with a dentist or hygienist before undergoing any whitening procedure to ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy and to determine the most appropriate whitening method for you.

How long does the in-clinic procedure take?

The duration of in-clinic teeth whitening depends on the extent of discolouration. In-clinic whitening typically takes about one to two hours to complete, providing immediate results.

Are there any side effects of teeth whitening?

Some people may experience temporary tooth sensitivity or gum irritation after teeth whitening. These side effects are usually mild and subside shortly after the treatment.

Can teeth whitening be done on crowns or veneers?

Teeth whitening typically only affects natural teeth. If you have restorations that no longer match the shade of your whitened teeth, you may need to consider replacing them to achieve a uniform appearance.

Is it safe to eat all foods after professional teeth whitening?

After teeth whitening, it’s crucial to be mindful of your food and drink choices for the first few days. Certain foods possess the potential to stain teeth or trigger sensitivity, making it prudent to avoid their consumption. To learn more about the foods you can and can’t eat, read our blog on post-whitening tips.

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