Teeth whitening may be a simple procedure, but it can have a huge smile impact
It’s natural for our teeth to become discoloured and stained over our lifetime, due to many daily habits, lifestyle factors and other reasons.
However, in-chair teeth whitening at the dentist can reverse discolouration by whitening your teeth up to multiple shades brighter. In-chair laser teeth whitening is also very effective, since you are under constant supervision by a professional dentist.
What is laser teeth whitening treatment?
Laser teeth whitening treatment involves covering the teeth in a bleach and hydrogen peroxide gel that is activated by a laser light which shines over the gel. When the gel is activated by the light emitted from the laser it penetrates the teeth and works to break up compounds causing stains and discolouration.
During the procedure, our dental team will protect your gums, tongue and soft tissue using a rubber dam to avoid gum exposure to the gel.
Once we have whitened your teeth, we will determine how many shades your smile was able to whiten. This will help us decide if you require take-home teeth whitening trays to use.
The entire laser teeth whitening procedure will last around an hour to an hour and a half.
Is teeth whitening suitable for everyone?
Unfortunately, teeth whitening is not suitable for every patient. If you are suffering from yellowy teeth due to thin enamel allowing the yellow dentin to show through, then teeth whitening will not help.
Other people who are not recommended for teeth whitening include:
Suffer from sensitive teeth
Currently pregnant or breastfeeding
Suffer from gum disease or gum shrinkage
Have cracked or fractured teeth, or dentine exposed
What causes teeth to discolour and stain?
There are multiple reasons why teeth can become discoloured, including:
Certain foods and drinks – Coffee, tea, soft drink, wines, sauces and starchy foods etc
Poor dental health – Maintaining bad oral health will cause discoloured teeth
Smoking tobacco – Smoking will cause your teeth to discolour
Trauma and injury – Perhaps unavoidable, injuries to the teeth can cause discolouration
Diseases – Some diseases can impact enamel growth, causing the yellow dentin to show
Medication – There are some medications which can yellow teeth
Ageing – Completely unavoidable, the ageing process will cause discolouration
Genetics – Some people have naturally thicker and whiter enamel
Fluorosis – Too much fluoride can cause fluorosis which causes white spots (especially as a child before eight years old)
Is laser teeth whitening safe?
Yes, laser teeth whitening is a non-surgical treatment that is considered extremely safe when carried out by a professional dentist.
The common temporary side-effects include irritation of the gums and tooth sensitivity. These issues should dissipate fairly quickly after the treatment.
How long do teeth whitening results last?
The longevity of results vary per person, however you expect results to last up to 6 months or up to 3 years with excellent dental care.
To help maintain results, it’s important to avoid tobacco use, excessive alcohol consumption, and other drinks and food that cause staining. It’s also a good idea to maintain good oral health and visit the dentist regularly every six months.
Laser teeth whitening in Cleveland QLD
Unhappy with the colour of your smile due to staining or discolouration? Get in touch with the experienced dentists at Oracare in Cleveland, Brisbane for a consultation to see if professional teeth whitening can help you.
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