Tooth whitening is now very popular and can make a dramatic improvement to your smile. It does no damage to your teeth and can be repeated as much as you wish.
It involves the use of a gel which releases hydrogen peroxide which percolates into the tooth and bleaches out the staining. It will not work on crowns except on surface staining. The only downside sometimes is a bit of sensitivity which is temporary and soon goes.
We all want a brighter, whiter smile. Here at Contemporary Dental we offer three options for people looking for a whiter smile.
Option One – At Home Whitening
This involves moulds being taken of patients’ teeth for a custom-fit mouth tray, which can be filled with the whitening gel, prescribed. Each application penetrates into the enamel to break up stains deep inside the tooth, and the teeth will gradually whiten over the treatment period until they have reached the desired degree of whitening. You place the gel in them and wear the trays for at least three hours per day – most usually at night for about 10-14 days. With any sensitivity, you just leave off for a night or two. You of course have to avoid black coffee, red wine etc. during that period. We recommend a thorough scaling and polishing with our hygienists beforehand.
Option Two – In Surgery Whitening
As you sit back and relax, a special whitening gel is applied to your teeth and then the Philips Zoom™ lamp acts as a catalyst to give teeth a lighter boost within one hour. We isolate the teeth from the lips and gum and do two or three applications for ten minutes with a rinse off and rest between. During the ten minute periods a very bright bluish white light is placed close to your teeth. Our light is oil cooled so that it is not too hot being so close to your face.
Option Three – Combined Whitening
This option combines our in surgery and at home whitening for the very best whitening results. After the in surgery whitening with the Philips Zoom™ lamp, it is then followed up by home whitening trays that can be used in the day or in the evening to get the extra desired whitening.