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Are you one of those people who lost confidence smiling because you think your teeth look too yellow or grey? If someone asked you what would you like to improve with your smile, would you ask for whiter and brighter teeth?

Well, you’re not the only one! Teeth whitening is often a very popular treatment for people who want to enhance their smile, which may improve self-image, increase self-confidence, and have a positive impact on the quality of life. An attractive smile is a hope and expectation of most patients and to many is considered a symbol of good oral health.

Types of Teeth Stains

Our teeth started to be almost white to light yellow after its eruption. But after some time, the teeth can turn yellow and even grey. Tooth discolouration and stain is classified into two categories, depending on its cause.

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Intrinsic stains are those that originate from the inside of the tooth. It may be caused by ingestion of certain antibiotics and excessive fluoride during tooth development. Other causes include aging, trauma, and stains coming from dental restorative material.

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Extrinsic stains are those that appear on the outer surface of the tooth. It is often caused by dark-coloured beverages such as coffee, tea, and red wine. Tobacco smoking, eating curry, heavily-coloured food also causes extrinsic stains. Superficial stains are usually manageable by routine oral prophylaxis or scaling and polishing. Although, persistent extrinsic stains penetrate micro-cracks of the teeth and might need to undergo teeth whitening procedures.

Joanne H.

Great experience! Dr Warren is a great dentist who is gentle and really experienced. He has a great bedside manner that puts patients at ease!

Joanne H.

What is Professional Teeth Whitening

 

Teeth whitening is a non-surgical dental esthetic treatment. It is an optional procedure that has the benefit of improving personal appearance. Teeth whitening also has risks and side effects. The results are not always predictable or successful, and colour relapse can be expected.

Teeth whitening can be divided into techniques to lighten the vital tooth and the non-vital tooth. Each type of tooth whitening can be performed through different methods which will be discussed below.

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Vital Teeth Whitening

Vital, which means the tooth is still “alive” or has a healthy, living pulp. The pulp is an area found on the tooth where blood vessels and nerve tissues are located. Vital tooth whitening can be sub-divided into three methods: Professionally Chairside-applied, Take-Home Whitening and Commercially-available Whitening Products.

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Zoom Professionally Chairside-applied Whitening Product

phillips-zoom-whiteningAlso known as In-Office Whitening and is performed by applying high concentrations of hydrogen peroxide gel to the teeth by a licensed dental practitioner. We use higher concentrations which increases the effectiveness of whitening as compared to those bought in stores. Most of the professionally applied whitening products use light-activated systems. We have been trained to protect your gums and the rest of the oral structures to make sure that you don’t get any gel in areas where you shouldn’t.

There are many types of professional chairside whitening products and we use Zoom-in-chair professional whitening which is arguably the best in the market. Treatment time takes approximately 60-90min from start to finish, and we have Netflix to ensure you enjoy a movie while your teeth are being whitened.

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Opalescence Professionally Dispensed Whitening Product

Also known as night-guard bleaching, external bleaching, or at-home whitening. It is commonly recommended after professionally applied whitening procedures are done to maintain and promote results. The gel is applied with a custom-made tray that looks like mouth guards to ensure whitening material will not come into contact with soft tissues (i.e. gums).

We have used all types of whitening products such as Day and Night White, Zoom take-home whitening, but have found Opalescence to be the best of them all.

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Non-Vital Teeth Whitening

Non-vital, or merely dead tooth, is a tooth with no access to blood flow. It may be caused by tooth decay or trauma. Tooth cavity or decay, if left untreated, can get close to the pulp, which can cause the nerve to die. Non-vital tooth appears to be greyish because of lost blood supply and darkening of dentin – the second layer of the tooth.

Non-vital tooth whitening is often done after endodontic treatment or Root Canal Therapy (RCT). It is also called “walking bleach” procedure or internal bleaching. Hydrogen peroxide or sodium perborate is placed in the pulp chamber, sealed, and left for 3-7 days. The process is repeated until a satisfactory result is obtained. Results of non-vital whitening usually last longer than external tooth whitening.

What Results to Expect?

 

Results vary from the perception of one person to another. Results are very subjective; therefore, expectations should be discussed with the dentist. Before undergoing a whitening procedure, a shade guide test and a digital photograph are usually taken to record the present shade of one’s teeth, and another shade guide test is made after the procedure.

The shades are then compared to see the effect of the treatment. Usually, the shade goes 1-2 shades lighter after each session.

Darkening or relapse of the tooth shade is expected after whitening. As months and years pass, teeth may discolour and darken again, especially if stain-inducing activities continue.

 

 

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Teeth Whitening Safety

Here at Lifestyle Smiles, we use medically-approved teeth whitening products. The use of teeth whitening products containing hydrogen peroxide does not increase the risk of oral cancer. Materials placed on or in the teeth have an appropriate viscosity flow over the tooth surface but not excessive to spread onto gingival and oral tissues.

 

Risks of Teeth Whitening

Generally, teeth whitening is safe and noninvasive. However, some side effects of whitening may occur and could last a couple of days.

Tooth Sensitivity: The most common side effect of whitening is tooth tingling and sensitivity. It often occurs during professionally applied whitening treatment due to a higher concentration of peroxide. That’s why we usually recommend using toothpaste like Sensodyne a week before your teeth whitening appointment or use a take-home whitening kit with lower dose first.

Gum Irritation: Hydrogen peroxide is caustic and may cause burning and bleaching of the gingiva and any exposed tissue. In our clinic, we use gum barriers to protect your gums and other soft tissues in the mouth. Gum irritation is most commonly experienced in using whitening products bought over the counter.

 

Home Care Instructions or Maintaining Good Results of Whitening

To have better results, dentists recommend the following to be done:

  • Use take-home whitening products to maintain or extend the longevity of professionally applied whitening treatment.
  • Avoid consuming dark-coloured food and beverages.
  • Practice good oral care at home – brushing and flossing after a meal and before bedtime.
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Looking for Teeth Whitening in Brighton Melbourne?

Our team of dental professionals here at Lifestyle Smiles are here to help you bring back your confidence through a whiter smile! Call us or fill in the enquiry form to learn more about our teeth whitening treatments at our clinic.

Our Lifestyle Smiles team looks forward to seeing you in our clinic!

Looking for Teeth Whitening in Brighton Melbourne?

Our team of dental professionals here at Lifestyle Smiles are here to help you bring back your confidence through a whiter smile! Call us or fill in the enquiry form to learn more about our teeth whitening treatments at our clinic.

Our Lifestyle Smiles team looks forward to seeing you in our clinic!

Kels B.

Beautiful, clean and modern practice! Huge thank you to Liv the practice manager for arranging an appointment for me on the same day I called up with a toothache!! Maddy and Tammy were very welcoming and friendly. Highly recommend the dentist Warren, he was seriously the best! Didn’t even feel like I was at the dentist ??

Kels B.

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