Teeth whitening is a simple, quick and easy cosmetic dentistry treatment. For anyone wanting to give their smile a quick boost, it’s the way to go.
There are three ways to receive teeth whitening in Sydney CBD: in the dentist’s chair, at home or a mixture of the two. Whichever way the treatment is performed, it is vital for the patient to first get an assessment from a dentist, such as those at Spa Dental Sydney CBD. Not all stains can be treated with a whitening agent: some, such as those caused by damage to the inner part of the tooth, are permanent and cannot be removed.
Stains caused by tobacco, strongly flavoured foods, and drinks such as tea, coffee and red wine, can be treated with a whitening gel.
In-clinic tooth whitening
At an initial appointment, the dentist will take impressions of the patient’s teeth to create custom-made whitening trays. This is an important step because without this snug fit, whitening gel could leak onto the gums and cause irritation. However tempting cheap over-the-counter whitening kits may be, it’s worth noting that the trays will not be custom-made and so may not provide the gums with complete protection.
The actual whitening takes around an hour in the dentist’s chair. The dentist will apply a high-quality bleaching gel to the trays, which they will then activate with a special light. The patient sits back for around 45 minutes to let the gel do its work. The effects will be immediately noticeable.
The dentist will still create the custom-made trays for the patient. They will then use these at home. A lower strength gel is used and is applied into the trays for a few hours or overnight each day for 2-4 weeks, until the teeth are the required shade. The patient then has the trays which they can use for top up treatments.
Or, a patient may opt for one treatment and top up with the other. The effects of teeth whitening in Sydney will wear off in between one and two years, depending on the patient’s lifestyle.