Tooth discolouration can be caused by coffee, smoking, red wine and ageing. Cornerstone Dental professionals recommend that tooth whitening is undertaken only under the supervision of a dentist. Your dentist will assess the cause and extent of your discolouration, and discuss whether whitening would be suitable for your individual case. Fillings on front teeth, for example, won’t change colour with bleaching.
While you can buy over-the-counter, use-at-home toothpastes and strips, your dentist is best qualified to determine if you need teeth whitening. You may be tempted to go to a shopping centre booth or a beautician to get your teeth whitened, but neither are staffed by suitably qualified personnel. Incorrect use of bleaching agents may cause irreversible damage to your teeth and gums. DIY bleaching comes with all sorts of risks, and anecdotal treatments such as rubbing strawberries, lemons, or even bicarbonate of soda on your teeth, can do a lot of damage to your teeth and gums for no real whitening gain.
A professional scale and clean is required prior to starting treatment, as it will remove superficial stains and debris first. Professional whitening can rapidly improve the colour of your teeth. The most popular method is a take-home custom made kit which allows you to treat them for a short time each day.
We sell and recommend an Australian product for professional whitening, clinically proven to deliver fast and effective whitening. It is formulated to remove both surface and embedded teeth stains, prevent dehydration of the teeth and it has a neutral pH. Custom home bleaching provides visibly whiter teeth in only 3 days but can be used for up to 14 days. Your dentist will create a customised tray that fits comfortably in your mouth and allows you to whiten every tooth. The advantage with this system you can tailor how white you want your teeth- you may have a satisfactory outcome with only three days of application, or prefer a brilliant result and repeat for 2 weeks. Take home custom tray systems give you a personalised control of the results using gentle peroxide ingredients, and trays can be reused if you wish to bleach again in years to come.
If you need your teeth white fast: there is an interview coming up, or a big wedding day, you may not mind how white your result is; you may be after a one hour in-office accelerated bleach session. This is another type of bleaching where the dentist applies a concentrated bleach formula under supervision with cool-light LED. It also is a great way to bleach teeth when you are time poor; we do all the work for you, and you just sit back and relax for one hour. It’s that simple. Call our practice on 3172 3651 if you would like to discuss bleaching options further to see what is best suited for your case.