Building a health smile is a complex treatment that needs meticulous planning. Following these 5 steps, our team of special qualified dentists will build a customised treatment plan that will help you achieve the result you want. Using advanced dentistry procedures to restore broken smiles, the way nature intended.

Advanced restorative treatment

Options to Whiten your Smile

There are currently two procedures available to suit both your lifestyle and your pocket:

Using custom made trays, Take-home kits incorporate an easy-to-use lower concentration peroxide gel that remains on the teeth for an hour or longer (sometimes overnight). The lower the peroxide percentage, the longer it may safely remain on the teeth. The gel is applied to the teeth using custom-made bleaching trays that look like mouth guards. This is repeated daily for a period of two or more weeks, or until you have achieved the whiteness you desire.

With in-office whitening you can achieve significant colour change in a matter of hours. This procedure involves the carefully controlled use of a relatively high-concentration peroxide gel, applied to the teeth by our trained professional after the gums have been protected with a paint-on barrier. Generally, the peroxide remains on the teeth for several 15 to 20 minute intervals that add up to an hour (at the most). Those with particularly stubborn staining may be advised to return for one or more additional bleaching sessions, or may be asked to continue with a take-home whitening system.

Maintenance

Following the completion of your whitening procedure, it is normal to experience a slight degree of relapse within the first 24-48 hours. Also, through the normal staining of daily eating and drinking, you may experience a gradual shade relapse. This will depend on how often you have coffee, red wine, tobacco, or other staining foods and drinks. This can generally be managed by using a maintenance program at home. This may include repeating the use of your special trays along with whitening gels or whitening toothpaste.

Potential Problems

There are some risks and limitations associated with bleaching procedures. Fortunately the problems experienced are very uncommon and usually minor in nature. Some things to be aware of:

  1. Tooth sensitivity – During the whitening procedure some people might experience tooth sensitivity. This sensitivity is usually mild and typically does not last. If the discomfort persists, a mild pain killer like Myprodol is usually effective.
  2. Gum Irritation - Temporary inflammation of the gums and other soft tissue can occur during your whitening. This is generally the result of the whitening gel coming in to contact with the gums. The irritation it is generally short-lived and disappears as soon as the gel is removed. A mouth rinse can be useful.
  3. Existing fillings and other restorations – Tooth coloured fillings, crowns or veneers, will not whiten during this procedure. Please be aware that dental restorations such as these might need to be replaced if you feel they do not match your new, whiter smile.

FAQs

  1. How does teeth whitening work?
    • Working from the inside out, the active ingredients in Opalescence gel penetrates your teeth to break down the discoloured molecules, removing stains and whitening your smile. Opalescence gels contain potassium nitrate and fluoride which have been shown to strengthen enamel, decrease sensitivity, and help prevent cavities!
  2. Is teeth whitening for everyone?
    • Teeth whitening is a safe, comfortable way to get a bright, white smile. Results and treatment time may vary depending on the level of staining and whiteness desired. Crowns, bridges, fillings, and veneers will not whiten. We recommend visiting your dentist for a pre-whitening consult so that they can help you choose the professional option that best fits your needs.
  3. How long do teeth whitening results last?
    • Teeth whitening results are very stable, leaving you with a stunning smile long aNer treatment is over. However, there are a few factors that can make teeth lose their luster. Things like genetics, diet, age, some medications, and certain habits (like smoking) may affect the length of your whitening results. Fortunately, touch-up treatments are quick and easy, helping you to get that bright, white smile back.
  4. Will teeth whitening cause tooth sensitivity?
    • Tooth sensitivity is a relatively common side effect of teeth whitening. If sensitivity occurs, it is only temporary and will go away once you've completed the whitening process. Opalescence products include desensitizing ingredients like potassium nitrate and fluoride to help reduce sensitivity and provide additional comfort.
  5. Will teeth whitening weaken my teeth?
    • Opalescence products include potassium nitrate and fluoride. Potassium nitrate has been shown to help reduce sensitivity. Fluoride has been shown to help reduce caries and strengthen enamel.
  6. I've heard of some whitening treatments that require a bright light to be shined on my teeth. Are these lights really effective?
    • Lots of other in-office whitening treatments use a light or a laser during the whitening process. You've probably seen commercials for these kinds of teeth whiteners. Or maybe you've even seen kiosks in the mall where they'll use a light to whiten your teeth. Are these lights and lasers really effective, though? The answer is no. Current research shows that hydrogen peroxide alone (the whitening agent used in Op