Tooth whitening lightens teeth and helps to remove stains and discoloration. Whitening is among the most popular cosmetic dental procedures because it can greatly improve how your teeth look. Whitening is not a one-time procedure. It will need to be repeated from time to time if you want to maintain the brighter color. At Beechview, we offer both in-clinic whitening and a take home whitening kit.
Firstly, you must book a free consultation to examine your teeth, ask you questions to find out what caused the staining and determine if you are suitable for the whitening.
Your dentist will then photograph your teeth. This step will help him or her to monitor the progress of the treatment.
Next, the dentist or a dental hygienist will clean your teeth. This will remove the film of bacteria, food and other substances that build up on your teeth and contribute to the staining. Once this is done, the whitening procedure begins, which lasts for two hours.
For whitening at home, your dentist can make trays to hold the whitening gel that fit your teeth precisely. This involves a 15 minute appointment where your dentist takes impressions for the trays. These are sent to the dental lab and we will give you a call once the trays are back in.
Once they are back, you will be called in for a quick appointment to fit the trays and see whether they are comfortable for you and don’t need any further adjustments. If they are fine, you take the trays home along with the whitening gel syringes you require.
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Home whitening gel usually needs to be applied daily for two to three weeks. Be sure to follow directions to avoid overuse and possible damage to your teeth and mouth.
What are my options for teeth whitening at home?
Option 1: Phillips Zoom! DayWhite
2x a day for 2 weeks
Up to 6 shades
DayWhite is perfect if you want to wear trays for as short a time as possible during the day. Available in various strengths, you wear trays for 30 to 90 minutes, fo results in as little as 2 weeks.
Option 2: Phillips Zoom! NiteWhite
Every night for 1-2 weeks
Up to 6 shades
If you find that your gums are white or sore, follow up with your dentist. Whitening is not a permanent solution, the stains will come back. If you smoke or consume a lot of staining foods or drinks, you may see the whiteness start to fade in as little as one month. If you avoid these sources of staining, you may not need another whitening treatment for 6 to 12 months.
Re-whitening can be done in the dentist’s office or at home. If you have a custom-made mouthpiece and whitening agent at home, you can whiten your teeth as often as you need to.
Book a consultation now to discuss which whitening products would work best for you!