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Every day pleasures like coffee, tea and wine can eventually lead to discolouration of tooth enamel. Modern cosmetic dentistry offers effective treatments to improve the colour of teeth and restore a bright smile.
The things we enjoy are not always great for maintaining white teeth. Professional tooth whitening is an easy, accessible way to improve your appearance and confidence.
Basic daily staples such as tea, coffee, wine and cigarettes are well known sources of tooth discolouration but you might be surprised to know that even antibiotics can dim your grin.
Whitening toothpastes and other low concentration whitening products can help a little to maintain a bright smile, but typical results will vary and such products usually can’t remove underlying enamel stains.
Depending on the case, professional in-chair tooth whitening or take home whitening kits provided by dentists can be very effective in removing stains and returning teeth to a more attractive colour. A simple examination by one of our cosmetic dentists can tell you just how many shades lighter your teeth could be as a result of this procedure.
If you would like to put a little more white into your smile, contact us to organise an examination.
Teeth whitening treatment is the process of removing stains and discolouration from teeth and improving their colour.
It is widely known that tea and coffee, tobacco and wine can stain teeth but many people are surprised to learn that long term use of some medications or over exposure to fluoride can also reduce the natural lustre of tooth enamel.
There are a number of treatment options that can be used to correct the colour of teeth. The process begins with an oral exam and shade assessment to determine whether a patient is a suitable candidate and if so, which treatment will be most effective.
In Chair Whitening is so called because the entire procedure takes place in the dental chair, during an intensive one hour treatment.
The most common whitening procedures in Cosmetic Dentistry use patented technologies that combine a special solution and a unique form of bright light. The end result is visibly white teeth that can become many shades lighter in a single sitting.
Dentists can also provide a tailor made home whitening kit. An impression of the teeth is taking and a custom moulded tray is made. The dentist will create the solution to suit the whitening level required and show the patient how to utilise the kit.
If you are looking for whiter, brighter teeth, Zoom teeth whitening might be the best choice as the options available can be tailored to fit your individual lifestyle.
Zoom whitening uses whitening gels in order to remove stains and lighten any discolouration within your teeth that has been caused by age, smoking or drinking coffee, tea, red wine or colas.
The gel will be activated by an advanced power chair side lamp to stimulate the hydrogen peroxide that will lighten your teeth. This will liberate the oxygen on your teeth, allowing it to enter the enamel and dentin.
This is a professional treatment, so you will need to visit your dentist to ensure you remain safe throughout. Your dentist can also ensure you get the correct treatment type and strength to suit your individual needs. That ensures your lifestyle and level of sensitivity.
Before treatment can begin, your dentist will need to do a comprehensive examination to ensure your mouth, gums and teeth are healthy.
The process itself will only take around 45 minutes, although it is recommended you have a regular teeth cleaning beforehand as this will lead to better results.
Zoom teeth whitening can be used to make your smile up to eight shades lighter, but its effectiveness can vary from person to person.
In Australia, an hour-long appointment to try Zoom Whitening will cost around $545. For an extra $100 you can benefit from a home maintenance kit that will help keep your teeth looking brighter for longer.
DCN dentists are well trained in Zoom teeth whitening and will be able to provide you with top-quality service and advice about how to maintain whiter and healthier teeth.
Teeth whitening is a procedure that involves patented processes and chemicals that can be dangerous if not properly administered. It is important to seek advice from your dentist before undertaking any treatment, particularly if sensitive teeth and/or gums are a factor.
According to the Dental Practice Act of 2001 any treatment conducted in the mouth of a patient must be performed by a registered dentist, medical practitioner or registered dental student conducting clinical studies i.e. tooth whitening should only be conducted by registered professionals.
The cost of teeth whitening can vary considerably depending on the practice and the type of whitening you want to have done.
A dentist may charge more than over the counter type products, but the teeth whitening cost will be worth it to achieve a real visible difference and to avoid any mishaps from lower-quality materials.
As with any other dental treatment it's important to consider your oral health first of all.
It's also important to consider that there are quite a few different teeth whitening methods, and while some may be cheaper, you ‘get what you pay for’. In-chair whitening tends to cost more as there is a greater level of service involved, but the take home kits can vary according to the type of kit you get.
Before considering teeth whitening it’s important to determine your expectations and discuss these with your dentist. Your dentist will do a shade assessment to work out the right solution for your teeth whitening.
Find out more in this article: Everything you need to know about teeth whitening.
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