What is Teeth Whitening?


Teeth Whitening

Tooth whitening is the process of effectively lightening the color of a tooth. It helps you restore your teeth’s former brightness or reduce the stains that have led to yellowing. There are a lot of ways through which a dentist whitens the tooth, but the best and safest way to do so is still the in-office dental treatment. It is one of the most requested dental procedures in the world. The process may not make a complete color change, but it will definitely lighten the existing shade.

For those who shy away from smiling due to healthy, unrestored teeth and gums, teeth whitening is a great option. Those who have yellow shades are most likely to get the best desired results. Teeth whitening products include whitening toothpaste, tray-based tooth whiteners, whitening rinses, whitening strips and gels, and many more.

However, if you use these products at home, they might produce varying results, and you wouldn’t be able to figure out which product worked on you and which did not. So, it’s best to consult a renowned dentist and get the process done professionally.

At our Canberra Clinic, we provide teeth whitening services with the best results. Our dentists have access to advance technology and teeth whitening systems, helping you achieve up to ten shades of lighters in a session that takes just 1.5 hours. That’s nothing for a set of white teeth and a beautiful smile, isn’t it so?

Laser In-Chair Teeth Whitening

Laser In-Chair Teeth Whitening facility is one of the most popular ways of professional teeth whitening, and we offer the service at our Canberra Dental Clinic. It is a rapid process carried out by a dentist. Our dentists will select the most appropriate product and its concentration, depending upon the condition of your teeth, and you can compare the shades before and after the treatment. This advanced technological procedure combines the use of a special whitening gel and high-intensity light to produce the best-desired bleaching results. Laser In-Chair Teeth Whitening involves the following steps:

  • The procedure starts with the safety measure of protecting the eyes, gums, lips, and area around your mouth, exposing your teeth to the high concentration gel and high-intensity laser light.
  • Our dentist then applies the special whitening product to your teeth.
  • A laser whitening light, which is specifically designed to work with the whitening product, is shone onto your teeth. That breaks up stain and discoloration to get whiter looking teeth.
  • The product is then removed and cleaned from around your teeth and mouth.

At Home vs Dentist Supervised

Do-it-yourself methods do not produce the same results as provided by a specialized dentist. Over-the-counter products and at-home products normally contain a low strength bleaching agent, with about 10% to 22% carbamide peroxide, and 3% hydrogen peroxide. However, in a dentist’s office, professionally applied tooth products contain a concentration of hydrogen peroxide of about 15% to 43% in range.

When you go for dentist-supervised at-home teeth whitening procedure, your dentist will take a look at the condition of your teeth and then make a customized mouthpiece tray, which exactly fits your teeth. This customization will allow for maximum contact between the whitening gel and your teeth. A customize mouthpiece tray will minimize the contact between the gel and gum tissues.

Over-the-counter products also contain a mouthpiece tray, but it is designed with a “one size fits all” approach, which means that it might not fit your mouth perfectly. Trays that are not fit for your mouth will cause irritation and allow the gel to seep into the inner tissues of your mouth.

In the office setting, the dentist will apply either a gel to the gum tissue or use a rubber shield to protect your gums from the effects of the bleaching product, whereas you can’t achieve this level of protection while performing the procedure at your home with the over-the-counter products.

At Molonglo Dental Surgery, the dentists at our Canberra Clinic will provide you with standard services and help you with your teeth whitening query. Our professional dentists are in a better position to assess the type of discoloration you have. Everyone’s teeth shape and type are different, and our dentists have the expertise to be able to adjust the potency of bleaching agents according to what different types of teeth.

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