Teeth whitening is a safe procedure that can lighten stained or discoloured teeth
If you feel like your smile isn’t as bright as it once was or is lacking some sparkle, you’re not alone. Many Australian dental patients are requesting teeth whitening treatments. Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures on the market and can be a safe and proven way to lighten and brighten stained or discoloured teeth.
Choosing to whiten your teeth at a dentist is a good idea for many reasons but most predominately, dentists will recommend a treatment that will whiten your teeth without damaging them. Crookes and Jenkins Dental offer in-office whitening as well as at-home teeth whitening.
In-office teeth whitening
Professional teeth whitening is the favoured whitening method for most dentists and although stronger agents are applied to the teeth, your gums and mouth are protected. Crookes and Jenkins Dental offer in-office whitening to drastically whiten your smile in one appointment.
The whitening treatment begins with a short preparation to cover your lips and gums to leave only your teeth exposed. A whitening gel is painted on your teeth and a light is applied to help stimulate the gel to gently penetrate your teeth, breaking up stains and discolouration. The whitening gel will be applied for three or four 15 minute sessions and immediately after you will walk out with a whiter, brighter smile. You will also take home a whitening kit which allows you to “top-up” the brightness of your smile.
Teeth whitening can last for some time, depending on how well you take care of your teeth. This includes using the take-home whitening kit at regular intervals and brushing and flossing regularly.
The dentists at Crookes and Jenkins Dental will take an impression of your teeth so custom-made mouth trays can be created. These trays hold the whitening gel close to your teeth to ensure the gel is evenly spread to each tooth. The trays are also light enough for you to go about your daily routine.
The whitening gel comes in both a day and a night time formula and as you wear it for a specific period of time, it will progressively lighten your teeth. You may see results after a couple of applications. You can also control how white your teeth become by stopping the whitening when you’ve achieved the results you desire.
What causes tooth discolouration?
A lot of factors can contribute to the discolouring and yellowing of the teeth, including:
- Food and drink: Consuming large quantities of dark drinks like tea, coffee or red wine and some rich pigmented foods like blueberries.
- Tobacco: either chewing or smoking.
- Poor dental hygiene: Inadequate brushing and flossing to remove plaque.
- Ageing: As you get older, the outer layer of enamel on your teeth wears away, revealing the natural yellow colour of dentin.
Get a whiter, brighter smile at Crookes and Jenkins Dental
Teeth whitening is a safe and tested procedure when carried out by qualified dental professionals. While regular dental cleans can remove some stains, teeth whitening can provide patients with great results although it may not be suitable for all patients.
Ask your dentist at Crookes and Jenkins Dental about teeth whitening today, and see how it can improve the appearance of your smile.
For more information on teeth whitening, or to book a consultation, contact Crookes and Jenkins Dental today.