• Is At-Home Whitening as Good as Professional Teeth Whitening From a Dentist?

    Is at-home teeth whitening as good a professional teeth whitening?

    Yes, at-home teeth whitening can be just as effective as in-dental clinic whitening, and is better for patients that have extremely sensitive teeth.

    For some patients their best choice for teeth whitening will be an at-home whitening kit provided by their dentist. One that has properly moulded mouth trays and professional active gel solutions. This is because the amount of staining on their teeth needs a lot of attention, or because of teeth sensitivity.

    The at-home option allows you to get a lovely white smile by regularly applying the tooth bleach and whitening treatments in a way that causes the least amount of sensation to your teeth.

    To get a professional opinion and advice on which approach will be best for you, call Dental Care Professionals for an obligation-free Teeth Whitening Consultation. During your consultation ask all your questions and get professional advice about your unique situation. Call Dental Care Professionals on 8232 3280.

    How do whitening toothpastes work?

    Whitening toothpastes contain ingredients that help remove stains on the surface of your teeth by containing a gentle abrasive. This means that they lightly polish the surface and so are unable to change the natural tooth colour.

    Many of the whitening toothpastes you can buy also contain phosphate compounds which are included because they reduce the formation of calculus/tartar which keeps the tooth surface clean. This doesn’t directly whiten your teeth, but it helps to reduce staining.

    The cleaning ingredients/detergents in these toothpastes help to remove loosely attached surface stains but are not able to change the colour of your teeth.

    There is No physical or chemical way that products that use abrasion can (influence chromogenic) change the colour of your teeth. Stains which can be organic or inorganic in nature usually occur within the enamel or dentine of teeth, and since abrasion happens entirely on the surface of your tooth, this method of whitening is limited in the results that can be achieved.

    How do you whiten internal teeth staining?

    Internal stains are normally treated using oxygen-releasing chemicals such as hydrogen peroxide or chlorites. These chemicals can penetrate deep into the tooth to create a bleaching effect.

    There are a few different ways in which these chemicals can be used for teeth whitening –

    1. Paint on: The treatment is a liquid that you paint on to your teeth and can be done as an at-home treatment.
    2. Adhesives: These are sticky strips that you stick on to your teeth, one tooth at a time and left in place overnight.
    3. Nightguard bleaching: This treatment uses a special gel that you put into a mouthguard style tray which you put in your mouth and wear for several hours.
    4. Power bleaching: A professional treatment donw in your dentist’s clinic. A gel is applied to your teeth and then activated using high intensity lights, lasers or ozone.

    When staining is deep within the structure of the tooth, there are a few of ways to improve the colour of your teeth.

    In some cases replacing old fillings can improve the look of your front teeth, in particular. However, when teeth are heavily stained, veneers or crowns can be a better treatment solution, as they can be colour selected and also remedy any other faults you’d like to improve the look of and still have a natural looking smile.

    See the results Dental Care Professional patients have gotten with Veneers to help with whitening.

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