There are four types of peroxide-containing teeth whitening products available:
In-practice products are applied by a dental professional. These products contain a high percentage of peroxide and are applied directly to the teeth, sometimes activated by heat, light, or laser. If you are wanting fast results and you don’t have tooth sensitivity, this may be the best option for you.
A take-home product that is supervised by a cosmetic dentist contains a lower percentage of peroxide than in-practice products and can be worn in a tray overnight or during the day at home.
A custom-fitted tray is made to hold the teeth whitening product directly against the teeth while minimising its contact with the gums. Some products have fluoride added to help prevent or treat mild tooth sensitivities. The typical stains of ageing will whiten in 7-14 days when the tray is worn overnight.
Over-the-counter (OTC) whitening products contain a small percentage of peroxide, leading to slower and less effective results. A lot of these products contain an acidic solution that can damage tooth enamel, so they should always be used with caution.
It can sometimes take up to 6 months for over the counter products to show results. The risks involved and time needed for results with these products makes whitening by a professional dentist the safer and more effective option.
Over-the-counter whitening toothpastes also contain a small percentage of peroxide or a polishing ingredient. The toothpastes are effective in removing surface stains and whitening teeth, but some can be very abrasive.
With repeated use, the harsh abrasive will gradually wear away the enamel and make the teeth look yellow. Cosmetic dentists can advise you about the safety and cavity protection of specific toothpastes before you make a purchase.
The price of teeth whitening varies based on your preferred treatment method. A take-home teeth whitening kit can cost up to $610. In-chair whitening can cost up to $260 per tooth.
At Evolve Dental Kenmore Dentist we want a beautiful smile to be achievable and affordable, so we have fixed fees for teeth whitening so your only surprise will be how amazing your teeth look after your whitening treatment.
In most cases the treatment is painless. However, some people will experience mild discomfort. The discomfort experienced varies from person to person and depends on the method used. In most cases, adults experience very minor discomfort that lasts 1-3 days after the treatment. This can be easily treated with over-the-counter painkillers or desensitising toothpaste
Whitening your teeth with a cosmetic dentist is a completely safe procedure.
For take-home treatments your dentist will create custom-fitted trays for you to take home. These trays are specially created to minimise contact between the whitening product and your gums, which may cause irritation.
Teeth whitening is not permanent. It can generally last from a few months up to three years, however, this depends on your individual circumstances. The effect of the treatment will be impacted if you frequently smoke or drink dark liquids such as red wine, tea, or coffee.
The side effects of teeth whitening include tooth sensitivity and pain in the gums and tongue. There is also a possibility of over-whitening, resulting in a translucency that may appear grey from the shadows of the mouth. This is very rare and only occurs if the whitening process is over-extended. With take-home whitening, there is a small risk of ingesting the administered gel, which could lead to nausea, burning and vomiting. The chances of this occurring are slim, as your teeth-whitening tray should fit almost perfectly around your teeth. The peroxide in teeth-whitening products can burn your gums if they are not properly protected, which is another reason why it is recommended to leave your mouth in the hands of professional dentists.
There are potential risks associated with teeth whitening treatment, so it is not recommended for pregnant or lactating women. It is similarly not recommended if you are allergic to peroxide. If you have receding gums you may be more likely to experience tooth sensitivity. However, tooth sensitivity typically disappears within a few days. Cavities need to be treated prior to teeth whitening treatment and if you have defective restorations or worn enamel, it is important to consult with your smile.com.au approved dentist on the best treatment available for your situation.
Tooth whitening can cause temporary tooth sensitivity, especially if you experience tooth decay or receding gums. This sensitivity is treatable with over-the-counter painkillers, and it is reversible over time.
You can reduce teeth sensitivity following teeth whitening treatment by using a toothpaste made for sensitive teeth. It is also recommended to avoid very hot or cold foods for the first few days after you have received treatment
Often patients will ask “does teeth whitening damage my teeth?” and “will bleaching my teeth ruin the enamel?” The answer is no, teeth whitening products administered by a registered dentist will not harm your tooth enamel. Enamel is one of the hardest tissues in the human body. While whitening treatment can cause temporary tooth sensitivity, it will not permanently damage your tooth enamel.
While teeth whitening treatments can cause temporary gum irritation, this treatment does not cause permanent damage. Having your dentist custom fit your mouthpiece tray can help reduce the risk of gum irritation or sensitivity.
After teeth whitening, it is advised that you avoid substances that stain, such as tobacco and red wine, for about a week. This is because the pores in your teeth are open and your teeth are more receptive to staining factors after your teeth-whitening treatment. Your teeth may also feel slightly sensitive to very hot or cold foods and beverages.
Brushing and flossing regularly will help to maintain whiteness, and you can generally expect the results to last about 1-3 years – or even longer if you are a non-smoker and avoid foods that are known to stain teeth. Because teeth whitening is not permanent, you will need to maintain your bright smile with continued treatments. This is why we have the Evolve Dental Whitening For Life Program to help you keep your teeth in great shape for very little cost.
In most cases, anyone 10 years or older can whiten their teeth, as this is generally when all of the front permanent teeth have grown in. Baby teeth usually remain bright white unless they suffer a colour-changing trauma, in which case whitening may be considered to avoid embarrassment for the child.
This depends on your unique circumstances. Whiteners may not correct all kinds of discolouration. For example, yellow teeth will probably whiten well, brownish-coloured teeth may not whiten as well, and greyish-hued teeth may not whiten well at all. In most cases, sparkling white teeth that are several shades brighter than the original shade can be achieved with in-practice treatments.