General & Cosmetic Dentistry
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
A lot of people are opting for teeth whitening to gain more confidence and improve their quality of life. How teeth whitening actually works is often a bit of a mystery so we want to explain exactly how it works so you can make an informed decision and decide if this is something for you.
How does teeth whitening work?
There are many options available for teeth whitening including natural diet-based remedies, professional services provided by your dentist or dental professional and even take-home tooth whitening kits you can use yourself.
Most teeth whitening procedures use a special whitening gel. Basically, the gel breaks down the molecular bonds that hold together the stains on your teeth. Your mouth and gums are protected with a special covering which your dentist will apply.
Most at-home kits function the same way, with a safe-to-use product to break down the bonds of the stains on your teeth.
Is teeth whitening safe?
Your dentist will always keep you safe while helping you achieve your dental goals. Any certified procedure or take-home kit that is customised just for you is designed to keep you safe while whitening your teeth.
How long does teeth whitening last?
How long teeth whitening lasts is dependent on several factors including: how you go about whitening your teeth, how much stain-heavy food and drink you consume after whitening your teeth, and how well you take care of your overall oral hygiene.
Whitening provided by your dentist is generally the most long lasting and can last between 12 and 24 months. The effects of treatment provided in the dentist chair are immediate and you should notice whiter teeth as soon the whitening is completed. This look can fade over time and stains may develop again.
Regular teeth brushing with a special whitening toothbrush and whitening toothpaste can help maintain the effects of a teeth whitening procedure.
Any stain-heavy food and drink will limit the long-term benefits of a teeth whitening procedure. Tea, coffee, red wine, lollies and colour-heavy food all have the potential to stain your teeth and should be avoided.
How much does teeth whitening cost?
The cost of teeth whitening can vary between dental professionals and the service you require.
A professional procedure by your dentist or dental professional may be the costliest, but it will also be the safest and most effective. This is followed by a dentist-provided take-home whitening kit.
It’s a good idea to speak to us here at Gold Coast Smiles or any dental professional before starting any teeth whitening procedure. We will be able to help you find the best way forward for your teeth and your budget.
(information sourced from Phillips Oral Healthcare)