Teeth Whitening

Is teeth whitening right for me?

You’ve probably noticed that there are countless teeth whitening products and systems on the market, and they come in many forms, under many brands. They all promising gleaming white teeth—but have you ever wondered if there’s any real difference between how differently branded teeth whitening products work?

Actually, all these products use peroxide, whether that’s carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. It doesn’t matter whether you’re using bleach from a high-end clinic or a kit off the supermarket shelf—the quality of the peroxide is no different.

Where do teeth whitening treatments differ?

Some companies will put desensitising products within the bleach, which is meant to help with hypersensitivity. Unfortunately, it probably won’t make much of a difference.

If you’re prone to sensitivity, it has to do with the amount of dentin you have exposed at the neck of your tooth, and if you’re going to put bleach onto an exposed root surface, you will have sensitive teeth for that period—no matter what desensitising products are used.

You’ll find that with our in-surgery teeth whitening, we do in fact use hydrogen peroxide. However, what makes a difference is the light we use to speed up the process and the strength of the bleach. We also conduct thorough assessments to create customised solutions for our clients—all resulting in the quickest and most effective teeth whitening possible.

Am I a good candidate for teeth whitening?

That’s what we help you find out. A lot of people think they can come in and have their teeth whitened immediately, but they might have a mouth full of crowns, or large fillings across their front teeth. They can’t expect to have a beautiful white smile by bleaching if they’ve got a number of fillings that are actually contributing to the discolouration of their teeth.

So we always start with a thorough dental checkup. After a good assessment, we work out what the individual’s situation is and tailor-make an effective teeth whitening plan.

Say a twenty-year-old comes in with a perfect set of teeth—no restorations, no knocked teeth with dead nerves, just beautiful normal teeth that may be a bit yellow. They can definitely be bleached using in-surgery bleaching with the light, and be done within an hour to an hour and a half.  We’ll take a mold of their teeth and give them a snugly fitting tray and a bleach syringe to use half an hour in the morning and half an hour at night. Done!

Tougher cases

But what if you’ve got dead teeth—teeth that have gone yellow because of a dead nerve? In that case, you can bleach until you’re blue in the face and that tooth is not going to bleach. You’ve got to do internal bleaching for those, or do a root treatment first and then internal bleaching. Also, if you have yellow restorations, your natural teeth will whiten but those yellow restorations will just continue to yellow. To get totally white teeth, you’ve got to replace old yellow restorations before you bleach or vice versa.

But if you opt for replacing the restorations afterwards, it’s important to note that you can’t do it immediately. The bonding material is not going to bond to a freshly bleached tooth, because it has made the enamel more porous. You don’t get the best penetration, so you have to wait until two to three weeks for a filling until the tooth has remineralised. If you do it properly, you can see great results, but it’s all about the process.

What to do next?

Ready to discuss in-surgery teeth whitening? Book in for a thorough assessment and figure out the best way to get pearly whites fast.