Can I lighten the colour of my teeth?
Yes. Tooth whitening can be a highly effective way of lightening the natural color of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surfaces. It cannot make a complete colour change, but it should lighten the existing shade.
What does tooth whitening involve?
Professional bleaching is the most common form of tooth whitening.
Take Home Whitening
Your dental team will make custom fit bleaching trays that perfectly fit your teeth and give you a whitening product to whiten/ lighten the color of your teeth.
The ‘active ingredient' in the product is usually hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. As the active ingredient is broken down, oxygen gets into the enamel on the teeth and the tooth colour is made lighter.
With an average daily wearing time of 1-2 hours, This treatment can take around 3 to 4 weeks, depending on how long you keep the trays in your mouth each time, and how much whiter you want your teeth to be.
It is important to remember that only natural teeth will be whitened, and that any crowns, bridges or dentures you have will stay the same shade.
What is cosmetic dentistry?
Dentistry is no longer just a case of filling and taking out teeth. Nowadays many people turn to cosmetic dentistry, or ‘aesthetic dentistry', as a way of improving their appearance. They do this in the same way they might use cosmetic surgery or even a new hairstyle. The treatments can be used to straighten, lighten, reshape and repair teeth.
Cosmetic treatments include veneers, crowns, bridges,tooth-coloured fillings, implants and tooth whitening.
What is a veneer?
Veneers are covering of porcelain / composite resin (tooth colored filling material). These are precisely made to fit over the visible surface of your front teeth, which gives a desired shape and shade (color). One can have achieve a desired smile based on their choice.
Why might I have a veneer?
Veneers are an ideal way of treating discolored or unsightly teeth, closing gaps between front teeth, or repairing chips and cracks.
In Chair Whitening
There is now a treatment called ‘power whitening or in chair whitening'. This is a quicker way of whiten/ lighten your teeth as the process normally is over within 1.5 – 2 hours with you walking out of the dental office with whiter teeth than what your walked in with.
During this treatment a powerful light source is exposed on the teeth to activate the chemical. The light speeds up the chemical reaction of the whitening product and the shade change can be achieved more quickly. This method of whitening can make teeth up to 3-4 shades lighter.
We at My Gentle Dentist @ Arana Hills will discuss this in detail with this procedure with you.