Whitening is a fairly simple process where the tooth discolouration is ‘whitened’ to a lighter shade. It removes the staining agent through chemical means. It is a safe procedure when carried out under professional supervision. Treatment results usually depend on the severity of the discolouration.
On average, your teeth can whiten by up to 4 dental shades!
Both vital (i.e. live) and non-vital teeth (e.g. tooth with the nerve removed) can be bleached and may take several visits to complete. It is not effective on dental restorations such as amalgam fillings, metal or porcelain crowns, etc. so you may need to factor this into the cost of your whiter smile.
Teeth can discolour for various reasons. The dentist will recommend the most ideal method based on your oral condition after an in-office examination to establish the cause and nature of your tooth discolouration, as well as provide you with more information on the various types of whitening procedures available, duration & frequency of treatment.
Tray Method Whitening – For the whole mouth:
We construct you some specialised trays that hold the whitening gel in little reservoirs. You then place the trays in the mouth daily or every other day for a period of about 2-6 weeks (depending on your initial shade). We will meet regularly to review the colour and work with you until you are happy!
Internal Whitening – For non-vital (dead) teeth:
We access the tooth from the back and place high concentration whitening paste in the tooth. We then seal the tooth off and repeat the procedure until lighter. This takes up to 2-4 weeks.