Just like our skin and hair, the colour of our teeth can vary, and also become darker naturally. Overtime with frequent consumption of coloured food and drinks or smoking and chewing tobacco, discoloration of teeth may occur more rapidly.
If you are concerned about the colour of your teeth when you talk, smile or laugh, teeth whitening can be a minimally invasive solution for you. You just need an examination to see if your teeth and gums are healthy before beginning your whitening.
While changing the colour of your teeth requires whitening, stains on teeth can be removed by our hygienist who will provide you with scaling and polishing. Before whitening applications, your teeth need polishing professionally to be sure your gums are healthy and your teeth stain-free. Then your teeth’s impressions are taken to create plastic trays which fit over your teeth with your whitening gel in the comfort of your own home. We use whitening gels which either contain hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide and when these chemicals are activated by the heat in your mouth, they release oxygen molecules which go into outer layer of your teeth and attach to staining molecules in the teeth. We will explain how to apply your whitening gel while providing your customised whitening package.
The time needed to reach the desired whiteness depends on the shade of your teeth and we will ask for you to visit us to record the new colour of your teeth after your treatments.
You may have temporary sensitivity of your teeth to hot and cold, tender gums, white patches on your gums and a sore throat during and after the whitening procedure which should disappear after a couple of days.
Brushing regularly with a fluoride toothpaste, quitting smoking, consuming less food and drinks
that has potential to discolour teeth, like tea, coffee and red wine and having regular professional cleaning of teeth all help extend the period whitening effect will last.