Q: What is teeth whitening?
A: Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure that aims to lighten the colour of teeth and remove stains or discoloration. It can help improve the appearance of yellowed or stained teeth, giving them a brighter and whiter look.
Q: How does teeth whitening work?
A: Teeth whitening treatments work by using bleaching agents to break down stains and discoloration on the tooth enamel. The most common bleaching agent used is hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. These agents penetrate the enamel and break down the stains, making the teeth appear whiter.
Q: Is teeth whitening safe?
A: When performed correctly and under the supervision of a dental professional, tooth whitening is generally considered safe. However, it’s essential to follow the instructions provided by your dentist or the product manufacturer to minimise potential side effects, such as tooth sensitivity or gum irritation.
Q: Are there different methods of teeth whitening?
A: Yes, there are different methods of teeth whitening. The most common methods include professional dental whitening, take-home whitening kits provided by dentists, and over-the-counter whitening products like whitening toothpaste, strips, or gels. Professional dental whitening typically provides more immediate and noticeable results compared to at-home treatments.
Q: How long does teeth whitening take?
A: The duration of teeth whitening treatment depends on the method used and the extent of discoloration. Professional dental whitening can often be completed in a single dental visit, usually taking about one to two hours.
At-home treatments may require several days or weeks to achieve the desired results, depending on the product’s instructions.
Q: How long do the results of teeth whitening last?
A: The longevity of tooth whitening results varies from person to person. Generally, the effects of tooth whitening can last between several months to a few years. However, this depends on factors such as lifestyle habits (smoking, consumption of staining foods/drinks), oral hygiene practices, and maintenance of whitening results.
Q: Can anyone undergo tooth whitening?
A: While tooth whitening is generally safe, it may not be suitable for everyone. Individuals with certain dental conditions, such as gum disease, tooth decay, or hypersensitivity, may need to address those issues before undergoing whitening treatment. Additionally, pregnant or breastfeeding women should consult their healthcare provider before pursuing tooth whitening.
Q: Are there any side effects of tooth whitening?
A: Some individuals may experience tooth sensitivity or gum irritation during or after tooth whitening treatment. These side effects are usually temporary and can be managed with desensitising toothpaste or by following your dentist’s recommendations.
It’s important to discuss any concerns or pre-existing dental conditions with your dentist before starting a whitening procedure.
Q: Can I whiten my teeth if I have dental restorations, such as fillings or crowns?
A: Tooth whitening treatments generally work on natural tooth enamel and do not have a significant effect on dental restorations like fillings, crowns, or veneers. If you have visible dental restorations, it’s important to consult with your dentist before undergoing whitening to discuss potential options for achieving a consistent tooth colour.
Q: How much does tooth whitening cost?
A: The cost of tooth whitening can vary depending on the method used and the dental clinic you visit. Professional dental whitening procedures are generally more expensive than at-home treatments. The cost can range from a few hundred dollars for professional treatments to less expensive options for over-the-counter products.
It’s best to consult with our tooth whitening dentist to determine the most suitable and cost-effective option for your needs.
Q: What do I need to do to help keep teeth white?
A: Brushing at least twice a day, coupled with flossing and using mouthwash on a regular basis, is the most effective way to keep teeth white and maintain good dental health. With regular dental care and diligence, it is possible to retain good enamel and avoid tooth discolouration.
Coffee and soft drinks should be avoided if you want to keep your beautiful whites. Don’t forget to make regular dental cleaning visits.
Make an appointment at Gosford Dental Excellence by calling (02) 4325 5825 or using the online form.