The whiteness of your smile can be severely impacted overtime through lifestyle choices, medication, illness and age. Sometimes you may wonder how to make your teeth white again. Most patients want a brighter smile – it makes them look healthy, youthful and boosts their confidence!
Let’s explore your options for restoring your bright smile at Dental Spot. Not every method is right for every patient, so consult your dentist to see which choice is right for your smile.
At-home whitening products
If you are wondering how to make your teeth whiter, then you have probably already considered at-home whitening products.
Your dentist at Dental Spot can offer you take-home whitening kits that will boost the whiteness of your teeth.
Home whitening methods don’t produce instant results like in-chair whitening, but they can provide results using a lower concentration of the bleaching gel over a longer period within the comfort of your home.
Whitening trays and molds
With at-home whitening products, you have a more convenient option for how to make your teeth white.
The most powerful at-home direct application products are molds and trays that fit over your teeth like a mouthguard. Your dentist can provide you with custom-made whitening trays. These molds are filled with a slightly lower concentration of the bleaching gel than used during in-chair whitening procedures.
The length of time you must wear the whitening trays depends on whether you wear them during the day or while you sleep and the shade of brightness you hope to achieve. You Dental Spot dentist will provide you with specific instructions, but don’t wear the whitening trays for longer than specified.
As far as how to make your teeth healthy and white goes, in-office whitening with your cosmetic dentist is going to make the most difference in restoring the white lustre on your teeth.
You will have a consultation with your dentist before the teeth whitening procedure occurs. Your dentist will comprehensively assess your teeth to determine whether they are healthy enough for the procedure.
Sometimes minor issues must be addressed before you can go ahead with professional-grade in-office whitening. Your dentist will schedule an appointment if your teeth need work like fillings done beforehand.
Teeth whitening procedures generally take up to an hour to complete in-chair. During this time, a high-powered bleaching gel is applied onto your teeth. This gel has a higher concentration of bleaching agent in it, making it more potent than the take-home options your dentist can give you.
Although you will see instant results, it may take a few days for the whitening agent to set in completely, so you may not see the maximum effects for several days.
Teeth whitening at Dental Spot
At Dental Spot, we use Opalescence, Poladay and Colgate brands for our at-home and in-chair whitening treatments. Professional teeth whiteners use a higher dosage of the bleaching agents, hydrogen peroxide or carbamide, for immediate, safe and effective results.
Teeth whitening is safe, but gum irritation is not uncommon. Your Dental Spot dentist ensures your comfort every step of the way by applying a shield to protect your gums for in-chair whitening and a bespoke mouthguard for at-home treatment.
Another option for achieving a brighter smile is porcelain veneers. Veneers are continuing to grow in popularity, and many celebrities and famous actors have already embraced them.
Porcelain veneers are a very thin pearly white shell that goes over your discoloured teeth. The procedure for veneers is a permanent solution to tooth discolouration. Your veneers should last you a lifetime with proper care and maintenance performed daily. The covering also has the bonus of making your teeth look straight and perfectly aligned, as well as gorgeously white.
There are some tooth discolouration problems that traditional whitening methods fail to address. Intrinsic staining is where the inner material of the tooth, dentin, has become discoloured. In cases like these, the bleaching agent cannot reach this deeply, and therefore is completely ineffective against intrinsic staining. This type of staining can occur for a number of reasons. Commonly, intrinsic staining can be genetic, but other causes can be reactions with specific medication, and of course, the natural aging process of your teeth.
Veneers are expressly shaped to your unique smile. You can even be selective with where veneers are placed. You can choose to get them over all your teeth or just a few that are explicitly discoloured.
If you are ready to realise your dream of obtaining that sparkling white smile you have always dreamed of, the time is now. Contact Dental Spot in Burwood at (02) 9158 6115 today or visit us online.
We look forward to beginning your journey towards a whiter smile with you.