Tooth Whitening available at Balmoral Dental Centre

What does your dentist say about tooth whitening?

With images of Hollywood actors with a beautiful white smile assaulting our senses on television every day it is no surprise that questions about tooth whitening are common.  We all want that perfect white smile.

So who can get whitening?  There is no generic answer to this question.  In order to determine if it will work for you, the cause of the discolouration needs to be assessed.  There are a diverse range of causes which include foods or drinks, tobacco use, medications, disease, poor dental hygiene, the natural ageing process, trauma, dental materials, disease, genetics and environment to name a few.  Your dental professional can assess the cause and give some guidance on what whitening method will work for you.

What will the dentist look for?  The dentist will look for both the cause of the discolouration as well as factors that may influence the success of your treatment.  This will include the thickness of the tooth enamel, any receding gums, existing crowns, fillings and veneers, oral diseases as well as your history including any past trauma or medications, which may have had an impact.

So will whitening work?  Depending on the cause of the discolouration, results can range from impressive to disappointing.  Your dentist should be able to give you a better expectation once the cause has been assessed.

What can go wrong?  When done as per manufactures recommendations after appropriate diagnosis, there is no serious risk.   You may experience some sensitivity which your dentist will give options to manage.  Other less common side effects which are also associated with inappropriate treatment include reduction in the hardness of enamel, damage to gums such as inflammation or blistering, severe tooth sensitivity and multi coloured teeth due to existing fillings, crowns or veneers.

What types of whitening are there?  There are two basic types of whitening.  In office whitening will offer the fastest result with treatment completed in a single session.  Take home whitening will require daily use of the product and can take from a couple days to several weeks to achieve a noticeable difference.

How can I get whitening?  At Balmoral Dental Centre, our staff will be happy to provide you with further information on this topic.  An assessment can identify the most appropriate method for you to whiten your smile as fast as possible with the minimal amount of sensitivity or other reactions.

If you are interested, please call us for a consult on (07) 3399 6288.

Sources:

‘Tooth Whitening: What we now know’   J Evid Base Dent Pract 2014;14S: [70-76], http://www.jebdp.com/article/S1532-3382(14)00049-9/pdf, accessed 20 June 2015.

“How much do we really know about tooth whitening?”, Australian Dental Association, http://www.toothwhiteningfacts.com.au/index.htm, accessed 20 June 2015.

 

 

 

 

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