What is Teeth Whitening?
Teeth Whitening is actually a mild bleaching process that restores stained or discoloured teeth to a healthy, natural colour.
What Causes Tooth Discoloration?
Frequently drinking coffee, tea, or colas.
Some antibiotics may darken developing teeth in children.
Ageing – The dentin underneath the enamel of a tooth gradually darkens with age.
Use of tobacco products.
Accidents – If a tooth has been traumatized, sometimes the nerve will gradually “die,” and the tooth becomes dark.
After Root Canal Therapy, a tooth will generally darken.
Is Whitening Safe?
Whitening is very safe when performed in a dental clinic by the hands of a professional. When done at home using non-standard products, it can cause irritation to gums and dental hypersensitivity, which are irreversible effects.
When Will I See Results?
Immediately! Most patients see results after the first treatment.
It will typically take from 2 to 6 weeks to restore your teeth to a beautiful white. The time it will take depends on the original color of your teeth, how discolored they were, and how frequently the treatment is applied.
Teeth which show intrinsic staining i.e., discolouration caused by antibiotics, accidents and ageing, cannot be restored to their normal colour by bleaching. Such teeth require more extensive treatment like laminates, veneers or crowns.
How Long Will The Results Last?
The effects typically last several years. Many patients choose to “touch-up” their teeth every 6 to 12 months by applying the treatment once or twice. “Touch-ups” are especially useful for patients that drink beverages that stain teeth, like coffee, tea, and colas.