What is Tooth Whitening?

Tooth Whitening is a treatment that can be done to brighten the shade of your smile, which may be discoloured or stained. Whitening is a treatment that can be done for adults of all ages, so it’s never too late to achieve that bright white smile.

What Causes Teeth to Stain?

There are multiple reasons for teeth to stain, and there may be multiple causes that are affecting your teeth at the same time. These causes include:

  • Drinks such as coffee, tea and wine
  • Different types of food
  • Natural Ageing
  • Poor Oral Hygiene 

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

There are 2 types of whitening treatment offered at Prudential Dental Clinic; in-chair whitening and take-home whitening. After careful examination, our dentists can let you know which is the most suitable plan for you. Both plans involve bleaching the tooth with a gel.

Only qualified dentists are able to use higher concentrations of this gel. High concentrations of the whitening gel are needed to achieve superior whitening results, which online and over the counter treatments will not provide. 

Take-Home Whitening

Take-home whitening involves our dentists making a customised tray which will only fit you. We also give some whitening gel to take home. The gel is placed inside the tray which is then worn for a few hours per day.  The tray is carefully crafted to ensure that no whitening gel spills on to the gums and surrounding tissues, and to prevent ingestion of the gel.

In-Chair Whitening

In-chair whitening treatment is performed at the surgery and is a good option for faster results. The whitening gel used in this treatment is stronger than the gel that we let patients take home, and our dentists carefully apply this gel onto your teeth for the duration of the appointment.

Am I Suitable for Whitening?

If you have staining due to the above conditions, then yes, teeth whitening should be able to cover up your stains. There are some types of stains that cannot be masked by teeth whitening such as:

  • Stains caused by medications and health conditions
  • Stains caused by injury or trauma
  • Discoloured old fillings and crowns

Are There Alternatives to Whitening?

If you do have stains that cannot be removed by whitening, there are other ways for you to achieve the white smile you’ve always wanted. These alternatives include:

  • Veneers
  • Crowns
  • Composite Bonding

To find out if you are suitable for teeth whitening, or for more information, please give our team a call to book in a consultation.