Reasons for tooth whitening:
- Yellow, brown tarnished teeth
- Discoloured teeth because of medications (tetracycline, etc.)
- Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth formation)
- Standard erosion of outer tooth layer
What do Teeth Whitening Kits involve?
The process for home tooth whitening usually consists of two visits to the dentist. In the first visit, a mould will be taken of your teeth so that the plastic trays can be generated for home treatment. In the second appointment, your clear tray will be fitted and any necessary alterations will be completed. For the treatment to be effective, it is necessary that you wear your tray, filled with the whitening substance, twice a day for 30 minutes. Alternatively, the tray can be worn overnight for several weeks. The length of time you choose to use the treatment will directly correspond with the degree of tooth discolouration you suffer from and your anticipated optimal level of tooth bleaching. During the completion of your treatment, it is ordinary for your teeth to be hyper sensitive to cold and hot food and beverages; however, this sensitivity will cease promptly after you stop bleaching. Additional information and instructions on the home teeth whitening kits and the cleaning requirements of your trays will be provided at your appointment.
About Teeth Whitening Kits
Teeth whitening is a treatment used to alter the colour of teeth to a more desirable whiteness. Tooth whitening consists of a simple bleaching treatment and is a non-invasive process that can improve the visual appeal of any smile. Since the most common aesthetic worry of most patients is the colour of their teeth, we provide multiple treatment options for teeth whitening. However, our most popular treatment method is the home tooth whitening treatment. Tooth whitening is only a temporary treatment and may need to be retouched every few years. The results of teeth whitening can be reduced if you are a regular smoker or you drink coffee, tea or wine. Home treatment has similar effects as professional whitening and has the ability to drastically alter the shade of your teeth to a more preferable white. Since tooth whitening will only be effective on natural tooth enamel, it is necessary to discuss with your dentist about the renewal of any existing fillings or crowns. The renewal and replacement of these will be fitted post-whitening to ensure that they will match the new colour of your whitened teeth.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Dr Finkelstein will explain these to you carefully at the time of your consultation as well as address any questions you may have. We also recommend before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
Dr Michael Finkelstein BDS