Even the best-cared-for teeth can become discolored over time. Various substancess, like juice, coffee, tea, dark cola, red wine and even certain antibiotics like Tetracycline, can cause your teeth to stain. One of the main reasons for discoloration and stained teeth is the deposition of staining agents below the tooth surface over time.
If you are concerned about the stains on your teeth it may be a good idea to have them whitened using one of a variety of whitening methods.
Of all the cosmetic whitening methods, Chair-Side bleaching has been around the longest. The advantage of this method is that we are on hand to evaluate the best method for your individual needs and monitor your treatment to obtain optimal results.
On the other hand, you may sometimes have to wait weeks to set up an initial appointment and a few more weeks for the actual treatments. So it does take much longer than other procedures.
Bleaching on its own is a superficial chemical change and makes no structural changes to your teeth.
During the one-hour treatments, we apply a bleaching agent to your teeth, while protecting your gums from the chemicals with a rubber shield or protective gel. The protective rubber is thin enough so that it can be worn comfortably enough during the day.
The bleaching agent consists of a peroxide with a slightly higher concentration than over-the-counter bleachers. Sometimes we use a laser to enhance the bleaching potency. Watch the Video below to understand how the whitening procedure is done.
Chair-side bleaching is a relatively long-lasting whitening option and with proper oral hygiene habits you can expect to maintain your new level of whiteness for at least one to three years. The length of time it lasts depends also upon you lifestyle habits. If you smoke or drink red wine then you are more likely to hasten the staining of your teeth.
Like many of the other procedures, the main side effect is tooth and gum sensitivity. Eventually however, saliva heals the sensitivity. The higher your concentration of peroxide, the more likely you are to experience this sensitivity. However, we take care to manage the level of peroxide to suit your comfort.
To find out more please feel free to call us on 1300 32 TEETH.