Teeth Whitening in Campsie
Teeth whitening is a cosmetic treatment that can address certain types of stains and discolouration.
At Campsie Street Dental, our experienced dentists offer teeth bleaching treatments for adults over 18, carried out in the safe environment of our clinic. If you prefer to whiten your teeth at home, we can provide you with a take-home kit and custom trays.
If you’re considering teeth whitening, book a consultation with our dentists in Sydney. We’ll tell you what the treatment involves and answer any questions you have so you can come to a decision. Call us today on (02) 9718 7907.
What is teeth whitening?
Teeth can lose their natural whiteness over time for many reasons, while some people’s teeth are naturally darker. Teeth whitening is the process of restoring or enhancing the whiteness of teeth using bleaching gels. If you’re a candidate for whitening, these treatments can be carried out by our professional dentists at our Sydney clinic or in the comfort of your own home.
Teeth whitening treatments can remove certain types of stains and discolouration that have turned teeth yellow over time. Common reasons for teeth stains include food and drink with strong pigments, such as coffee, tea, red wine and soft drinks, tobacco products and natural ageing. Acidic drinks such as white wine and fruit juice can also contribute to staining by weakening the tooth enamel.
If your teeth have been discoloured for another reason, such as an injury, a complication of a health problem or a side-effect of medication, teeth whitening may not be effective, but we may still be able to recommend alternative treatments.
What are the options?
There are various methods advertised to whiten teeth, from whitening toothpastes and strips to home remedies. However, for the best results, we recommend either professional teeth whitening carried out by your dentist or a home whitening kit your dentist has provided.
We strongly recommend consulting with a dental professional before undergoing any teeth whitening process, even if you do choose an over-the-counter option. Some types of tooth discolouration won’t be impacted by any bleaching method – for instance, if your discolouration is caused by certain types of medication. Other types of discolouration may be caused by an oral health issue, which should be addressed before undergoing any cosmetic procedure. Lastly, your results may appear uneven if you have any restorations such as a dental crown, so it’s good to get advice from a qualified dental professional first.
In-chair teeth whitening
Our dentists apply a high-strength bleaching agent to your teeth, activated by UV light. This tends to be a faster process with more dramatic results than take-home options. We can advise you on whether in-chair or take-home options are right for your circumstances, but some of it may just come down to your own personal preference.
Home teeth whitening
Home whitening takes longer than in-office whitening, as it uses a lower strength of gel. As long as instructions are followed, many people start seeing results after about two weeks.
Is teeth whitening safe?
Teeth whitening is generally safe, if you seek treatment from a qualified dental professional and avoid beauty clinics or over-the-counter whitening kits. At Campsie Street Dental, our dentists will explain the possible risks involved so you can make an informed decision.
Teeth whitening products are carefully regulated in Australia. Only dentists are permitted to use high-strength bleaching gels in a clinical environment, while those sold for home use may not contain more than 6% hydrogen peroxide or more than 18% carbamide peroxide.
Your teeth may feel sensitive during or after teeth whitening, but this should go away shortly. If you still feel discomfort after a few days, contact us to make an appointment with our dentists.
Is teeth whitening permanent?
Teeth whitening is not a permanent treatment, but we can arrange top-up treatments or provide you with extra whitening gel to help you maintain your results. A treatment typically lasts from 6-12 months, but you can prevent your smile from fading for longer by maintaining good oral hygiene and avoiding sources of stains.
We advise that you give up smoking (for many reasons, not just cosmetic ones!), avoid staining food and drink and also avoid high-sugar soft drinks, lollies and chocolate to help your white smile last as long as possible. If you don’t want to give up your favourite foods and drinks, you could reduce their effects on your teeth by rinsing your mouth with water shortly after eating or drinking.
Alternatives to teeth whitening
If you’re not eligible for teeth whitening or you’d prefer a longer-lasting treatment, we’ll discuss alternative treatments available at our Campsie Street dental clinic. These include:
Dental veneers are thin porcelain shells that can be bonded to the front of your teeth to modify their outward appearance. They can cover up stained or discoloured teeth as well as other cosmetic concerns such as a crooked or gappy smile.
Dental crowns are caps fitted over teeth to repair them or modify their appearance. They may be chosen for front teeth that are discoloured, short or have other cosmetic issues, with the bonus that they tend to be very durable.
Make an appointment
Talk to our cosmetic dentists at Campsie Street Dental to find out more about teeth whitening and schedule a consultation. Call us on (02) 9718 7907 or complete the form below.