WHY SHOULD I WHITEN MY TEETH?
Teeth whitening is an effective way to lighten the natural colour of the teeth after staining caused by tea, coffee, some foods and tobacco; as well as general wear and tear. Whitening teeth is a great option for those looking to boost their confidence and self-esteem with a brilliant, white smile.
WHAT IS INVOLVED?
Whitening the teeth involves bleaching teeth to make them lighter. Professional personnel complete the procedure with powerful ingredients. The process involves protecting the gums first, painting the teeth with a whitening solution and activating with a UV lamp. The effects of a dentist-administered procedure may last for as long as two years.
AT HOME KITS
Over the counter whitening agents can be purchased. In fact, the most commonly prescribed procedure is ‘home bleaching’, whereby the patient initially visits a dentist and has a tray created to fit the mouth. The patient can then fill this moulded tray with prescribed whitening gel to wear at home.
For non-dentist prescribed teeth whitening, always check with your dentist to ensure that whitening is safe for your individual situation.
Mail order kits are not as strong as those used by your dentist; this is because bleach products are regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
COSTS AND APPOINTMENTS
Professional take-home whitening: One appointment of 15 minutes, average cost is between $250 and $400.
In Office: One appointment of 90 minutes, average cost between $500 and $900.
Mail Order: Zero appointments, average cost is between $50 and $200.
ASK YOUR INEEDA DENTIST
How will you make sure stained veneers, crowns or dentures match my natural teeth?
What aftercare do you provide?
What happens if I am unhappy with the results?