Changes to the colour of our teeth can occur gradually and take us by surprise. We may take a look in the mirror one day and suddenly realise that our teeth aren’t as white as they used to be. Gradual staining through food consumption, decay, poor oral hygiene, natural ageing, or certain medicines can conspire to cause a yellow, grey, or brown tinge to the teeth.
It can be upsetting to see your smile change in this way, but there is no reason to think that these changes to the appearance of your smile have to be permanent. Your dentist such as the Caringbah Dentists, offers a modern tooth whitening service. Tooth whitening is a type of cosmetic dentistry that can help to restore the bright, white colour of your teeth.
What does tooth whitening at the Caringbah dentist involve?
Firstly, your dentist will assess your suitability for teeth whitening. Most people are suitable candidates for teeth whitening but if you have sensitive teeth, gum disease, or tooth decay, your dentist may prioritise treatment of these issues before considering teeth whitening. Whether or not you have existing dental restorations may also influence whether whitening is a dentist-endorsed treatment option.
Provided that you are a candidate, your dentist will explain the process, and you will be ready to undertake in-clinic teeth whitening with your dentist. Firstly, your dentist will protect your gums and lips with a guard to limit their contact with the whitening agent. Next, your dentist near me will apply the bleaching gel to the teeth. Thirdly, they will use a UV light to activate this gel. The client will sit with this light shining on their teeth, and the process may be repeated several times in succession for maximum effect. The ultimate result can be whitening of the teeth up to ten shades whiter.
Can I whiten my teeth at home?
The fact of the matter is, once your teeth have become discoloured, enhanced dental hygiene routines alone will not transform them back to their original colour. For this, you will require professional tooth whitening treatment using materials and techniques that are unique to the dentist. However, some dentists, such as Caringbah Dentists, can provide a take-home whitening kit for the ultimate in convenience.
This allows you to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home, knowing that you are using a dentist-recommended product that is safe and effective.
Upon an appointment with your dentist, they may recommend teeth whitening, or they may suggest other cosmetic treatment options, such as dental veneers or dental crowns, which can have a similar effect to whitening and may be more appropriate when teeth are also damaged or misshapen.
How can I arrange teeth whitening?
The best bet is to contact your local dentist in Caringbah, the Caringbah Dentists, to arrange an appointment. We look forward to helping you achieve your dream smile.