Tooth Whitening

What is tooth whitening?

Tooth whitening is used to brighten and lighten natural teeth. This is commonly used before we start any crown or bridge work so we can match your new prosthesis to your “brighter” smile.

 

 

What methods are used?

The system we use is a “take home” kit. We take a mould of your teeth and make a tray which you then take home and apply the bleach.

 

How long does the entire treatment process take?

A brighter smile will be noticed within 2 weeks. You can use this until the shade you desire is achieved.

 

What are the risks involved?

Tooth whitening treatments are considered to be safe when procedures are followed as directed. However, there are certain risks associated with tooth whitening. Patients may notice increased tooth sensitivity towards temperature, pressure and touch. Tooth sensitivity may last no longer than a day or two, but in some cases may persist up to a month. Individuals at greatest risk for whitening sensitivity are those with gum recession, significant cracks in their teeth or leakage resulting from faulty restorations. The use of peroxide whiteners may also lead to gum irritation resulting from the whitening concentration or from contact with the whitening trays. Such irritation may last up to several days, dissipating after whitening has stopped. Restorations such as bonding, dental crowns or porcelain veneers are not affected by bleach and therefore maintain their default color while the surrounding teeth are whitened.

 

In Australia, the code to describe tooth whitening is item 119.

 

Dr Christopher Hart Prosthodontist provides tooth whitening in Melbourne. Specialist prosthodontist for tooth whitening treatment in Bendigo and Darwin by appointment.

 

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