While everyone wants a stunning set of pearly white teeth, with the number of options on the market, achieving the killer smile you’ve been dreaming of can be overwhelming.
In fact, the value of the global teeth whitening market reached 3.15 billion U.S. dollars in 2016 and continues to grow.
So what exactly is the fuss about and how does teeth whitening actually work? Let’s take a look.
Why Do Teeth Become Stained?
Before we can really explore how teeth can be whitened, we need to understand how teeth stain and how these stains can be prevented as well as lifted out.
There are three main causes of teeth discolouration- extrinsic, intrinsic, and aging.
Extrinsic occurs when the enamel (the tooth’s outer layer) is stained by food and other consumables such as tobacco, tea, coffee, wine or food additives.
Intrinsic is the yellowing or darkening of the dentin (the tooth’s inner structure) due to:
- Trauma that damages a developing permanent tooth
- Extreme exposure to fluoride during early childhood
- Exposure to tetracycline antibiotics
- Being born with dentinogenesis imperfecta, a condition that causes purple, amber, or grey staining within the teeth
Aging is a combination of intrinsic and extrinsic. As the years pass, the dentin usually turns to yellow and the enamel gets thinner. Smoking, drinking, and eating foods that can cause discolouration are contributory factors as well as injuries and other damage.
What Does Teeth Whitening Treatment Involve?
If you’re ready to return the lustre to your teeth you have a few options to choose from:
In-Chair Intense Whitening
After you’ve scheduled your appointment with Perth’s premier tooth whitening dental specialist Emma Hunter, she will first determine your suitability and the treatments that will be required.
Current patients can have a free assessment appointment for the consultation, which is 20 minutes. The second appointment is then booked for the procedure which takes about 1 and half hours for upper and lower whitening. However, you can claim the general dental rebate for this treatment.
At home whitening customised kit
If you’d prefer a custom-created DIY package, we’re happy to help!
This treatment requires three short visits to the clinic.
Working with the team at Maven Dental Yokine, we’ll work together to create the perfect tooth makeover that you can begin in our office and continue with at home.
During your first visit, the dentist will take moulds of your teeth to create custom trays for your teeth. Your smile will also be photographed to assess the shade of your teeth. This procedure is vital because the measurement of the whitening agent depends on the level of discolouration.
On the second visit, your dentist will fit the custom trays and explain how they will address the issue of discolouration. Once done, a higher concentration of in-office whitening gel will be placed in the trays before they are positioned into your mouth. You will wear them for about 20 minutes to allow the accelerated whitening process.
On your final visit, the dentist will record the current shade of your teeth to monitor the whitening speed and to determine if you need further appointments. If the expected goal is attained, a final photo of your perfect smile will be taken.
Caring For Your Newly Whitened Teeth
Taking care of your teeth doesn’t end after going through a professional teeth whitening procedure. In fact, it’s just the beginning.
Preserving your beautiful, sparkling smile requires you to do some work at home. Here are a few helpful tips that you can follow to help your teeth stay brighter for longer:
- Avoid staining liquids such as red wine, black tea, cola and coffee
- Throw out that tobacco. It will not only stain your teeth, it will also damage your gums, causes bad breath and leads to cancer
- Get a whitening toothpaste; this will brush off some of the stains and gently polish your teeth.
Are you ready to get the smile you’ve been dreaming of? Don’t wait. Talk to us today about our custom whitening packages.