We provide two options for teeth whitening, and will only provide this service if your teeth are suitable. To ensure that you are receiving the best possible care, we will only provide this service if your teeth are suitable. Some teeth will not respond well to whitening gels and require other whitening options, like veneers or crowns. Dr Teo will assess your teeth and dental condition and will recommend the best option your individual situation.
Custom Made Whitening Trays To Use At Home
Take-home, custom-made trays for whitening your teeth at home is a great option for most people. We take impressions of your teeth, which are used to make customised whitening trays that closely fit your teeth.
We provide you with the whitening gel to use in these trays. You will learn how to load your trays with gel. You’ll need enough to cover the enamel of your teeth, but not so much that the trays overflow. This is not only a waste of gel: it can cause irritation to the gums.
Many people will need to wear their whitening trays for two hours per day for about two weeks. Some people’s teeth do take longer than this to brighten up whilst others require a lesser time to achieve a pleasing result.
Some people may experience a transient sensitivity of their teeth. We will provide you with instructions on how to minimise any discomfort. However, if sensitivity occurs, please feel free to contact us so that we can help you to proceed with your whitening with maximum comfort.
In-Chair Power Whitening
If you prefer to accelerate your teeth whitening, we can make an appointment for an In-Chair Power Whitening procedure using a professional-strength whitening product. Typically we will allow an hour for this appointment, although this may vary depending on your individual requirements.
Results are generally visible immediately after the appointment: the degree of whitening achieved varies from case to case. We provide custom made whitening trays for ‘touch-ups’.
Many of us consume foods and beverages that can stain teeth: tea, coffee, red jams, vegemite, red wine, curries and so on. You can use your Custom Made Whitening Trays to reduce the effect of these stains every few months as desired.
If your whitening trays are distorted, torn or are no longer fitting snugly, please do not attempt to use them as gel will leak out and cause irritation to your gums, mouth and/or throat. It will be necessary to have new trays made so that your whitening can be done safely and effectively.