Tooth whitening refers to the use of concentrated bleaching agents applied to the surface of a tooth to lighten the colour. A consultation prior to treatment is recommended to discuss your expectations and current lifestyle, assess your dental history and determine the degree of tooth discolouration.
Common reasons teeth may be discoloured:
Surface staining due to smoking
Certain lifestyle choices
Presence of plaque or generally poor oral hygiene
Medications such as antibiotics at a young age
There are two options for whitening treatment, commonly referred to as ‘take-home’ or ‘in-office’.
Take-home whitening procedure
Moulds ("impressions") of your upper and lower teeth are taken and used to make a plaster copy of your mouth. A flexible fitted material is moulded onto the model to make your whitening trays.
The bleaching gel is placed inside the trays and worn for a specified period of time.
The use of the gel shows a noticeable change after some initial sessions, and will keep producing better results the longer it is used.
After an average 14-day treatment, shorter sessions periodically will maintain the lighter colour.
We charge $295 for the take-home whitening. Nevertheless, costs are subject to change and results vary case-by-case so please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.
In-office whitening procedure
A dental professional isolates your teeth from your lips and gums, and applies the bleaching agent onto the surface of each tooth. The gel used for this type of procedure is much stronger than the gel issued for the self-applied ‘take-home’ system.
Usually, a high intensity light or ‘laser’ is used to strengthen the bleaching properties of the gel.
Initial results from the treatment are usually satisfying, however whitening treatments of any kind will often need to be followed up with periodical treatments to maintain the lighter colour.
We offer ZOOM!-In-Office whitening for $495 (inclusive maintenance kit).
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WARNING: Any dental or surgical procedure carries risks which also may depend on your general health. This will be discussed with you prior to any dental intervention.
Results of individual treatments may vary.
Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner such as your dentist or your doctor.