Professional teeth whitening in brief
Professional teeth whitening is often promoted and advertised as a miracle solution, and as qualified dentists, it’s part of our role to make sure you fully understand the various offerings you may come across. Strictly speaking, teeth whitening is not always a medical procedure. In itself, it doesn’t change the overall health of your teeth and gums.
Of course, getting whiter teeth and a brighter smile is generally perceived as an improvement. It certainly can make many people feel better about themselves.
Professional or "over the counter"?
The first important choice you will have to make, is whether to trust an Over The Counter product, or to ask your qualified dentist to help you with teeth whitening. To make a well informed choice, it’s important to double check the information you receive.
It goes without saying that, as experienced and qualified dentists and dental hygienists/oral health therapists, we will always be able to give you clear and transparent recommendations about professional teeth whitening.
Bleaching or whitening toothpaste?
There are two types of teeth whitening solutions, and a popular one is based on bleaching. Bleaching changes the colour of your tooth enamel. It removes stains from the surface, and stains deeper in your teeth. The bleaching solutions come in OTC kits, and often use carbamide peroxide.
Depending on the product you buy, different concentrations of the chemical will be used. Alternatively, certain toothpaste brands claim to be a teeth whitening solution, and they generally contain a rough material that “scrapes” off the surface stains. It’s a polishing solution that is often promoted as the easy DIY solution.
Teeth whitening done by a professional
Professional teeth whitening is not to be confused with the take-away kits you can buy at the supermarket. Our in-chair procedure uses the Zoom3! Teeth Whitening process, and it’s a safe, fast and reliable procedure performed by qualified dentists and dental hygienists. The process, in a controlled environment, involves dentist grade whitening gel and the use of a blue LED light to speed up the process.
If you really prefer the DIY solutions, we also provide dentist approved take-home whitening kits. This means you get a fitted tray, custom designed for your teeth, and professional grade whitening gel. Whatever your preference, we recommend to first speak to our friendly team of receptionists and dentists, to find out which solution may be suitable for you, and to discuss the wide range of solutions you can choose from.