Teeth Whitening (AD)
Teeth whitening has become one of the most popular ways to improve your smile by lightening the existing shade of your natural teeth. This is a simple and effective treatment which can be carried out by your dentist or at home. Teeth whitening is a non-invasive treatment which does not involve drilling or removal of the tooth surface.
The outer surface of the tooth is called ‘Enamel’ this has tiny microscopic holes which trap everyday stains. The tooth whitening gel is a peroxide-based compound. This removes the stains and lightens the teeth by penetrating the holes.
There are many reasons why your teeth can become discoloured:
- Drinking tea, coffee or red wine
- Poor dental hygiene
- Coloured foods
- The natural act of ageing
- Trauma or disease
- Certain medications
Only natural teeth respond to tooth whitening; Crowns, Bridges, Dentures or Implants cannot be whitened.
Teeth Whitening Treatments
Dr Kanowitz offers patients both in surgery whitening treatment and take home whitening kits. A consultation will be arranged to examine your teeth and gums and discuss which whitening option suits you the best.
In Surgery Whitening
In-surgery teeth whitening is an ideal solution for patients wanting instant results. A rubber coating is used to protect your mouth and a peroxide based gel will be applied to your teeth. The gel will begin to work upon contact with the tooth.
After a period of time the whiter tooth is revealed by removing the gel and the protective coating.
Take home whitening is a great solution for patients looking to keep their teeth white and is more suitable for patients who have teeth sensitivity. Dr Kanowitz will provide you with a take home kit, which contains whitening trays and a peroxide-based gel. Your desired shade can be achieved in 14 days.
Teeth whitening results should give you a beautiful smile that lasts a long time. The degree of whitening will vary from patient to patient. Tooth whitening is not permanent and the process will need to be repeated every 12 – 18 months to keep your teeth at the shade you desire.
“There is always a risk for any surgical or invasive procedure. Hence, before proceeding, we recommend you to seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.”