At Power Dental Practice we have been teeth whitening for over 20 years and have seen many advances.
There are 2 main types of teeth whitening systems:
- In chair
- Take home
It has been our experience that for people with moderately discoloured teeth, and younger people, good results can be achieved using either method on its own. We use the Colgate teeth whitening for these cases.
However, the darker the teeth and the older the person, better results come only by using BOTH take home and in chair. For this reason we choose to use Phillips Zoom! whitening in chair and are getting spectacular results. Contact us for more information about tooth whitening.
It is important to note that teeth whitening only whitens tooth enamel and not:
- Any existing fillings
- Roots of your teeth
Take Home systems
For the regular take-home will create custom-made teeth whitening trays, which look like very thin mouth guards and are designed to fit to the contours of your teeth exactly. This ensures that excellent contact is made between the teeth whitening gel and the tooth enamel, enhancing the result.
For younger people we usually supply a day-time gel which is worn in the trays for 30 minutes a day for 10 days
For older people and those with darker teeth we usually recommend two weeks at home overnight with a night-time slow-release gel. Many people will take the 2 weeks to see maximum change, but some people notice a significant improvement after only a few days. Achieving your desired smile will depend on your personal circumstances and colour of your teeth.
We now have a system for those with extra sensitive teeth: Colgate Optic White pro light. This is 10 minute a day system which uses a serum rather than a gel. It is more gentle, but will usually take a little longer.
In Chair system
We choose to use Phillips Zoom! whitening in chair. After isolating the teeth our staff will use a stronger bleaching gel in 4 rounds of 15 minutes activated by the special blue Zoom! LED light. In just 1 hour your teeth can whiten up to 8 shades. Our staff will apply a post-treatment gel to reduce tooth sensitivity. The results have been amazing! More information can be found at https://www.philips.com.au/c-
People whose teeth are darker teeth benefit greatly from an in chair whitening session as well as the 2 weeks at home whitening.
The at home whitening removes stains deeply and gradually, conditioning the teeth gently preparing them for the in-chair procedure. The in chair session is normally one hour using a much stronger solution than the take home version.
Please contact us, or ask your dentist or hygienist at your next dental check-up if you have any more questions about teeth whitening.