What is Tooth Whitening?

Tooth whitening is the broad term for any non-invasive treatment that lightens the colour of your teeth. Various products are used to produce this effect, the most common being peroxide. The whitening solution removes molecules from food or debris that darken the colour of your teeth.

Teeth whitening treatments take a two-pronged approach: they remove both surface stains and penetrate beneath the surface to improve the colour of your natural teeth. Modern teeth whitening treatments used in a professional setting do not cause damage to your teeth

Delve deeper into modern methods of teeth whitening by reading some of our educational articles.

Our Teeth Whitening Technology

Many of our patients are pleasantly surprised to learn that they’ll receive noticeable results after just one teeth whitening treatment. However, depending on the current colour of your teeth and how much of a difference you’d like to see, you may require more than one treatment.

At Sydney Road Dental Care, we offer two options for professional teeth whitening: in-chair or at-home.

In-Chair Teeth Whitening
Sydney Road Dental Care offers two of the best teeth whitening machines available: the Philips Zoom! and SmartBleach 3LT.

Our professional teeth whitening process takes as little as two hours or less to complete. Prior to beginning your treatment, we review the depth of staining, sensitivity, and the overall health of your teeth. This allows us to tailor our treatment to help you get the best results.

In some cases, we may also provide you with take-home treatments to give your whiter teeth a “refresher” as needed.

At-Home Teeth Whitening
Many of our patients who value convenience and their time or have extremely sensitive teeth may opt for a take-home teeth whitening option. We’ve selected the SDI Pola Day, which will brighten your smile in as little as 14 days and rival the results of our in-office treatment.

These take-home whitening kits include custom-made trays and professional-grade whitening. This is an affordable alternative; however, it also takes longer to start seeing results.

Professional Teeth Whitening vs At-Home Kits

Regardless of whether you choose in-office teeth whitening or one of our take-home options, you should know that both provide similar professional results. The same cannot be expected for commercially available at-home teeth whitening.

For starters, these kits usually contain a less concentrated peroxide solution, which means you will require many more treatments than what you’d need in a professional setting. Also, products provided by a dentist are more effective at penetrating deeper stains and will not cause damage to your teeth. These products are held to a very high standard above minimum requirements and have been found to be safe and effective.

Cost of Teeth Whitening

One of the first questions we receive from many of our patients is: “How much does teeth whitening cost?”

The answer depends on a few factors, including whether you opt for an in-chair treatment vs. a take-home kit, the number of treatments required, and more. When you schedule a consultation, we can discuss costs based on your selected treatment.

We aim to make teeth whitening an affordable service for every patient. Because teeth whitening is purely cosmetic, it is not usually covered by dental insurance plans. However, we do offer patient payment plans to help make teeth whitening treatments to reduce your upfront out-of-pocket expenses.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Clinical studies have shown that should the correct procedural guidelines be followed and patient suitability assessed appropriately, teeth whitening using carbamide or hydrogen peroxide administered by a dental practitioner is safe for teeth and gums.

Nonetheless, common side effects can include sensitivity and irritation of the gums, lips and tongue, most of which dissipate within the first 1-2 days. Patients have frequently voiced that In-Chair Whitening can be particularly stingy during the appointment and in the following evening, usually resolving with over-the-counter pain killers by the next day.

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Does Teeth Whitening Always Work?

Not necessarily. If your teeth have dense brown or grey tones, whitening products may not produce satisfying results.

Besides, teeth whitening works only on natural teeth; it won’t be effective against stained fillings, crowns, or veneers.

Whenever in doubt, it’s better to book an in-office whitening session. We can tell you whether the treatment will be useful or not before starting

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How long does teeth whitening last for?

Professional tooth whitening can be expected to last anywhere from 6 months to 3 years. Similarly, to the initial staining, subsequent staining post whitening is also subject to the frequency and quantity of staining food and drink, as well as lifestyle factors such as smoking.

It is recommended to reduce as many staining factors as possible to extend the longevity of your whitening.

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Why do I need teeth whitening?

Professional tooth whitening is used either on its own, or as an adjunct to cosmetic treatment. Most often we find that patients with minimal health concerns will express an interest in tooth whitening after noticing some discolouration following a period of heavy coffee drinking.

In this case, we often provide In-Chair Whitening or Take-Home Whitening kits with minimal additional treatment. On the other hand, we also recommend professional tooth whitening to increase the likelihood of achieving a cosmetic result in circumstances such as smile makeovers.

This may be prior to composite or porcelain veneers as, to achieve the best aesthetic result, the foundation of the tooth must be as light and as free of discolouration as possible. As with all cosmetic procedures, we are guided by your end goal in mind, and will recommend professional tooth whitening accordingly.

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What is the process for booking in teeth whitening?

To ensure the best cosmetic result and maintain the health of your teeth, a consultation with the dentist is mandatory prior to any whitening treatment. During this consultation, the dentist will assess the health of your teeth and gums, depth and type of staining, and what your expected result may be. They will recommend a whitening system based on your particular case. Following this appointment, we always recommend a thorough clean – we want to be whitening your teeth not the plaque on top!

Should you wish to proceed with whitening, we either take impressions for your custom-made trays on the day, or book you in for a separate In-Chair Whitening appointment on a different day. Your custom-made trays as part of the Take-Home Whitening kit are usually available within the next several business days for pick-up.

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How to Avoid Tooth Discolouration

We believe prevention is the best defence against tooth discolouration. Once you receive your teeth whitening treatment, there are many things you can do to maintain your teeth’s “fresher” appearance. These include:

Avoid consuming dark beverages, such as dark wine, coffee, tea, and soda, or immediately brush your teeth afterward
Avoid foods that may stain teeth, including berries, chocolate, citrus fruits, colourful spices like curry, turmeric, and paprika, and red sauces
Balsamic vinegar
Milk and dark chocolate
Stop smoking or using tobacco products

Your dentist will provide more specific instructions to follow immediately after your treatment, as well as general maintenance tips.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Find out more about other cosmetic dentistry services offered by Sydney Road Dental Care

As we age, teeth naturally become less bright and can discolour for a number of reasons. Whether you’ve experienced staining or an overall loss of brightness in your smile, or if you’ve always longed for a megawatt celebrity smile, the Northern Beaches teeth whitening specialists can help you.

Smile with confidence again

Professional teeth whitening services administered by your dentist are the best way to safely brighten your smile without triggering pain or sensitivity. With years of experience in transforming smiles on the Northern Beaches, Sydney Road Dental Care can expertly remove staining and improve the natural hue of your teeth, helping you achieve your most beautiful smile.

The latest, most innovative technologies

From lightening your teeth a few shades to creating a new, natural smile with porcelain veneers, our dental team is here to make your smile makeover dreams a reality. Sydney Road Dental Care uses innovative technology to help diagnose your dental health, scan your mouth and map out your brand new smile in 3D. Not only does this technology-forward approach give you a better picture of your diagnosis and treatment options, but it allows you to envision your expected results, giving you a truly personalised plan for teeth whitening.

Discover effective and affordable teeth whitening in Sydney

No matter what your budget, our team can work with you to establish an effective treatment to give you a whiter and brighter smile. We know every person and every smile is unique, so depending on your desired results, the condition of your teeth and your diagnosis, we’ll create a bespoke plan to give you a dazzling smile and healthy teeth.

For a subtle improvement to your smile, our teeth whitening take-home kits are dentist-approved and safe to use in the comfort of your own home. If a more extensive cosmetic dentistry approach is required, we’ll talk you through your options, including veneers and Invisalign to further straighten your whiter, brighter teeth.

A tailored approach for every patient

We approach every client as an individual deserving of a personalised dental plan to suit their unique smile, goals, and budget. During new patient visits, we’ll take the time to get to know you and create a transparent dental care plan you can understand. The cost of teeth veneers, teeth whitening and other procedures at our practice are competitive, and we can work with you to discuss payment options that suit you.

The Sydney teeth whitening experts

At Sydney Road Dental Care, we truly care about providing a genuine, professional service and working with our clients to meet their expectations for a beautiful, natural smile. If you’re ready to transform your smile, get in touch with us today to organise your initial consultation.

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Things You Should Avoid After Teeth Whitening

Pearly whites are always in style — but they can get stained too, just like white clothing. Teeth whitening has become one of the go-to dental services all across the globe. It can boost your confidence, and it’s an effective way to elevate your facial appearance. While it’s quick, simple and pain-free to get bright teeth, there are some things you should avoid after whitening teeth to be able to enjoy the sparkling results longer. To make this process a little easier, we have compiled a list of teeth whitening do’s and don’ts for you to keep in mind about the food you should and shouldn’t eat and other daily maintenance tips.

In office whitening and the dentist - 3LT and Zoom Whitening

Your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you. It’s a great opener for communications, can make people feel welcome and at ease, and can help you make a great first impression. So, why wouldn’t you want it to look as bright and confident as possible?

Over time your teeth can become stained by drinking coffee and wine, eating certain foods, and smoking. But these days you don’t have to put up with discolored teeth. Cosmetic dentistry has the perfect solution: In office whitening! Zoom whitening is a professional, teeth bleaching system that can give you a stunning “Hollywood” smile. We also have 3LT whitening which is another system for those with sensitive teeth.

In office whitening and the dentist - 3LT and Zoom Whitening

Your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you. It’s a great opener for communications, can make people feel welcome and at ease, and can help you make a great first impression. So, why wouldn’t you want it to look as bright and confident as possible?