Whitening is a process where the tooth discolouration is ‘whitened’ to a lighter shade. It removes the staining agent through chemical means. It is a safe procedure when carried out under professional supervision.
Treatment results usually depend on the severity of the discolouration. Both vital (i.e. live) and non-vital teeth (e.g. tooth with root removed) can be bleached and may take several visits to complete. It is not effective on dental restorations such as amalgam fillings, metal or porcelain crowns, etc.
Teeth can discolour for various reasons. The dentist will recommend the most ideal method based on your oral condition after an in-office examination to establish the cause and nature of your tooth discolouration, as well as provide you with more information on the various types of whitening procedures available, duration & frequency of treatment.
Tooth whitening is highly safe and suitable for use on the majority of people. Provided it is carried out by a registered, qualified and experienced dentist the risks of damage are minimal. We would always advise that you avoid whitening kits that can be bought online, as these are usually unregulated and therefore illegal. Often it is impossible to tell what is contained in such kits, meaning they could cause serious damage to your teeth and gums.
Before whitening treatment, all new patients must undergo a check-up first to ensure that their oral health is in a position to start the whitening process.
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