At Jones Dental we offer two types of tooth whitening treatments; take home whitening and in chair whitening.
Teeth Whitening – Take Home
A typical routine is to wear the trays containing the whitening agent, a hydrogen peroxide solution, for a couple of hours per day for two weeks.
Teeth Whitening – In Chair
First the dentist will isolate the teeth to be whitened. Then a concentrated whitening gel is applied to these teeth for about 10 minutes, and then rinsed off. This is repeated twice, and the result is compared to the initial appearance of the teeth.
This method can cause sensitivity and is more suitable for patients who have minimal sensitivity in their teeth. It is a good option if you have a function or an event to go to and have limited time to whiten your teeth at home.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is tooth whitening?
How long does a teeth whitening treatment last?
Does tooth whitening always work?
Tooth whitening works in the vast majority of cases. Approximately 95% of people will have a discernable lightening of their teeth after treatment. Some people will achieve a really dramatic whitening whilst the majority achieved a very acceptable result. You can talk to your dentist about what shade you hope to achieve.
Keep in mind however that tooth whitening will not:
- Lighten old fillings. For a filling to match the new whiter teeth it has to be replaced. This especially is a consideration if you have fillings or crowns on the front teeth.
- Effect the discolouration caused by hidden decay or reduce shadow that can be associated with amalgam fillings.
- Change the colour of stained calculus or similar deposits. A clean prior to whitening is recommended to remove these.
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