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Tooth whitening can be done In-Chair or At-home.
As featured on hit TV shows such as “Extreme makeover” and “10 years younger” Neo Orthodontics offers Zoom Advanced Power Teeth Whitening. The very latest whitening systems can get your teeth up to 10 shades lighter in less than 1 hour.
Additionally/alternatively, professional take-home whitening kits enable patients to keep on top of their whitening regime, so that they can have a dazzling white smile all year round.
In-house professional tooth whitening
Also known as Laser Tooth Whitening this simple procedure starts with a short preparation to protect your lips and gums, leaving only your teeth uncovered. The Tooth Whitening Light and Tooth Whitening Gel combine to gently penetrate your teeth, breaking up stains and discolouration to produce the tooth whitening effect. A home tooth whitening maintenance kit can be provided that will keep your teeth sparkling.
At-Home Tooth Whitening
A home-whitening kit is available for your convenience should you prefer this. A whitening kit is provided along with instructions and your progress is monitored closely.
- Step 1 An accurate impression (mould) of your teeth is taken.
- Step 2 A custom-made whitening tray is fabricated by skilled dental technicians.
- Step 3 Whitening gel is applied to the trays and typically worn one hour daily for up to two weeks.You will receive ample professional tooth whitening gel to use with your custom-made tooth whitening trays.
FAQs about Professional Tooth Whitening
What is professional tooth whitening?
Tooth whitening can be a highly effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surface. Laser tooth whitening is the most effective method of lightening your teeth and your orthodontist will be able to tell you if you are suitable for treatment. Hydrogen Peroxide (in the form of Carbamide peroxide) is the active ingredient in professional tooth whitening products. As the active ingredient is broken down, oxygen penetrates into the tooth enamel and the tooth is made lighter from within.
Why would I need tooth whitening?
Tooth colour is predetermined during tooth development in the jaw. Teeth vary in colour, just like our eyes and hair, from person to person. Teeth also discolour as we age. Only a small percentage of people have naturally bright white teeth. Hence most people would benefit from professional tooth whitening.
Other causes of tooth discolouration and staining include:
- Tea/ coffee
How long will my tooth whitening effects last?
Our Laser teeth whitening effects can last up to 2 years. The tooth whitening effect may be reduced by eating or drinking excessive amounts of tooth staining substances or smoking. The tooth whitening maintenance kit should keep your teeth nice and bright for years.
What are the side effects?
A few individuals may find that their teeth become sensitive after treatment. Some have reported small white patches on the gums.These symptoms usually resolve within a few days.
What about home tooth whitening kits?
Home kits may be more cost-effective. Tooth whitening is a complicated procedure. Therefore you should have a detailed examination and assessment of your teeth by one of our professionals. Subsequent to this an appropriate home whitening kit and regime will be recommended. Over-the-counter kits are not recommended as they usually contain only a small concentration of hydrogen peroxide. These products have been known to cause pain, ulcers and damage to the gums if used incorrectly.
What about whitening toothpastes?
There are several tooth whitening toothpastes on the market. However, they do not affect the natural colour of the teeth and are often only partially effective at removing surface staining. Many of these toothpastes may be abrasive to the tooth surface and cause permanent damage.