Take home vs In-office whitening
Take home whitening involves the use whitening gels placed in a professionally made, customised whitening tray for 30-60 minutes every night. Trays need to be worn until the desired shade is achieved and may take anything from a few days to weeks.
In-office whitening, is approximately a 1 hour procedure, where the results are nearly instantaneous. With the current Zoom! WhiteSpeed and LED technology, in-office teeth whitening is more comfortable than before.
Please be aware there are increasingly more beauticians and whitening booths undertaking this procedure illegally across Australia, and unfortunately we have seen some destructive and irreversible effects to the person’s teeth and gums.
Before any whitening takes place, a thorough screen must be completed to make sure there are no cavities present in the teeth. If undetected and the whitening procedure takes place, it will exacerbate the condition, causing the tooth to die. If the tooth dies, either root canal therapy or an extraction is required.
Another scenario we commonly see, is when too high of a concentration of whitening gel is placed on the gums causing a burn and a loss of gum. When this happens the gums are permanently damaged and dissolved away.
Internal Teeth Whitening
When the nerve in a tooth dies, due to a lack of blood supply, the teeth change to a dark grey/ black colour. This can be quite unsightly and cause the focus of attention of your smile on to the darkened tooth. Even after root canal therapy, the colour does not change. One conservative method to alleviate the problem is to whiten the teeth from inside the tooth. This is a delicate and tricky procedure, however when done well, has great results restoring the whiteness in the dead tooth.
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you. Contact us for more information