Tooth Whitening

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Tooth whitening is a safe and effective procedure that uses peroxide agents to lighten stained or discoloured teeth. Most people feel that they could improve their smile with brighter, whiter teeth.

Teeth may appear discoloured or stained for a number of reasons, including:

  • Lifestyle actors e.g. smoking, red wine, coffee staining;
  • Poor oral hygiene;
  • Certain medication e.e. Tetracycline (an antibiotic);
  • Dental problems eg. trauma, old fillings; and
  • Natural discolouration due to age.

Before beginning any whitening procedure, a consultation is necessary to evaluate whether you are a suitable candidate for the treatment.

At Sunrise Dental Care we use 2 techniques for professional teeth whitening; in-surgery tooth whitening and take-home tooth whitening.

In-Surgery Teeth Whitening

In-surgery teeth whitening is an effective way to remove teeth stains quickly. As the name suggests, the procedure takes place in the dentist’s surgery and can give immediate whitening in one appointment.

This technique is a light-activated whitening system that uses a LED light to maximise and accelerate the hydrogen peroxide whitening effect in little time.

Your gums are carefully protected with a covering before the dentist applies the whitening gel. The appointment is simple, easy and relaxing.

This treatment takes approximately 2 hours and also includes a take-home tooth whitening kit.

Take Home Tooth Whitening

This technique requires taking an impression of your teeth, so custom-made whitening trays can be constructed to fit your teeth perfectly.

The whitening trays hold the whitening peroxide gel up against your teeth. Depending on the concentration of gel, the trays are worn for up to an hour a day, or whilst you are asleep, for ideally 7- 14 consecutive days. If we recommend using a take-home whitening kit detailed instructions for use will be provided.

One of the major advantages of this technique are the trays can be reused for future whitening top-ups.

There are many reasons for whitening your teeth:

  • To reverses years of everyday staining and yellowing.
  • To give a more youth looking and cleaner appearance.
  • Boosts confidence as well as self-esteem.

Are you a suitable candidate for tooth whitening?

Almost anyone with natural permanent teeth can qualify for tooth whitening. However, tooth whitening is not recommended for:

  • Anyone under the age of 16;
  • Individual with extremely sensitive teeth;
  • Pregnant or lactating women;
  • It is also important to note Tooth-coloured fillings, crowns or veneers on your front teeth will not be whitened.

Good oral hygiene is essential for anyone who wants whiten teeth. Limiting your intake of stain-causing foods and drinks like coffee, tea and red wine and quitting smoking will also aid whitening and help to prevent further staining.

We accept all major health funds and are preferred providers for:

If you would like to find out more about tooth whitening or to see if you may be a suitable candidate, please contact us online, by phone or visit our practice.