Teeth Whitening – A Whiter, Brighter Smile!

Almost everyone wants a brighter, whiter smile & teeth whitening is one of the most common cosmetic dental procedures performed by dentists today.

At Elegant Smiles we perform teeth whitening procedures daily. We use Carbamide Peroxide as it is much gentler on the teeth than Hydrogen Peroxide so you are less likely to get sensitivity from whitening and all our team members are trained professionals.

Simple & Straightforward with Results..

For most people tooth whitening is simple and straightforward and their whiter, brighter smile is instantly noticeable and a great confidence booster.The results speak for themselves; in the images below you’ll see before and after shots demonstrating the results one of our regular patients, saw with his teeth whitening treatment.

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Teeth Whitening BeforeTeeth Whitening After

Above: Teeth Whitening Before & After Shots – click to enlarge

To learn more about our teeth whitening services…

To find out more, call us during business hours on 9474-1477 or send us an email and we’ll be in touch within one business day. For more detailed information on tooth whitening in general, read on!

What is Tooth Whitening?

Tooth whitening is the use of bleaching agents to lighten the colour of your teeth. Normal tooth enamel colour varies: most teeth range from off-white to light yellow. Teeth can be discoloured for many reasons and is usually due to;

  • surface stains from food and drink consumption
  • age
  • poor oral hygiene: irregular brushing and flossing leads to plaque/calculus buildup and staining
  • medications taken as a child due to illness
  • dental problems: tooth decay, traumatic dental injuries, thin enamel, old fillings
  • excessive fluoride taken during early childhood

Not everyone is a good candidate for whitening. Some things that could make whitening unsuitable for you are;

  • severe discolourations caused by medications or fluoride
  • tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • malformed or missing tooth enamel
  • habitual use of tobacco products
  • gum disease (periodontitis)
  • presence of dentures, implants, veneers, crowns or fillings (they won’t change colour)
  • young age (whitening will not be carried out on anyone under the age of 16)
  • pregnancy or breastfeeding: there is no evidence for or against the use of whitening products whilst you are pregnant or breastfeeding. As research has not concluded a definitive answer if whitening whilst pregnant will harm your baby, many expectant mothers prefer to delay whitening until after their child is born


What Result can I expect?

When you are whitening your teeth, they will only whiten to a certain colour and then will not change any further. Most patients have whiter teeth after whitening, but they may not be as white as you hoped.

Teeth yellowed or darkened by medications, trauma or disease can respond unpredictably and it is impossible to predict if whitening will work for you, or to what degree.

Whitening results will last between 1-3 years and can be “refreshed” after this time. Depending on external staining (what you eat/drink, whether you smoke and how well you clean your teeth) your results may last for only a few months.


DIY Tooth Whitening & Associated Risks…

Over the counter kits, beauty salon or whitening booth kits can be cheaper than having your teeth professionally whitened but any damage they cause can be expensive to repair. For example, some bleaching agents contain acids that dissolve the enamel of your teeth and do irreversible damage.

Unsupervised long-term or repeated use of over-the-counter kits increase the risk of these side effects. Whitening toothpastes contain abrasives and mild bleaches that are usually only effective for external staining such as red wine or coffee.

Long term use of whitening toothpaste abrasives can wear enamel off the teeth and cause sensitivity, yellowing of the teeth and thin enamel.

All dental treatments carry some risk. Side effects tend to be mild and reversible, and usually do not require treatment. If side effects do not resolve within a few days, it is best to see your dentist.Side effects of tooth whitening may include;

  • tooth discomfort or pain
  • sensitivity to hot or cold
  • short term sensitivity to air against the teeth
  • sore and irritated gums or inner cheeks
  • temporary whitened patches on the gumline
  • mouth ulcers
  • sore throat
  • nausea if the bleaching agent is accidentally swallowed

Our Whitening Process

The fee for whitening at Elegant Smiles is $605.00 for at home whitening or $1050.00 for Smart Bleach in-chair whitening. There are 3 appointments involved and at your first appointment we take some diagnostic models of your upper and lower teeth and provide you with some GC Toothmousse which is used as a pre-treatment for your whitening to decrease any potential sensitivity.

From the models we make custom-fitted whitening trays. We can usually start the whitening process 1 to 2 days after your first visit and at your second appointment, you receive a scale and polish of your teeth, before photos, and your whitening kit.

At Home Whitening

Your whitening kit consists of your custom-fitted whitening trays, a tray case, tubes of carbamide peroxide, a shade guide and written instructions for your whitening process.

At Elegant Smiles, we use 35% Carbamide Peroxide (equivalent to 10% Hydrogen Peroxide) supervised in the dental chair for 60 mins to kick start your whitening and you use an 22% Carbamide Peroxide (equivalent to 6% Hydrogen Peroxide) whitening kit at home 45 mins every day, for two weeks.

We use Carbamide Peroxide as it is gentler on the teeth than Hydrogen Peroxide and you are less likely to get sensitivity from whitening. At your third appointment, usually two weeks after your second appointment, we review the colour change of your teeth. If you are not happy with the change, you continue whitening until you are! (There are no further fees associated with more visits).

If you use all your whitening solution, extra tubes of whitening solution are available for purchase for $12.00.

Smart Bleach Whitening

Smart Bleach is a green laser whitening procedure that creates a photodynamic change in the colour of the enamel. Using Smart Bleach, we can whiten your teeth around 6-8 shades lighter (depending on your initial colour) after your first appointment. An at home whitening kit is also included with the Smart Bleach as some patients get an uneven colour change and need to continue whitening for about a week afterwards to create an even colou result. Laser whitening does not allow us to control the degree of colour change of your teeth, whereas tray whitening does. For most people tooth whitening is simple and straightforward and their whiter, brighter smile is instantly noticeable and a great confidence booster.

Call us or Email us for more information…

If you’re interested in getting your teeth whitened, call us during business hours on 08-9474-1477click here to send us an email or complete the form below and we’ll be in touch within one business day.

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