Teeth Whitening in Sydney – the TLC Dental Difference
When you turn on the television or watch a movie, you likely notice that everyone seems to have perfect white teeth, shining brightly and proudly from the mouths of your favorite stars.
Maybe some of your friends have had some enhancements to their smile, and now when you look in the mirror, you have been thinking about brightening up your own smile.
Many people have discoloured teeth, and it’s nothing to be embarrassed about. As any dentist will tell you, it’s the health of your teeth that is the number one goal. However, you’ve heard that saying about first impressions count, so maybe now is the time to work on building a confident smile.
Teeth will discolour and stain as a natural part of aging. The shade of your teeth is also influenced by the type of food you eat and what you drink.
Soft drinks, tea, coffee, smoking, childhood diseases and other conditions may all contribute to the colour of your teeth.
Here at TLC Dental, we have a variety of techniques and solutions to help you get that bright white smile.
Why Do Teeth Get Discoloured?
Our teeth start out a bright white, due to the enamel on our teeth. Enamel is the outer protective surface of the teeth. Over time, enamel is worn down – by the acids in the food we eat or the fizzy colas. The more worn it becomes, the thinner it becomes. and it becomes more transparent.
Under the enamel is a substance called dentin, which is the core material of your teeth. Dentin may be yellowish in colour. If the enamel is too thin, the yellow of the dentin starts to become more apparent.
Tooth enamel can also get stained. Stains can occur for a number of reasons, including:
- Age: A tooth darkens due to the wear and tear of daily life. As you age, stains go from yellow to a darker hue. The older you are, the more challenging it is to remove stains. It’s not impossible, though, and here at TLC Dental, we will work with you to develop an appropriate plan for tackling your stains.
- Natural tooth colour: Your natural tooth colour ranges from a greenish-gray to a yellow-brown, and your natural colour becomes more intense over time. Some natural tooth colours are more responsive to a teeth whitening service than others.
- What you eat: Acidic foods like citrus fruits can wear down enamel.
- What you drink: dark-coloured beverages like tea, coffee, and soft drinks also cause staining.
- Teeth grinding: Grinding your teeth can cause tiny fractures in your teeth. These fractures allow in external material and make it easier to stain.
- Injuries: accidents where you hit your teeth can cause cracks, which also leads to stains from other substances making their way into your teeth.
- Tetracycline: many young children were given this medication as a child, or perhaps the mother took it while she was carrying her child. This medicine can attack the underlying core of the tooth, and may make teeth whitening less effective.
There are two types of stains that we deal with on a daily basis at our dental clinic: surface (extrinsic) stains and interior stains.
Our teeth whitening services are quite effective at dealing with the surface type of stains. Sometimes all it needs is a thorough cleaning to see a big difference. Other times though, some form of bleaching will be called for to get the desired results.
To deal with the intrinsic stains, we’ll use different methods since it’s harder to get to the core of the tooth. We can explain the different options when you call our office for an appointment.
Who Can Benefit from Teeth Bleaching?
Anyone with discoloured or stained teeth can benefit from teeth whitening. Our dentists can advise you as to whether in-office treatment, at-home treatment, or a combination of the two will best meet your needs.
What Should I Expect from a Teeth Whitening Appointment?
If you’re having an in-office teeth whitening treatment at our CBD dental clinic, we’ll prepare by doing a thorough oral cleaning to clear out food debris and any plaque. The bleaching products that make your teeth whiter have a better result when applied to clean teeth.
Next, “Dr. Hoff” (as his patients call him) will thoroughly examine your teeth for any issues like decay, cracks or gum disease. If there are any major issues, they may need to be addressed first, otherwise the brightening process may agitate your teeth or not have as great of a result
Many of our patients ask if bleaching is a painful process. Normally, it is quite painless – don’t be surprised if you fall asleep as Dr. Hoffenberg turns your teeth a brighter shade of white.
To protect your gums from the bleaching gel, we’ll put a cheek retractor in your mouth so your teeth are visible.
Next, the whitening gel is applied for 15 to 30 minutes.
After the first application. the gel is rinsed off and reapplied for another 15 to 30 minutes.
Lastly, we’ll remove the retractor and you’ll leave with whiter teeth.
We’ll give you some instructions to follow, such as avoiding dark colored foods or drinks for a while (tea, coffee, soft drinks etc) as well as making sure you maintain good oral hygiene for best results.
Make sure you ask about how to enroll today at your appointment.
Call us on 02 8599 7107 or send us an e-mail.