Teeth Whitening FAQ's
Q. How long does a treatment take?
A. Usually less than one hour is all that is needed to achieve maximum results, depending on your stain level
Q. What results can be expected?
A. This depends on each individual and the extent of discoloration, generally from 5-14 shades lighter can be achieved. The more stained your teeth the more dramatic the result will be. Teeth whitening whether done by a dentist or another technician will not whiten your tooth enamel the process will bleach the stains on the surface of your teeth. The results are also relevant to how regularly you have a teeth whitening procedure or use home whitening treatments. Where whitening is done every 6-12 months it is considered a maintenance procedure and results will be less dramatic.
Q. Should teeth whitening be done by a Dentist?
A. Teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure that is non-dental. The products we use are gentler and just as effective as those used by the dentist. All our products are Australian compliant and produced to the highest standards. Teeth whitening, no matter who does it bleaches stains from the surface of the teeth it does not whiten enamel.
Q. Is teeth whitening safe?
A. We offer the latest whitening gel approved for use in Australia. We have a hygienic non-touch procedure at NO time will a technician touch you or your mouth. Our gel is gentle and safe, problems are extremely rare. Teeth Whitening is safe for crowns and veneers although these will not lighten as much as natural teeth.
Q. Is teeth whitening suitable for everyone?
A. Teeth whitening is a treatment most people want and can have, however, it is not recommended for children under 16 years of age or for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not have a teeth whitening treatment if you have gum disease or are requiring dental work.
Q. How long will a teeth whitening treatment last?
A. Teeth will maintain their fresh new appearance for around one year. Re-staining depends largely on diet and lifestyle. Smoking, coffee, tea, fruit juice, and sodas are all staining foods and beverages that will eventually re-stain the surface of your teeth.
Q. How do I prepare for a treatment?
A. Simply have brushed and flossed your teeth prior to arriving at your appointment.
Q. What happens after treatment?
A. After a teeth whitening treatment, the pores of your enamel are open and this makes them extra vulnerable to any stains which can reverse a lot of the whitening benefit from your treatment. Follow the White Diet for 24-48 hours after a teeth whitening treatment. Once the pores close, which usually happens within 24-48 hours after the procedure, you can resume your normal habits.
An easy rule to remember is anything that would stain white fabric; Avoid it! Remember though the more staining your diet the faster you will re-stain your teeth. Taking care of what you eat will keep your smile whiter for longer.
Water, Sparkling Water, Milk
BEVERAGES to AVOID: Lemonade, Orange Juice, Any Acidic Fruit Juice Tea and Coffee, Colas and Other Fizzy Drinks, Energy Drinks
NON-STAINING ALCOHOLIC DRINKS: Vodka, Gin, White Wine, Champagne
ALCOHOLIC DRINKS TO AVOID: Red Wine, Stout or Dark Beer, Coloured mixed drinks, Coloured Cocktails, Dark Spirits
FOOD YOU CAN HAVE: Chicken, Turkey, White Fish, White Rice, White Pasta, White Sauce, Cauliflower, Cottage Cheese, Potatoes (NO skin), Bananas, Peeled apples
FOODS TO AVOID: Try to avoid foods with colour. The more colourful, the more likely it can stain your teeth.
Coloured fruit and vegetables i.e. capsicum, Carrots and Orange Fruits and Vegetables, Broccoli, Spinach and Green Vegetables, Dark and milk chocolate, Rye and dark Bread, Tomatoes and Red Sauces such as Spaghetti Sauce, Curries and pickles, Beetroot, Berries, Butter and Margarine, Coloured lollies.