Teeth whitening by
Dr Duncan Copp

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is an increasingly popular way to enhance smiles and boost confidence. As we age, our teeth naturally darken and dull. Yellowing and stains can also occur due to years of consuming tea, coffee, wine and tobacco products. With professional teeth whitening, advanced bleaching systems are used to lighten the natural colour of the teeth. This is an easy process that can significantly improve the appearance of your teeth, giving you a brighter more confident smile. Our cosmetic dentists and the experienced dental team at The Paddington Dental Surgery offer both in-office and at-home whitening treatments to help achieve great results.

What Causes Teeth Staining?

Teeth are made of porous material, so they can absorb and discolour when introduced to staining agents. Some of the most common staining agents are things we drink—coffee, tea, and soda—but food can also lead to discolouration over time, even healthy items like berries and beets. Smoking and using tobacco products, of course, will definitely lead to yellowing. Additionally, some types of medication can cause the teeth to lose luminosity and darken with use. Everyone is born with a different level of natural whiteness, but our lifestyles can affect the brightness to a dramatic degree, which is why whitening can provide such a noticeable improvement in the beauty of your smile.

In Office Whitening

We offer two in-office whitening treatment options, because everyone’s teeth are unique. We will work with you to find the whitening treatment that is right for you.

Zoom!® WhiteSpeed

Zoom!® WhiteSpeed offers fast, dramatic results. First, a whitening solution is applied to your teeth; then a special light is used to activate the gel. The solution reacts with the light penetrating your teeth through the clear layer of enamel to remove stains and reveal whiter teeth. WhiteSpeed is the only in-office whitening product to offer a customisable intensity setting, maximising patient comfort. WhiteSpeed also includes a special desensitiser to protect your enamel and minimise sensitivity during the procedure. Because the procedure is quick, results are usually achieved in just one visit. For more stubborn stains, a follow-up may be necessary.

KöR® Whitening

The Deep Bleaching™ System allows people with even the most stubborn stains to achieve optimal results. Even people with dark, tetracycline-stained teeth can benefit from this product. After your initial visit to our office, we will create custom molds for you to use for at-home maintenance. After two weeks of wearing the trays at home, we will conduct a follow-up appointment. With this product, you will experience little to no sensitivity, unlike with many other whitening agents. The KöR® Whitening Deep Bleaching™ System will give you beautiful, long-lasting results that may even be permanent with simple, occasional at-home maintenance.

At Home Whitening

For your convenience, we also offer an at-home whitening product. More advanced and effective than over-the-counter whitening products, this is a great way to gradually whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home.

Zoom!® DayWhite is an at-home whitening system that you will apply once a day for seven days. You will be able to see results after your first treatment, but your new radiant smile should be most apparent after one week. With an improved formula, DayWhite now works to reduce sensitivity while using the treatment, in addition to improving the lustre and smoothness of your teeth’s enamel.

Natural Teeth Whitening Vs. Professional Teeth Whitening

We understand that you have many options for teeth whitening, and we want you to make the best decision for your goals, needs, and budget. Over-the-counter teeth whitening and natural teeth whitening methods can be useful, but you should be very careful which approach you use. Charcoal teeth whitening is not recommended. Charcoal, even finely ground, is too abrasive for teeth, leading to wear, damage, and sensitivity. Coconut oil pulling likely won’t cause damage, but as yet there is no scientific evidence this technique can whiten teeth, so employ caution. Teeth whitening strips and pastes can brighten teeth a shade or two, but they are much weaker than professional treatments. Some toothpastes are also more abrasive than we like to see, so please ask us about what method you would like to use. We can help you identify the best products for your oral health.

How Long Do Teeth Whitening Results Last?

Most people who take good care of their teeth can expect their teeth whitening results to last about six months. We wish your results could last forever, but since food, beverages, and the natural process of aging cause staining, this is not possible. Touch-up treatment twice a year can keep your smile looking beautiful with minimal effort through every season.

How Much Does Teeth Whitening Cost?

The price of teeth whitening at our office ranges from about $350 to $1500. Teeth whitening remains one of the most affordable ways to enhance your smile while providing a dramatic improvement in appearance. If you have any questions about the cost of teeth whitening, we can help you develop a customised program that best suits your budget and preferences. After all, everyone deserves to love their smile. Let us help you find your way to a look you love.

For more information on teeth whitening or if you’d like to make an appointment, please contact us today.

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