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In recent years tooth whitening has become a popular form of cosmetic dentistry, aimed at reducing yellow tints or stains to give you a whiter, brighter smile, in a less invasive manner than getting veneers.

While teeth whitening does not improve the health of your teeth, it can make you more confident about your smile which then lights up your whole face. It is an effective treatment to cover up stained teeth but should not replace regular dental check-ups and teeth cleaning appointments.

Teeth whitening is not suitable for everyone as it may be ineffective for those with darkly stained teeth, and others with very sensitive teeth may find it too painful. We at Aardent Dental recommend you speak to the experienced team at our Perth dental clinic before any whitening treatment, as they can advise and give you a realistic expectation of the results.

What you need to know about Cosmetic dentistry

Teeth whitening is a relatively straightforward cosmetic dentistry procedure, but one that uses strong chemicals that can damage your teeth and gums if done incorrectly.

 When applied to teeth these chemicals, usually carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide, pass through the outer layer of enamel to react with the pigments in the tooth structure. This makes your teeth appear whiter and shinier, helping them reflect light and appear brighter.

 There can be lots of benefits to having an experienced dental clinic carry out teeth whitening, as opposed to using a home kit. The main one is that a trained dentist can provide faster results, with your teeth appearing whiter after just one session, whereas home treatments require multiple sessions before results are visible.

 Professional cosmetic dentistry, such as that carried out in our Perth dental clinic, uses much stronger concentrations of bleaching agents than home whitening kits. This allows for faster results and a more even teeth whitening. Should you choose a home kit, be careful not to add more bleach than recommended; it will not whiten your teeth more and could damage your health.

What are the alternatives?

Teeth whitening may not be the right form of cosmetic dentistry for everyone. For some, the sensitivity to hot and cold that affects your teeth in the day or two after the procedure may be too great.

Those with darkly stained teeth – grey, brown, or black in tone – would need to seek an alternative to whitening as it would not be effective. Speak to a friendly staff member at our Victoria Park dental clinic about covering these teeth with crowns or veneers.

If you have fillings or crowns these will also not be affected by teeth whitening. An experienced dentist here at our Vic Park dental surgery can replace them with lighter options to match your newly whitened teeth.

Teeth that are only lightly stained may just need regular professional teeth cleaning to keep them white. The professional team at our Perth dental clinic recommends regular dental visits, twice-daily brushing and flossing, and avoiding food and drinks that stain your teeth like coffee, tea, and red wine, to keep your teeth as naturally white and bright as possible.