Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments, able to provide patients with brighter teeth for instantly improved smile aesthetics. Patients also enjoy a marked improvement in their self-confidence when they choose whitening treatment.

Why do teeth discolour?

Everyone’s teeth are unique and discolour and stain in different ways. The discolouration or staining of a person’s tooth is typically caused by:

  • Coffee
  • Black tea
  • Herbal tea
  • Red wine
  • Spicy foods such as curry
  • Smoking cigarettes / cigars

How does tooth whitening work?

There are multiple types of tooth whitening solutions available. There are essentially three categories that these fit into including pharmacy available products, Take Home (from dentist) packages and In-dentist clinic applied solutions.

When a whitening product is applied to the tooth, it breaks down into water and oxygen ions. The oxygen ions enter the enamel and attack the long stain molecules to effectively break them down to be short and colourless. These short and colourless molecules are then naturally removed from the tooth by saliva. The intensity of whitening is related to the number of oxygen ions available and the length of time they are on the tooth. (

At-home treatments usually involve wearing a custom-made whitening tray that contains a bleaching agent gel. Patients are advised to wear the tray for a short period of time and the teeth will gradually become whiter. At-home treatments do not interfere with your daily routine and can be topped-up.

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