How to Whiten Teeth? – 5 Things You Need to Know

by | Nov 17, 2020 | Teeth Whitening

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Want to know how to whiten your teeth? It’s easy provided you have the relevant know-how.

Nowadays teeth whitening is more accessible – both from your dentist and over the counter, and luckily, the processes have come a long way. 

Teeth whitening is a relatively simple procedure and typically involves the use of hydrogen peroxide to bleach the teeth. The peroxide lifts the stain molecules away from beneath the tooth enamel leaving the teeth looking cleaner and several shades lighter. 

However, there are a few things you need to know before you try to whiten your teeth.


How to Whiten Teeth? – 5 Facts to Bear in Mind


Not all teeth whitening products are equal 

The products used for whitening teeth vary from teeth whitening toothpaste to whitening strips and pens to over the counter whitening kits, and professional chair-side whitening. They only common factor is that they all contain hydrogen peroxide to a certain extent.  

However, teeth whitening treatments from your dentist are the most effective because they contain the highest concentrations of hydrogen peroxide and work faster than anything you can purchase elsewhere.

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Teeth whitening only works on real teeth

If you have had dental work in the past that left you with fillings, veneers, dentures or crowns then be aware that these won’t change colour no matter what whitening treatments you use.

Teeth whitening only works on real teeth. Sometimes crowns or fillings can be changed after teeth whitening treatments to match your brighter smile but usually, this need only apply to any restorations that are in your smile line.

Your mouth needs to be healthy 

Teeth whitening should only be carried out on people who have good oral health with no sign of gum disease or cavities. It should also be avoided if you have sensitive teeth. Without treating any dental problems first, teeth whitening will make your teeth more sensitive and exacerbate any disease or infection. This is why a dentist will always insist on examining your mouth and teeth before whitening treatment.


Results can be almost instant

Teeth whitening can be achieved in as little as an hour when undergoing chair-side whitening at your dentist. This makes it an ideal cosmetic treatment to slot into a lunch break. 

For the best results, our dentists recommend that you undergo a professional dental clean beforehand. 


DIY take-home whitening kits

Take-home whitening kits that you can purchase over the counter are not as effective as custom take-home whitening kits from your dentist. That’s because the trays are designed to be ‘one size fits all’ and may produce uneven whitening. Also, the level of hydrogen peroxide allowed in these kits is considerably less than those a dentist can supply and you may be disappointed with the results.

So now you know how to whiten teeth safely and effectively why not make it easier on yourself with a professional treatment at Boutique Dental Care. We use top brand Opalescence and provide in-chair and take-home whitening kits.

Call us today on (02) 9054 5281 to book a consultation.