3/94 William St, Port Macquarie
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Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening in Port Macquarie

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures we perform at TL Dental. It works by eliminating the inevitable stains that build up on our tooth surfaces, over time ageing our smiles. On its own or combined with cosmetic injectables like lip fillers it can dramatically enhance your smile and give you a bit of a confidence boost.

We offer both in-clinic and take-home options for brighter, younger looking teeth using dentist grade products. Whether you choose in-office or take-home, we first take the time to check your dental health to ensure the treatment will not harm your teeth and gums.

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In-chair tooth whitening

With this option, you can experience up to 8 shades lighter teeth in as little as an hour which is why we call it 'power bleaching'. It is the ideal choice if you have an upcoming special event where you'd like to flash your pearly whites but are short on time.

We use high-quality, Australian made bleaching products only available to dentists due to the high concentration of active ingredients. This active gel is placed directly on your teeth for 30 minutes after we have applied a protective barrier on your gums. To maintain your new smile, bright and white there is the option for take home trays that you can use for regular touch-ups.

Take-home tooth whitening

If you are not in a hurry, the take-home option brightens your teeth over a period of 5-14 days depending on the type of gel we prescribe and how well your teeth respond to whitening.

We start by taking a mould of your teeth which we use to make a clear tray that fits snugly over your teeth. For the duration of the treatment at home, you will place a small amount of gel in the tray daily and wear it for the recommended time, generally 15 minutes to an hour depending gel strength. Your take-home kit includes a shade guide which you can use to monitor the progress of your treatment against your original shade.

Benefits of tooth whitening by a dental professional

There are many good reasons to consider tooth whitening by a dental professional:

Predictability: only a dentist can advise if whitening is appropriate for you, not all tooth stains or discolouration will respond to whitening gels, so what works for one person may not for another

Safety: only a dentist can assess the health of your teeth and gums before any whitening treatment. A dentist will review your dental history and check for cavities, gum problems, cracked or exposed tooth surfaces that might contraindicate whitening (at least temporarily)

Speed: only dental professionals can use higher concentration bleaching gels (up to 38% hydrogen peroxide) during supervised, in-office treatments which are not only faster but can treat a wider variety of stains than less potent gels

Am I a candidate for tooth whitening?

Obtaining a brighter smile is possible for most people provided there are no underlying issues. For best results, it is also preferable to have your teeth professionally cleaned before whitening.

However, we do not recommend whitening if you:

  • have decay or gum problems
  • are pregnant or nursing
  • have a history of sensitive teeth

It's also worth noting that if you have porcelain crowns or veneers, these will not respond to whitening. We can whiten neighbouring natural teeth taking care not to make them lighter than the porcelain restorations. We’ll be sure to look out for these prior to any treatment.

Is tooth whitening safe?

Tooth whitening is a widely researched dental procedure. Many studies in dental journals show that, when correctly performed, it is safe. Today's high-quality formulations also include products to reduce any post-treatment tooth sensitivity.

Ready for a brighter smile?

Banish those built-up stains and rediscover your white smile. Contact us on 02 6583 4055 or request a consultation today by clicking the link below and we will get back to your appointment times to suit your schedule

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