how much whiter will my teeth become?
Teeth go minimum 3 shades whiter, but we get an average go 5-8 shades whiter. This is dependent upon the stationing of teeth. Yellowish teeth respond better to whitening, brownish teeth respond less well, greyish or purplish teeth may not respond to whitening at all.
Teeth that have deep stains are better candidates for bonding, veneers or crowns. We can help you in finding out which is the best whitening method for you.
With all types of bleaching procedures, the degree of whitening varies from person to person and is dependent upon condition of teeth, nature of stains, concentration of bleach and duration of time for which teeth whitening is used.
does whitening damage teeth?
There is no evidence to suggest that properly done whitening damages the enamel of teeth or its nerves. You can get into trouble if you start overdoing it and use too many different whitening products. Always do whitening as directed by dentist. Overdoing whitening treatments can weaken enamel.
does tooth whitening affect fillings, veneers or crowns?
Whitening does not lighten the colour of veneers, crowns or fillings as much as it affects the natural teeth. It will however, clean and restore the false teeth back to their original colour. If you are planning to have a crown, bridge, filling or false tooth, it is recommended that you first have your teeth whitened. Your dentist will then be able to match the shade of the false tooth to your new colour.
what kind of followup is needed?
For in office whitening, we would want to see you in a few days to check on your gums. For dentist supervised home bleaching, we would like to check your whitening progress and gum condition after 1 week and again a few weeks later.
i’m getting married. when should we get our teeth whitened?
You can get your teeth whitened 3 weeks before the D-day. However if you wish to have them whitened earlier we would suggest to have them done and get a discounted top-up again a week before the wedding. The top-up treatment only takes 20 mins and we get very good results if the teeth have been whitened within the last 12 months.
what can i do to maintain my brighter teeth?
- Avoid consuming any food or beverages which stain teeth. If you choose to consume beverages that stain teeth, consider using a straw so that the beverage does not touch your front teeth.
- Brush or rinse immediately after consuming food or beverages that stain teeth.
- Brush twice daily and floss once a day to remove plaque properly as stains get embedded in the plaque. Use whitening tooth pastes once a week to remove superficial stains and brush with normal toothpaste regularly.
- Consider touch up treatments. You may need a touch up every 6 months or once or twice an year depending upon your dietary habits and lifestyle.