Teeth Whitening Cairns
At Future Dental, we offer numerous options for whitening your teeth
You may choose between at-home tray bleaching and in-office whitening. It is also possible to combine the two methods for dramatically whiter and brighter teeth. A third option is porcelain veneers which sit like thin shells around your teeth to give you a flawless smile.
Prior to any tooth whitening, it ifs highly advise able to have an examination of your teeth to ensure there are no factors that are likely to cause any problems with whitening. These may include sensitive exposed roots, cracks in teeth, broken or decayed teeth and also to look at whether existing crowns, veneers or fillings which usually will not change colour with teeth whitening thus leaving them more visible and conspicuous.
Teeth whitening with tray bleaching
Tray bleaching involves the use of custom-made trays, which are individually fabricated to perfectly fit your teeth. A small amount of specially formulated bleaching gel is applied inside the trays and the trays are worn over your teeth for 15 minutes to an hour, every day, for 7-21 days (most only require 7-10 days). Some types of discolouration require longer periods of treatment to be most effective. You will notice a gradual but substantial change in the brightness of your teeth. Tray bleaching is comfortable and affordable. And, as an added bonus, the trays and any excess bleach can be reused in the future should you require touch-ups.
Laser in-office teeth whitening
Recent research has shown that Epic lasers can deliver up to 12 shades of whitening (varies by patient) with less than 20 minutes of gel-to-tooth contact time. This innovative laser energy from an Epic laser interacts directly with chromophores in the proprietary laser-activated gel which accelerates the in-office teeth whitening procedure.
BIOLASE offers two Epic diode laser systems. These lasers can be equipped with a patented whitening handpiece to deliver fast in-office whitening treatment. Only a laser certified dentist can perform these procedures. The Epic 10 laser is quicker than the most other whitening treatments and has less, if any discomfort while achieving the overall result in about 60-70 minutes.
Will teeth whitening damage my teeth?
This is a question we are often asked. Whitening your teeth will not damage your tooth structure in any way. Teeth are, however, slightly dehydrated by the bleaching process and you will notice transient hypersensitivity to cold food and drinks. This does not linger and any sensitivity will disappear within 48 hours after completion of your whitening regimen.
Whilst bleaching, your teeth will also stain much more readily. As such, we recommend you refrain from eating or drinking black coffee, black tea, red wine and heavily coloured foods for at least 48 hours after completion of your whitening regimen, as this can hinder the bleaching process.
What Are the Side Effects of Laser Teeth Whitening?
Laser teeth whitening is a procedure that we take great care with, both in assessing you beforehand and during the procedure to uphold your safety. Short-lived side effects include tooth sensitivity and gum irritation. Your dentist will give you guidelines on how to avoid these side effects, including foods and drinks you need to stay away from in the first few days after the procedure. Should you experience anything more severe, it’s important to get in touch with them.
Future Dental is looking forward to helping you achieve your whitest smile. Book a consult session with a dentist to see which whitening treatment will suit you and your individual concerns.