Teeth Whitening Treatments can be undertaken either in-clinic at our Auckland clinic by one of our professional dentists or hygienists or at-home by you with out FDA approved, custom teeth whitening systems.
In Clinic teeth whitening treatment
When it comes to in clinic teeth whitening, we use disposable whitening trays and FDA approved whitening gels. During your first visit, our trained clinicians will assess your dental health, level of discolouration and goals and figure out the best treatment for you. The initial consultation takes about 30 minutes.
After this, we will prepare your mouth for the whitening process. If there is a lot of debris and plaque buildup, then we may have to scale and polish your teeth for best results. You will be made aware of this during the initial consultation.
We apply protective gel to your gums and lips to make sure that the whitening gel does not stray. At this point, we apply the whitening gel to dental trays that are inserted onto your teeth. Then an LED light is placed against these trays to activate the whitening compound.
Each tray remains in your mouth for about 20 minutes. In most cases, we repeat this three times for best results.
At the end of the session, if you require a top up appointment, we can book one in for you, or you can opt to have custom mouth trays built for you so you can continue your treatment at home.
In most cases the first session is enough for great results. Allow up to 90 minutes for this treatment.
DIY teeth whitening treatments
If whitening your teeth at home is more your speed then have a look at our at home teeth whitening systems. We dispatch them from our Auckland clinic so your wait times are low.
Teeth Whitening Results
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Here are some of the questions we often get asked about teeth whitening. If your question is not answered below, then get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to help.
Teeth whitening is the process of lifting away layers of staining from your teeth. Your teeth are porous which means that stains can get lodged in there over time. Lifestyle factors such as smoking, drinking red wine etc. all play a role in discolouring your teeth. With teeth whitening, we apply a bleaching gel and activate it with LED lighting. The whitening gel then works to lift the stains and whiten the surface of the tooth. It is not a case of applying a coat of colour like nail polish but rather cleaning the natural surface of the tooth.
When you have your teeth whitened at the clinic, you have the advantage of having a professional perform the treatment. With years of experience, they know all the ins and outs and can mitigate any risks. The equipment at the clinic is also of a higher standard with powerful LED light. In saying that, home whitening kits are quite effective and convenient. We recommend coming into the clinic for your first time, getting to know the process and taking an at home kit for maintenance purposes.
If you have sensitive teeth then you may experience some discomfort, however during our initial consultation session we assess your oral health and select the relevant course of action. We also apply protective gel to your gums and lips to prevent the whitening gel from straying away from your teeth.
If done improperly or too often, tooth whitening can lead to some sensitivity. However, our professional clinicians minimise the risk of that. We also have enamel protector gel available to help strengthen the enamel of your teeth to reduce sensitivity.
You can eat food right after your treatment, but we do recommend not eating staining food for 24 hours after your treatment. We have more information on aftercare and maintenance here
Tooth whitening gel is made of light activated bleaching agents like Hydrogen Peroxide or Carbamide Peroxide. These chemicals are found in concentrations of between 3-6% which is safe enough to use in your mouth but effective enough to strip away years of staining.
Your in-clinic treatment will last about 60-90 minutes and results will be visible instantly. The quick turnaround is big reason why people choose to have their teeth whitened in clinic v/s using over the counter toothpastes or home remedies.
Veneers are not porous like teeth. While they will not get damaged, they are not going to get whitened at the same rate as your natural teeth. This would mean that you could have an unevenly coloured set of teeth.
No, currently teeth whitening is only available to treat the surfaces of the teeth.
We would recommend having your teeth whitened after having your braces removed rather than before. This is because the areas where the braces are attached to your teeth will not get exposed to your treatment. This will result in uneven whitening and look odd once your braces come off.