Teeth whitening is an easy way to brighten and freshen your smile.  There are a number of products on the market for whitening teeth.

Whitening toothpastes and whitening strips will remove and help prevent the buildup of external stain on the enamel.  For example, they will reduce the coffee and tea marks on your teeth.  They don’t have the strength to change the actual colour of the enamel.  Some of them can be a bit abrasive so stick with the renown brands or ask your dentist or hygienist when you see them next.

Professional Whitening gels from your dentist will change the colour of the enamel.  We prefer the “Zoom” whitening product for ease of use, gentleness to patients and successful whitening outcomes.

  • We take impressions of your teeth, our laboratory makes trays which fit exactly to your teeth, and then you simply add the whitening gel.
  • The whitening gel stays on your teeth for 45 minutes per day or overnight for approximately 7 – 14 days depending on the depth of colour change and is applied in the comfort of your home.
  • Most of our patients prefer not to bleach their teeth “too white” and this is another advantage of the take home whitening, as you can choose when to stop.

On-going maintenance with Zoom whitening is made easy with their “top-up kits”.  You may want to refresh your tooth whitening every 18 months or so, and a “top-up kit” is ideal for this.  It is a 3 syringe kit available from reception for just $60. You will be able to maintain your youthful, healthy smile for a long time.

Try not to purchase whitening toothpastes or gels over the internet.  Often they haven’t been approved by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration which signs off on the safety and effectiveness of any product.

Dental benefits

Please remember, as we head towards the end of the year and, dare we say Christmas, we do book up very quickly.  For dental bookings in the next few months, start scheduling now.  Don’t forget your dental benefits limits for this year finish on 31st December for most funds.  Make the most of those benefits.

We hope you have been making some chance to get some sunshine after all the rain.  Dr Stone can tell you about camping with her girl guides in the rain last month!  She is looking forward to some great kayaking weather coming up!

See you in the clinic!  The Adelaide City Dental Care Team.

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