Over time, teeth can become stained or discoloured for many reasons. Whether you start every day with a cup of coffee or enjoy even the occasional glass of wine, your teeth can yellow and stain over time. Fortunately, there’s a simple solution when you’re looking to restore the former colouring of your teeth. Teeth whitening is a safe and effective way to bring back your pearly smile.
At Me Dental Care, we offer two methods for whitening teeth: in-chair teeth whitening and custom home whitening kits. Both have achieved substantial results for patients in the past when applied correctly. Our dentists will be happy to assess you and recommend the most suitable treatment for your specific level of staining:
1. In-office teeth whitening
- Performed in the dental chair using a strong whitening product that is activated by a light
- This procedure takes 60 to 90 minutes
- It delivers instant results
- Please note that this procedure can cause postoperative sensitivity during and after the treatment
2. Custom home whitening kit
- Our dentist will make you a custom tray and you are required to wear this tray with whitening gel inside. These trays are worn about 1-2 hours per day and the process takes roughly 2-3 weeks
- These trays are worn about 1-2 hours per day and takes roughly 2-3 weeks
- This is the most comfortable and effective way to whiten teeth
- The gel is not as strong as the one we use for the in-chair whitening plus you are in control of when you want to whiten and how bright you want your teeth to be
- You may experience some temporary mild sensitivity during the whitening process but this will cease once the treatment is completed
Both treatments are effective ways to give your look a boost and enhance the natural appearance of your mouth.
Teeth Whitening at Me Dental Care
We invite you to speak to our dental team who can provide you with recommendations that suit your particular circumstances.
At Me Dental Care, we’ve helped people across Melbourne access a comprehensive range of dental services including teeth whitening, providing support for patients in the following areas:
Start a conversation with our staff today to find out how we could help you. Please contact our Patient Co-ordinator to book an appointment, or call (03) 8538-6199 during business hours for assistance.
Home Care Instructions
Teeth whitening is one of the easiest ways to enhance the appearance of your smile. However, it is important that you follow the directions carefully to achieve the best results possible. Be sure to call us if you experience any problems such as gum irritation or sensitive teeth during your treatment.
- Brush and floss your teeth.
- Apply whitening gel to the inside of the trays. Do not overfill the tray.
- After inserting the tray, gently remove excess gel that may flow beyond the tray’s edge.
- Do not eat, drink or smoke while wearing trays.
- Avoid talking while wearing trays as excessive mouth movement allows saliva to wash away the whitening gel.
- After 30 minutes, remove the tray. Brush and rinse the residual gel from the teeth and tray.
- You may whiten your teeth up to twice a day, separated by at least 4 hours.
We will see you back in the office in about two weeks to evaluate the results. During this time, your teeth will be especially susceptible to re-staining so try to avoid smoking, coffee, tea, cola, red wine, etc. as they will slow down the whitening process.
Once you reach a shade you are happy with and/or your teeth aren’t getting any lighter you will stop daily treatment, but be sure to keep your trays and any leftover gel since they can be used for touch-ups, as needed, to keep your teeth looking their whitest!
- We give you 6 tubes of whitening gel to start with, keep the tubes you are NOT USING in the refrigerator to prolong it’s shelf life. Allow the gel to return to room temperature prior to using it.
- A little gel goes a long way…if it is oozing out of the tray, use less.
- Do not “fill up” your trays with gel…you are only whitening the FRONT of your teeth. You also do not need to put gel on the teeth that “don’t show” when you are smiling.
- Some people have sensitive teeth to begin with and others “develop” sensitive teeth while whitening. in either case, we recommend that you start using Sensodyne toothpaste before you start to whiten and continue to use it throughout the process.
- If the whitening gel gets on your gum tissue, it may create a white spot – do not attempt to rub it off! If the area is not painful, leave it alone and it should return to normal within a few hours.