Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening Sydney, Crows Nest & Bella Vista

We can all partake in bad habits that lead to tooth discoloration. Whether we drink coffee, smoke tobacco, eat curry or have poor oral hygiene, our teeth take the brunt of our neglect, leading to stains. Other causes can be entirely genetic or circumstantial, such as age, wear and tear of teeth, or tooth trauma.

Teeth whitening is a relatively quick and straightforward process for those looking to brighten their smiles. It can either be performed as a stand-alone treatment or after a patient has received orthodontic corrections and wants to maximise the final aesthetic. At Oralux Dental, we will assess your teeth to determine whether the discolouration is extrinsic or intrinsic, then discuss the best way to perform the whitening treatment to improve their appearance.

We can all partake in bad habits that lead to tooth discoloration. Whether we drink coffee, smoke tobacco, eat curry or have poor oral hygiene, our teeth take the brunt of our neglect, leading to stains. Other causes can be entirely genetic or circumstantial, such as age, wear and tear of teeth, or tooth trauma.

Teeth whitening is a relatively quick and straightforward process for those looking to brighten their smiles. It can either be performed as a stand-alone treatment or after a patient has received orthodontic corrections and wants to maximise the final aesthetic. At Oralux Dental, we will assess your teeth to determine whether the discolouration is extrinsic or intrinsic, then discuss the best way to perform the whitening treatment to improve their appearance.

Extrinsic vs. Intrinsic Staining

 

Extrinsic staining refers to staining remaining at superficial layer of the teeth. It often comes down to environmental factors such as smoking, eating tannin-rich foods or having poor oral health, which adversely stains the enamel. This can lead to various issues, such as:

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Plaque
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Calculus
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Unaesthetic appearance
Most of these conditions can be controlled by:
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Professional cleaning
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Control of colored food/liquid ingestion
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Brushing regularly with a slightly abrasive toothpaste
Intrinsic staining refers to stains that penetrate into the deeper layers of the teeth  that can’t be removed with mechanical measures. Generally caused by poor tooth development in childhood, or specific medical treatment such as use of tetracycline antibiotics during childhood,  genetic factors, or dental trauma, it can lead to various issues, such as:
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Weakening of tooth structure
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Greying or darkening of teeth color
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Unpleasant discoloration of teeth
Upon your consultation with Oralux Dental, we will carefully assess the cause of your tooth discolouration. Once a cause is determined, we will discuss the options to improve their colour with you and put together a treatment plan.

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Book a consultation with us and we will provide you with a competitive quotation based on our professional assessment of your individual situation.

We look forward to meeting you soon!

Download Our Price List

We understand it’s important to have insight into your dental investment before committing to treatment. Simply click on the button below, enter your details and receive our latest price list.

Book a consultation with us and we will provide you with a competitive quotation based on our professional assessment of your individual situation.

We look forward to meeting you soon!

Anabel M.

I had a pleasant experience with Oralux, Dr Wang and the dental practitioners are not just skilful but also very accommodating.

Anabel M.

Methods

 

At Oralux Dental, we offer three methods to help you whiten your teeth.

Take Home Whitening

For this method, we take molds of your teeth and fashion a tray that fits them snugly. We then give you a low concentration of medication to take home with you, along with a recommendation that you wear the trays (with a small amount of medication inside of them) for 15 – 30 minutes every day. After seven to ten days, you will see an improvement in the shade and colour of your teeth.

Office Whitening

This method involves you coming into the Oralux Dental office. Once you are in the clinic, your dentist will apply a very high concentration of whitening meditation directly onto your teeth. This will be achieved safely in the office by isolating your gums and lips, kickstarting your teeth whitening treatment by improving their colour in as little as one hour.

Office Whitening

This method involves you coming into the Oralux Dental office. Once you are in the clinic, your dentist will apply a very high concentration of whitening meditation directly onto your teeth. This will be achieved safely in the office by isolating your gums and lips, kickstarting your teeth whitening treatment by improving their colour in as little as one hour.

Disposable Trays

There’s been a rise in the use of preloaded trays that support a medium concentration of medication. They can be worn for as little as fifteen minutes a day and then thrown away after each use. They’re very popular at the moment because of how a patient can purchase multiple trays at once and manage their own treatment. However, this method still takes time to build up the maximum results.

The Process

 

In short, the process of whitening teeth generally includes using hydrogen peroxide (found in most whitening medications). This chemical breaks down the stain molecules and remove them from the teeth. Hence overall brighter, whiter smile.

By determining why your teeth are discoloured (intrinsic, extrinsic or both), your dentist can then work out how long your teeth need to be exposed to the bleaching compound and what concentration of medication is needed to achieve your best desired result. Therefore, we recommend visiting your dentist first, to get the best outcome.

Risk Factors

 

During your consultation, an Oralux dentist will ensure your teeth and gums are healthy. If you have any gum disease, root exposure or worn out enamel, having a whitening treatment may cause over-sensitivity and irreversible damage, which is why having a dentist check your oral health before commencing treatment is wise. It’s also why Australia has a law to protect your teeth and gums, which states that no more than 6% of hydrogen peroxide can be sold outside of a professional dental office.

Although uncommon, other risks include teeth have dehydrated and the gums are irritated. This is usually because patients want their teeth to be whiter than what is possible for them, without understanding that the whitening process can only improve the lightening effect up to a certain shade.

Another risk is a relapse of discolouration, which often occurs because patients go back to drinking coffee, eating curry or partaking in other bad habits. Best way to manage this risk is to use a recommended whitening toothpaste or mouthwash by a dental professional and maintain good oral hygiene and diet. Doing so will prolong the results and mean you’ll only need a whitening ‘touch up’ every six months to a year.

Cost

 

The average cost of most whitening treatments ranges between $200 – $800. However, this can vary depending on the method you choose and how severe or complicated the whitening process needs to be. At Oralux Dental, we will discuss all your options with you and remain open and upfront about the price to ensure you’re not caught out with unexpected costs.

Cost

The average cost of most whitening treatments ranges between $200 – $800. However, this can vary depending on the method you choose and how severe or complicated the whitening process needs to be. At Oralux Dental, we will discuss all your options with you and remain open and upfront about the price to ensure you’re not caught out with unexpected costs.
Gong C.

Really pleasant experience with great staff. My daughter was well looked after. Highly recommended!

Gong C.

Schedule A Visit

 

Our team of professional and experienced dentists are here to help restore and improve the colour of your teeth. We want to help bring back your confidence and enhance your smile, ensuring your comfort and satisfaction with us throughout the entire process.

Get in touch today to schedule an appointment. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and are determined to offer the best possible service for you and your family. Call us on 02 8065 1702 or complete the form below so one of our friendly team members can get in touch to help you organise your appointment.

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