How Does Teeth Whitening Work And How Much Does It Cost?
Given the fact that Australians collectively spend over $8 billion dollars per month on looking good. It’s no surprise that cosmetic dental whitening is on the rise. So how does teeth whitening work and equally, how much does it cost? Let’s take a closer look…
There’s no getting away from the fact that stained teeth have the ability to make an otherwise attractive smile appear ugly. The trouble is…it’s really easy to do. Virtually any food that contains tannins or colourants can stain teeth including the obvious such as red wine, fruit juices and coffee, but also foods such as curry, tomato sauce, balsamic vinegar, berries and beetroot. While you could of course avoid these products, these are enjoyable foods/drinks, so would you really want to deprive yourself for the sake of natural sparkling pearly whites? That said, even though stained teeth are commonplace, it doesn’t mean that you don’t want to do anything about it. This is why more and more people are seeking professional teeth whitening.
How does teeth whitening work in Australia?
While there are many home remedies for teeth whitening, it’s fair to say that results are ‘patchy’ at best. There is even some debate on whether tooth whitening toothpastes actually do whiten teeth at home. However, when it comes to professional teeth whitening and professional teeth whitening kits (eg, those products and services supplied by your dentist), results are usually more definitive.
Because they use significantly safer but stronger gels which have the ability to break up and remove stains and change the colour of your teeth. However these treatments are more expensive than over-the-counter products that whiten teeth at home. In fact, when it comes to laser teeth whitening cost, patients can expect to pay upwards of $500 or more. Alternatively they can expect to pay $300 or more for a professional teeth whitening kit.
Here’s how they work…
Laser teeth whitening – fast!
Chair-side Opalescence teeth whitening as the name suggests is carried out chair-side in the dental practice. The process is popular because it’s quick and can be completed in a little under 60 minutes. After covering the gums, the teeth are then coated in a carefully controlled amount of whitening gel containing somewhere between 10-22% carbamide of hydrogen peroxide. A light activates the substance and it breaks down the molecules of the staining, lifting it from the surface of the tooth enamel. The gel is then washed off and the levels of whiteness are checked. The 10 minute process is repeated until the correct degree of teeth whitening is reached. Patients should immediately notice a difference, but this will become more apparent as your pearly whites become even lighter over the next few days.
Whitening Teeth at home – Discretion and comfort
Our Opalescence take home kits are ideal for whitening teeth at home. Firstly bespoke acrylic trays are made to fit over the teeth. When the trays are ready, the kit is taken home and after filling them with a measured quantity of gel, is worn over the teeth for an agreed period of time. As the home version uses lesser strength gel it doesn’t deliver such speedy results, however many patients prefer to have the best professional teeth whitening done in the comfort and familiarity of their own home. Patients can also use their take home kits after undergoing laser teeth whitening treatment so that they can top up their white smile as and when they see fit.
So there you have it…the low-down of how teeth whitening works and the rough costs involved. Do bear in mind that no form of teeth whitening is permanent and sustainability depends on the type of things you eat and drink. That said on average treatments last somewhere between 3-6 months.
To find out more about how to get your Opalescence smile then contact Supreme Dental Care today. Call the team on (03) 8595 2628 today and take the first steps towards restoring your great looking smile.