If you are self-conscious about the shade or the colour of your teeth, or if you have staining on some of your teeth, professional laser teeth whitening treatment at our Bondi Junction practice is a proven and popular option for you to consider.
Regular visits to our hygienists at our Bondi Junction dental clinic and proper tooth brushing are both essential to maintaining good oral hygiene, a healthy mouth, and clean teeth.
Our team at Dr. Bbby Chhoker bleach teeth externally by applying a bleaching product containing peroxides. It can either be done at the dental practice in-chair or with a home whitening kit
At-home systems contain lower concentrations of peroxide. Your dentist will take an impression of the teeth to produce a custom-made tray that covers the teeth to be bleached. The tray will hold the bleaching gel against the teeth with minimal contact with the gums and other oral tissues. The tray is worn for several hours, usually at night time or when it is most convenient. A course of treatment usually takes two to three weeks and the teeth are lightened more gradually. Individual results will vary and are dependent on your initial tooth colour and the nature of your tooth staining. Possible side effects include minor sensitivity of the teeth to heat and cold. These symptoms are usually mild and will quickly ease when the treatment ends.
In-surgery systems usually involve a higher concentration of peroxide, which is used with a powerful dental light unit. Your gums need to be protected using a rubber shield or special paint-on varnish. The procedure takes from 90 minutes to an hour. This may need to be repeated at subsequent appointments to achieve the maximum effect.
When a tooth is discoloured following the death of the pulp, our dental team can carry out internal bleaching after the completion of root canal treatment for the tooth. The bleaching agent is sealed inside the tooth for about a week. It is cleaned out when satisfactory lightening is achieved, and a tooth-coloured filling is placed inside the tooth. A proven method is to combine internal and external bleaching.
Internal and external bleaching is used to lighten dead (non-vital) root-filled teeth. The procedure involves putting gel inside the tooth by holding the gel inside a mouthguard. It produces very good results.
Teeth with a yellowish hue usually bleach well, brownish ones less so; greyish teeth may not bleach well at all. Discoloured fillings will not improve with bleaching. They will show more if the surrounding tooth structure is bleached and they may have to be replaced. Your dentist will be able to tell if bleaching is suitable, or not, and discuss other options such as veneers and crowns for improving the appearance of the teeth.
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