Due to certain lifestyle choices and other unavoidable reasons, unfortunately our team can become discoloured over time. Stains on your teeth can either be extrinsic (staining of the surface of the tooth) or intrinsic (staining below the surface of the tooth).
However, luckily at van der Walt in Bundaberg, we offer teeth whitening treatment to give you a whiter, brighter smile.
Can everyone have teeth whitening?
No, teeth whitening treatment is not always affective for every patient, as it depends on the reasons behind the discolouration. Discolouration due to ageing, genetics, thinning of enamel and other reasons cannot be whitened.
Reasons your teeth may become discoloured?
There are many reasons your teeth may become discoloured or yellowed, including the following:
- Foods and drinks – Such as coffee, tea, juices, soft drinks, wines, sauces, curries and other foods can all contribute to the staining of your teeth.
- Tobacco use – Smoking or chewing tobacco can stain your teeth.
- Certain medications – There are certain medications that may lead to the staining of your teeth.
- Poor dental hygiene – If you don’t maintain good dental health by brushing, flossing and rinsing your mouth enough, you are at-risk to discolouration.
- Diseases – There are diseases which impact the enamel of your teeth, which cause the yellow dentin to show more visibly, causing a yellower appearance.
- Genetics – There are some people who genetically have whiter, thicker enamel, whereas others may have less which causes the yellow dentin to show through.
- Ageing – As we age, our enamel wears away, which causes the yellow dentin to become revealed.
- Trauma and damage – If your teeth suffer damage, it may cause discolouration if the enamel is damaged. Also, children who suffer an impact to the mouth may disturb the enamel formation.
- Fluorosis – While teeth are developing, if too much fluoride is used, it can cause white spots to appear on the teeth.
Our professional teeth whitening treatment
van der Walt Dental offers teeth whitening treatment in both in-chair and at-home options. Our teeth whitening is clinically proven, very effective and safe as it can whiten your teeth by up to multiple shades.
In-chair tooth whitening
The professional in-chair tooth whitening treatment takes about one hour. We use a professional bleaching solution which penetrates your teeth to remove stains and discolouration. The whitening treatment also focusing on helping to strengthen your enamel layer.
At-home tooth whitening
If you prefer a take-home whitening kit, we also offer this. This is perfect for patients who have a busy schedule and cannot spend the time at the dentist.
You will receive custom fitting whitening trays that will still bleach your teeth to remove stains and discolouration. However, this treatment will take longer, but achieve the same end results.
How to take care of your teeth after whitening
Once you have completed your tooth whitening treatment, it’s important to maintain your whitened smile.
You can do this by ensuring you keep good oral health by brushing twice a day, flossing daily and rinsing your mouth out regularly to remove excess sugars, acids and food debris. It’s also advised to have regular dental check-ups and cleans, where our dental hygienist will professionally clean your teeth.
It’s also important to avoid foods and drinks which contain staining agents, such as the tea, coffee, fruit juices, red wine, soft drinks and other. If you do however have these, make sure to flush your mouth out with water afterwards.
Teeth whitening treatment in Bundaberg
If you have stained or discoloured teeth, please get in touch with the friendly dental team at van der Walt Dental as we can whiten your teeth up to multiple shades whiter. Please contact our team online if you are interested in booking in for a consultation to decide if teeth whitening treatment can help you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can benefit from teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening can benefit individuals with stained or discoloured teeth, naturally yellow or dull teeth, those preparing for a special event, people seeking a more youthful appearance, and individuals looking for a confidence boost. However, it’s important to consult with a dentist to determine if teeth whitening is suitable for your specific situation.
Can sensitive teeth be whitened?
Yes, sensitive teeth can be whitened, but it’s important to approach teeth whitening with caution if you have sensitive teeth. Teeth whitening treatments can sometimes cause temporary tooth sensitivity or irritation, especially if you already have sensitive teeth.
If you have sensitive teeth and are considering teeth whitening, it’s advisable to consult with a dentist or dental professional first. They can evaluate your oral health, determine the underlying cause of your sensitivity, and recommend the most appropriate teeth whitening options for you.
In some cases, the dentist may suggest using desensitising toothpaste or applying a desensitising gel before or after the whitening treatment to help minimise sensitivity. They may also recommend a gentler whitening method, such as a lower concentration of bleaching agents or using custom-made trays that provide a better fit and minimise contact with the gums.
By working with a dental professional, you can ensure that your teeth whitening experience is tailored to your needs and helps minimise any potential sensitivity issues.
How many shades whiter can I expect my teeth to get?
Teeth whitening treatments can generally lighten the colour of your teeth by several shades. The exact number of shades lighter your teeth can become will depend on factors such as the initial shade of your teeth, the specific whitening method used, and individual variations. It’s best to consult with a dental professional to get a better idea of the potential results you can expect based on your unique circumstances.