Child Dental Benefit Scheme

Teeth Whitening

Millions of Australians have stained and discoloured teeth and would like to whiten and brighten their smile. When dental professionals asked people what they’d most like to improve about their smile, the commonest response was whiter teeth. Understanding teeth whitening starts with understanding tooth staining. There are two basic types of stains that affect your teeth, and your smile!

Extrinsic stains are on the surface of the tooth. Their causes include:

  • Tobacco products
  • Foods and drinks such as berries, coffee, tea and red wine
  • Tartar (which forms when plaque remains on the teeth)

Intrinsic stains are beneath the surface and are difficult to remove. These stains become part of the tooth and can be caused by:

  • Ageing
  • Excessive fluoride use
  • Certain medications were taken during tooth development
  • Trauma

How to get Whiter Teeth using Teeth Whitening Products

Just as there are several causes of tooth staining and discolouration, there are several solutions.

Options for teeth whitening products include whitening toothpaste which contains mild abrasives which scrub the teeth removing surface stains to make them whiter. Some toothpaste also contains peroxide or phosphates to help remove and prevent stain. Rinse with a whitening mouthwash which provides gentle foaming action to safely protect against future stains and can get to hard-to-reach places. At-home bleaching kits use strips or whitening gels with trays and actually bleach the tooth enamel. In-office bleaching usually requires one trip to the dental office where bleach is applied to the teeth – this procedure may be enhanced by the use of a special light or laser.

Teeth whitening procedures may not work on all types of tooth discolouration and will not whiten crowns, fillings or bonded teeth. You may experience some sensitivity when using whiteners but this is usually temporary. If you have any issues when whitening your teeth, consult with your dental professional. In addition to preventing new stains, regular cleanings by a dental professional can remove surface stains. You can also remove stains and whiten teeth with professional whitening treatment at your dental office.

We use Phillips Zoom In-Office tooth whitening which has clinically proven to be best in chair whitenings systems. The results are more predictable and long-lasting.

Dylan King
Dylan King
04:04 09 Oct 18
Three of my children have had braces the first just got them off and looks amazing. The service of dr Anand and staff is amazing. Always helpful. Highly Recommended
Neha Shivathaya
Neha Shivathaya
05:53 08 Oct 18
I'm so thankful to Dr Anand and the team at Align Dentistry for providing me with the picture perfect smile leading up to my wedding day. Their attention to detail, precision and care made me feel at ease. I knew that I was getting the best possible service. I'm grateful and that this feeling will last for the rest of my life ahead :)
Selma Mesanovic
Selma Mesanovic
11:35 10 Sep 18
The staff are really friendly and welcoming and they provide high quality service, especially in regards to braces for younger kids. It's one of the best orthodontic places to go to. Highly recommend them.
lara wakeham
lara wakeham
08:20 21 Aug 18
I am very thankful for the smile that was worth the while! Dr Anand and the team were very friendly and helpful and would highly recommend. I couldn’t be more happy with my teeth. :)
07:30 10 Aug 18
Dr Anand was pleasant and funny with all the treatment he did during the 18 months that my son had braces for. Would recommend align dentistry at chipping Norton to all my family and friends. The reception staff were awesome also, also made me laugh.
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