If you’re a big fan of Hollywood, you may yearn to have teeth as white as your favourite stars. However, if you also love drinking coffee or red wine, your teeth may have started to lose their pearly lustre. A white smile is an indicator of good oral health, and having a bright smile can improve your confidence.
For these reasons, many people wonder how to keep teeth white. At Gordon Family Dental, we offer whitening treatments that can make your teeth bright and white in just one hour.
Before your first whitening treatment, your dentist gives you a thorough oral examination. They check to see that your gums are healthy and that you won’t react to any of the teeth whitening products’ active ingredients. If you have intrinsic staining or have chips, your dentist may recommend dental veneers instead.
Once we start the Philips Zoom whitening treatment, it will only last an hour. At the end of the treatment, you’ll have a smile up to eight shades lighter.
Teeth Whitening Process
To protect your gums and lips, your dentist covers them with a retractor, a small, thin plastic device. Once your teeth are exposed, your dentist applies the Philips Zoom whitening gel and shines a bright light on it to activate the hydrogen peroxide. This catalyses the reaction turning the gel into active oxygen molecules that penetrate the enamel and disperse stains. You’ll relax for about 15 minutes as the gel brightens your teeth.
After 15 minutes, your dentist washes off the gel and allows you to inspect the colour. If you want brighter teeth, the teeth whitening process can be repeated two more times in the same visit.
Depending on how well you clean your teeth, teeth whitening treatments can keep your teeth bright for up to 12 months. You may need to refrain from food like coffee and red wine, and activities like smoking, for a period after receiving the treatment.
How to Keep Teeth White?
If you want to keep your teeth white between dentist visits, you can use our take-home teeth whitening trays. Using these in combination with maintaining a strict oral hygiene routine, including brushing and flossing morning and night, can keep your teeth bright and beautiful.
If you need coffee in the morning or love a glass of red wine with dinner, remember to brush your teeth about 30 minutes after your drink. You can also try drinking iced coffee through a straw, or add milk to reduce staining.
To make use of our at-home teeth whitening trays, you’ll need to come into the practice for a consultation, where we’ll make an impression of your mouth to create customised trays. After the laboratory has fabricated the teeth whitening trays, you can pick them, whitening gel, and directions up and use them at home.
We have several options available for take-home use. Some you can use for smaller touch-ups during the day, while others work while you sleep.
Get a Brighter Smile with Gordon Family Dental
If you want to learn how to keep your teeth white and bright, call Gordon Family Dental on (02) 9159 6163. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry services, including dental veneers, dental implants, and general check-ups. Whatever your dental needs, we can help you keep your teeth healthy and white.