Does teeth whitening make teeth weaker?
Teeth whitening is safe for most healthy patients, and studies have shown that teeth whitening has no weakening effect on enamel. Teeth whitening works by using a peroxide agent – either carbamide or hydrogen peroxide – to gently bleach away stains caused by tobacco, colourful foods, and beverages such as coffee and tea.
A clean and polish will provide a great start by removing surface stains and tartar. Enamel has microscopic pores that peroxide penetrates during the teeth whitening process.
Our Fairfield dental practice offers both in-office and take-home whitening options. Many patients combine these smile-brightening procedures to maintain their whiter smiles for years.
In-house teeth whitening – We protect the gums with a barrier paste and apply professional-strength whitening gel to the teeth for approximately 20 minutes. We repeat the procedure up to three times in one visit for impressive results.
Take-home teeth whitening – Impressions and moulds of teeth will form the custom whitening trays patients can use at home with professional whitening gel. Patients can continue the whitening process at home and retain their whitening trays for future touch-ups when new stains collect.
The most common side effect of teeth whitening is sensitivity. Dr Etcell can help you manage any temporary discomfort with desensitising toothpaste, gels and fluoride application.