Do teeth have to be straight for veneers?

Your teeth may not have to be straight to get veneers, however if your teeth are severely misaligned, you may be advised to straighten them first. In short, the more crooked your teeth are the more preparation you may require before veneers can be placed.

Cosmetic treatments such as Porcelain Veneers are permanent so you should consult with your dentist first to understand your suitability. Due to the nature of Porcelain material, it is one of the most popular options here at The White Bite as it is strong, durable, and more resistant to chips and cracks. However, they cannot be whitened and should be looked after with proper care each day to enhance its aesthetic look and to increase the longevity of your veneers.

We do however offer composite veneers which closely resemble the natural colour of your teeth, are less expensive as Porcelain Veneers but may not be as durable.

veneers white bite straight teeth

Furthermore, your dentist will also advise you of the risks the treatment may carry and if you do require treatment prior to ensure your oral health is up to scratch before your veneers are placed.

What may happen if I get Veneers on crooked teeth?

Placing veneers over crooked teeth may essentially be covering up your issue rather than providing a solution. Yes, Veneers may give you your desired look on the outside but it’s underneath them and how your teeth sit which may cause some issues in the future. In some cases, your veneers may even appear slightly out of place, for some it may not even be a big deal, however you may want to address this if you have any concerns.

Again, this depends on your case, and you should consult with your dentist to find out if you are a suitable candidate for a veneer treatment.

What issues can occur from crooked teeth?

If your teeth are crooked, you may be exposed to potential issues such as:

  • Cavities
  • Chips or cracks
  • Gum disease
  • Excessive wear on teeth

In some cases, crooked teeth may also lead to lack of confidence or self-esteem.

Treatment options to straighten teeth

If you are required to undergo an orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth, we offer clear aligners to help you do so.

Our dentists offer Invisalign Go which are clear, custom-made aligner trays which help to straighten your teeth over time. Invisalign Go is to help restore minor – moderate changes to your smile and is requires less treatment time than a full Invisalign treatment.

You may be required to wear your trays for 20-22 hours are day and can be easily removed while you eat, drink, or brush your teeth!

For more information about our orthodontic treatment options, you can visit our Orthodontics treatment page or contact our friendly staff.

Dental Veneers Gold Coast

If you are looking to get Porcelain Veneers to enhance the aesthetic look of your smile, you can view our 6, 8 & 10 Veneer Smile Makeover Packages or contact our friendly staff for more information.

You can also complete our free online consultation form where one of our dentists will assess your teeth through a series of photos and questions about your oral health. Here, we can see if you are a suitable candidate for veneer or if further analysis is required you can book in for a consultation.

What are clear aligners and how do they work?

Clear aligners, also known as invisible braces, work by helping you to straighten your teeth over time using custom-made clear plastic aligners that gently move your teeth over time. Clear aligners are an effective orthodontic alternative to the traditional method of aligning teeth through metal brackets and braces, and they are more aesthetically pleasing and easier to use. If you are looking to straighten up your smile, we can offer you the option of Invisalign Go clear aligners at The White Bite!

What are Invisalign Go clear aligners?

Invisalign Go is a brand of clear aligner therapy which can straighten minor to moderate misalignment cases. Depending on your case, Invisalign Go treatment may take only three to nine months as opposed to a full Invisalign treatment which may go on for longer. This is because full Invisalign is required for teeth which may be severely misaligned and require more time to move back into your natural aesthetic look. There are many clear aligner companies available in the market but Invisalign uses a proprietary teeth straightening system called SMARTForce technology which enables tooth movement to be achieved through attachments placed on teeth and a series of custom-made clear plastic removable aligners. The aligners must be worn for at least 22 – 23 hours a day to effectively straighten your teeth.

What is the process to get started with clear aligner treatment?

During your initial consultation, your dentist will take records of the condition of your teeth, which can include photographs, xrays and a digital scan of your teeth. If you are needing general dental treatment such as a scale and clean, fillings or other treatment, this treatment will generally be done prior to starting your clear aligner therapy.

clear aligner consultation coastal dental care

Once we have assessed your case and determined that you are eligible for Invisalign Go, you will attend the clinic for a second consultation to discuss your specific case including sequence and time of treatment, cost and other details.

Once you have decided you would like to proceed, a deposit will be required to get started on your treatment, and the aligners will be manufactured.

Your dentist will then arrange for you to attend the clinic at set intervals to issue the aligners, place attachments, and check that you are progressing appropriately in your orthodontic treatment.

What are the advantages of clear aligners?

There are many advantages of using clear aligners. Some of these include:

Effective with less discomfort

Clear aligner therapy works because the plastic applies gentle forces to the teeth over time to move your teeth.  With metal brackets and braces there are sometimes cases where the metal can cut the lips or stick out and irritate the soft tissue in the mouth; however, this does not happen with clear aligners as it is a clear plastic material.

Clear and discreet

Clear aligners are not as visible as traditional metal brackets and braces, and from a distance are almost imperceptible.

Easier to perform good oral hygiene

Clear aligners need to be worn for 22-23 hours a day to be effective. However, as they are shaped similarly to a very thin mouthguard, they can be easily removed while you eat, drink, or brush and floss your teeth. This allows you to easily clean your teeth, as opposed to the case of metal brackets and braces, which often cause food to get caught in between the teeth and are difficult to clean.

Custom-made

Your aligners will be custom-made to suit the structure of your teeth. Over time, you will be able to collect new trays from your dentist which will be a slightly different shape, depending on what stage of treatment you are at.

This is done to gradually move your teeth into their natural position over time.

Invisalign Go at The White Bite

At The White Bite we offer Invisalign Go to all of our Gold Coast patients to help straighten up their beautiful smiles. Whether you are looking to just straighten up your crooked teeth or need to have alignment in order to be eligible for another treatment such as Porcelain Veneers, our friendly dentists can help you out.

If you’d like to book in for a consultation you can contact our friendly staff today. Alternatively, you can fill out our free online consultation form.

Which is better an electric or manual toothbrush?

A common question we get asked by our patients is, which is better an electric toothbrush or manual toothbrush?

Your overall oral health may depend on many factors such as:

  • The type of food you eat
  • Whether you floss regularly
  • Using fluoride toothpaste
  • Whether you visit your dentist for regular check-ups
  • And most importantly, your tooth brushing habits

For your convenience, our team has outlined the advantages and disadvantages of using an electric toothbrush or manual toothbrush in this article. Hopefully, this will help you to decide which toothbrush is best for your needs.

Is it worth buying an electric toothbrush?

There are two types of electric toothbrushes, battery powered and rechargeable. Battery powered toothbrushes may be cheaper to purchase than rechargeable electric toothbrushes, however, over time, the cost of replacing batteries could make rechargeable toothbrushes more cost effective.

Dental professionals recommend using electric toothbrush heads with soft bristles rather than medium or hard as soft bristles help prevent damaging tooth enamel and gums.

The correct electric toothbrushing technique is important for an effective clean. Start by placing the toothbrush head at the edge of your gum line then move the brush in a gentle motion over the front, back and chewing surfaces of all your teeth.

Advantages of an electric toothbrush

An electric brush has powerful rotating or oscillating capabilities that help to loosen and remove more plaque from teeth surfaces. It is convenient and aids persons with mobility issues such as people with arthritis, to achieve a better clean than manual toothbrushing. Some electric toothbrushes also come equipped with varying power modes (and varying brush head and bristle firmness) that reduces pressure applied to teeth and gums and can help people that experience teeth sensitivity.

Electric toothbrushes often have timers that ensures you are dedicating ample time to effectively clean your teeth. The timer also helps prevent ‘over-brushing’ teeth that can cause teeth erosion and gum damage.

Advantages of a manual toothbrush

Manual toothbrushes may be cheaper to purchase and are easier to travel with as they are lightweight and do not need to be electrically re-charged. Manual toothbrushes may also be beneficial for people with teeth or gum sensitivity as you can control the pressure you apply while brushing.

Furthermore, brush heads come in different variations such as:

  • Soft
  • Medium
  • Hard

This gives you the option to choose a toothbrush that suits your needs. However, dental professionals recommend using soft bristled toothbrushes to prevent damage to teeth and gums.

If correct techniques are employed, manual toothbrushes can be effective at removing plaque and reducing the risk of gum disease. The correct steps as outlined by Queensland Health Department are as follows:

  • The toothbrush must be placed at a 45-degree angle to the edge of the gum line
  • Using a gentle circular motion, move the toothbrush backwards and forwards to remove plaque on the teeth
  • Continue this process over all teeth surfaces – and pay particular attention to the molars or chewing teeth, by employing a gentle scrubbing action for an effective clean.

How many times a day should I brush my teeth?

Dentists recommend that children and adults brush their teeth at least twice a day, ideally once in the morning and once before going to sleep at night. It is even more beneficial for good oral hygiene to floss your teeth once a day. Flossing before brushing your teeth may help to achieve better gum care by removing any debris such as food particles that have been caught between your teeth and gums. Furthermore, ensure you are gentle while using a floss to prevent damaging your gums.

Electric toothbrush vs manual toothbrush

Both manual and electric toothbrushes have their advantages and disadvantages. However, choosing which toothbrush is right for you will depend on your needs. While manual toothbrushes are cheaper and more convenient to carry, electric toothbrushes offer more power and better ease of use. By using correct techniques, you may prevent gum recession and ensure that your oral health is optimal.

Teeth Cleaning at The White Bite

If you need professional advice on your oral health or would like to enhance the appearance of your smile, contact The White Bite, your cosmetic dentist on the Gold Coast.

You can also fill our out your free online consultation. Here, you can upload photos of your teeth or areas of concern. This way, our experienced dentists can assess your case and provide you with feedback or advise you if you are be suitable for a treatment.

 

Why do I need a filling?

A filling is commonly done if there is decay present within your tooth. Placing a filling prevents the decay from spreading further. It also helps to repair minor cracks or chips in your teeth. In addition, your dentist may also recommend that you replace your old amalgam silver fillings with white fillings. This is because amalgam fillings are made of metal and may produce cracks in your teeth over time.

Dental fillings are a suitable procedure when there is a small to moderate amount of decay. By doing this, you will still retain most of your natural tooth. Essentially, they replace the tooth structure lost.

However, it may be different if you have a large amount of decay or if you have most of your tooth structure missing. In this case, your dentist may advise you to get a crown done instead as your tooth may be susceptible to fracture.

For your convenience, our team has outlined what happens during a filling and some other key facts about the treatment.

What happens during a filling?

A filling is described as a simple procedure which involves placing, shaping and hardening dental bonding material (1).

Firstly, your dentist will apply a numbing gel on your gum. This will help to numb your gum in preparation for the local anesthetic to be inserted into the same area. It may take a few minutes for the anesthetic to set in before your tooth will be fully numb and pain free during the procedure. If you do experience any pain or sensitivity during treatment, please let your dentist know immediately.

Dr David Li Dental Filling Case

Once you are numb, your dentist will begin to remove the decay or old filling materials within your tooth. After the decay has been removed, a filling material such as composite resin or glass ionomer will be placed. The material is placed into the space left behind by the decay.

Your dentist will carefully shaped the filling to fit the tooth structure lost. Once your dentist is happy with the shape, a UV light will usually be used to set the material.  As a result, the material becomes a similar hardness to that of your tooth. Following this, your dentist will shape the filling so that it is comfortable and functional. Finally, your filling with be polished to ensure that there are no sharp or crooked edges protruding from the filling.

Can you eat after a filling?

Following your treatment, your dentist will advise you to be careful about eating while numb. You should be careful about having anything overly hot as you may scald yourself while you are numb, e.g. hot coffee. You should also be careful about chewing as it is easy to chew your lip while numb, resulting in tissue trauma.

How long does the procedure take?

The length of your filling treatment may vary as it depends on the complexity of the treatment. Depending on your case, your appointment may go for around 30 minutes to an hour. The dentist will inform you of the time needed to complete your filling(s) at your treatment planning session and your treatment plan will be printed or emailed to you.

Filling aftercare

It is important to look after your filling the same way you would look after your teeth, by practicing good oral hygiene methods every day. It is recommended that you brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day and floss once a day to maintain your oral health.

General Dental Gold Coast

If your tooth is showing signs of decay or you would like to restore a damaged tooth, contact our friendly staff today to arrange a visit with one of our experienced dentists.

Alternatively, you can book an appointment online 24/7 or fill out our free online consult form.

Reference

  1. Vasiliu, S., Racovita, S., Gugoasa, I. A., Lungan, M. A., Popa, M., & Desbrieres, J. (2021). The Benefits of Smart Nanoparticles in Dental Applications. International Journal of Molecular Sciences22(5), 2585. Retrieved From: https://www.mdpi.com/1422-0067/22/5/2585/htm

Supporting Super Max & Bryce in August

Dental Health Week 2021 has begun! Dental Health Week is an annual campaign run by the Australian Dental Association to bring awareness to the importance of oral health. This year, the campaign will run from Monday August 2 until Sunday August 8.

At The White Bite, we understand the importance of oral health and are committed to helping our patients and the community around us with this every day. Another important aspect of life we are committed to is supporting those who need it the most within our local community.

Because of this, we are taking this opportunity to raise awareness and funds for local Gold Coast charity, Super Max & Bryce, who help support young children undergoing cancer treatment.

Super Max & Bryce - Children with Super Max the Turtle Night Light

During the whole month of August, The White Bite will be donating $1 for every patient we see to Super Max & Bryce. In a joint effort with Coastal Dental Care, we hope to raise $10,000 and help to provide comfort and connectedness to young children in treatment for cancer through gifts of specially designed Super Max the Turtle night lights.

About local Gold Coast Charity Super Max & Bryce

In 2011, a four-year-old boy from the Gold Coast named Bryce was struck with the news that his mother was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. One month prior to her diagnosis, one of their family friends, another four-year-old named Max, was diagnosed with brain cancer.

Watching his mother and Max go through their cancer treatments, Bryce couldn’t imagine what it’d be like to be in their position and especially how scary it would be for children like Max. Because of this, Bryce wanted to make a difference and help support young children in treatment for cancer.

In 2016, Bryce embarked on a journey to raise money to buy six special turtle shaped night lights to give to children with cancer around the Gold Coast. The turtles are special because they are designed by children’s oncologists so they can be fully sanitized. This allows children in treatment to take them anywhere in the hospital including strict environments like ICU and isolation wards. The turtle night lights were named after Bryce’s friend, Max, hence their name, Super Max the Turtle. Given his goal to gift these special night lights, Bryce named his charity organization, Super Max & Bryce.

By the end of 2017, one year after setting his goal to purchase and gift six night lights, Bryce had travelled around Australia visiting all eight of the children’s oncology and haematology hospitals, and had gifted over 1,000 night lights to children in treatment.

What we are doing to raise money in August?

Bryce is now 14 years old and is committed to ensure that every single child who is diagnosed with cancer in Australia and New Zealand is given a Super Max the Turtle Night Light. As Bryce says, he wants every superhero child in treatment to feel the “love through the stars” as they look up at the stars projected from their turtles onto the ceiling of whatever room they are in. He wants them to know that wherever they are, they are not alone. They are connected to over 5,000 other children in treatment through the little turtle lights that brighten even the darkest of rooms.

To help Bryce reach his goal, The White Bite is proud to support Bryce in his pursuit to share love, hope, happiness and comfort with every child diagnosed with cancer in Australia and New Zealand. Every. Single. Child.

During August 2021, we are doing several things to help raise money for Super Max & Bryce. These activities include:

Donating $1 for every patient we see

For every patient we see, we will be donating $1 to Super Max and Bryce. Whether you are a new or existing patient, we will be donating $1 when you visit us in August. We look forward to seeing all your wonderful faces and cannot wait to see how much we can raise together.

Donation box

Within our reception area we will have a donation box for you to place any spare change you wish to donate. What if you do not have money on you? There will be a QR code printed on the box which you can scan and go directly to Super Max & Bryce’s online donation page.

Online donations

If you do not have an appointment with us and would like to donate, you can head to Super Max & Bryce’s donation page to contribute. All the money is going to a great cause. If you are able to donate, we greatly appreciate your support.

Where will the funds go?

In a combined effort with Coastal Dental Care, we are aiming to raise $10,000. This will help purchase approximately 400 Super Max the Turtles for children in treatment next year. These Turtles are provided to young children for free to help comfort them wherever they go.

We encourage you to visit Bryce’s website, to see the smiles on these brave little superheroes faces. Their smiles really do say it all in terms of how special these little night lights are.

In addition, $1 from each turtle will also goes towards supporting cancer research. Super Max & Bryce also have star-covered and love-filled scarves and socks available for purchase on their website too. These are the gifts they give to parents and carers of the little superheroes, so they also feel loved, supported and connected with each other.

When you purchase a turtle, scarf or socks on their website, you’re also gifting one to children in treatment and/or their parents/carers at the same time. The Super Max & Bryce team believe that there is a unique magic in gifts given from strangers -they carry a very special kind of love.

Join us this August to help support Super Max & Bryce

If you have not been in for your regular check up, now is the time to do so. We are calling on all the Gold Coast to help us support this amazing local charity.

The team at The White Bite greatly appreciate any support or donation you can provide, whether it is big or small.

So, join us this August and help us create Superhero Smiles for young children who are suffering from cancer. Working together, we can make a difference.

When is it a dental emergency?

A dental emergency can occur at any time and make for a very unpleasant experience. Resolution will often require treatment and time can be critical in determining the outcome.

For this reason, we at The White Bite make ourselves available for emergency appointments so that we can help you when you need us most.

What are common dental emergencies?

Common dental emergencies our clients present with are:

  • Severe pain
  • Trauma (e.g. sporting accident)
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Infections and swellings
  • Broken front teeth

Chipped teeth or lost fillings are not regarded as dental emergencies unless you are experiencing pain as well.

How can you avoid a dental emergency?

As is the case with our overall oral health, a high standard of care and maintenance is the best way to reduce the risk of adverse events occurring. The nature of dental disease such as decay is that we do not experience pain until the problem has progressed quite far and regular 6 monthly check-ups with your dentist are strongly recommended so that any potential issues can be identified before they become a problem when we least expect it.

If you play contact sport, we highly recommend that you wear a custom-made mouthguard.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What should I do if:

I have knocked my tooth out?

If you have had a tooth knocked out, it is important to try to touch it as little as possible. Gently rinse the tooth and store it in a container of milk. Under no circumstances should you scrub the tooth. Control bleeding from the socket by applying gauze and applying gentle pressure.

I have a swelling that is affecting my breathing?

If at any point your breathing is affected by a swelling, you should immediately proceed to your nearest hospital.

I am developing a fever?

Fever suggests an infection may be becoming systemic. This requires immediate treatment at hospital.

Emergency dentist Gold Coast

If you are experiencing a dental emergency on the Gold Coast, contact our staff immediately so that our team of experienced dentists can help to treat your dental problem.

By doing this, we can give you the best chance of saving your tooth and prevent further problems from occurring such as an infection spreading to another tooth.

If you require emergency dental care, call us on (07) 5579 933 or you can book an appointment online 24/7.

6 things to know before getting porcelain veneers

If you are thinking about getting porcelain veneers, there are a few things you should know beforehand. As the old adage goes, first impressions go a long way and a person’s smile may play a huge role in that.

More and more people every day are seeking cosmetic dental treatments to find effective ways to improve their smiles and self-confidence. Among the options available, porcelain veneers have become increasingly popular for the results that they can achieve.

Veneers are a thin layer of dental material (porcelain or composite) that is placed over the front of your natural teeth to improve the shape, size and colour of your teeth.

woman smiling with porcelain veneers on her front teeth

As veneers are an elective cosmetic procedure, there are some things you need to be aware of before you decide to undergo treatment. Furthermore, veneers are not suitable for everyone so you will need to have your teeth assessed by your dentist to see if you are a suitable candidate.

As part of your consideration, our team has outlined 6 things you should know before you get veneers.

1. All cosmetic procedures carry risk

As is the case with any dental procedure, there are risks involved. During your initial consultation with your dentist, they will discuss in detail both the process for your particular case and the specific risks involved such as sensitivity. We endeavour to ensure that if something does occur, there are no nasty surprises and our experienced dentists are capable of guiding you throughout your treatment.

2. Veneers may not be for everyone

If you are looking to get veneers, it is important that not everybody is a suitable candidate for them. Certain factors that may make you ineligible for veneers include:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Poor overall oral health
  • Further treatment is required to stabilise your teeth first

To make the process easier, we offer a free online consultation so you may undergo an initial assessment before coming to our practice. This allows our dentists to determine if you are a suitable candidate for any of our treatments without having to leave your home.

3. Veneers are a long-term commitment

Porcelain veneers are an irreversible procedure. The process requires us to carefully remove a thin layer of enamel to create space for the material. Even though this removal is kept to a minimum as much as possible, it is still enough that you cannot simply remove your veneers and return to your natural teeth. Porcelain veneers can only be replaced by porcelain veneers.

Like any dental work, veneers require long-term care and maintenance to increase their longevity. The average lifespan of porcelain veneers may range from 10 – 15 years with variations based on:

  • Quality of your oral hygiene (i.e. brushing and flossing)
  • Getting regular 6 monthly check-ups
  • Taking care of what you eat (i.e. not biting directly into hard foods with your veneers)

4. ‘Perfect’ is different for everybody

What we think looks good is entirely subjective and varies from person to person. Ultimately, it is your opinion that matters the most and the more information you can provide us on what constitutes your ‘perfect’ smile, the more likely we are to be able to deliver on that. Your dentist is trained on analysing your smile and guiding you through the process of custom-designing your smile.

If you come across cases done by us or another practice where the result is appealing to you, take a screenshot as this will assist us in the design process. We always trial our designs with temporary material so you have a clear idea of what we are aiming for before we start doing anything to your teeth. It is not unusual that the ‘perfect’ smile you found online doesn’t actually suit you. If that is the case, adjustments can be made accordingly.

5. Do veneers change colour

Due to the nature of veneer materials such as porcelain, you cannot change the colour of the final shade via procedures like tooth whitening.

A common trap is people will attempt to use whitening toothpastes to try and whiten the porcelain. This will in fact make the veneers fade as whitening toothpastes are abrasive and will in fact scratch the surface of the porcelain.

Choosing the right shade that is in line with your desired aesthetic look may not be an easy decision. For this, your dentist will help you choose the shade using our shade chart. This will give you a better idea on what the colour of your veneers will look like once they are placed.

6. Are there alternatives?

It is always important to consider what alternative options are available to help you achieve your goals. Treatments such as in-chair whitening or composite veneers may be a less invasive way for you to improve your smile. Our experienced dentists will always present other treatment options for your consideration.

Porcelain Veneers Gold Coast

If you ready to take the next step in your Smile Journey, you can contact our friendly team today. We offer Composite and Porcelain Veneer Smile Makeover Packages on the Gold Coast.

Alternatively, you can fill out our free online consultation form 24/7. This way our team can assess your oral health condition and provide you with treatment recommendations or feedback.

8 ways to reuse your bamboo toothbrush

We now have our own bamboo toothbrush available at The White Bite! Unlike a traditional toothbrush, our bamboo brushes are eco-friendly and 100% biodegradable.

This means, you will be able to clean your teeth while helping us reduce plastic waste within the environment. But how can you reuse or dispose of them once it has finished its use?

Our team has provided you with 8 creative ways to reuse or dispose of your bamboo toothbrush.

Feel free to try any of these and tag us in your photos!

1.      Use it for cleaning

Do you find it hard to clean those tiny gaps and crevasses in your kitchen? Your toothbrush may be the perfect solution! You can use the brush to help clean those tiny gaps with the help of the thin bristles on your toothbrush.

You can even use it to help remove excess food left on your kitchen utensils such as your cheese grater our juicer!

2.      Place it in your garden

Your bamboo toothbrush can also be used for a plant marker or to hold a plant up to help it grow straight and tall. The brush is small enough to be used within your garden or a pot plant.

However, remember to remove the bristles before placing it into your amazing garden. You can do this by pulling them out with a pair of pliers.

3.      Arts and crafts

Looking to get a bit creative? You or your kids can reuse your brush for school art projects or for do it yourself (DIY) projects around your house.

Craft projects such as collages or wooden photo frames would make a perfect fit for the design of our bamboo toothbrushes!

Again, remember to pull out the nylon bristles from your toothbrush beforehand.

4.      Stain removal

If you have stains on your clothes that may need a bit of love to get out, your bamboo toothbrush may be able to assist you.

With the appropriate cleaning agent such as soapy water, your brush may be able to remove stains such as dirt with the repetitive stroking of your brush.

5.      Pet brush

If you are looking for a small, soft brush to lightly brush your pet, you may also be able to provide your pet with the love they deserve with your brush.

Although it may not be as effective as a proper pet brush, they still may experience some satisfaction.

6.      Clean your keyboard

If you have ever eaten at your desk or while on your laptop, you would know the pain of trying to remove those crumbs which fall just inside your keyboard.

Cleaning in and around your keys is hard but with the help of the thin nylon bristles on our bamboo toothbrushes, you may be able to get to those hard-to-reach areas.

All it takes is a soft, sweep or stroke of your brush and it can help to provide your keyboard with a clean. Remember to not press too hard or you may damage your keyboard!

7.      Firewood

You can quite easily dispose of your toothbrush in your fireplace, pit, or furnace! Also, it may not be as effective as a regular firewood, you can still dispose of it in style.

Just remember to remove the bristles before you throw the toothbrush handle into the fire.

8.      Compost

If you conduct regular home composting or take your food scraps to a local composter, you can dispose of your toothbrush in there too!

Bamboo toothbrushes may decompose in around 3 – 4 months, compared to plastic which may take around 1,000 years!

After removing the nylon bristles and placing them into the plastic recycle bin, your bamboo handle is ready for decomposing.

Bamboo toothbrushes on the Gold Coast

If you are looking for a bamboo toothbrush on the Gold Coast, we now have some available for you to purchase at The White Bite.

For all enquiries about our brushes, feel free to talk to our staff when you arrive for your next appointment or if you are walking by. Alternatively, you can contact us online or over the phone.

Rabia Naseem joins The White Bite

The team at The White Bite would like to wish a warm welcome to our new Oral Health Therapist Rabia Naseem. Rabia is a gentle, patient-focused therapist who provides exceptional care to all her patients.

Rabia Naseem Oral Health Therapist at The White Bite

We look forward to integrating Rabia’s bubbly, passionate, and enthusiastic attitude within our practice.

About Rabia Naseem

Rabia was originally born in Fiji but brought up in New Zealand. Following her time in New Zealand, she moved to Australia in 2013.

In her spare time, Rabia enjoys the pleasures of socialising with her family and friends. In addition, she also likes to go on adventures or simply having a quiet time by herself.

Being a Melbournian at heart, she would also call herself somewhat of a foodie, so she is always open to trying new things and exploring new avenues!

Education of Rabia Naseem

Rabia graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Oral Health and Science. Following the completion of her degree, she has been working within private dental practices in Melbourne.

Here, she was able to obtain valuable knowledge and experience within the industry.

Why Rabia Chose to Work in Dentistry

At just 12 years old, Rabia was inspired to pursue a career in dentistry by a local dentist in New Zealand. Since then, she has devoted her time and effort to develop her skillset and knowledge within the dental industry.

Her passion for dentistry enables her to go above and beyond to provide patient care that is comfortable and calming, but also as fun as possible. She understands that for some, dental appointments can be rather daunting. Therefore, by building and maintaining great patient rapport, she aims to decrease the anxiety associated with dental visits. Although she may be new to the Gold Coast, her bubbly, passionate and enthusiastic personality allows her to fit right in with the locals.

About The White Bite

The White Bite is located within the beautiful Emerald Lakes at 1/3029 The Boulevard Carrara, Qld. Our practice is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and modern facilities which help our highly trained dentists to provide the best possible care.

The practice is conveniently surrounded by the local cafes, shops, and restaurants. If you are waiting for someone or have arrived early to an appointment, you can go for a walk, grab a coffee or bite to eat while you wait.

Book an Appointment with Rabia Naseem

If you would like to book an appointment with Rabia, contact our friendly staff today to arrange your next visit! Alternatively, you can fill out our free online consultation form and our team can assess your oral health for you.

What are the Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening?

Professional teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental treatment which may help restore your bright smile. It may be performed by your dentist or dental therapist.

At The White Bite, we offer Philips Zoom! In-Chair Teeth Whitening to help our patients white their teeth.

There are many benefits of professional teeth whitening. For this reason, our team has outlined what you might expect during a whitening procedure and some of the benefits you may receive.

What causes discolouration in teeth?

There are many possible reasons why your teeth become stained or discoloured. Therefore, it is important to identify what the cause is before we attempt to resolve it.

Extrinsic discolourations such as coffee staining may be reliably resolved. On the other hand, staining that may be caused by the consumption of certain antibiotics may be harder to remove. External discolourations are often related to daily habits such as:

  • Regular tea/coffee consumption
  • Smoking
  • Regular alcohol consumption

Am I a suitable candidate for teeth whitening?

We strongly recommend that you seek an opinion from a dentist before carrying out teeth whitening so they can identify anything that we need to be mindful of such as:

  • Decay
  • Existing fillings
  • Developmental discolourations
  • Existing wear
  • General sensitivity

How does teeth whitening work?

Once your dentist has assessed that you are a suitable candidate for whitening, you can begin your treatment.

Firstly, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth. These impressions are used to create your set of take-home trays which can be used to whiten your teeth again in the future.

Furthermore, they can also assist in managing any sensitivity you may experience.

Woman in the dental chair with UV light on her teeth during professional teeth whitening

Following this, your dentist will place materials such as a gauze and cotton in your mouth to provide a protective seal. This helps to ensure that the highly concentrated whitening gel does not cause any irritation to your gums. Once the whitening gel is applied to your teeth, it is then activated by an LED light which starts the whitening process.

Moreover, this is process is repeated in three to four 15-minute cycles.

Benefits of professional teeth whitening

If you are looking to restore your beautiful smile, there are many benefits that a professional teeth whitening procedure may provide you.

Some people may choose to undergo a teeth whitening treatment as it is:

1. Safe

Unlike DIY take-home kits or whitening done in beauty salons, professional whitening is done under the supervision of a qualified dental professional. Your dentist has an understanding of:

  • How the process works
  • What sort of result you can expect
  • The risks involved

Moreover, it is not uncommon for patients to visit a dental practice with different levels of chemical burns. This might be due to having their treatment completed somewhere else where no protective precautions were not taken.

For this reason, your dentist will be beside you during your treatment should any issues or sensitivity occur.

2. Effective in helping you get your bright smile

At the White Bite, we use Philips Zoom In-Chair whitening technology which has been shown to whiten your teeth by up to 8 shades. However, it may take one or two weeks for results to appear.

If you are looking to gain a confident, white smile this may be the treatment for you.

3. Time efficient

Dentists are permitted to use a stronger whitening gel than take-home kits. Therefore, professional whitening with your dentist may be a more efficient treatment option. Depending on your case, your treatment could take around 60 minutes to complete rather than the daily use of a whitening kit.

4. May help to kill bacteria

You may improve the aesthetic look of your smile, but you may also experience some health benefits. Through undergoing a teeth whitening procedure, you may also help eliminate some of the harmful bacteria on your teeth which may cause gum disease or tooth decay.

Take-home teeth whitening kit at The White Bite

For those who regularly experience sensitivity, in-chair whitening may not be the best option for you. Therefore, less aggressive methods such as a customised take-home kit may be a safer option.

Teeth whitening also has limitations in how white it can make your teeth. Unfortunately, social media has led many people to believe you can get unrealistically white teeth when in reality you may require something like porcelain or composite veneers to achieve the shade you desire.

Professional teeth whitening Gold Coast

If you are looking to restore your smile or to undergo an in-chair teeth whitening treatment, contact our friendly staff today.

Alternatively, you can fill out our free online consultation form.