Professional whitening vs DIY whitening

It is no secret that people want a brighter, whiter smile. With an abundance of whitening products and treatments on the market, you may be wondering where to look first. At The White Bite, we have compared professional whitening vs DIY whitening for you.

Unfortunately, there are several documented risks to using some DIY whitening products, with side effects including:

  • Irritated gums, lips or mouth
  • Loss of tooth enamel
  • Gum recession
  • Uneven discolouration of gums or teeth
  • Increased tooth sensitivity

For those that want a quick fix and a whiter smile, it can be tempting to try DIY treatments, many of which aren’t approved – or in fact safe. We advise caution with many of these products, as these cheaper alternatives could end up costing you a lot more in the end.

Regular bleaching of your teeth can have counter-productive effects, stripping away lighter enamel and causing a blotchy appearance on your teeth. This is because behind our enamel, darker dentin is underneath the surface. Worn enamel also makes teeth more brittle, leaving them susceptible to cracking or chipping. It should also be noted that worn enamel highly increases tooth sensitivity.

At The White Bite, we want to give you the safest and best treatment possible. We recommend getting in touch if you are considering teeth whitening – to avoid the dangers of DIY treatments and steer clear of any unwanted side effects.

Why do our teeth become discoloured?

There are two types of tooth discolouration – extrinsic and intrinsic.

Extrinsic discolouration results in stains on your teeth caused by beverages, foods and smoking products. Coffee, tea and red wine cause some of the more stubborn stains on teeth and can often be removed with an effective whitening treatment.

Intrinsic discolouration is essentially from within the tooth. Medication use, childhood illness, tooth trauma, infection or general ageing can lead to it. We can remove this type of discolouration through professional bleaching, which uses the strongest whitening methods available.

Teeth Whitening at The White Bite

At The White Bite, we have all your teeth whitening needs covered. We use Phillips Zoom In-Chair teeth whitening for maximum results! Phillips Zoom In-Chair teeth whitening can be performed in a single 60-75 minute session at our practice at Emerald Lakes. Check out our patients’ whitening before and afters in our cases.

Zoom whitening involves painting high-concentrate bleach on the teeth, followed by a blue UV light procedure to further whiten your smile – delivering maximum results. The bleaching process occurs through the release of oxygen from the hydrogen peroxide to bleach the discoloured or stained surfaces. Your dentist will protect your gums, lips, cheeks and tongue with specialised rubber and gauze seals to prevent burning.

The advantage of professional laser whitening may outweighs the risks of some DIY treatments. The White Bite’s Phillips Zoom In-Chair teeth whitening is beneficial because it works almost immediately. This treatment is also popular for those who don’t want to maintain a whitening treatment daily and prefer instant results.

Phillips Zoom In-Chair teeth whitening is also recommended if you suffer from receding gums or abfraction lesions. In-chair whitening is separated by 15 minutes cycles. Depending on the sensitivity of your teeth and the result that you would like to achieve, the number of cycles can vary between two-to-four cycles. three cycles are considered the most effective and most-used option.

While the gel and light are working their magic, you can listen to music or watch TV.

If your tooth has darkened due to a trauma or after a root canal, teeth whitening of the enamel won’t change the colour of the tooth as the problem is deeper down in the dentin. You may need to consider internal (inside the tooth) bleaching or covering the tooth with a crown or veneer.

Take-home whitening

The White Bite also offers professional at-home bleaching kits or internal bleaching treatments, which are safe to use as directed by our friendly team. One of our dentists can make a custom-fit tray specifically designed for your mouth. In addition, we will supply you with a bleaching gel for your trays that you can wear during the day or at night for a minimum of two weeks to whiten your teeth.

Start your smile journey today

If you have more questions about professional whitening vs DIY whitening, contact us at The White Bite today!

For more information, our friendly team can answer any questions you may have. We offer a range of cosmetic and restorative dental services and our practice is conveniently located in Carrara. Best of all, we offer a free online consultation and a personalised approach to best help you.

Alternatively, you can book a consultation appointment with one of our dentists online 24/7.

Crowns vs veneers

In recent times, crowns vs veneers has become a popular topic of discussion within the dental industry. Crowns and veneers are two types of dental treatment aimed at improving the appearance and stability of your teeth to varying degrees. While a veneer only covers the front side of the tooth and is done for improvements in aesthetics, crowns cover the entirety of the tooth.

As with all dental procedures, it is important to understand why procedure may be preferred over another for your oral health. Our team will discuss the different treatment options with you and why certain treatments will be preferred.

To give you an idea about the differences between crowns vs veneers, we have outlined both treatment options for you.

crowns vs veneers

What is a veneer?

A veneer is a popular treatment option for enhancing the appearance of your smile in multiple ways. They are possible treatment options for:

– Mask discolorations, chips or cracks
– Correct misalignment
– Close gaps

However, your dentist will only be able to place veneers if your teeth and gums are healthy and in a good condition. If you grind your teeth frequently, a veneer restoration might not be the right solution for you as you may fracture your veneers.

There are two types of veneers: porcelain and composite resin. Key differences between composite resin and porcelain veneers are price, process, longevity, and appearance.

Porcelain veneers are stronger, last longer and look better than composites. The average lifespan of porcelain veneers ranges from 10 – 15 years but you can extend this timeframe with good hygiene and maintenance. However, porcelain veneers do involve some preparation of your teeth which is an irreversible process. The treatment requires roughly 3 visits.

Composite veneers involve layering of composite resin (white filling material) over the fronts of your teeth. By definition, this will increase the thickness of your teeth but with the advantage that teeth are not prepared unless absolutely necessary. Composite veneers will dull over time and require regular polishing. The average lifespan of composite veneers is 5 – 7 years. The treatment itself usually only requires a single visit.

Why dental veneers?

Dental veneers allow your dentist to enhance the appearance of your smile with as little damage to your natural teeth as possible. They are easy to maintain in that the hygiene regimen is no different to your natural teeth (i.e. brushing and flossing). In addition, you should schedule 6-monthly dental appointments to monitor your oral health and veneers.

crowns vs veneers

What is a crown?

Dental crowns (also referred to as caps) are recommended in cases where teeth have been structurally compromised. This can occur due to decay, large fillings or root canal treatments. In order to try and protect a weakened tooth, your dentist prepares your tooth to a smaller version of itself to create space for the final tooth-like crown. Its ultimate goal is to restore size, shape, strength and appearance of a previously damaged tooth.

When will you need a dental crown?

Your dentist will likely perform a dental crown procedure to cover:

• Teeth with dental implants
• A tooth with a large filling
• Discoloured teeth
• Weak teeth

What are the advantages of dental crowns?

Dental crowns are a solution for many dental issues. They are durable and last between 10 – 15 years. As a result, the restoration procedure has a high success rate which enhances customer satisfaction.

How do you choose the right treatment?

Ultimately when discussing treatments for crowns vs veneers, it it is better to understand what the issue with your tooth is before choosing the right treatment.

If your tooth has a larger filling, is heavily decayed, worn, or is cracked, a crown is more likely to be the right treatment for you. As a result, the crown will cover the damaged tooth, restoring its strength and stability.

If your tooth is intact and you would like to bring out your smile, then a veneer is your best option. Our team can use a veneer for minor shape corrections and to whiten your smile.

Start your smile journey today

Start your White Bite Style Smile journey today and fill in our free online consultation. Alternatively, you can book a consultation appointment with one of our dentists online 24/7.

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a permanent dental restoration used to replace one or more missing teeth. This is done by using adjacent teeth or implants (called abutments) to support an artificial replacement tooth (called pontics).

By replacing your missing teeth, dental bridges aid in restoring the overall function of your mouth. They can also restore the aesthetic appearance of your smile.

Depending on the severity of the case and the condition of your teeth, your dentist can also choose from various types of bridges. Every restoration is tailored to your individual needs to ensure your smile is kept in tip-top shape.

Do I need a dental bridge?

Firstly, your dentist will assess your complete dental history. This will ensure that you have no signs of disease or any other oral issues that may negatively affect treatment outcomes. In restorative dentistry, dental bridges are a common treatment to replace missing teeth. We recommend discussing these options to find out what works best for you.

There are many benefits of dental bridges, these include:

  • A non-surgical alternative to implants
  • A relatively quick and painless procedure with optimal results
  • Restores the aesthetic appearance of your smile
  • Fixed in place, meaning less time removing or cleaning
  • A long-term solution with lasting results

Types of dental bridges

There are an array of dental bridges we use here at The White Bite which vary in material, design and cost.

The White Bite primarily uses bridges made from zirconia or lithium di-silicate due to their high quality performance, longevity and aesthetic appearance.

The right bridge for you will be dependent on your functional and aesthetic goals as well as the current status of your teeth.

Procedure

At The White Bite, we endeavour to make your visit as simple and efficient as possible. As a result, restorations with dental bridges are performed over two appointments.

On the first visit, we will prepare your neighbouring teeth to make them suitable as supporting teeth for your bridge.

This process is identical to the preparations done for single crowns. Once prepared, an impression is taken for the lab to create a replica of your mouth upon which your custom-made bridge is fabricated.

While the lab is crafting your bridge, your dentist will fit a temporary bridge to protect your teeth between appointments.

On the second visit, your White Bite Clinician will  assess the fit of your bridge. Once accessed, they will make any adjustments as deemed necessary before cementing the bridge in permanently. Once completed, you should have a fixed bridge that is comfortable in the bite and to the tongue. This can be easily maintained with hygiene.

Aftercare

As with any restorative dental treatment, it is crucial to maintain a good oral hygiene routine.

It is important that you brush your teeth after every meal, as bridges can attract a build-up of food leftovers and plaque.

A handy tip is to take a toothbrush with you wherever you go. This way, you are keeping your mouth and bridge spotless after every snack or meal throughout the day.

Our team at The White Bite recommends using a soft bristled electric toothbrush, which is gentle on your gums and is also great for cleaning your bridge.

Most importantly, dental bridges change the way you floss. Due to the teeth being connected, you will not be able to pass floss between the teeth within the bridge. Above all, Inter-dental brushes (such as Pixsters) are recommended to clean the bridge and under the connections where flossing and brushing won’t reach.

Fortunately, having a dental bridge fitted is a painless procedure and offers a long-lasting solution for your smile. In most cases, you can resume eating regular foods on the same day as procedure.

Most patients have no trouble adapting to the bridge, but if you do encounter any issues, please get in touch.

Start your smile journey today

For more information, please contact the friendly team at The White Bite today. We offer a range of cosmetic and restorative dental services and our practice is conveniently located in Carrara. Best of all, we offer a free online consultation and a personalised approach to best help you.

Alternatively, you can book a consultation appointment with one of our dentists online 24/7.

Treatments to replace a missing tooth

Your smile can have a major influence on how you perceive yourself. A missing tooth, likewise, can affect the way you feel. When you have a gap in your smile, it can hinder you from talking and smiling naturally with others.

A single missing tooth may also have effects outside of how things look. Your surrounding teeth may move, your bite may change and your jawbone structure may alter.

Whether you are missing part of a tooth, a whole tooth or multiple teeth, our team offer a variety of treatment options to restore your smile.

Fractured/Broken Teeth

Our teeth are strong, however, under impact, they can chip or break. Damaged teeth are often the result of sporting incidents, biting into hard foods or materials, or accidents.

At The White Bite, we offer several treatment options to repair and save a damaged tooth. The first question to consider is if the pulp of your tooth has been affected by the fracture. The pulp is the living, vital part of your tooth, sometimes referred to as ‘the nerve’. If you experience sensitivity or pain, it may be because your pulp has been affected.

Composite resin bonding

If your tooth only has a minor fracture such as a chipped edge, your dentist may be able to rebuild it using composite resin. This process is also called bonding. It is a quick and cost-effective treatment which can be completed within a single appointment.

Your dentist will apply the composite resin material to the tooth which adheres to the dentin and enamel. This allows your tooth to be rebuilt to its original shape and colour.

The procedure may have to be repeated every 5 to 8 years as the composite resin material can stain and wear.

Porcelain crowns

If your natural tooth structure has been severely damaged, your dentist may decide to recommend a porcelain crown instead. For this treatment, your dentist will remove small portions of the front, back and side of your tooth to create room for your new porcelain crown.

The crown is then cemented over the top of your remaining tooth structure. It can be designed to closely replicate your surrounding teeth in shape, size and colour.

Porcelain crowns can last 15 years or longer if well looked after. This makes the treatment a long-term solution.

Girl Backpack Great Smile Straight Teeth

Single missing tooth

If you have lost a tooth in its entirety, dental implants are a great option to replace the gap.

Dental implants consist of three parts: the implant, the fixture and the restoration.

The implant is placed into your jawbone and acts as the root of your tooth. A fixture connects the implant with the restoration. If only a single tooth is missing, the restoration may be a porcelain crown or a porcelain-metal crown.

Dental implant treatment is complex and requires healing time after the implant placement. This means, the procedure will require several dentist visits over a timeframe of 3 to 6 months.

The restoration will match your existing teeth in shape, size and colour. For this reason, dental implants can be considered a treatment option for missing front and back teeth.

Even though your dental implant restoration is not a ‘real’ tooth, looking after it is as important as looking after your natural teeth. The crown can last up to 15 years or longer if you follow a good oral hygiene routine. This includes brushing your teeth for at least twice daily for a minimum of 2 minutes and floss every day.

Multiple missing teeth

For patients who are missing multiple teeth, several treatment options can be discussed with your dentist. These include placement of several dental implants, dental bridges, or dentures.

The right treatment option for you depends on several factors such as the location of the missing teeth and your jawbone structure. It is also influenced by your budget and your overall oral health condition. Our team will help you to identify the best suitable treatment option for you.

Start your smile transformation today

Would you like to get started on fixing your fractured or missing teeth? Start our free online consultation today. Alternatively, you can book an in-person cosmetic consultation with one of our dentists online 24/7.

What is a dental implant?

Dental implants are an increasingly popular treatment to replace missing teeth. Due to the integration into the jawbone, it offers patients a long-lasting and permanent solution. In addition, the attached restoration, such as an implant crown, can blend in seamlessly with the surrounding teeth.

dental implant components

Dental implant components

A dental implant consists of three parts; the fixture, the abutment, and the prosthesis.

The fixture, also known as dental implant, is a titanium device. It replaces the root of your natural tooth. Your dentist will place an abutment on the fixture which will build the connection base for your prosthesis.

Your prosthesis is the part that will be visible in your mouth. Depending on your case, it may be a dental crown or a dental bridge. Your dentist will design the restoration to match your surrounding teeth in colour, shape, and size. This will ensure that the false tooth blends in seamlessly with the adjoined teeth.

Dental implant treatment steps

If you have lost a single or several teeth or your teeth are badly damaged, you may be a suitable candidate for dental implants.

In the first step, your dentist will inform you about all necessary requirements for the implant procedure. The team will also answer any questions you may have.

To improve the success rate of your implant, it is important that your jawbone is dense enough to support the implant fixture. If the bone tissue is too weak, you may also require a bone graft. Your dentist will also discuss and explain this procedure to you.

The implant surgery will take place on a single day. Your dentist will give you a local anesthetic to numb up the relevant area of your mouth. A small incision will be made to place the implant fixture into your jawbone. In the last step, your dentist will stitch the area closed.

The time for the healing process can then vary from patient to patient. Generally, it takes two to six months for the fixture to integrate into the jawbone (osseointegration). Once the area is healed, your dentist will take impressions to design your prosthesis. He will also place the abutment which will serve as anchor between the fixture and the restoration.

In the last step, your dentist will permanently attach your new crown or bridge to the implant.

Dental implant aftercare

After treatment, we recommend maintaining a proper oral hygiene routine to facilitate the healing process. This includes brushing your teeth after every meal as your implant will increase the amount of food and plaque trapped in your mouth. Take a toothbrush wherever you go so that you can quickly brush after eating or having a snack.

Our team furthermore recommends using a soft bristled toothbrush. In addition, you can use interdental brushes to clean the area around your implant, especially in between your tooth and the implant. Make sure that you don’t put excess pressure on the implant and brush the area very gently.

Start your smile journey today

Get started with your White Bite Style Smile today and fill in our free online consultation. Alternatively, you can book a consultation appointment with one of our dentists online 24/7.

What is a cosmetic dentist?

A cosmetic dentist is a doctor who focuses on improving the visual appearance, health and function of a patients smile. They practice cosmetic dentistry which involves several dental treatments designed to enhance a smile aesthetically.

Treatments conducted by a cosmetic dentist are usually aimed at improving a patient’s self-esteem and boosting confidence.

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Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments

If you are concerned about the look of your smile, a cosmetic dentist can help you by using one or more of the following treatments:

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers cover the front part of your tooth that is visible when you smile. They are tooth shaped and are very thin, usually no thicker than 1mm.

Veneers help to improve a variety of concerns such as discoloured, chipped, crooked, widely spaced or worn-down teeth. By covering the front surface of your tooth, a veneer can provide the ideal colour and shape.

If looked after properly, porcelain veneers should last for longer than 10 years.

Composite Veneers

Composite veneers have the same function as porcelain veneers; however, they are made from a tooth coloured resin. While this means they require less preparation, they are more likely to stain, and chip compared to porcelain veneers.

Composite veneers are a cheaper alternative to porcelain veneers. However, they also have a shorter lifespan, lasting 3 to 5 years.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a quick and affordable way to improve the appearance of your smile. Many cosmetic dentists offer this treatment to help whiten your smile.

In-chair teeth whitening involves applying a bleach solution to the teeth for up to 75 minutes. When undertaking in-chair whitening, the dentist will apply a special rubber gauze to protect your gums, lips and cheeks.

Once applied to the teeth, the whitening solution is activated through a blue UV light. By heating the solution, it helps to penetrate deeper into the tooth enamel.

At the White Bite, we use Philips Zoom! In-chair teeth whitening. This is a high-quality product which has been proven by Philips to whiten teeth by up to 8 shades.

To help maintain your whitening treatment for longer, we also offer take home whitening kits. They include custom-made trays, whitening tubes and instructions.

Smile Makeovers

A cosmetic dentist may also provide smile makeovers. A smile makeover involves one or more treatments to improve the appearance of a smile.

For example, a patient may receive porcelain veneer treatment to the top 8 teeth and undergo whitening treatment to the bottom teeth. By combining treatments, the outlook of the entire smile is improved.

Treatments used in a smile makeover are determined on a case by case basis. This is due to the patient’s individual situation, needs and budget.

Dental Implants

A cosmetic dentist may recommend dental implants for patients with one or more missing teeth. Dental implants are highly revered due to their long-lasting nature and ability to feel and function as a normal tooth would.

They may also be used to secure a dental bridge or to provide extra stability for a full or partial denture.

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth. A bridge comprises of two or more connected teeth which is anchored in place by one or two dental crowns. A bridge may also hold a fake tooth to cover a gap where there are no teeth.

In cases where there are many missing teeth a dental implant may be used to help secure a dental bridge in place.

Tooth Coloured Fillings

Tooth coloured filings are used to seal off the biting surface of a tooth from bacteria and therefore prevent further decay. However, in cosmetic dentistry, tooth coloured fillings may also be used to replace amalgam fillings.

Amalgam fillings are an outdated metal material previously used for fillings. To improve the appearance of your smile, you may choose to replace these fillings with healthier tooth coloured fillings.

This way, when you smile the metal won’t show and it will be practically impossible to tell you have had fillings.

Orthodontics

To straighten teeth, there are several orthodontic treatment options available. They are:

  • Invisalign,
  • Orthopaedic appliances and;
  • Braces.

Invisalign is a clear aligner system which straightens teeth discreetly. Every 2 weeks you will receive a new set of aligners to correct the positioning of the teeth. Invisalign must be worn for at least 21 hours a day but can be taken out for meals or to clean the teeth. As Invisalign can be easily removed, it is not a recommended treatment option for children.

Orthopaedic appliances are designed for children, they help to correct cross bites and widen the upper jaw. The appliance is tailor-made for each patient.

Braces are bonded to the teeth and are connected via a wire. Overtime this wire is replaced (usually with a stronger wire) to straighten teeth. Braces are suitable for patients of any age.

Why Choose a Cosmetic Dentist?

A cosmetic dentist is highly trained and has ample experience in the treatments outlined above. As they focus on cosmetic dentistry, they would have a substantial portfolio of their previous work.

Further, a cosmetic dentist focuses on the appearance of a smile rather than just the health of your smile. This means, if you are feeling insecure about your smile, they can help you by designing a smile you can be proud of.

If you are looking to improve the outlook of your smile, give our friendly team a call to discuss your options today. Want to get started right away? Fill in our free online consultation.

What does a smile makeover involve?

A smile makeover can involve one or more treatments to completely transform the look and health of your smile. Depending on your case and budget, your treatment may include one or more of the following:

  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Composite Veneers
  • Orthodontics
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Dental Crowns
  • Dental Implants
  • Amalgam Filling Replacement
  • Check-up and Clean

What can smile makeovers treat?

Smile makeovers use a combination of treatments and for this reason, they can treat a variety of smile concerns. Whether your teeth are crooked, widely spaced, discoloured or worn down, a smile makeover can be a suitable solution.

Below we have put together several oral concerns and listed the corresponding treatment that may be used. Keep in mind this is a guide and treatment is determined on a case by case basis.

Discoloured teeth: Teeth whitening, veneers

Crooked teeth: Veneers, crowns, orthodontics

Widely spaced teeth: Veneers

Worn-down teeth: Dental crowns, veneers

Missing tooth or teeth: Dental bridge, dental implants, dentures

Crossbite: Orthodontics

Crowded teeth: Orthodontics

Before we begin treatment, we ensure all oral health concerns are addressed first. This means, once treatment is completed your smile will be healthy as well as aesthetically pleasing.

What is the treatment process?

To begin, you will be booked in for a consultation appointment with one of our dentists. They will get an understanding of your situation and learn more about your smile goals.

From here, the dentist will provide you with a treatment plan that addresses your smile concerns, budget and goals. If you have dental extras, you will be able to provide your health fund with the item numbers from your treatment plan. These item numbers will allow your health fund to give you an accurate quote of how much you will be able to claim back.

At The White Bite, we also offer payment plans through Zip and Afterpay.

If you are happy to go ahead with your treatment plan, you will be booked in for treatment. Procedures such as veneers, porcelain crowns or dental bridges normally take between 1 to 5 business days to complete. However, if multiple treatments are needed, it may take longer.

How much does a smile makeover cost?

The cost of a smile makeover is determined by the type of treatment/s required and the oral health of the patient. For this reason, the complete cost is ascertained at an initial consultation.

However, you can gain an idea of the cost of treatment via our dental packages page.

What are some of your smile makeover cases?

At The White Bite we have a number of patients approach us who are looking to enhance their smiles. In some instances, these patients require several treatments to complete their smile.

The patient below was missing several front teeth and wanted to improve the overall appearance of his smile. Our dentist Dr Dinos Kountouras placed a 5-unit dental bridge to replace his missing front teeth. To further improve the colour and position of the patient’s teeth, Dr Dinos placed 6 porcelain veneers.

crown bridge before and after

Our lovely patient below was unhappy with the colour and shape of her teeth. To help improve the patients smile aesthetics, Dr Dinos Kountouras placed our 10 Veneer Smile Makeover Package and undertook additional gum re-contouring.

Veneer Before After

How do I get started?

If you would like to get started on your smile makeover journey now, you can fill in our free online consultation anytime – 24/7. Once we have reviewed the form, we can give you an accurate assessment and treatment recommendation.

We are also able to price compare a treatment quote you have previously received. Simply, contact us and attach your original plan.

Alternatively, you can contact our friendly team and they would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Is whitening toothpaste effective?

Does whitening toothpaste actually work? Whitening toothpaste does not change the natural colour of your teeth. Furthermore, it cannot lighten a stain that goes deeper than the tooth’s surface.

Primarily, whitening toothpaste works by removing surface stains from your teeth, helping the natural colour come through.

How does whitening toothpaste work?

In contrast to whitening treatments, whitening toothpaste contains low concentrations of peroxide (bleach). It largely lightens teeth through abrasives which polish stains from teeth. As well, it may contain chemicals which aid in the breakdown of stains on teeth.

Some whitening toothpaste contain a chemical called blue covarine. This chemical sticks to the tooth surface to create the impression of whiter teeth. Once the product is no longer used, the whitening effects may reduce or disappear altogether.

Toothpaste is designed to clean teeth with minimal wear, not to abrasively remove stains. If you have decided to use a whitening toothpaste, ensure you follow the product guidelines. Further, you might want to check the brand you are using is supported by The Australian Dental Association.

Is whitening toothpaste harmful?

As whitening toothpaste is more abrasive than regular toothpaste it has a greater potential to wear down tooth enamel. Some whitening toothpaste packaging may recommend using the product in 2-3 week intervals.

If you are looking for a solution to whiten your teeth safely, you may want to consider teeth whitening.

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What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening uses peroxide to breakdown colour pigments in the tooth’s enamel layer (not just the surface). The stronger the solution, the more pigment can be broken down. This is why in-chair teeth whitening is so effective.

At The White Bite, we use Philips Zoom in-chair teeth whitening which can be completed in a 60-90 minute session. During the whitening session, the bleach is heated with a blue UV light which allows the solution to enter deeper into the enamel.

Results of teeth whitening

Philips Zoom! have proven their product can whiten teeth up to 8 shades.

In terms of our patients, roughly 70 percent experience a significant to noticeable change, 20 percent a minor change and 10 percent almost no change. In general, yellow teeth see the most dramatic change, whereas grey, white or brown teeth see less.

You can expect treatment results to last between 1 to 3 years. The variance is due to an individual’s oral hygiene, eating and drinking habits and whether or not they smoke.

Teeth Whitening Results Before After

Is teeth whitening safe?

Whitening your teeth is considered safe as long as you stick to dentist-approved methods.

You may, however, experience side effects such as teeth sensitivity or irritated gums. These side effects should subside a few days after treatment. Your dentist may also give you tooth moose which helps to reduce tooth sensitivity.

How much does teeth whitening cost?

Our in-chair teeth whitening treatments cost $495. This includes a take-home whitening kit with custom-made whitening trays. The take-home kit allows you to keep your whitening results for as long as possible.

Book an appointment

If you would like to book in for our in-chair whitening treatments, please contact us today. Alternatively, you can book an appointment online 24/7.

Am I a good candidate for veneers?

Veneers can be a great, reasonably quick treatment solution for discoloured, crooked, widely spaced or worn-down teeth. Below we will go through each case and discuss the advantages, suitability and results of veneer treatments.

If you are not sure veneers are the right solution for you, take our free online consultation. Here, we can assess your case and create a detailed treatment plan for you.

Discoloured / Stained Teeth

To give the impression of a healthy, youthful smile, veneers are an ideal solution. If your teeth are discoloured or stained but otherwise healthy, you may be a good candidate for veneers.

Discoloured teeth can be a tell-tale sign of ageing. To combat this, veneers can be designed in a lighter shade as well as a more desirable shape to bring back youthfulness.

In some cases, light staining on the teeth may be better corrected with whitening treatments. Ask us today if you are a suitable candidate for veneers.

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Crooked Teeth

In cases where a patient is looking for a reasonable compromise to avoid a lengthy orthodontic treatment, veneers can be a great solution. Porcelain veneers cover the visible surface of teeth, creating a full, natural looking smile.

To enable the placement of veneers, the teeth will need to be prepared and may require slight reshaping. Once placed, veneers can create a straight, polished smile.

Porcelain veneer treatment is also a relatively quick process. Our veneer packages can be completed within 5 business days. While orthodontic treatments can take several months or years to complete.

Severe cases of crooked teeth may not be suitable for veneer treatments. As well, any oral concerns or decay will need to be addressed before veneers can be applied to teeth. To find out if you are a candidate for veneers, please contact us today.

Gaps Between Teeth

If you are looking to preserve as much of your natural teeth as possible, veneers may be a good solution for teeth with gaps. Veneers are very thin and require minimal preparation (filing) in order to be cemented to the teeth.

Veneers can be designed to fit seamlessly together so the smile sits perfectly. Below you can see our patient had gaps between their teeth which she was unhappy with. Our dentist Dr Dinos Kountouras placed 8 porcelain veneers as part of our 8 Veneer Smile Makeover Package and closed in the gaps.

Severe cases of widely spaced teeth may not be suitable for veneer treatment. Get a free assessment to see if you are a candidate for veneers today.

Dr Dinos Kountouras 8 Veneer Package

Narrow Arch

Porcelain veneers can be a good solution for patients with a narrow smile. By building the teeth out with veneers, it can create the appearance of a wider smile.

Veneers can also be created in a whiter shade of porcelain than a patient’s natural teeth. This helps to add to the impression of fuller teeth.

If your natural teeth are in a healthy condition and the narrowing of the arch is not severe, you may be a suitable veneer candidate.

Worn Down Teeth

Over time our teeth can wear down naturally. Habits such as biting on pens and teeth grinding can fasten this process. To restore the shape of teeth and make a smile appear full again, veneers may be a good solution.

However, severe teeth grinding will have to be addressed prior to any dental treatment. Instead of veneers, you may be more suited for restorative dental crown treatments. As well, you may consider wearing a nightguard to bed to protect your teeth from further wear.

Free Online Consult

Get started on your smile journey by submitting a free online consultation today! Once submitted, we will look over your case and provide you with a treatment plan. Alternatively, feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our treatments.

10 Tips to Look After Your Smile

At The White Bite, we love to help our patients achieve the smile they’ve always wanted. Good oral habits are important in maintaining a beautiful and healthy smile. Our team have put together their top 10 oral health tips to keep your smile in the best possible condition

Tip 1: Brush twice a day

Do you brush your teeth twice a day? Many people assume brushing in the evening is sufficient. However, brushing in the morning is just as important.

During the night, microbes grow in your mouth and create plaque on your teeth. Since your saliva production is reduced while you sleep, your body can’t naturally inhibit their growth. By brushing your teeth in the morning, you can get rid of the plaque and microbe build-up, as well as removing halitosis or “morning breath”.

Brushing in the evening is equally important as it helps to remove food particles (particularly sugar) and plaque that forms during the day. Removing food from teeth helps cut off microbial food supply.

Tip 2: Floss or use inter-dental brushes once a day

Your toothbrush removes most food particles and plaque on your teeth. However, it is hard to clean the small gaps in between your teeth and between your teeth and the gums. Therefore, dentists recommend flossing or using inter-dental brushes once a day.

This method helps remove food particles and bacteria between your teeth and along the gum line, which is the highest risk area for dental disease like dental caries and gingivitis.

Tip 3: Visit the dentist regularly

The Australian Dental Association (ADA) recommends seeing the dentist every 6 months for a preventative dental visit. These regular dental visits assist your dentist in detecting problems in their early stages, when they’re generally easier to fix. It also allows your dentist to remove calculus build-up, which is plaque that has sat in your mouth for so long that it has actually calcified. This calcified plaque harbours bacteria that cause gum disease and needs to be scrapped away.

Tip 4: Wash out your mouth after eating and drinking

Make sure you wash out your mouth with water after you eat and drink. This helps to neutralise acids and reduces staining on your teeth from drinks such as coffee, tea, and wine.

Foods rich in colour such as berries, soy sauce, or beetroot can stain your teeth as well. A helpful tip to keep in mind is – if the food or drink would leave a stain on a white shirt, it will also stain your teeth.

Tip 5: Avoid lip and tongue piercings

Lip and tongue piercings can chip or crack your teeth. If your piercing constantly rubs on your teeth, it can reduce the thickness of the enamel, the protective layer covering the surface of your teeth. Weak enamel makes the teeth more prone to cracking, dental decay and discolouration.

Your piercings can also irritate your gums and may cause them to recede. This will expose the roots of your teeth, which can lead to increased sensitivity and dental decay.

healthy food choices for strong teeth

Tip 6: Make good food choices

A diet low in sugar and processed foods and rich in fibrous foods such as carrots, apples, celery, fresh vegetables will help to keep your teeth healthy. Hard foods help to prevent biofilm (plaque) build-up and maturation.

Tip 7: Don’t smoke

Smoking weakens your immune system, reduces your saliva production, and influences your oral health enormously. Smokers usually have a weakened bone structure and show signs of gum recession. This can result in tooth loss.

Tip 8: Wear a mouthguard

Protect your teeth during contact sports and wear a custom-made mouthguard. This will help to protect your teeth and jaw in case of a direct impact to the area.

At The White Bite, we offer No Gap mouthguards for all members of private health funds with available dental extras cover. This means you won’t have any out of pocket costs for your mouthguard. If you don’t have private health cover, it’s $125.

Tip 9: Don’t bite on things that aren’t food

A common habit of people is to hold/bite pens, hair clips or even open beer bottles with their teeth. Biting onto hard things can cause your teeth to fracture, chip, or break. Try to avoid such habits whenever possible.

Top 10: Wear a nightguard

Everyone grinds and clenches their teeth at night to some degree. If someone you sleep with notices you are teeth grinding or clenching severely, you should consider wearing a nightguard. It helps to protect your teeth from para-functional wear.

Healthy Teeth at The White Bite

If you have any further questions about how to look after your smile, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team today.