If you undergo a teeth whitening treatment with your dentist, you can expect to whiten your teeth in one day. However, it will usually take a week or two for your best results to show.
There are also alternative ways to whiten your teeth through products such as DIY whitening kits and whitening toothpastes. Ideally, professional teeth whitening from your dentist will produce the most efficient and effective results. But is it possible to whiten your teeth in one day?
Are you looking to brighten your smile? Our team has outlined everything you need to know about our professional teeth whitening treatment.
How Does Teeth Whitening at the Dentist Work?
Teeth whitening at the dentist is a simple and effective procedure which involves the use of a whitening gel (bleaching agent) and an LED heat lamp. For this treatment, you can expect to be in the clinic for around 1 to 2 hours until the dental procedure is complete.
At The White Bite, we offer Philips Zoom In-Chair Whitening which can whiten your teeth by up to 8 shades. This treatment is available within our friendly dental clinic here on the Gold Coast.
For this whitening procedure, you will be seated in the dental chair while your dentist applies a whitening gel to the front of your teeth. The whitening gel used for our in-chair procedure is a high concentration hydrogen peroxide agent which is able to safely remove surface stains as well as improve the overall shade of your teeth.
Once the whitening gel has been applied to your teeth, your dentist will use the LED lamp to activate the gel. This process of teeth whitening breaks down and oxidises stains from the surface of your teeth and is much safer than using harsh abrasives.
Take-home Whitening from the Dentist
Following your whitening procedure, you will receive a Philips Zoom take-home teeth whitening kit. Our teeth whitening kit consists of a whitening gel, relief gel and custom-made trays to suit your mouth. The trays are custom-made to ensure they are comfortable, non-irritating and safe for the gums during use. Also, if they fit in your mouth perfectly, you will be able to achieve better results.
The whitening gel in the take-home kit is not as strong as the bleaching agent used by your dentist. However, it will enable you to perform touch ups and brighten your teeth up whenever it suits you. This will help you to maintain your white smile longer and reduce the amount of time you spend at the dentist.
Check out our before and after results of Philips Zoom in-chair whitening in our cases section.
Is ZOOM Teeth Whitening Safe for your Enamel?
Zoom whitening chemically oxidises the stains from your teeth rather than the use of abrasives which can wear away your enamel. After the Zoom teeth whitening treatment, we apply Relief gel to your teeth which is a remineralising agent containing Amourphous Calcium Phosphate (ACP). ACP ensures your teeth remain strong and mineralised after your treatment. The Relief gel assists in reducing post-operative sensitivity and protecting your enamel.
Will I Experience Sensitivity?
It is not uncommon for you to experience temporary sensitivity during your treatment. This is mainly caused during the bleaching process which can make your teeth dehydrated. Therefore, your teeth may experience some sensitivity on the day of treatment, and it is best to avoid cold foods. We will supply you with sensitive toothpaste to reduce your discomfort after the in-chair whitening procedure.
Protection methods dentists use during your treatment
There are several protection methods dentists use to ensure you are safe during your whitening treatment, these include:
- Covering your lips and gums to avoid the bleach touching your gums
- Ensuring the bleach is safe and complies with dental practice standards
- Providing you with safety glasses
Should any issues occur during your procedure, your dentist will be on hand to provide you with the appropriate medical care. If you have any type of side effects after leaving the practice, you should contact your dentist or GP for advice as soon as possible.
Furthermore, you should not undergo a tooth whitening procedure if you:
- Are pregnant
- Have tooth decay or
- Have gum disease (periodontitis)
Pre-existing veneers and crowns will also not respond to the teeth whitening bleaching agent. Therefore, you should consult with your dentist or come in to see us beforehand to discuss your whitening options.
At The White Bite, we offer Phillips Zoom! Our Zoom in-chair teeth whitening costs $450 and you will also receive a take-home whitening kit.
The whitening kit includes custom-fitted whitening trays to ensure they fit perfectly in your mouth. As a result, you will be able to continue to whiten your teeth comfortably within your home or while relaxing outside.
How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?
Depending on your lifestyle, your results can last between 1 to 3 years providing you maintain good oral hygiene practices every day. A healthy diet can also enhance your results to last long term.
If you are considering a tooth whitening treatment with your dentist, then you may want to consider your food and beverage choices. We have outlined several types of food and drinks to avoid or moderate within your diet following your treatment.
Foods that may stain your teeth
Foods are a part of our everyday life as we need to eat to fuel our bodies to conduct daily tasks. Therefore, everything we consume is going to play a part in staining the surface of our teeth. However, there are some foods which are more likely to cause more damage over time. These include:
Drinks that can stain your teeth
Just like food, there are several drink products that can lead to the discoloration of your teeth. Some drinks to avoid or limit the consumption of are:
- Soft drinks
- Red Wine
If you lessen your consumption of these foods and drinks, and only have them within moderation, you can prolong and lengthen your whitening results.
However, if you drink products like coffee or tea regularly to give you a lift in the morning you should visit your dentist every couple of months for a touch up. This is not required but if you would like to keep your teeth shining bright, a general maintenance treatment will help your teeth staying white.
On the other hand, if you undergo a whitening treatment at The White Bite you will receive a take-home whitening kit to use at home. This will allow you to brighten your smile whenever you like, you will not need to see your dentist for touch ups.
In addition, our whitening kits are also available for purchase at our practice which is located in Emerald Lakes on the Gold Coast. If you are not comfortable undergoing dental procedures, our take-home whitening kit could be your alternative solution.
Whiten Your Teeth in One Day at the White Bite
Before undergoing whitening treatment, you will require a dental check-up and clean. This ensures that your teeth are assessed and are suitable to undergo whitening treatment.