In-chair teeth whitening is a professional teeth whitening procedure that is reliable, fast acting, and long lasting. This specialized dental treatment uses a highly concentrated hydrogen peroxide-based gel with greater whitening capacity
than anything you can find in a non-dental setting.
Because a professional and experienced dentist oversees the process, it is also safer for patients.
If you’ve wondered whether getting these teeth whitening treatments rather than the at-home teeth whitening is worth it, we break down the process to help you make an informed decision.
The In-Chair Teeth Whitening Process
In-chair teeth whitening uses special chemicals to whiten natural teeth under safe and controlled conditions. Before the procedure, your dentist will advise you on whether these treatments are suitable for you in the first initial consult. After treatment your dentist will also recommend you the proper at-home care teeth whitening kit or teeth whitening products to ensure a lasting whitened effect.
First, your dentist will clean your teeth to ensure a healthy canvas and then apply the tooth whitening gel with a hydrogen peroxide bleaching agent evenly across your teeth.
They will apply the following steps carefully and methodically:
- Apply an anesthetic to the lower front and upper teeth
- Place a protective resin in your mouth to prevent gum and soft tissue irritation
- Carefully apply the teeth whitening gel across your teeth
- In some cases we activate the gel with an LED light over three or four 10- to 15-minute rounds – this increases sensitivity and dehydration of teeth, so it is not always advisable
The procedure lasts for approximately one to one and a half hours. You may need to come back for additional sessions to achieve the desired shade, depending on the state of your teeth before the procedure.
Is Professional Teeth Whitening Effective?
Professional teeth whitening performed by an experienced dentist is effective. Coffee, cigarettes, wine, tea, food, and other substances can stain your teeth and leave them looking yellow and discoloured.
Professional teeth whitening can remove these ingrained deep tooth stains by oxidising stain particles without harming the tooth structure, giving you a whitened effect. However, we do not recommend teeth whitening for those with tooth decay and sensitive teeth.
If you are looking to whiten your teeth safely, contact Berwick Dental Clinic and Surgery today for a consult appointment. Our team of experienced dentists is available to give you the proper advice to ensure lasting, successful, and impressive results that improve your smile significantly.
Call (03) 9707 3227 to discuss your requirements and relay any concerns you may have about teeth whitening with our team of professionals.