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Teeth whitening is the fastest and the easiest way to alter your teeth shade. Stained and discoloured teeth mostly benefit from this treatment. For an effective result, we always suggest that we professionally scale, clean and polish your teeth before the bleaching session.

 

At Vincentia Dental Care we offer you a range of Teeth Whitening options. You may prefer a take-home kit or choose in-chair whitening. The cost will range from $150 to $500 depending which approach suits your budget.

What is the difference between whitening and bleaching?

​Technically, the terms 'bleaching' and 'whitening' differ in meaning.

 

‘Whitening’ can include any product that removes debris from your teeth.

 

‘Bleaching’ means only those products that can help your teeth achieve a lighter shade, often through the use of oxygen molecules that break through the dental enamel.

What about whitening toothpastes?

Whitening toothpastes rarely contain any bleaching agents like hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. Rather, they have calcium carbonate or silica and alumina, which can be used to remove the stains from teeth layers. Whitening toothpaste help remove surface stains as they have mild abrasives. However, they do not contain any polishing or whitening agents that can help you do more. As a result, the outcome is typically poor.

 

IT'S ADVISABLE NOT TO USE WHITENING TOOTHPASTE FOR A LONGER TERM, OR DURING EVERYDAY BRUSHING, AS THEY CONTAIN ENZYMES AND CAN CAUSE DENTAL ABRASION OR THINNING OF THE ENAMEL LAYER.​

Professional Teeth Whitening Treatment

Whitening toothpaste can whiten your teeth by about one shade.

 

Professional in-chair teeth whitening, performed by your dentist using products such as Zoom!, can whiten teeth four to seven shades lighter.

Tray-based Teeth Whitening

Tray-based teeth whitening is considered a good option for those who like to do-it-yourself.

 

We supply you with either plastic customized trays or with special moldable trays that adapt to your upper and lower teeth. Gel whitening solution goes in the tray which holds the gel against your teeth. You can bleach both upper and lower teeth or either. 

2 types of peroxide-bleaching agents

Some whitening products contain hydrogen peroxide and others contain carbamide peroxide. So what’s the difference?

 

Both products are equally effective bleaching agents.  30% carbamide peroxide gel is approximately equivalent to 10% hydrogen peroxide gel. Neither of the products causes more teeth sensitivity than the other, nor cause more rebound than the other.

Does one work faster than the other?

Hydrogen peroxide breaks down faster than carbamide peroxide, so it releases most of its whitening power within 30–60 minutes. Carbamide peroxide, on the other hand, releases about 50% of its whitening power in the first two hours and can remain active for up to six additional hours. That is why it is recommended to use hydrogen peroxide during the day while carbamide peroxide during the night. 

 

Products with carbamide peroxide have a slightly longer shelf life than those with hydrogen peroxide, although when refrigerated, all peroxide products have an increased shelf life.

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Recommended Daily Wear Times

There are no scientifically proven guidelines to how long and how frequently to apply different concentration of bleaching gels. If the teeth become sensitive after applying the bleaching product, then the application frequency and times are adjusted depending on the sensitivity response; half an hour to one hour, once or twice daily or even every other day for the next 10 to 15 days.

Call us today and make an appointment to discuss how we can give you a pearly white smile.

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