Teeth Whitening

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Have you always wanted whiter teeth?

Teeth Whitening

Restore and brighten your smile with a in-office teeth whitening treatment at Medland Dental or with a Medland home whitening kit.

We have developed two, effective teeth whitening options for you to choose from. 

The Zoom WhiteSpeed™ system is the quickest and most convenient way to immediately achieve the new, bright smile you have always wanted in just one appointment.

Zoom in-office tooth whitening is a procedure designed to lighten the colour of your teeth using a combination of a light reactive hydrogen peroxide gel and a specially designed visible LED lamp.  The Zoom whitening procedure involves using the gel and lamp in conjunction with each other to produce maximum whitening results in the shortest possible time. The process takes just an hour and a half and the results can last for years.

All Zoom procedures completed at Medland Dental Centre also include a complimentary prescription strength home maintenance kit to help you maintain your new smile and keep it looking its best.

Or you can take home our prescription-strength, home whitening kit which includes special custom dental trays that fit over your teeth so you can whiten in the comfort of your own home and watch the results occur. These can be used for an hour each day, or overnight whilst you sleep, for approximately one week and we are confident you will be happy with the results.

It is important to see Medland Dental prior to commencing whitening. Your Dentist will ensure that your teeth are suitable and select the most appropriate whitening option for you. A professional clean prior to proceeding with whitening is recommended to ensure that the teeth are not obscured by calculus deposits and the gums and teeth are healthy. This will allow for optimal whitening results. We look forward to brightening your smile and making you look and feel great.

At Medland Dental you can be assured that you will only be treated by a fully qualified professional. You will always receive the highest quality service and be completely satisfied with your treatment

Is teeth whitening safe?


Our Medland whitening systems are perfectly safe for use by adults. The structure of your teeth and gums remain the same, only the tooth colour is made lighter. In recent times whitening treatments have become available at beauty therapists and in some shopping malls. Whitening treatments performed by non dental professionals can be dangerous and the results are often substandard. Our qualified dentists and dental hygienists provide the best possible results, leaving you with a smile you can be proud of.

Will teeth whitening work for me?


Only your dentist can determine if whitening will work for you. The results from whitening vary from person to person depending on your existing tooth colour, lifestyle factors and oral hygiene. Here at Medland Dental Centre in Brisbane we like to issue all of our Zoom patients with a complimentary prescription strength home maintenance kit to keep you teeth looking bright long after your complete your Zoom procedure.

Will my crowns or fillings become lighter?


Unfortunately, crowns and white fillings will not lighten during the whitening process. If desired, these can be replaced with a lighter shade to match your new, whiter smile.

What causes teeth to discolour?


There are a variety of factors that could lead to both internal and external tooth discolouration. While many of these factors are preventable, discolouration is a process that will naturally occur as you get older.

  • Smoking – Smoking can lead to a number of health and dental problems, however the main problem linked with smoking is tooth discolouration. Smoking or even chewing tobacco will stain your teeth.
  • Enamel thickness – The thickness or appearance of enamel can be affected by genetic or developmental conditions. It can also be washed away by acid erosion or worn away by grinding and clenching. The thinner the enamel, the darker your teeth will appear.
  • Hygiene – Regular brushing and flossing is required to prevent stains or plaque build-up.
  • Food and drink – Your diet can have a huge effect on the colour of your teeth. Tea, coffee and wine can all stain your teeth, while eating particular fruits can also lead to discolouration.
  • Disease/Sickness – If you were prescribed certain antibiotics or medications as a child or had an ongoing illness as a child, this may have caused tooth discolouration.
  • Age – Discolouration is a process that will naturally occur when you get older as the dentine layer of your teeth gets darker.

Tooth discolouration caused by smoking, dental hygiene and food and drink can be improved by a professional scale and clean with your dental hyginenist. Tooth discolouration that has occurred with age can be improved with teeth whitening. Discolouration caused by enamel thickness and disease/sickness often requires tailored and individual approach to either lighten or mask the damage.

How can I prevent staining?


Some forms of staining are unpreventable; however there are simple steps that can be taken to limit any damage. If you are a smoker you are not only doing damage to your teeth but damage to your overall health and well-being. This should be all of the motivation you need to start cutting back or quit; this will help limit tooth discolouration.

Drinking a lot of coffee, tea and wine can also have an affect on your teeth’s appearance. Cutting back on all of these will help you protect the colour of your teeth, ensuring they stay whiter for longer. If you are unable to cut back or quit any of these then regular brushing, flossing and professional cleaning with your hygienist will help prevent major staining and plaque build-up. Brushing and flossing daily is essential to achieving a high level of dental hygiene and is a vital process in maintaining white, healthy teeth.

Are there any potential side effects of teeth whitening?


There are two potential side effects you need to be aware of before having your teeth whitened. The most common side effect of teeth whitening is sensitivity, and this will last for about a day or two after your procedure. In most cases this is easily managed by taking some painkillers prior to your procedure and as directed for 24 hours after.

Gum irritation is another possible side effect, although this is very uncommon. In cases where this has occurred it is usually a slight discomfort for around 24-48 hours after the procedure and can be soothed with vitamin E cream.

How long will the results last?


Results of your teeth whitening procedure will last for a number of years if you follow the professional care advice we give you after every treatment. If you are a regular smoker or drink a lot of tea, coffee, wine or soft drinks then the results will not last as long. If you don’t use your whitening maintenance kit your results will not last as long. It is recommended that you continue to visit your dentist or hygienist on a regular basis for a professional clean as this helps maintain white teeth for longer and remove discolouration that builds up on the enamel of your teeth. Our Zoom whitening treatments only take 120 minutes, and will provide you with results you can see years later.

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