Teeth Whitening Treatment in Adelaide

Everyone’s teeth are unique in shape and colour, and they discolour and stain in different ways. As the name suggests, treats stained or discoloured teeth. It is the simplest and most common cosmetic dental procedure done to date. Tooth whitening or teeth bleaching is an easy way to get a dazzling, white smile.

Over the years, teeth can become discoloured due to ageing, illness, certain foods, smoking, poor oral hygiene, trauma or any combination of these factors.

Teeth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the colour of natural teeth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.

Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth. This may be done in the office or by means of take-home whitening. The most popular method is using a home teeth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically. Since teeth whitening only works on natural teeth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.

Teeth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up maybe needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.

If you are interested in getting teeth whitening then you may also be interested in other cosmetic dental treatments such as veneers.

Reasons for teeth whitening

  • Yellow or brown-stained teeth.
  • Enamel discolouration.
  • Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during teeth development).
  • Normal wear of the outer teeth layer.
  • Stained teeth due to medications (such as tetracycline).

In Office Whitening

In-office whitening is one of the simplest yet most transformative cosmetic procedures available. At MVDC, we utilise Pola-office+ whitening, which contains the fastest bleach available to safely whiten your teeth. It is pH neutral and specifically designed to protect sensitive dental nerves with its Pola Desensitizer Technology (PDT). This technology also minimises the likelihood of gum irritation, burning, pain, or long-term gum damage, as no UV light is required to activate the gel.

What to expect on your in-office visit

During your in-office whitening appointment, we will thoroughly discuss the procedure and evaluate whether you are the ideal candidate to ensure that you achieve the desired outcome. Before and after photos will be taken for our records – these photos can also be emailed to you upon request.

  • Cleaning and Polishing: Your teeth will be cleaned and polished to remove all plaque and tartar, ensuring the best possible result from the whitening process.
  • Protection: Lips and gums will be protected with a specially designed lip and gingival barrier.
  • Whitening Process: Pola-Office whitening gel will be applied to your teeth and activated by LED light. This process is conducted in 3 to 4 sessions of 8 minutes each.
  • After Photos: Photos will be taken after the procedure to document the results.
  • Desensitizer Application: A desensitizer will be applied to minimize any sensitivity.
  • Oral Hygiene Care: We will provide oral hygiene care advice and products to help you maintain your new, bright, white smile.

Take Home Whitening

This technique involves wearing a custom-fitted appliance containing a teeth whitening solution. All you need to do is place the bleaching gel provided into the trays and insert the trays over your teeth once a day for thirty minutes. The procedure takes 2 to 3 weeks to achieve a whiter, brighter smile.

What’s Involved in Take-Home Whitening

  • Records are taken to construct custom-made trays for both the upper and lower jaw.
  • After a week, you will pick up the trays, and instructions will be provided on how to proceed with the whitening at home, including oral hygiene care and maintenance.
  • Pre-whitening tooth colour shade is selected and recorded, along with photos.

Whitening at home

  • Brush and floss teeth
  • Place a small drop of gel on each compartment of the tray for the teeth undergoing whitening
  • Seat the tray with the gel around the teeth
  • Wipe excess gel in the mouth with a tissue
  • After treatment removed tray, rinse trays and teeth with lukewarm water and
  • brush teeth

The degree of whiteness and brightness achieved depends on the number of days you opt to wear the trays.

Home bleaching is a simple and cost-effective method to whiten discoloured teeth. However, it’s important not to be misled by false claims on TV and in pharmacies about products that are ineffective and potentially harmful to your teeth.

You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays and be encouraged to visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.

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Hannah Grubb
Hannah Grubb
10/10/2023
The women at this practice are phenomenal. I have had fear of the dentist my entire life due to a traumatic experience as a four year old. I finally bit the bullet last month and went to see Karen the hygienist and she made me feel so comforted. Then I met Erika the dentist and she was wonderful also. Yesterday I had restorative work done and for the first time in my life I wasn’t nervous about going to the dentist. I was so relaxed the entire time. Erika has such a calming, relaxed and professional presence. She continually asked if I was ok through each process and I honestly can’t thank her and her team enough. They’ve changed my life in the sense where I no longer feel scared. I actually can’t wait to go back and have my routinely hygiene appointment. WHAT?! ????
Mark Warner
Mark Warner
23/06/2023
First visit, I saw Dr Polly for an examination and x-rays and Dental Hygienist Steph for a scale and clean.Very impressed with the service. Parking at rear which is great and easy access. Reception staff were friendly and helpful.I would highly recommend. .
Nicole Hayes
Nicole Hayes
29/03/2023
I loved visiting the dentisit in primary school, they always made me feel safe and cared for. Dr Polly and the team made me think of those primary school dentist visits. I felt safe and cared for. I must remember to ask for my toothbrush and sticker before I leave next time! Wonderful experience my wisdom tooth was removed without pai but with confidence and reassurance
Louise Oconnor
Louise Oconnor
29/03/2023
I daughter recommended this dentist practice and do glad she did. Dr Polly Ling is amazing and has done an excellent job of fixing a broken filling. All the staff are extremely helpful and welcoming .
Ryan Hollingsworth
Ryan Hollingsworth
23/03/2023
If you’re looking for a new dentist, I can’t recommend this one enough. It’s been a while since I’ve been to a dentist and as such I wasn’t very confident finding somewhere new. However the team here have been absolutely incredible. Kind and happy to explain the process, including prices and health fund contributions. Excellent dental facilities and a comfortable waiting room. I’ve seen they also have online booking options, which seems very convenient. Thank you to all the team today for making my first appointment in a long time an enjoyable one.
Jane Doyle
Jane Doyle
08/03/2023
Always great service from this practice. Came here today with my husband. International Women’s day do I was gifted a small bouquet and a pen. Thank you. Lovely surprise.
Sam Crossman
Sam Crossman
14/02/2023
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Robbie Jones
Robbie Jones
04/02/2023
All the staff made me feel comfortable and welcome. Excellent service.
Teeth Whitening FAQ’s

Patients with fabrications or restorations on the front facing teeth, such as porcelain veneers, dental crowns or dental bonding aren’t likely to respond to this form of treatment, since restorative materials isn’t made to respond to bleaching agents like natural teeth.

Teeth whitening works only on natural teeth and have no effects on false teeth or dental crowns. The treatment isn’t as effective on patients with intrinsic stains, so it doesn’t work on any ‘dead’ tooth, such as those teeth which have undergone root canal therapy. It only works great on extrinsic stains, like yellow and brown stains that have not yet affected the inner enamel. Intrinsic stains are the stains that are inside the tooth

Patients with extreme tooth sensitivity are advised against this procedure as well, as it can enhance the sensitivity level.

Bleaching should be done under supervision.

The effects last from four months to one year, yet this depends on oral hygiene and diet preference. You can get touch ups done in between. Teeth whitening is not a permanent procedure and if you love to eat food which can easily stain, you may see discoloration in as little as several months depending on the treatment you have used.

On the other hand, home remedies do not work of offer lasting results. The degree of whiteness and how long it would remain depends on different factors that include everything from the condition of your teeth to how good your oral hygiene is.

  • In chair whitening
  • Take home whitening
Take home like the name indicates you do it from the comfort of your home, you wear bespoke custom-made bleaching trays with the medication in the trays, depending on your needs and/or preference you can wear them for 2 hours or you can sleep with them, this is done for up to 3 weeks.

Whereas in chair whitening we use stronger whitening medication and instead of taking 3 weeks to see result you see results in 90 minutes.

Should I have my teeth whitening done at the dentist?

Of course, teeth whitening is a medical procedure and with it carries risk. Beauty place or teeth whitening parties are for sure unsafe and put your dental health at risk.

If you have had teeth whitening, do not consume tobacco, coffee or tea for a few days as this may damage the bleaching. Also, avoid very cold or hot foods when possible. Depending on the active agent used for the teeth whitening you may also experience teeth sensitivity lasting for several hours to a few days.

When done under professional supervision it does not hurt. However, if professional instructions are not followed and you over bleaching this can hurt. Also, the method involved plays a part.

There could be hypersensitivity, irritation of the gums and uneven results. If the whitening process is overextended, the teeth may turn grey. The peroxide products if not applied properly may burn your gums. That is why it is better to always consult a dentist.

Yes, it can leads to a temporary sensitivity of the teeth. However, you should be fine by the next morning.

Tooth whitening has no effect on fillings and crowns. So if you are considering a smile makeover, crowns and or veneers it is important to consider the colour of your teeth, because if later you want to have teeth whitening you will need to replace your crown after the process, t match to the new colour

Children below 16 years are recommended to stay away from bleaching as this could harm their teeth.

This depends on the procedure that you choose. Yellow coloured teeth will be whitened more. However, grey colour teeth will not show much change and may need longer whitening time.

Smoking will only harm your teeth, gums and overall health and will show bad results. Smokers should quit it for at least one or two weeks, as it will spoil the teeth whitening results.

Brushing or rinsing immediately after drinking, chewing gum, avoiding too hot or cold beverages and going for touch ups. You can also drink beverages through straws to protect your teeth.