Dr Philip Makepeace

123 Bargara Rd, Bundaberg, QLD, 4670

Debunking teeth whitening myths



If your teeth has lost its sparkle, we might have just the solution for you! Tailor-made with options to suit your lifestyle, teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic treatment and probably the easiest procedure that can lighten your teeth and give you the bright smile you’ve always dreamed of. Having extensive experience in the field, we have heard a number of misconceptions regarding the procedure and its results. Your satisfaction is important to us, and to ensure this, we are sharing what you need to know and expect before undergoing your teeth whitening procedure.

If you are still wary about teeth whitening, here are a few facts to debunk the myths surrounding the procedure:

Fact 1: Teeth whitening is safe
Any good thing can be bad if it is used excessively. Done in our controlled and comfortable Bundaberg office, the procedure is safe and non-invasive. A bleaching gel is used in moderation and we closely monitor the entire procedure. After your appointment, you may experience sensitivity but this does not mean that your teeth are damaged. The procedure does cause your teeth to dehydrate but like all bones your teeth will rehydrate within a few days. 

Our teeth whitening options are:
· A single in-office treatment:
Our in-office treatments can treat the build-up of tartar and plaque leaving you with a cleaner, brighter smile.

· Take-home treatments:
This system is meant to address marks or stains and is designed for people who wish to have on-going treatment.

· KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching™:
This option is suitable for patients requiring more extensive tooth whitening due to stubborn stains.

Fact 2: Not Everyone Experiences Sensitivity After Whitening
Sensitivity can be caused by a number of reasons, including genetics, your diet and environment. Not everyone experiences tooth sensitivity after whitening but if you do, it is completely normal. Sensitivity should last for about three days after the procedure. If it continues then you should contact us.

Fact 3: Teeth Whitening Won’t Remove All Stains

Good things take time and no product can whiten in just a few minutes or in a day. Chemically, it is impossible for any whitening agent to safely penetrate deep enough into the teeth in that time frame. The reality is that the whitening process can possibly take up to several months and require several visits. The results may take longer with patients who suffer from severe stains. However, the good news is that whitening can be easily maintained once the stains are removed.

Fact 4: At-Home Whitening Is Not As Effective 

With an array of over the counter products on the market, patients are often deceived by the exaggerated promises that some of the products make. The truth is that at-home products are not as effective or safe as professional whitening done performed by an expert. As healthcare professionals, dentists are able to safely use stronger bleaching agents. These agents are more effective in penetrating deeper into your tooth, removing stubborn stains.

Distinctive Dental Care can tackle stains and work to correct their appearance with our various whitening programs. Contact us today for a professional consultation at our Bundaberg practice.


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