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4 Rogers Street
Spring Hill, QLD, 4000

+61 7 3391 2504

Brisbane Dentist - excellence in general and aesthetic dentistry with Drs Amy Daley, Leila Haywood, UQ graduates with 20 years of experience in Spring Hill, Brisbane

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What is tooth whitening, and how does it work?

What is tooth whitening, and how does it work?

Tooth whitening is the chemical removal of organic stains from on and just below the tooth's surface.

Tooth lightening is achieved by placing a special gel in contact with the tooth enamel. The gel normally contains either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide and works by penetrating the tooth enamel and oxidising the organic stains within, releasing oxygen as a by- product.

It has been proven to be a safe and predictable procedure, provided it is performed under the supervision of a dental professional.

We are able to offer our patients two types of tooth whitening; home whitening, and in- office whitening- using the computer activated Zoom teeth whitening system.

Home whitening works by taking mouldings of the teeth and constucting custom- fitted trays to hold the whitening gel. It is important that the trays fit your teeth exactly, to ensure thet no gel comes into contact with the gums as it can cause irritation.

The trays are worn for half an hour for consecutive days (normally 1-2 weeks) or until the desired result is achieved.

Home whitening normally involves three appointments- the first to take the mouldings, the second to fit the custom trays once they have been made and the third appointment is a follow- up to check how the process is going and ensure there are no problems.

In office whitening with Zoom whitespeed  is a way to achieve immediate whitening results in a two- hour appointment.

The whitening process is sped up via the use of a blue LED lamp, which has been designed to activate the special Zoom whitening gel. New gel is applied every 15  minutes, for a total of 3 or 4 whitening cycles . This usually produces significant results.

While the procedure is being performed, we have a selection of DVDs for patients to watch, or some people even choose to have a nap!

Before and after photos are taken before any whitening is done, in order to record progress and results.

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Before and after Zoom teeth whitening procedure performed by Christine,  our dental hygienist. This is the first stage of some cosmetic work we are doing for one of our patients, and will be followed by replacing the discoloured resin filling on the lower left second front tooth, and completed by placing two porcelain veneers on the upper front middle teeth.