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Teeth Whitening Services Throughout Brunswick, Northcote, Thornbury & Fairfield

Clean, white teeth are a common sign of good oral health. Unfortunately, after years of consuming a variety of foods and drinks, it is extremely common for stains to begin to develop and cause discolouration across your teeth. When left untreated, over time this discolouration will progress to creating an unflattering, permanent hinderance on your smile.

At Paladin Dental, we offer a range of highly effective teeth whitening services for our patients throughout Northcote, Fairfield, Brunswick, Thornbury and surrounding suburbs. If you are unhappy with the colour of your smile, please feel encouraged to contact us for an appointment by calling (03) 9482 9495 today.

Proven, Safe and Affordable Teeth Whitening Services from Experience Practitioners

Given the vast amounts of teeth whitening products currently available on the market, many of us find it difficult to choose an option that can bring the desired results for a reasonable investment. When you are unfamiliar with the process, you might even experience some apprehension, possibly fearing damage to your teeth. It is certainly true that inferior products can place risks on your oral health, which is why we always recommend working with an experienced practitioner.

Paladin Dental has a range of professionals ready to offer a proven, safe and affordable teeth whitening procedure to our clients across Thornbury, Northcote, Fairfield, and Brunswick. Using special purpose whitening gel consisting of hydrogen peroxide to eradicate the molecular bonds of the stains building up on your teeth, we ensure you have continued protection of your gums and internal structures of every tooth.

Book Your Teeth Whitening Appointment in Northcote Today

Get in touch with Paladin Dental’s experienced team in Northcote today. You can discuss your teeth whitening requirements in more detail with us and we will be more than happy to provide you with any additional information on the procedure, or our extended range of services, including general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and more. You can reach us by calling directly on (03) 9482 9495, via email at [email protected], or by leaving your details on our easy to complete online enquiry form.

Top tips about whitening strips

Our Articles do not endorse nor make any recommendations except to say that consumers would be advised to look for products that carry the Australian Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval.

As well as whitening strips, there are other products which can also be used to help whiten your teeth.  Products may include toothpastes, mouthwashes, gels, trays, powders and even home remedies such as baking soda.  Even the best teeth whitening strips , kits and toothpastes will help but they are not enough.  Whilst we are not against the use of teeth whitening strips or similar such products it is vital that whatever products that they are used within the manufacturer’s guidelines.  Consumers should be aware that whilst teeth whitening products may have a place in a cosmetic dental care regime, they are not to be used as a replacement to achieving that winning smile that can be achieved through the services of a qualified dental practitioner whom they should consult first. 

Are whitening strips damaging?

For the purposes of this article, we do not cover natural whitening strips as the variety and factors of botanicals, oils and other active ingredients are beyond the scope of we cover here.  In this article, we refer to more widely used strips which contain the chemicals approved by major dental authorities.  These chemicals are either carbamide peroxide (which breaks down in water to form hydrogen peroxide) or hydrogen peroxide which acts as a bleach.  With such products, risks to tooth whitening include,

  • increased tooth sensitivity
  • gingival irritation,
  • uneven tooth surface impacts,
  • increased potential for demineralization,
  • degradation of dental restorations and
  • unacceptable color gradations.

Hydrogen peroxide is a bleach and an antiseptic that can be used to treat gum disease.  Prolonged exposure can however lead to damaged tissues.  The magnitude of these side effects can attributed to concentration of hydrogen peroxide, duration of application and non bleach composition of product applied.  Even though a dentist uses higher concentrations of these chemicals it is part of a regimen that includes extensive preparation to be followed by detailed and direct application to specific areas for treatment.  This focussed procedure leads to far better outcomes that could otherwise be obtained from off the shelf products and largely circumvents the potential problems listed in the points above.

Do whitening strips work on yellow teeth?

Our teeth naturally yellow over time.  Contributing factors may include inadequate dental hygiene, intake of coffee, cola, tea, red wine and/or tobacco.  Whitening strips may help lighten teeth but you must ensure that you floss and brush first to enable greater efficacy through contact and the state of oral environment.  Be sure to follow instructions and avoid swallowing any of the product or saliva during treatment.  Please be aware of the risks we have identified in our article, “Are whitening strips damaging?” and stop using the strips if any discomfort or associated symptoms to these risks occur.

Are teeth whitening strips any good?

Aside from being cost effective and potentially having the benefits that we have referred to earlier, consumers may also find the convenience another reason for using whitening strips.  Provided that the guidance of the manufacturer is adhered to and one does not use strips as a substitute for proper dental care from their dentist there is a place and benefit that some may find from using teeth whitening strips.

When to avoid the use of whitening strips

Some people may be allergic to peroxide.  If you are such a person you should definitely not use chemically based whitening strips but you may wish to explore all natural whitening strips.  We recommend against use of whitening strips where the client may have,

  • gum disease
  • exposed tooth roots
  • braces
  • cavities
  • worn enamel
  • existing or planned pregnancy

Is teeth whitening safe for any past or existing dental work?

Whitening strips are OK around fillings, crowns , veneers etc but will not produce the same results as they would with natural teeth.  Hence, why your dentist should always be consulted to achieve and help maintain your ultimate smile.

Should I brush after using whitening strips?

After applying whitening strips you should avoid brushing your teeth for at least two hours.

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