Teeth whitening is a popular and affordable choice to brighten your smile. In-practice whitening is quick, easy and effective. Your Maven Dental Group clinician will be able to advise you of your suitability and options for teeth whitening. These options range from professional, custom-made take home whitening kits to in-practice procedures*. Individual results can vary but most people notice a change within a short period of time.
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*Please contact your local Maven Dental Group practice to confirm service availability (in-chair/take home).
In-chair teeth whitening
Can a dentist whiten my teeth?
Yes, there is a teeth whitening procedure that is performed in the dental chair. It is the fastest and most effective way to whiten teeth and usually takes around one hour to complete. In-practice whitening is the best option for those wanting ‘instant’ results.
What happens when I get my teeth whitened at the dentist?
Your clinician will first apply a protective gel to the gums, followed by the application of the whitening gel to the teeth. The gel (which contains Peroxide) is then left on the teeth or some systems require activation by a special LED light (one is not better than the other, just a different gel), and the resulting reaction gently penetrates the tooth to lift deep stains and discolourations. This process varies in length of time, depending on factors such as individual goals for whitening and what can be achieved in the appointment.
How long does teeth whitening last?
This will depend on many factors, including the lifestyle and habits. However, it can take a few years before the discolouration returns to the level it was before treatment. Some whitening systems also have touch-up kits available to top up the whitening at home, which helps to preserve the level of whitening for longer.
Take home teeth whitening
Can I whiten my teeth at home?
Maven Dental Group clinicians offer various brands of whitening systems in a take home formulation. Here's how it works.
Your first step is to make a teeth whitening appointment with one of our Maven Dental Group practices nationwide. At this appointment your dentist will discuss your options with you and either start the process or return you for another visit. To get started, an impression of your teeth will be taken so we can make your custom whitening trays. Within days, your complete whitening kit will be available for your collection. Your kit contains two new custom-made trays (one for your top teeth and one for your bottom teeth), syringes of whitening gel and easy-to-follow instructions.
Once you have collected your kit, you will be able to get started by following the instructions provided. Usually you will simply apply a small drop of gel inside each tooth impression in your two trays, place the trays on your teeth, then relax – read, watch TV, surf the internet – while the whitening gel does its job. After your whitening session, remove and rinse your trays, and complete your home care instructions. Repeat this over the next week or two, or as advised by your dentist until you achieve the level of whitening you desire.
The snug fit of your custom-made tray combined with professional grade, quality whitening gel that you can only get from a dentist, provides you with an amazing result that an off-the-shelf supermarket kit simply cannot offer.
The Invisalign System is a nearly invisible way to straighten your teeth and improve your smile without traditional braces. Invisalign treatment works through a series of clear, comfortable and removable aligners. Each aligner is slightly different, moving your teeth gradually into the desired position.
If you’re ready for a smile that transforms your appearance, Invisalign is your answer. Invisalign treatment straightens your teeth through a series of clear, comfortable and removable aligners. Each aligner is slightly different, moving your teeth gradually into the desired position.
How old are people with Invisalign?
Invisalign is the virtually invisible and hygienic alternative to braces that can help you achieve a proper bite and a straight teeth comfortably. Everyone from teens to seniors can reap the benefits of Invisalign, but due to its discrete appearance, has been extremely popular among adults who might not feel confident wearing braces. Using advanced 3D software, Invisalign even allows you to see the end results of treatment before you even start. Invisalign won’t interfere with your lifestyle – and has even been proven to be as effective as traditional braces for treating a wide variety of orthodontic issues.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
Having straight teeth isn’t just important for children, but for adults as well. The older generation did not have access to orthodontics in the same way the current generation does – the process has been hugely popularised and streamlined. This means even at an older age, adults can now straighten their teeth for both cosmetic and oral health reasons, quicker and more effectively than they ever could have imagined. In fact, it is getting increasingly common for adults to opt for Invisalign, with some orthodontists even focusing on the adult demographic.
Can my dentist provide Invisalign?
More and more dentists are staring to offer Invisalign, as the software and laboratory support does most of the required work, as opposed to the more technical process of fitting traditional braces. As mentioned, Invisalign entails a series of mouth moulds which dentists are more than accustomed to doing for similar procedures such as mouthguards and dentures. From here, the mould is sent to the lab so the retainers can be manufactured. So while orthodontists are obviously more qualified in the entire teeth straightening experience, many general dentists are able to provide you with Invisalign.
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