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.
A dental emergency is an acute oral health disorder that requires dental attention, including broken, loose or removed teeth, toothaches and injuries to the lips, gums or cheeks through trauma, infections and post-surgery complications. If any of these issues should occur, it is essential that you contact your dentist immediately so you can make an appointment to prevent long term loss or complications. If you have experienced tooth and mouth pain at some point, you know it can be intrusive and sharp pain. Maven Dental Group practices are extremely well-equipped to handle dental emergencies and your local practice will treat yours with skill, care and efficiency.
I’ve knocked out a tooth, what do I do?
If you or a member of your family are unfortunate enough to have a tooth forcefully dislodged, there are a few simple steps you can follow for the best chance of recovery.
Immediately call your dentist for an emergency appointment.
Handle the tooth by the crown, not the root. Touching the root (the part of the tooth below the gum) can damage cells necessary for bone reattachment.
Gently rinse the tooth in water to remove dirt. Do not scrub.
If possible, gently place the clean tooth in the socket to keep it moist. It is important not to let the tooth dry out.
If it is not possible to store the tooth in the mouth of the injured person, wrap the tooth in a clean cloth or gauze and immerse in milk or saliva.
Once you arrive at your dental practice, your dentist and support staff will be able to support and do everything they can to ensure your comfort and satisfaction.
Do I have to make an appointment for an emergency?
Many dentists are understanding towards the nature of emergency appointments and therefore know that emergencies are unpredictable. If you should find yourself needing emergency dental treatment it is advisable to call your local practice first so appropriate time can be made for you, however if you are at risk of losing a tooth or you are in extreme pain, they will generally fit you in as a priority.
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When or if wisdom teeth come through, many people’s mouths do not have the room for the tooth to develop normally, causing the tooth to develop irregularly or in an awkward direction. Many people experience serious pain when this happens, which results in the necessity for it or them to be removed.
Some of the symptoms of wisdom teeth development include:
- Pain and tenderness in the gums and jaw
- Swelling or redness in the gums
- An unpleasant taste in the mouth when you bite in the area of the wisdom teeth
- Bad breath
Can my dentist remove my wisdom teeth?
In many cases, wisdom tooth extraction is fairly simple and can be extracted like any other tooth, which a general dentist is definitely qualified to do. However if the tooth has grown in an irregular manner, for example it has turned sideways and is pushing into the neighbouring tooth (impacted), this can be difficult to extract and while general dentists can decide whether they want to perform the extraction, many refer on to an oral surgeon.
Why do people have their wisdom teeth removed?
- Infection may develop in the gum flap overlaying the tooth, or decay may develop in the tooth due to it being hard to reach with a toothbrush
- Impacted teeth may damage the teeth beside them
- Wisdom teeth can be difficult to clean, making them prone to decay and infection
- Should the tooth fail to erupt, a cyst may form and, by gradual enlargement, endanger the health of the nearby bone and teeth
These problems can be prevented by the timely surgical removal of the teeth.
How are my wisdom teeth removed?
A cut is made in the gum to expose the whole tooth. Some of the surrounding bone may need to be removed, and sometimes the tooth may be divided into pieces to assist in its removal. The area from which it has been removed is cleansed, and stitched to restore the normal contour of the gum and to help keep food out of the socket. The stitches used may dissolve or may require removal at a later date.
Will I feel pain during the operation?
The dentist will assess the difficulty of extracting the wisdom tooth and discuss your options. A wisdom tooth can be removed with a simple local anaesthetic to numb the area, so no pain is felt during the procedure. We can also offer sedation to help you feel more relaxed during the surgery or ensure you have limited memory of the procedure. If general anaesthetic is required, then this is done by a specialist in a hospital.
How will I feel after the operation?
After the operation, you may have pain and swelling which may last up to one week. A painkiller will be prescribed to help you with the pain. The swelling will make it difficult for you to open your mouth wide, and you will need to eat soft foods that don’t require a lot of chewing.
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