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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If you are a nervous patient, or concerned about discomfort, then sedation may be the solution for you.
Many patients find a visit to the dentist to be a nerve-wracking experience. To help these patients feel at ease, or to enable patients to undergo more complex dental treatments, many of our practices offer sedation services. Sedation involves the use of anaesthesia to put a patient into a calm, restful state – similar to sleep, but remaining conscious.
For patients with sensitive gum areas, our Dentists and Hygienists are happy to discuss these problem areas and, provide a solution to ensure that you are comfortable throughout your appointment that is not sedation specific.
There are a few different types of sedation available at our dental practices, however each practice is different so you will have to check with your local dentist beforehand to confirm.
- Involves breathing in Nitrous Oxide Gas (also known as ‘happy gas’ or ‘laughing gas’)
- Decreases pain sensitivity and gives the patient a pleasant level of sedation
- Patients remain conscious and able to co-operate during the procedure
- The effects wear off very quickly after treatment
- There are no after effects
- Sedative that is administered in tablet or liquid form, usually taken one hour before your appointment
- Lasts between two and six hours.
- Patients usually have little memory of the treatment once completed.
- For safety reasons, patients must have someone to collect them and take them home after their appointment.
Intravenous (I.V.) Sedation
- Involves a small injection of sedative in the patient’s arm.
- Soon after the injection the patient feels drowsy and relaxed, but will remain conscious throughout the treatment.
- The level of sedation is much easier to control than with the Inhalation and Oral Sedation.
- Patients usually have little memory of the treatment once completed
- Suitable for the majority of patients, however some medical conditions may eliminate this as an option
- For safety reasons, patients must have someone to collect them and take them home after their appointment
Some dentists may offer general anaesthetic to patients who would prefer to be completely unconscious during treatment. This can either be carried out by having an anaesthetist visit their practice to administer the anaesthetic or booking out a theatre at the local hospital or specialist facilities. This is for extreme cases as sedation and pain-free dentistry is so effective, however more anxious patients may prefer it.
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