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Teeth whitening / bleaching – your options

Teeth whitening / bleaching - your options

Teeth whitening / bleaching - your options

Teeth whitening, or bleaching, is a straightforward procedure that can give wonderful results if done properly. The variety of options on the market can be confusing, but our dentists at Dental on Hollywood can guide you towards the best whitening method for you. The options our dentists can offer include immediate whitening that occurs at the dental clinic and take-home whitening kits that allow you to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home. Our professional training and experience in tooth whitening ensures an aesthetic and predictable result.


As people age, their teeth tend to naturally become more yellow in colour. Some people are born with darker teeth than they would prefer. People in these situations are the best candidates for whitening, as they can achieve more aesthetic and reproducible outcomes. It’s important to know that crowns, veneers and fillings will not change shade with a bleaching treatment, and if you try whitening without proper advice, you may be left with a variety of different shades across your teeth. External stains (from things like coffee and red wine) can also be resistant to whitening, as can certain spot-defects naturally present in many teeth. By discussing this topic with our dentists in Bondi Junction, you can find out if you are a good candidate for tooth whitening, and learn about the best method for you.

The most conservative form of whitening offered by our dentists involves using a special etchant gel, pumice, and tooth mousse to create a lighter, more translucent shade of white for your teeth. This method can whiten your teeth a couple of shades, which creates a noticeable improvement in some cases. Another option involves the familiar take-home whitening gel; moulds are taken of your teeth to create customised bleaching trays specific to your mouth, after which you are given bleaching gel to put in the trays at home. Our dentists will also give you instructions to ensure you are using it properly. The bleaching agent usually contains either hydrogen or carbamide peroxide, which if used incorrectly and without professional instruction can cause pain and lasting damage to your teeth and gums. By using customised trays and the appropriate strength bleaching gel, you can control this risk and ensure your bleaching will occur effectively and in a safe manner.


At our Bondi Junction clinic, we also offer the latest ZoomTM whitening technology to achieve instant whitening results. Using this technology, teeth can be whitened by many shades in the one visit, and as the whitening is done under the supervision of our dentists, you can be assured of the safety and effectiveness of this treatment. Once your teeth are whitened to your desired shade, we then construct custom bleaching trays for you to maintain the bright shade of your teeth at home. ZoomTM whitening is recommended for those who wish to have a noticeable and fast increase in their tooth shade (for example, before a major life event such as a formal or a wedding). Visit us at Dental on Hollywood and our dentists can help you decide on the safest and most effective tooth whitening option for you.


Dr Anthony Chepurin