• January 27, 2015
  • Dr. Catherine-Anne Walsh

Have you always wanted whiter teeth? Another new year, another new year’s resolution list perhaps for some of us, and one of those items on your wish list maybe whiter teeth. Here is a few ways your wish could come true. The Zoom WhiteSpeed TM system is the quickest and most convenient way to immediately achieve the new, bright smile you have always wanted in just one appointment. Zoom in-office tooth whitening is a procedure designed to lighten the colour of your teeth using a combination of a light reactive hydrogen peroxide gel and a specially designed visible LED lamp.  The Zoom whitening procedure involves using the gel and lamp in conjunction with each other to produce maximum whitening results in the shortest possible time. The process takes just an hour and a half and the results can last for years. At “The dentist” at 70 Pitt street, we also include a complimentary prescription strength home maintenance kit to help you maintain your new smile and keep it looking its best. Or you can take home our prescription-strength, home whitening kit which includes special custom dental trays that fit over your teeth so you can whiten in the comfort of your own home and watch the results occur. These can be used for an hour each day or overnight whilst you sleep, for approximately one week and we are confident you will be happy with the results.
It is important to make a short visit to our office prior to commencing whitening. Dr Walsh will ensure that your teeth are suitable and select the most appropriate whitening option for you. A professional clean prior to proceeding with whitening is recommended by the hygienist to ensure that the teeth are not obscured by calculus deposits and the gums and teeth are healthy. This will allow for optimal whitening results. We look forward to brightening your smile and making you look and feel great.

At Dr Walsh’s office you can be assured that you will only be treated by a fully qualified professional. You will always receive the highest quality service and be completely satisfied with your treatment.

Will teeth whitening work for me?

Only your dentist can determine if whitening will work for you. The results from whitening vary from
person to person depending on your existing tooth colour, lifestyle factors and oral hygiene. Here at “the dentist at 70 Pitt street, we like to issue all of our Zoom patients with a complimentary prescription strength home maintenance kit to keep your teeth looking bright long after your complete your Zoom procedure.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Our whitening systems are perfectly safe for use by adults. The structure of your teeth and gums
remain the same, only the tooth colour is made lighter. In recent times whitening treatments have become available at beauty therapists and in some shopping malls. Whitening treatments performed by non dental professionals can be dangerous and the results are often substandard. Our qualified dentists and dental hygienist provide the best possible results, leaving you with a smile you can be proud of.

Will my crowns or fillings become lighter?

Unfortunately, crowns and white fillings will not lighten during the whitening process. If desired, these can be replaced with a lighter shade to match your new, whiter smile.

What causes teeth to discolour?

There are a variety of factors that could lead to both internal and external tooth discolouration. Whilemany of these factors are preventable, discolouration is a process that will naturally occur as you get older.

• Smoking – Smoking can lead to a number of health and dental problems, however the main problem linked with smoking is tooth discolouration. Smoking or even chewing tobacco will stain your teeth.

• Enamel thickness
 – The thickness or appearance of enamel can be affected by genetic or developmental conditions. It can also be washed away by acid erosion or worn away by grinding and clenching. The thinner the enamel, the darker your teeth will appear.

• Hygiene – Regular brushing and flossing is required to prevent stains or plaque build-up.

• Food and drink – Your diet can have a huge effect on the colour of your teeth. Tea, coffee and wine can all stain your teeth, while eating particular fruits can also lead to discolouration.

• Disease/Sickness –
 If you were prescribed certain antibiotics or medications as a child or had an ongoing illness as a child, this may have caused tooth discolouration.

• Age 
– Discolouration is a process that will naturally occur when you get older as the dentine layer of your teeth gets darker.

Tooth discolouration caused by smoking, dental hygiene and food and drink can be improved by a professional scale and clean with your dental hygienist. Tooth discolouration that has occurred with age can be improved with teeth whitening. Discolouration caused by enamel thickness and disease/sickness often requires tailored and individual approach to either lighten or mask the damage.
The staff at “the dentist at 70 Pitt street” wishes you a brighter and whiter smile. For any further questions please don’t hesitate to call us at (02) 9232-6367.
By Nadia Dardashti (Registered Dental Hygienist)

Dr. Catherine-Anne Walsh
About The Author

Dr. Catherine-Anne Walsh

Catherine-Anne is a New Zealand-qualified dentist. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Health from Sydney University and she has a broad range of experiences from working in both the public and private sector.


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