There are numerous factors that can contribute to the staining of our teeth. Some are caused by our habits, and some are beyond our control.
Intrinsic (or internal) factors include facets of our upbringing. For example, absorption of fluoride at a young age, or certain medications taken throughout childhood can affect intrinsic staining, as can trauma to your permanent teeth. Intrinsic loss is when the inner structure of the tooth has been stained.
Extrinsic (or external) factors are mostly related to our consumption habits. Food and beverages with immense colouring will contribute to the staining of your teeth. This includes well-known indulgences like coffee and red wine. It also includes seemingly innocuous foods such as acidic fruits. Aside from food and beverages, extrinsic factors can also include poor oral hygiene, smoking, and even chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Extrinsic loss is when the surface of the enamel has been stained. Enamel is a porous material, allowing staining agents to settle in.
Teeth whitening works by applying a whitening gel, usually containing the active ingredient hydrogen peroxide, a bleaching agent. The bleach is able to penetrate into the enamel and break apart the staining agents through an oxidation reaction. In-chair teeth whitening uses a whitening gel coupled with intense light to accelerate the reaction.
Teeth whitening works on both intrinsic and extrinsic staining. However, patients with intrinsic staining may see that whitening does not last as long. Depending on the situation, teeth whitening may not be the best option for intrinsic staining. It is also important to note that the whitening gel only works on natural teeth. Teeth whitening will not lighten fillings or crowns, though they can be re-made to match your brighter, whiter teeth.
In-chair whitening is a straightforward and safe procedure when administered by a qualified healthcare professional.
We apply a protect barrier to your gums and use specially formulated gel that will ensure that the bleaching agent touches your exposed enamel only for the maximum result and safe outcome. At Vogue Dental Studios, we use Phillips Zoom applied by our cosmetic dentist and/or hygienist. During the entire appointment, we always have a member of the team present to keep our clients company and to monitor the procedure.
No matter the procedure, we always start with a consultation. We will discuss your suitability for whitening and what option best suit your needs and circumstances. If you are suitable for whitening and choose to proceed, we can begin the Philips Zoom! in-chair whitening session which lasts approximately 60-120 minutes.
In-chair whitening appointments require a pre-paid non-refundable deposit of $150. Our in-chair whitening appointments range from 1.5-2.5 hours in total appointment duration. In order to hold such long appointment times, we will need to collect a deposit which will be applied to your treatment total. If you are deemed unsuitable for treatment, this deposit can be credited towards other treatment.
After 6 - 12 months, it is a good idea to have a general check-up and clean with a whitening assessment. We can discuss the results, and arrange additional bleaching sessions if needed.
We also offer customized take home whitening kits. They are simple, easy to use and offer our clients the flexibility to whiten at their own convenience. Take home kits are perfect for those preparing for social events without having to make extra space in their schedule. Vogue Dental Studios utilise the amazing benefits of Philips Zoom Day or Philips Zoom Night kits.
Day kits are suggested to be worn one hour during the day and can be done twice a day if minimal sensitivity is occurring. We encourage our patients to pop in their bleach trays when they’re getting ready/having a shower and let the gel do its magic for the recommended duration and then rinse off with warm water.
Night kits are suggested to be worn overnight. We encourage our patients to apply the bleach gel into their trays before they sleep, every night for a consecutive 7-10+ days (or until they are happy with the shade). A days’ break may be taken in between if too much sensitivity is present. Whitening trays should be thoroughly rinsed in the morning.
As always, we start with a consultation to determine if you are suitable for teeth whitening. If you are suitable and decide to proceed, we will take moulds of your teeth to prepare for your customised trays. Each tray is made in-house and personalised specifically to you - no one else can wear them.
After 3 to 5 days, your trays will be ready for pick up. During pick up, we encourage you to try the trays to ensure perfect fit. You can start the treatment right away. Results may be seen within 7 to 10 consecutive days (with 1 to 2 days break).
After 6 to 12 months, it is recommended to have a general check-up and a whitening assessment.
In-chair Whitening: $599
Take Home Kit: $350
Individually customized trays & case
3 months whitening supply pack
How long does the whitening last?+
The results do vary from patient to patient as everyone absorbs product differently. Professional whitening generally can last from 6 months to 2 years. On average, patients whiten in the chair 1-2 times per year, and/or use the take home kit every 3-4 months to maintain the shade.
Can I eat and drink after in-chair whitening?+
You can eat and drink after in-chair whitening. However, for the next 48 hours please take care to avoid staining food and beverages. This may include red wine, coffee, tea, dark sauces, and dark meats. Please also avoid smoking.
Will it make my teeth sensitive?+
Some patients do experience some sensitivity during whitening treatments. We provide sensitive toothpaste to help with this. Any sensitivity usually dissipates within 12-24 hours. If sensitivity persists beyond 72 hours, please contact a qualified health professional.
Is in-chair whitening painful?+
The process of teeth whitening is not painful but it can cause sensitivity. Patients may experience minor discomfort during the procedure and often report of sensitivity immediately after the treatment. We recommend brushing your teeth with sensitive toothpaste two weeks prior to your whitening appointment and after/as you whiten to ease the sensitivity. Sensitivity is expected to subside after approximately 12-24 hours of treatment. If sensitivity persists beyond 72 hours, please contact a qualified health professional.
Will in-chair whitening damage my teeth?+
When administered by a qualified dentist, teeth whitening will not damage your teeth. Global consumer protection organisations agree that the proper use of whitening products is safe after consultation and approval by a qualified dentist. Safety is our first concern. This is why patients must come in for a consultation before any treatment.
Is in-chair whitening safe?+
Teeth whitening is extremely safe, especially when completed at a qualified cosmetic dentistry. There is diminutive evidence to support the concern that teeth whitening is an unsafe procedure. When bleaching in chair at Vogue Dental Studios, the hydrogen peroxide would only come in contact with your enamel.
Is hydrogen peroxide safe?+
Hydrogen peroxide is deemed safe when administered and applied by an oral health professional. It becomes unsafe when the product is misused/overused or against the recommendation of your dentist.
Hydrogen peroxide/carbamide peroxide is very commonly used as bleaching agents. The colour of your natural tooth is de-pigmented and thus whitened by using the active ingredients in a variation of concentrations as recommended after an oral examination with the cosmetic dentist. The product is applied directly to your teeth, either in the clinic during your in-chair whitening appointment or in your customised trays that you use to whiten at home.
Can I just whiten once?+
Unfortunately, you can’t whiten your teeth just once – extrinsic factors do play a part in why our teeth develop stains. Because of this, we recommend continuing and maintaining your whitening treatments either at home or at a qualified dental practice. The best way to prolong the life of your new brighter smile is by improving your overall dental hygiene through consistent brushing, flossing and rinsing. Upholding your six-monthly dental clean and check-ups is essential to conserving your pearly whites (and making sure they stay white!).
How much gel do I use from the take home kit?+
Less is definitely more! We will show you a step by step guide on how to use your personalized take home whitening kit effectively at your appointment. The tiniest amount should be distributed as using more doesn’t mean better results – it only means wasted bleach and potential burnt gums!
Can I get whitening if pregnant or breastfeeding?+
At Vogue Dental Studios, we do not recommended doing whitening if you are pregnant or breastfeeding as not enough research has been put into the side effects of doing so.
Can I whiten caps or veneers?+
Composite or porcelain veneers/bridges/crowns/implants/dentures will have minimal to no response to whitening. Though some patients find that their surface stains have reduced after whitening on their restorations, the bleach will have no effect on the colour.
Is there an expiry date for the take home kit?+
We recommend using your take home whitening gels within 12 months of opening. An expiration date is listed on the product itself.
What are the ingredients in whitening gel?+
We use a hydrogen peroxide based solution with Philips Zoom for in chair whitening for maximum results. This bleach is very high in concentrate in comparison to over the counter and take home whitening products. These high concentrates must be monitored by a dental health professional and cannot be done at home.
Vogue Dental Studios firmly believe in responsible aesthetics. Every cosmetic, medical or dental procedure has inherent risks and benefits. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.