Teeth Whitening

Do you find yourself smiling with your mouth closed because you feel self-conscious about the colour of your teeth? We should all feel free to let our teeth show and take pride in their pearly white colour. Unfortunately, sometimes brushing just isn't enough to avoid them becoming discoloured and looking drab.

If your teeth are not as white as they used to be, you don't have to feel bad. Things like ageing, the food and drink we consume, and smoking can all negatively impact the way our teeth look. If this sounds familiar, consider a professional teeth whitening procedure. It is actually a very straightforward and affordable process and the results speak for themselves.

At L&R Dental, we offer professional teeth whitening at our Toowoomba practice, designed to give you a beautiful long-lasting smile. Our professional teeth whitening service is safe and effective, performed by trained and qualified clinicians with years of experience in teeth whitening. Read on to learn more about what to expect when you try a professional teeth whitening service.


How Does Professional Teeth Whitening Work?

Compared to over-the-counter teeth whitening solutions, teeth whitening treatment performed by a professionally trained dentist has a number of advantages. Professional teeth whitening has been proven to be more effective, with longer-lasting results compared to at-home teeth whitening kits. These include a more long-lasting and uniform improvement in the colour of your teeth. 

Whether you have staining from coffee or nicotine or want to achieve a cleaner, brighter smile, teeth whitening is an excellent option for many Australians. While at-home kits can achieve mixed success, getting your teeth whitened with a professionally trained dentist can offer long-lasting, gleaming white results.


Professional teeth whitening vs. at-home teeth whitening kits

Some people choose to do a teeth whitening treatment at home under the supervision of a dentist. While there can be some benefits to this, you will generally get a faster result if you have it done by a professional.

Here are the main differences between the two options:

1. Cost

At-home teeth whitening kits generally cost less than having it done at the dentist. While there is variation in the prices, you can expect to pay less than you would for in-office whitening. You also have the convenience of whitening when it suits you.


2. Time

Dentists are usually able to complete a professional whitening treatment in a single appointment, depending on the circumstances. Each of these appointments is likely to last around two hours. If you choose to use an at-home kit, you will wear a custom made tray for several hours a day and it can take a few weeks to see results.


3. Longevity

Tooth whitening treatments are not permanent solutions, but you will want yours to last as long as possible. Your Dentist and Hygienist will recommend changes to your diet to help get maximum longevity out of treatment, but you will need to continue with whitening to maintain the results.


How to decide whether professional teeth whitening is right for you

If you want to get maximum results without experimenting with different over-the-counter products, a professional teeth whitening procedure may be for you. Whichever way you decide to go, it's important to seek advice from your dentist beforehand.

You should have a check-up and professional cleaning first, and any areas that might not be compatible with a whitening agent can be identified. These include:

  • Regions overexposed to fluoride
  • Any instances of past dental work like bonded areas or a porcelain tooth
  • Trauma that has caused your dentin to darken
  • Exposure to certain antibiotics during tooth formation


What Can I Expect From L&R Dental's Teeth Whitening Service?

Firstly, our dentists will examine whitening options in the initial consultation: 

Our professional teeth whitening gel comes in stronger concentrations and gentle formulas for people with sensitive teeth. Before you can be provided with any system, an initial consultation is needed to check the health of your teeth and your suitability for certain treatments. For example, if you have sensitive gums and teeth, certain whitening options may not work for you.


Secondly, we customise your whitening system:

Custom whitening trays keep the gel on teeth and prevent leaking onto delicate gum tissue.

Many patients opt to jumpstart their whitening program with our Zoom! in-chair whitening system. We apply a highly concentrated whitening gel to teeth and activate it with light to help it penetrate the tooth enamel. We repeat the process two more times, providing patients with an improvement of several shades in about an hour. 


Our take-home whitening system allows you to continue the process at home to achieve your whitest smile:

After your initial exam and hygiene appointment, an appointment is made for whitening, and professional teeth whitening product is applied in the chair and you will see your teeth become several shades lighter. You will be able to take home a whitening system to use yourself in the future whenever your teeth develop stains or discolouration. This way, your smile can stay white for a lifetime. You can keep your custom trays for maintenance when teeth develop stains again. You can have a white smile for a lifetime and avoid the disappointments of commercially available whiteners.


Why L&R Dental For Teeth Whitening?

Before your teeth whitening, we'll offer you a consultation to determine exactly the right strength and formulation of teeth whitening gel you need, taking into consideration the health and sensitivity of your teeth as well as your teeth whitening goals.

If you’re thinking about improving your smile, talk to our dentists at L&R Dental


Frequently Asked Questions

If you've got questions about our teeth whitening services, check out our most frequently asked questions below. If your question doesn't appear here, just call us at L&R Dental today and our professional advisors will be happy to answer any questions you have about our teeth whitening service in Toowoomba.


How do I ask my dentist for tooth whitening?

If you like the idea of a whiter smile, speaking to your dentist is the first step. Our friendly dentists will be able to talk you through whitening options and let you know which choices would best suit you. Choosing a dental clinic with expertise in tooth whitening is the best way to ensure success.


How do I know if I’m eligible for teeth whitening?

Your dentist will provide a full consultation at the start of your whitening journey, and their expert advice will let you know if whitening would work for your teeth specifically. It’s always a good idea to seek professional advice, especially when it comes to your dental care.


Is teeth whitening safe?

Yes, our teeth whitening gel is completely safe. Formulated to protect the teeth enamel while still providing effective whitening, all professional-grade teeth whitening gels are heavily regulated by the Dental Board of Australia to ensure safe concentrations of bleaching agents are used.


Does teeth whitening hurt?

Teeth whitening isn't usually painful, though it can make your teeth feel a little more sensitive than usual for a short time after the procedure. If your teeth usually feel sensitive, it may hurt a little when teeth whitening gel is applied, but sensitive formulations can be used to reduce this feeling upon application.


Are the effects of teeth whitening permanent?

While the effects of any single teeth whitening treatment are not permanent, at L&R Dental, we will send you home with at-home kits that can be used whenever your teeth need a top-up treatment. In this way, the effects of your professional teeth whitening can be incredibly long-lasting.