Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure that lightens and brightens the colour of the enamel of your teeth. Professional teeth whitening is a popular and effective solution for enhancing your smile's appearance, giving you a brighter, more youthful look.
The main active ingredient in teeth whitening material is hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide has a whitening effect because it can pass easily into the tooth and break down complex molecules, without damaging your enamel.
It’s important to note that professional teeth whitening products used by dentists and oral health therapists are both TGA approved products, as well as much higher (yet still safe) doses of hydrogen peroxide compared to over-the-counter treatments. That’s how we’re able to get dramatic results in one in-chair sitting or through your professional take home whitening kit compared to weeks of trying to whiten your teeth with a lower percentage chemist kit.
Beware of beauty clinics offering professional whitening. These providers do not have any dental health training and will not be able to diagnose gum disease, cavities or other infections that need to be treated prior to tooth whitening. They are also not required or qualified to use TGA approved products, which could cause lasting damage to your tooth enamel if they use products that are not deemed safe.