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Teeth Whitening

Tooth Whitening is the use of bleaching agents to lighten the colour of teeth that have not responded sufficiently to professional cleaning.

Tooth discolouration occurs for a variety of reasons:

  • Surface stains due to lifestyle (smoking, coffee, tea and red wine)
  • Age
  • Poor oral hygiene, due to certain medications

It is important to note however that not everyone is suitable for tooth whitening. Factors contributing to this are:

  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Defective or absent tooth enamel
  • Gum disease
  • Presence of dentures
  • Dental implants
  • Crowns veneers or fillings
  • Pregnancy or breast feeding

At Booragoon Dental Clinic we offer our patients three types of tooth whitening:

Take Home Kit

  • Impressions are taken
  • Custom trays are then fabricated
  • You are given these trays along with syringes of the bleaching agent
  • It will take 2 weeks to complete; however the amount of time used to bleach after this is left up to the patient; some need less time, others a longer period of time

In-Surgery Bleaching

  • The procedure takes just over an hour
  • Your teeth are prepared and gums/lips protected leaving only the tooth surface exposed
  • Whitening gel is then applied and left in situ for 15 minutes. This can be applied up to 3 times
  • A high intensity light may be used to accelerate this process

Internal Bleaching

  • Most commonly used for a tooth that has turned dark as a result of root canal treatment
  • The bleaching agent is injected inside the tooth structure and left there for a week
  • This may need to be done more then once
  • Once complete, the bleaching agent is removed

More Information

Please click on the following link which will take you directly to the Pola Whitening system’s website:


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You should be aware that there is inherent risk in any surgical or invasive procedure. Before proceeding with surgery ensure you seek the guidance from a medical professional such as Dr Fine from Booragoon Dental Clinic.Results shown may vary from individual to individual.