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Having discoloured teeth can affect a person’s confidence and self-esteem. Fortunately, various teeth whitening options are available to help restore teeth’s natural whiteness. From light-activated teeth whitening to at-home teeth whitening, these options offer different benefits and are suitable for different needs. This article will explore the different teeth whitening options, their effectiveness, and what factors to consider when choosing the best one for you.

Can anyone whiten their teeth?

Yes, anyone can whiten their teeth, although it is generally better to wait until you are over 18 as immature adult teeth tend to be more sensitive during the process. In addition, it is important to note that patients with periodontal disease, tooth decay, cavities, and exposed roots may not be suitable for teeth whitening treatments.

The more stained and discoloured your teeth, the greater the visual ‘effect’ after whitening. Everyone’s tooth enamel is different and will whiten at a different rate and to an innate degree. Nonetheless, there will always be an improvement in the final shade.

Who’s an ideal candidate for whitening?

Any adult who feels their teeth are becoming stained and discoloured. It is the quickest anti-ageing treatment available!

What are the different whitening options available?

We offer two options:

  • Light-activated teeth whitening has the advantage of being faster. The latest available systems use a plasma arc or xenon-halogen light source to activate the whitening agent applied to the teeth. At Smilefocus, we use ZOOM technology. This method takes two hours or less and has been clinically proven to lighten teeth up to 8 shades whiter in one visit.
  • At-home teeth whitening has the advantage of flexibility. A whitening gel is applied to a customised mouthguard which is then worn regularly for a few hours or overnight, every night, or every second night until the desired result is achieved. You will see an improved colour in just a few days. You can choose the strength of the solution (10%, 15%, 20%, 35%) with which you are comfortable, moderating sensitivity.

What’s the most effective whitening solution?

Although At-home Teeth Whitening is a slower method of whitening teeth, the home whitening kit tends to produce more predictable results.

The key is when the peroxide gel has contact with the teeth.

It’s important to note that after any whitening procedure, the colour will fade somewhat, depending on the frequency of tooth-staining foods/drinks taken regularly in the diet. One of the benefits of the home whitening kit is that it is more convenient to touch up the colour when needed.

How much does teeth whitening cost?

At-Home Teeth Whitening treatments at Smilefocus are available for $499 +GST inclusive of a pre-whitening consultation with our experienced dental professionals.

For more information on the teeth whitening options available at Smilefocus, head to our website at www.smilefocus.com.sg.