There’s a trend sweeping not only through Hollywood but also through the gay community. Our teeth are getting whiter. Whitening can improve your smile and, perhaps more importantly, your confidence to smile.
Dentist Dr Michael Finkelstein said the most popular form of whitening is the Zoom! in-chair whitening treatment. Patients can achieve instantly whiter teeth in just one hour.
We recommend Zoom! teeth whitening because it achieves great results with a minimum of sensitivity. Other systems use a harsh UV or laser light, which can heat up the teeth and cause sensitivity, or leave a blue tinge appearance on the teeth, he said.
There are many different options available to enhance your smile and whiten your teeth. Each method is very popular -” it just depends on your needs and your teeth.
It’s also recommended to see a dentist before having your teeth whitened to ensure the best possible results are achieved. Not everyone is an ideal candidate for teeth whitening and only a dentist is able to determine this.
Dr Finkelstein said there can be some tooth sensitivity experienced during and immediately after teeth whitening, however, this usually subsides after 24 hours.
There are a number of teeth whitening options Dr Finkelstein said are available:
* Over-the-counter kits and whitening toothpastes. These can be purchased at a pharmacy or supermarket. You will never achieve the same results with an over-the-counter-product as you would with one you buy from a dentist because of the strength of the whitening gel.
* Take-home kits. This is where your dentist makes custom-made trays designed specifically for your own jaw and mouth and supplies you with a professional quality tooth whitening gel. This is a great option for those who would like to whiten their teeth in the comfort of their own home and in their own time.
* Instant in-chair whitening. The dentist applies a gel and uses a special light to activate the gel to whiten the teeth. This procedure takes about an hour and is more expensive than the take-home kits, but does give you an immediate result.
* Dental veneers. Sometimes dental veneers are used to whiten teeth or give a total makeover. Some teeth are not candidates for teeth whitening and this is where dental veneers are effective at correcting or cosmetically enhancing your smile.

info: For more on teeth whitening call Dr Michael Finkelstein on 9232 3900 or visit

Talk to your dentist about a whiter smile.

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