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Problems with at-Home Teeth Whitening Kits

13 August,2019

Problems with at-Home Teeth Whitening Kits

Now that the warmer temperatures are around the corner, it is a good time to think about all of those family gatherings, graduations, weddings, and other social events. When you look in the mirror, is your smile at its best, or could it use some TLC? If the condition of your teeth is making you nervous about smiling for the selfies, don’t worry, the cosmetic dental team located in South Melbourne can help turn things around. One of the most popular and easiest ways to boost your smile’s appearance is through a teeth whitening treatment. Make sure you get one from a reputable dental clinic and not a DIY kit from the store.

Benefits of a Teeth Whitening Service

If you like to enjoy your coffee, tomato sauce, red wine, curries, tea etc, over time, these items will leave their mark on your tooth enamel. At first, you probably won’t notice anything because the stains appear very gradually. As time goes by, the stains get more significant and make your teeth look yellow, dark, and discoloured.

Fortunately, with a professional teeth whitening service, you can reverse the effects of these stains. In addition, you can look years younger and improve your self-esteem.

Problems Associated With at-Home Solutions

Teeth whitening kits found in the toothpaste section of the supermarket might be cheaper, however you get what you pay for, along with a few things you may not have expected.

Lack of Results

At Dental on Clarendon, we use the Phillips Zoom! teeth whitening system, which allows us to get up to 7 shades lighter in about an hour Store-bought kits use a less-powerful bleaching agent, which means it is less powerful, and delivers disappointing results, if they work at all.

Damage to Gums

A one-size-fits-all approach of these kits can be bad for you because the bleaching agent is supposed to work on your teeth and not come into contact with your gums. If the trays don’t fit your mouth properly, you tend to get spillover on your gums, which could irritate and even harm them.

Dental Supervision

Since there is no professional oversight, you have to monitor and verify the results yourself. You have to rely on tiny and confusing directions, and even then, as a non-dental professional, you really can’t tell if the bleaching agent is doing what it is supposed to do. If your trays don’t fit properly, and the bleaching agent is weak, then you are going to be disappointed with the results.

Professional Teeth Whitening

By contrast, the cosmetic dentists here at Dental on Clarendon have extensive training and experience in cosmetic dentistry, including the time-tested Phillips Zoom teeth whitening system. We’ll be able to monitor the progress of your whitening treatment including any issues with your teeth and gums.

Call now for your free smile assessment.

We hope you have been inspired to transform your smile with a medically-approved teeth whitening treatment. When you call our practice here in South Melbourne, you’ll find a caring and gentle dental team who will help you get the smile of your dreams.

Learn more about teeth whitening here.


Caring for your health and safety during these difficult times


Your health and safety is always our number one priority, so we are taking additional precautions while caring for you during COVID-19.

A thorough screening process is currently in place to keep patients and staff safe. With these measures in place, we can now conduct routine and emergency dental care for all new and existing patients.

Strict infection guidelines have always been adhered to in our practice, however we have introduced additional precautions, including:

  • Social distancing in the waiting room
  • Hand sanitizer provided on entry to the practice
  • Temperature testing on arrival
  • Minimal additional guests allowed. We allow patients only, with the exception of one parent to children’s appointments, or if a companion is needed to translate.
  • Pre-treatment rinsing. The rinse contains hydrogen peroxide which kills COVID-19.
  • Use of Rubber Dam where feasible
  • Increased decontamination procedures conducted throughout the day

To maintain patient safety and strict infection control measures we are constantly monitoring and modifying regular workflows.
If you have any questions, please speak to our friendly staff for more information.

Thank you for your understanding.

Dental on Clarendon.