There are many products and techniques available for patients who want to achieve a brighter smile. However, with so many options available, it can be daunting to get started. The best way to begin any teeth-whitening regimen is to schedule an appointment with a dentist at DentalCare Carnegie and talk to them about the differences between in-office professional whitening and at-home whitening.  

We will examine your teeth to make sure you are able to bleach them safely and effectively. We will then recommend the most appropriate teeth whitening method of whitening your teeth.

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In-Office Teeth Whitening  

The first professional option is commonly referred to as in-office whitening. This procedure is performed in a dental office.  During an appointment, your dental professional will apply a whitening gel to the surface of your teeth. The entire office visit generally takes about 90 minutes, and you will be able to see results immediately.

At-Home Teeth Whitening

  • Tray Whitening - Tray bleaching is a type of professional teeth whitening that uses custom-made trays and whitening gel only available through your dentist in Carnegie. The whitening gel is placed in custom-fitted trays that fit perfectly over your teeth. As the peroxide in the gel breaks down, hydroxyl-radicals help whiten stained teeth. Unlike strips, this process whitens all your natural teeth and may contain ingredients intended to provide maximum comfort. At-home professional tray whitening generally takes 10 to 14 days, although you may notice results in as little as 3 to 5 days.
  • Strip Whitening - You can buy stock strips and apply them to the teeth at home. This is a less expensive option. However, it is far less effective and the results do not last as long as the other methods. 


Tooth Stains and Their Causes

  • Tooth discolouration is caused due to several reasons like surface stains, actual changes in the material of your teeth, or a combination of both. In general, tooth discolouration is categorised in three types:

    • Extrinsic Teeth Stains - Stains on the tooth’s surface are known as extrinsic teeth stains. It may occur from drink, food pigmentation, or accumulated protein film over the teeth. Apart from these, the most common cause of extrinsic tooth staining is consuming tooth-staining food like tea, coffee, wine, cola, and tobacco.
      Extrinsic teeth stains can be removed by regular brushing and periodic visits to your dentist at DentalCare Carnegie.
    • Intrinsic tooth stains - The staining beneath the tooth's surface is known as intrinsic tooth stains. It happens when stain-causing particles penetrate the tooth's surface and accumulate within the tooth enamel. Excessive fluoride use has also been linked to intrinsic stains, particularly in growing children.
      While intrinsic tooth stains are difficult to remove, it can made possible. The solution may involve professional teeth whitening treatment or over-the-counter chemical teeth-whitening products.
    • Age-Related Teeth Stains - These stains combine the results of both extrinsic and intrinsic tooth discolouration. Teeth discolour with age because the dentine, the core tissue of your teeth, naturally yellows over time. As we age, the outer enamel layer over the tooth becomes thinner. This allows the softer surface beneath the hard, white outer shell of your teeth to show through. These intrinsic causes of tooth discolouration, combined with extrinsic causes such as the effects of certain beverages, foods, and tobacco, cause most adults’ teeth to discolour with age.


    To restore your sparkling smile, we recommend visiting our dentist for a teeth whitening treatment in Carnegie.

Frequently Asked Questions

 At DentalCare Carnegie, we use very well-researched and well-respected implant systems. As a team that works extensively on dental implant treatments, we would be very uncomfortable using lower quality or less well-researched systems. Remember, we expect our implants to last for a very long time, possibly even for life, so there really is no justification for taking a cost-cutting approach to such an important matter.  You might like to know that this philosophy has helped countless patients replace their missing teeth, and enjoy the functionality and confidence that comes with having a full set of teeth.

In choosing a clinic, we always recommend that patients look carefully at the training of the surgeons and dentists involved, the materials used, and the long-term back-up provided.  It is also a good idea to visit the clinics and meet with some of the staff.  That way, you will be able to make your mind up very quickly. Our experience is that the decision rarely comes down to price.

It is perfectly normal to consider carefully the cost of any serious investment. It may seem like a lot to spend on your mouth, and it is down to each patient to decide if the improvements to the quality of life, function, confidence, and appearance are worthwhile. We only prescribe the necessary treatment. If you are searching for a bargain, please keep in mind that we regularly have to repair many cases from other clinics or overseas that have gone wrong due to inadequate planning, skills, or materials. Being preferred providers for Medibank, BUPA and HCF, you can rest assured that you will receive the highest possible rebate on your implant treatment, and we have flexible payment plans available through AfterPay and ZIP Money.

 This is one of the most common concerns for people thinking about having an implant. When carried out by an experienced dental surgeon such as Dr Alex Maer, most dental implants are very straightforward to place, taking only about ten to fifteen minutes to complete the surgical part of the treatment. However, more complex cases may take longer.

The majority of implants are placed under a normal dental local anaesthetic. Though the local anaesthetic injections can sting a little, and most of us have experienced dental injections in our mouth at some time, once you are numb, you will not feel anything sharp or painful throughout your treatment. You will feel some pressing and pushing during the procedure as well as some vibration during the first stage, but this will not be sharp or painful in any way, and your dentist will check to ensure you are completely numb before starting the surgery.

For bigger procedures, such as multiple implants or complex cases, Intravenous sedation can be provided. Sedation is not a general anaesthetic but makes patients feel very comfortable and relaxed, and they rarely remember much about the procedure afterwards, which is an advantage for many nervous patients.

Obviously, the more training and experience the clinician carrying out your dental implant treatment has, the quicker it will be, and the more comfortable you are going to be, so make sure you check out your implant surgeon thoroughly before starting treatment.

 Firstly, the great news is that innovative techniques mean that many patients can avoid any kind of bone grafting altogether – even if you have been told you need this by others. These include CT-guided implant stents and 3D imaging.

When it is necessary, we use many different materials for bone grafting, which are chosen on a case-by-case basis as the best material for each patient.  However, we now use synthetic, laboratory-made materials more and more, replacing the need for cow-derived products almost completely.  These synthetic products are rapidly replaced by the body’s own bone, meaning that they disappear completely from the body within a few months.

If the treatment is straightforward, it can last as little as ten weeks from the placement of the implant to fit the final crown. However, sometimes treatment can take longer depending on the level of complexity of your case, with some patients not finishing for up to a year. The exact time frame will be ascertained from your assessment at DentalCare Carnegie and the results of any necessary scans.

Any surgical procedure can have complications, and dental implants are no exception. When an implant is placed, your bone then needs to grow onto and fuse to the implant, in a process known as ‘osseointegration’, if it is to become a firm foundation for a crown. The risks of failure are increased in smokers, poorly controlled diabetics, and patients with a history of gum disease and poor oral health. In the unlikely event that your bone fails to grow onto an implant and integrate, we replace the implant completely free of charge with a different design. We have usually found that patients wish to try again and that a second failure is exceptionally rare.

We are very careful to continuously audit our results and assess our performance, and we always strive to excel. Our audited implant integration rates are over 98%, and we will be happy and proud to show you our figures at any time. This is an exceptional figure, and it is down to both the skill and experience of our team, and the quality of the equipment and implants that we use.

Normally yes – we have worked with many exceptional cases where other dentists have said there is inadequate bone. We will do a thorough assessment of course, including detailed x-rays and the latest in 3D imaging to assess the bone available.

Very rarely we will explain that there is not enough bone to safely work with dental implants, and then we have to consider alternative dental options in Carnegie.

Absolutely. Dentures are most patients’ nightmare due to the difficulty in wearing and the effect on all aspects of life. Small dentures can be replaced with just a few implants, or complete (full) dentures can either be held in position with implants or replaced with implants altogether – surely the most amazing dental transformation available.

What Our Patients Say

Diane Carrick
Diane Carrick
Thank you so much to Julie and her Team for looking after me yesterday at such short notice. Great care and wonderful treatment. Already have my next appointment booked with her for follow up work. Extremely happy
satyaki dasgupta
satyaki dasgupta
Very nice and friendly team. All the dentists are excellent in their job and give comfort of the patient utmost priority.
Joe Zhang
Joe Zhang
I can't recommend Dr Jason Ying highly enough! His patience and clear explanations regarding my dental issues were incredibly reassuring. He took the time to ensure I understood my treatment options and developed a comprehensive plan that addressed my concerns. Exceptional care all around!
amanda nicol
amanda nicol
The team at Carnegie Family Dental are professional and caring. Their hours are convenient and there’s a great selection of Dentists to choose from, all of who are excellent!
Our experience with Dr Annie for our toddler's dental visit was fantastic! She was incredibly patient, attentive, and professional throughout the appointment. Couldn't have asked for a better dentist for our little one!
James Patishman
James Patishman
This dental care clinic exhibits exceptional professionalism and a commitment to patient satisfaction. Alex, in particular, demonstrated remarkable diligence and patience in providing dental care. I highly recommend this clinic for its outstanding services.

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