How to Get a Whiter and Brighter Smile With Teeth Whitening/Bleaching?

Teeth whitening is one of the most common and affordable cosmetic dentistry services that individuals opt for if they want to improve their smile. A white, bright, and healthy smile can help boost your confidence. Teeth whitening process is also quick and safe. There are many teeth whitening treatment options available, however, for a long-lasting brighter smile, it is best to seek professional dental help. In the below article, we have covered the causes of tooth discolouration, reasons to whiten your teeth, and the various teeth whitening options. Thus, without further ado, let’s get started.

A] What Causes Tooth Discolouration?

While tooth discolouration is a natural process associated with ageing, there are several lifestyle and biological factors that can cause it. As you age, your teeth start to turn yellow naturally and the teeth enamel starts to wear-off exposing the dentine underneath. Your teeth may also turn darker or develop white spots in a few places.

Apart from age-related tooth discolouration, other reasons for tooth stain and discolouration might be:

  • Intrinsic – Caused due to the accumulation of tartar and plaque, poor oral hygiene, genetics, etc.
  • Extrinsic – The discolouration of the tooth may be caused due to external factors such as smoking, consumption of sugary-sweeten beverages, tea/coffee, red wine, trauma to teeth, excessive use of fluoride, medication, dental amalgam restorations, etc.

#Tooth Discolouration by Colour

The colour of your teeth may also help point out the cause. White to yellowish-white is considered the normal tooth colour, anything else may require teeth whitening service.

  • Yellow: As mentioned above, yellow teeth is a sign of ageing, wherein the enamel wears-off over time making your dentine more visible.
  • White spots: Also known as Fluorosis, this is caused due to excessive fluoride either from drinking water or fluoride rinses or toothpaste.
  • Black: Smoking can turn our teeth black. Your teeth may also turn greyish or black due to tooth decay or tooth pulp necrosis.
  • Brown: Tobacco is the main culprit that can turn your teeth brown.Tea/coffee and poor brushing habits are a few of the other reasons for teeth turning brown.
  • Purple: Individuals who consume red wine regularly are prone to have a purple undertone to their teeth.

No matter what the cause of tooth discolouration is, professional teeth whitening dental clinic in Sunshine Coast can safely reverse it by offering effective treatments depending on the cause.

B] Reasons for Whitening Your Teeth

  • To Remove Stains: One of the primary reasons why individuals opt for teeth whitening and bleaching service is to remove stains on the teeth that are caused by smoking, tea, coffee, soda, wine, among others.
  • Improve Oral Hygiene: To maintain the perfect smile post teeth whitening service, individuals have to practice good oral hygiene – brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist every six months, which will result in improved oral health and hygiene.
  • Aids in Smoking Cessation: Teeth whitening can be a great incentive for those trying to quit smoking as you wouldn’t want to get your teeth stained again.
  • Ageing Teeth: To maintain a beautiful smile and offset the effects of ageing, teeth whitening/bleaching is the best option.
  • Boost Self-confidence: Brighter and whiter smile makes you feel happier and younger, which helps boost confidence.
  • Non-surgical: Teeth whitening process is relatively pain and risk-free and doesn’t require any surgery. During the consultation, your dentist will recommend different treatment options depending on the severity of the discolouration.
  • Inexpensive: Compared to other cosmetic procedures, teeth whitening services are relatively inexpensive. Contact us for more information.

C] DIY Whitening Kits vs Professional Teeth Whitening Service

When it comes to teeth whitening and bleaching process there are several options available, popular among them is over-the-counter home bleaching products for teeth and DIY whitening kits.

However, compared to professional teeth whitening service, DIY bleaching kits offer short-term results. Over time, the high percentage of chemicals in DIY kits can damage your tooth enamel and expose the dentine underneath leading to more wear and tear. Also, over-the-counter bleaching products can cause gum burns, gum irritation, and can be generally harmful to your health.

In contrast, by opting for a professional teeth whitening service, you are assured of a risk-free and safe treatment that offers long-lasting results. Thus, even though DIY kits for teeth whitening are readily available, for a safe treatment, choose an experienced dentist in Sunshine Coast.

D] Teeth Whitening Services in Sunshine Coast

  • At-Home Teeth Whitening Service

For at-home teeth whitening, the dentist makes custom-fit trays which includes whitening strips & gels, tray-based tooth bleaching systems or tooth whitening toothpaste. Depending on the level of tooth discolouration, you will have to wear the tray for an hour or a day as recommended by the dentist. Note, however, that for getting the best result, following the instructions given by the dentist is of utmost importance.

  • In-Office Teeth Whitening Service

For a quick and efficient teeth whitening process, opt for an in-office teeth whitening service provided by a trained dentist. An experienced dentist can carry out this procedure safely; unlike beauty salons, who neither have trained staff nor the necessary equipment.

Here, you have the option of whitening the entire mouth or a few teeth. Also, this option is recommended for individuals who have receding gums or abfraction lesions. What’s more, the result from in-office teeth whitening also last longer, and the entire process may not take more than an hour (or a few visits).

FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

Why get your teeth whitened?

One of the reasons to get your teeth whitened is to improve your dental health and smile. Teeth whitening can help boost your confidence and self-esteem. Professional tooth whitening service is also effective & affordable and makes use of safe bleaching agents to lighten your teeth.

Can whitening/bleaching work on all teeth?

Since your tooth may be discoloured due to various reasons, the dentist will examine your teeth to determine the cause of tooth discolouration before deciding whether or not you require teeth whitening service. The examination will also help the dentist discover if you need any other dental treatment before the bleaching process.

What is the right age to bleach my teeth?

There is no right age as such to bleach your teeth. The dentist will take into consideration varied factors – dental history, cause/degree of discolouration before suggesting the best possible treatment.

What can I do for teeth sensitive during/after the whitening process?

Sensitivity to both hot and cold is the most common side-effect of the teeth whitening process. Your dentist will recommend certain toothpaste and other professional products that can help you to effectively manage tooth sensitivity during and after the bleaching process. This will help minimise any side-effects.

What steps can I take to ensure that the result lasts?

Maintaining good oral hygiene is the first step that’ll ensure the results last. What you eat also affects your dental health after the teeth whitening process, so avoid excessive tea, coffee and alcoholic beverages. Additionally, to improve dental and oral health include these best foods in your diet. Plus, consider tooth bleaching touch-up once a year and make sure to visit the dentist every six months for a dental checkup to achieve optimal oral health.

How much does teeth whitening cost in Sunshine Coast?

While teeth whitening cost in Sunshine Coast can be anywhere between $750-$1000, at Oris Dental, our teeth whitening service cost anywhere between $450 to $700 depending on the extent of tooth discolouration.

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Adarsh (Principal Dentist)


Adarsh (A-Dash) is the principal dentist at Oris Dental. Adarsh graduated as a dentist in 1996 from the University of Mumbai (Bombay, India). He entered private practice as an assistant dentist in one of the leading practices in Mumbai from 1996-2002. The practice offered all aspects of dentistry with the exception of Orthodontics. This prompted Adarsh to pursue a post graduate degree in Orthodontics and successfully completed the 3 year Full time the master’s program from University of Mumbai (Bombay, India) in 2005. Since then, Adarsh has been in private practice both as a general dentist and an orthodontist. He also served as teaching faculty at University in Mumbai for 3 yrs and when in India, he has been ‘the dentist’ to many dentists!! In 2008, Adarsh took the Australian Dental Council exam for direct recognition of his skill in Australia. He successfully completed the exams in the first attempt and moved to Australia early 2009. He has been in private practice in Australia since Jan 2009. Oris Dental was set up in Minyama in 2011. Oris Dental is now over 8 years old and is growing to be a well-respected practice in the area. He is particularly interested in Cosmetic dentistry Dental implants and Orthodontics. Adarsh hopes to use all the experience he has gained in the past 22 years, to offer the best in dentistry to all his patients in this practice. Adarsh believes in spreading smiles and has successfully designed smiles and in doing so improved the lives and self-confidence of many Sunshine Coast locals (Take a look at our Smile gallery!). Adarsh is an active member of the Australian Dental Association since 2009 He held the post of Senior Lecturer in Orthodontics in Mumbai University before moving to Australia. He is a Life member of the Indian Dental Association, serving as the General Secretary of the Association (Mumbai City Chapter) 2007-2009 He is Life member of the Indian Orthodontic Society. He is Candidate for Membership Examination MRACDS (Ortho) and plans to complete his membership exams soon. Adarsh is also currently pursuing his Diploma in Implant dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons(Edinburgh). Adarsh has recently complete intensive training in implant placement and restoration in Neoss and TRI (Swiss) Implant system. He is married to Prachi for 15yrs and they have a 11 yr old son – Aarjav, a little daughter Aria who has just started prep and Daisy the mad Lab pup! He is currently learning to play Tennis and Badminton and loves watching the cricket!

Prachi (Owner/ Dentist)


Prachi is the director, part time dentist at Oris Dental. Prachi graduated in 2002 from Nair hospital dental college, Mumbai (Bombay, India), one of the leading dental schools in Asia. She then worked in multiple private practices across Mumbai (Bombay, India). While working as a dentist in various practices she picked up the positives from them and implemented them into this practice at Oris Dental. She is very friendly by nature and is particularly good at handling children, preventive dentistry and hygiene. Prachi moved to Australia in 2009. Prachi has there on completed her Australian Dental council exams successfully in early 2011 and is now ready to bring in her 12 years of experience to Oris Dental. Prachi also serves as a part time dentist at the Oral Health Services Sunshine Coast in Caloundra Kawana and Nambour as needed.

Davina (Dentist)


Davina has been a part of our family since 2014. After completing her bachelor’s degree from the University of Queensland, Davina has been in private practice in an around the Sunshine coast for a year before joining us full time. Davina shows exemplary skills in building a great relationship and rapport with her patients and is well regarded by her peers. Davina is very highly regarded by her current patients. Davina currently works 3 days a week.

Lise Slack (Dental Hygienist)

Lise Stack

Our dental hygienist Lise Slack is a trained member of the dental team who works together with your dentist in preventing gum diseases and dental decay.

Lise joined OrisDental in 2015 and has worked extensively in private specialist practices. She graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa in 1982 and has had specific training and exposure to an extensive range of periodontal conditions and treatment modalities.

Lise’s dad was a professor in dentistry and this is where her love of teeth comes from. She has invented two specialist oral care products which are available in Australia and several international countries. Lise has also lectured at international dental conferences on the maintenance of dental implants and how to help patients care for their teeth once they have contracted periodontitis.

Both adults and children can benefit from having an appointment with a dental hygienist as they are taught how dental diseases occur and how it can be prevented or managed.

Lise is married to Sam and they have two daughters. They value their family time and love adventurous outdoor sports.

Jesse (Dental Assistant)

Jesse (Dental Assistant)

Jess has been a part of Oris Dental from the outset in 2011. Always cheerful and welcoming Jess is the star amongst our patients at our practice. If you cannot find Jess in the practice she will be at the beach!


Kaela (Receptionist)

Debra (Receptionist)

Kaela arrived at our practice in early 2021. Coming from eight years of retail experience in Northern NSW, she loves working with people and assisting in any way she can. Kaela has also just finished her training as a dental assistant. You will immediately fall in love with her happy, bubbly personality.

Abby (Sr. Dental Assistant)

Abby (Dental Assistant)

Abby is originally from Hervey Bay, but she has been calling the Sunshine Coast home with her husband and two kids for the past four and a half years. Abby completed her cert III in dental assisting in 2015 and is looking to further her studies In the near future. Abby enjoys camping, playing guitar, and travelling
the world with her family.

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    Dr. Param Dass

    Dr. Param Dass

    Param Dass graduated with a Bachelor in Dentistry from the University of Otago, NZ in 2005. He went on to complete his Bachelor in Medicine from the University of Auckland NZ in 2010.

    Param started working part time in our practice since 2015 with special interest in surgical procedures including Dental implants and bone grafting procedures, Surgical extractions including Wisdom teeth and other minor surgical procedures.

    Param is well known for being gentle and caring in treating patients with dental anxiety and maintains a calm demeanour.

    He is also well trained in working with patients with various levels of anxiety, offering dental treatment under Happy Gas, Twilight sedation or under Full general anaesthetic.

    Dr. Brayden Fracchia

    Dr. Brayden Fracchia

    Brayden hails from North Queensland, having completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery at JCU Cairns, practicing in Hobart and outreach dentistry from Mount Isa over the course of his studies. He has worked with us since 2020. Brayden enjoys becoming a part of a community and enjoys the outdoors and sport in his spare
    time. Having only recently moved to the beautiful Sunshine Coast, Brayden is enthusiastic and well versed in all aspects of basic general dentistry and looks forward to bringing North Queensland hospitality to the South East.



    Briar stated off as a trainee dental assistant in our practice mid-2020. She is the youngest member of our practice and is rapidly becoming an integral part of team Oris. Briar completed her Certificate 3 in our practice in 2021 and works full time Dental assistant at Oris Dental.



    Drew is Oris Dental’ newest member, who has only recently moved from his hometown of Rockhampton. He is our Oral Health Therapist, who specializes in oral health education, general check-ups, fillings and more!
    He loves a good chat and a laugh at work. He prioritizes patient’s comfort and likes to encourage an environment where everyone feels a sense of security and safety in the dental setting. When Drew isn’t at work you’ll find him having a refreshing swim at the beach or having his usual dirty chai at his local cafe.



    Jasmine joined our practice in November 2021 and works with our Oral Health Therapist Drew. Jasmine is new to dental assistance, however is quickly taking on any and all challenges that come her way! She loves animals, and spending quality time with her husband and two kids. Welcome to the team!



    Brooke is originally from Brisbane but has been living on the coast since 2017. She brings over 15 years of experience in the dental industry and has had the opportunity to work in London and Melbourne for the Royal Flying Doctors. Brooke enjoys surfing, scuba diving and exploring the many things that the Sunny Coast has to offer.