Teeth whitening can be done in two ways which we can advise as to which is the appropriate and most effective one for our patients. Zoom whitening is done in office managed by us in a one hour session and is the quickest way to whiten. We do offer home whitening, which works well for more sensitive teeth and—as an adjunct to the in office procedure—to brighten the teeth up for any special event.
Philips ZOOM® Whitening
Philips ZOOM® whitening is a complete tooth whitening system. Philips ZOOM whitening offers safe, effective and fast brightening results, with the added benefit of even greater whitening power and less tooth sensitivity. Philips ZOOM whitening is fast and powerful, brightening teeth by up to eight shades in just 45 minutes with no trays or strips.
Philips ZOOM whitening is an in-office treatment completed in a single visit. During the appointment the dentist will apply a gentle, hydrogen peroxide-based whitening gel to the teeth. The gel is then exposed to a special high-intensity light. After the treatment, teeth will be up to eight or ten shades whiter.
Philips ZOOM whitening also offers companion at-home whitening maintenance products, to maintain the luster and brightness between dentist treatments.
Dentist supervised whitening is one of the safest and most conservative cosmetic dental treatments available. The most common side effect is an increased tooth sensitivity to cold for one to three days after treatment.
Teeth whitening or bleaching products brighten teeth that have been stained or darkened by food, tobacco use, age or injury. There are a variety of in-office and take-home teeth whitening products to reduce or eliminate such stains.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
In-office teeth whitening, also called chairside bleaching, takes place during a series of appointments at a dentist’s office. Advantages of in-office teeth whitening over take-home whitening include:
- Professional supervision
- Safe and simple
- No sensitivity
Take-Home Teeth Whitening Products
Take-home bleaching solutions can help improve the color and overall brightness of teeth. These kits are simpler and less expensive than, and can be just as effective as, in-office treatments. Dentists provide patients with customized impression trays, whitening powder and whitening gel, the use of which improves the appearance of teeth over just a few days.
Over-The-Counter Teeth Whitening Products
Various over-the-counter products, such as whitening toothpastes and bleaching strips, are advertised as being effective teeth-whiteners. However, although based on the same science as professional bleaching, the concentration of effective ingredients tends to be much lower, lengthening treatment time and often not providing the level of whitening desired.
Whitening procedures are effective but not permanent. Depending on the procedure used, whitening may fade over time. Patients are advised to avoid food and drinks that may stain or darken teeth.
In-Office Teeth Whitening Procedures
Types of dental-office whitening procedures may include:
- Professionally Applied Tooth Whitening Products
- Laser Or Light Treatment
- Custom Mouth Tray
In-office teeth whitening comprises a series of one-hour appointments at a dentist’s office. Teeth will be examined and cleaned to make sure there are no cavities, loose fillings, gum problems or other issues that may be exacerbated by the bleaching process. A patient who chooses to use whitening products in combination with at-home treatment may be monitored by the dentist for results.
Whitening procedures are effective but their results are not permanent. Depending on the procedure used, whitening may fade over time. Patients are advised to avoid problem food and drinks that may stain or darken the teeth.