Teeth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.
Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth. One popular method is using a home teeth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically. Since teeth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.
A tooth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up maybe needed every year, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea or wine.
Reasons for teeth whitening
- Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).
- Normal wear of outer tooth layer.
- Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.).
- Yellow, brown stained teeth.
What does a tooth whitening involve?
Philips Zoom® gives you the radiant results you want with a variety of whitening options to fit your lifestyle.
At home a tooth whitening usually requires two visits. At the first appointment, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear plastic, trays. At your second appointment, you will try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments will be made if necessary. The trays are worn with special whitening solution either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a couple of weeks depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening. It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching.
You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.
The Zoom! In-Office Whitening System is a revolutionary tooth whitening procedure. It’s safe, effective and very fast. In just over an hour, your teeth can be dramatically whiter.
The Zoom! In-Office Whitening System is ideal for anyone looking for immediate results. The convenience of this whitening option in comparison to days of wearing trays and gradual whitening makes it the perfect choice for the busy patient.
The Zoom! In-Office Whitening System light activated gel was developed after years of research. The gel is a scientifically formulated, pH balanced Hydrogen Peroxide that, when activated by the Zoom! light, gently penetrates the teeth to remove deep stains and discoloration. Proper care and an occasional touch-up at home will help maintain your whiter smile.