Whiter and brighter teeth not only look great, but they can also help you feel more confident about your smile. Teeth whitening is a popular procedure that can be done professionally in a dental office or through do-it-yourself at-home kits. Professional teeth whitening can effectively remove stains caused by cigarette smoking, drinking cola, coffee, tea, red wine, aging and chemical damage to teeth. With the aid of your dental team, the results can be long-lasting and dazzling!
It's important to know the difference between professional teeth whitening and other types of drugstore whitening products. Click here for a comparison.
What are my options?
Zoom In-Chair Whitening: This option includes in-house Zoom whitening at one of our clinic locations. With Zoom in-chair whitening, you can experience the simple, safe and highly effective procedure in the comfort of our practice.
At the procedure, before applying the whitening gel, your dentist will clean and scale your teeth to remove excess plaque and other food particles. A rubber dam will be placed in your mouth to protect your gums and other soft tissues against irritation, and to make sure you don’t swallow the gel. Your dentist will then carefully apply the bleaching gel to the surfaces of your teeth, which is activated by an LED light. The treatment takes about an hour and is carried out in stages, giving your dentist the chance to check its progress and to decide when your teeth have reached the desired shade.
Take Home Zoom Whitening: With consistent use, the take home Zoom product can give you fantastic results! It will begin with two dental office visits. The first to make your custom-made trays, which will allow our whitening product to reach all the individual contours of your teeth. At your second visit 2 days later, you can pick up your custom trays and maintenance instruction pack.
When using an at-home whitening kit it is important to follow the instructions carefully and to visit your dentist regularly so your progress can be properly assessed. Take home whitening is very gradual. It is common for it to take multiple weeks to achieve the desired result and avoiding foods that have high colour content during this time will become critical.
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Which option is best for me?
This really depends on your needs, schedule, and budget. Both options provide great results, but if you experience high levels of tooth sensitivity, take-home kits might be a better option as the levels of peroxide and other bleaching agents are lower. You can also manage how much gel you use and how often you apply the gel. However, if you’re interested in quick results and professional application, in-office whitening is a perfect option because the appointment is relatively quick, and you can be assured that the procedure will be done correctly.
For either option, it is always best to ask your dental care provider first, before starting any kind of whitening treatment. They can help you decide which whitening option is best for you and your teeth.
Is professional teeth whitening harmful to my teeth in any way?
No. Professional teeth whitening products do not compromise the existing structure of your tooth enamel and have been subject to a multitude of studies for more than a decade, proving them to be safe and effective. The key is proper application.
Our dentists know that their top priority is to protect your oral health. Over-the-counter bleaching agents and products can cause harm to the gums and teeth if not applied properly. This is why teeth whitening should be prescribed and supervised by your dentist.
Are there Side Effects?
Your teeth may become sensitive to hot and cold, but this will last from a few days up to a few weeks. Brushing with toothpaste for sensitive teeth can help reduce sensitivity.
Maintaining White Teeth
It is important that you follow the instructions given by your dentist. You can touch up your teeth with supplemental products from your dentist such as Zoom Weekender.
Safety of Zoom Teeth Whitening
Zoom teeth whitening is proven to be very safe. However, this is not recommended for those who are pregnant, lactating, and children below the age of 13.
How can we help? Our dentists can analyze your smile to determine which teeth whitening treatment is best for you. Contact us for your complimentary teeth whitening consultation today.