Tooth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the colour of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.
Having white teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients. There are a number of ways to whiten teeth. The most popular method is using a home tooth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically. Since tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to consider replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.
Tooth whitening is not permanent. A touch up maybe needed after a year or so, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.
Reasons for tooth 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 tooth whitening involve?
This type of 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.
Zoom Teeth Whitening
Consumption of certain foods and beverages such as tea, coffee, colas, and red wine can lead to staining and discoloration of the teeth over time. Medications and ageing can worsen the condition. Zoom teeth whitening is a bleaching procedure for your teeth developed to considerably lighten discolored teeth and restore your beautiful smile.
Before the procedure, it is advisable to go for a thorough oral checkup. Your dentist will then determine if you can undergo the treatment. On the tooth whitening appointment day, as a first step, your dentist will cover your lips and gums, so that they are adequately protected. Then, tooth whitening gel containing hydrogen peroxide will be carefully applied, on to your teeth. Your teeth would then be exposed to a Zoom lamp for a total of 45 minutes in three intervals of 15 minute duration each. The light from the Zoom lamp breaks down the hydrogen peroxide in the gel releasing oxygen which bleaches away any stains.
The side effects are mild and temporary. You may experience increased sensitivity to cold during treatment, which may last up to either 1 day or a maximum of 3 days following treatment.
Make it a habit to brush and floss your teeth twice daily to get maximum benefit out of the tooth whitening procedure. For occasional touch ups, your doctor may also provide you with a Day White or Nite-White at-home tooth whitening kit.