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Teeth Whitening + Zoom
Teeth whitening is one of the most economical ways of enhancing your smile. The cost of braces or dental implants can add up when it comes to enhancing your smile. Plus, the results of braces can take years to be noticeable. Teeth whitening can be done for a relatively low price with many different options and results in a shorter period of time. People can’t seem to get enough teeth whitening, which is why there are so many options available to those who want to achieve a whiter, brighter smile.
Does Teeth Whitening Really Work?
Teeth whitening is used to remove yellow surface stains that are caused from aging, tobacco use, drinking dark soda, tea, coffee or red wine.
Some teeth may have a gray shading that is due to tetracycline or other chemicals. While teeth whitening may help reduce the appearance of the gray shading, it won’t be as dramatic.
In-Office or At-Home Teeth Whitening – Which is Best for You?
If you are thinking about whitening your teeth, the best way to begin is to consult your dentist to decide which teeth-whitening regime will work best for you. Once you make an appointment with your dentist, you can discuss what kind of results you are looking for and what options will help you achieve those results.
Do It Yourself
Do It Yourself (DIY) projects seem to be many patients’ go to idea when it comes to teeth whitening. While these methods may be lower in cost, their level of results contrasts greatly with professional help.
- Paint-On Teeth Whiteners:
Paint-on teeth whiteners are a readily accessible product that can be purchased over the counter. This is generally less expensive (and less effective) than whitening strips or professional options, with results that may leave you less satisfied. They are made of a gel that is applied to each tooth with a small brush. Once the gel is applied to the teeth, it will harden into a film that coats the teeth, and dissolves in the mouth.
- Teeth-Whitening Strips: Thin, flexible plastic (polyethylene) strips are coated with a film of hydrogen peroxide on one side of the whitening strips. You can purchase a whitening strip kit that will come with strips for both the upper teeth and strips for the lower teeth. The strips are applied by placing them across your teeth and gently pressing them into place. By gently pressing them into place, you are ensuring proper contact with all your teeth. Teeth-whitening strips are generally worn twice a day, for 30 minutes each time. Depending on the brand of teeth-whitening strips, the duration of treatment will vary.
- Teeth-Whitening Toothpaste and Mouthwash: Mouthwashes and toothpastes that are designed to whiten teeth tend to be the least expensive option. Both mouthwashes and toothpastes that claim to “whiten” are designed to remove surface stains using mild abrasives. The difference between the materials used in professional procedures and these products is that they do not actually lighten the color or shade of the tooth. Whitening toothpastes affect surface stains and will mildly lighten your teeth.
There are two options when it comes to getting professional help. You can either make an appointment for a quick, in-office whitening procedure or you can try whitening trays at home with supplies provided to you by your dentist.
Tray whitening, also known as tray bleaching, is a type of professional whitening technique that uses custom made trays with whitening gel. These custom trays and high quality whitening gel are only available to patients through a dentist. The whitening gel is placed in the custom-fitted trays that are made to fit perfectly over your teeth. The peroxide in the whitening gel breaks down, allowing hydroxyradicals to help whiten stained teeth. The process generally takes about 10 to 14 days, although results may be seen as early as three to five days.
Unlike over-the-counter whitening strips, tray whitening uses a process that whitens all your natural teeth. The trays may also contain ingredients intended to provide maximum comfort during the whitening process.
In-Office Teeth Whitening with Zoom!
The best line of attack is to get an in-office, whitening procedure when it comes to whitening your teeth. This is performed in a dental office and is a relatively quick process.
We use Philips Zoom to provide the whitest, brightest smiles at Smile Design Studio. This is safe, simple, and one of the fastest ways to achieve your dream smile. The best part is that it is championed by dentists and patients as a pain-free, easy process.
How Does Zoom Work?
The Zoom Chairside Light-Activated Gel is applied to your teeth during the visit. The light greatly accelerates and enhances the whitening process, giving you a much brighter smile than can be achieved through over-the-counter processes. You will see dramatic results in just 45 minutes with the all-new Whitening LED Accelerator. That’s 45 minutes in comparison to the 10 to 14 days of tray whitening.
The gel and light will work together to break up the yellow stains on your teeth. The structure of your teeth will remain completely unchanged. The gel and light applications will be applied three times for 15 minutes. At the end, you will rinse and then you are on your way with a lighter, brighter, and whiter smile. You will be flashing your smile to everybody after you see the dramatic results.
Philips Zoom can whiten your smile up to eight shades lighter!
This Seems Too Good to Be True. Is it Right for Me?
Just about everyone can benefit from a teeth whitening experience. The results can vary depending on the person though. Philips Zoom works best for treating yellow stains that are caused from aging, tobacco use, drinking dark cola, tea, coffee or red wine.
Zoom will not be as effective for gray shading that is caused from tetracycline or other chemicals. You may see improved results, although they will be less dramatic.
A visit to our dental office can help you determine the ideal level of whitening for your unique smile during a personalized shade assessment.
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