Why would you want your teeth whitened?
Having white teeth is now the main aesthetic wish of most patients. It is a simple and non-invasive dental treatment which can really enhance the beauty of your smile.
Why do teeth get discoloured or yellowish?
Fluorosis (excessive ingestion of fluoride during tooth development)
Drinking dark colour liquids (e.g. cola, red wine, tea and coffee)
Normal wear of outer tooth layer
If you research which tooth whitening products are on the market, you will find hundreds! These include special bleaching toothpaste, whitening gels and take-home strips.
US Dental Care recommend two options when you want to whiten your teeth:
1. Home kit to use over a period of time:
2. Treatment using ZOOM which takes place at the dentist surgery.
What happens with the home kit version?
This type of tooth whitening usually requires 2 visits to your dentist.
At your first appointment, molds will be made of your teeth so the technical team can make clear plastic trays.
At your second appointment, you will try on the trays for a proper fit and, if necessary, adjustments will be made.
You will wear the trays with whitening solution either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a few weeks - depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening. Your teeth may feel quite sensitive whilst you are undergoing this procedure but that shouldn’t last for long.
What is so good about ZOOM?
Your self confidence could be improved just by having a beautiful white smile.
Many of our clients are now choosing the Zoom Chairside Whitening System for safe and fast teeth whitening.
The Zoom system combines the newest advances of technology. This ensures that the bleaching is painless and you will be delighted with the results.
Treatment is fast
All the teeth are treated at the same time
Not so painful for sensitive teeth
Longer lasting results
Zoom removes stains on crowns, veneers and other restorations
The procedure is safe
You can be confident that the treatment is carried out by an experienced professional.
Your doctor will discuss the procedure with you prior to treatment and you can ask any questions or voice any concerns you may have.
We do not recommend this treatment if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
How does Zoom work?
Zoom will whiten your teeth as it is a bleaching procedure.
Zoom lightens the dentin and enamel of the teeth as 25% of the gel is made up of hydrogen peroxide. When the gel touches the teeth, the peroxide component breaks down into tiny oxygen bubbles which work on removing stains.
A mercury metal halide lamp activates the gel and speeds up the whitening process.
There is an infrared filter on the lamp which reduces the heat as well as sensitivity on the surface of the teeth during treatment.
It is reassuring to know that the structure of your teeth are not damaged at all during or after treatment.
The results are different from person to person and depends of course on the condition of the teeth to begin with.
Your dentist will tell you what you can expect.
You need to be aware that ZOOM is only applied to healthy teeth and gums so you will need to have a check up before booking treatment to ensure your teeth and gums are in good condition.
What happens during treatment?
Your doctor will explain what will happen during the procedure.
You will receive a deep cleaning on the day of treatment so your teeth are nice and clean.
You will wear special glasses to protect your eyes from the light and also splashguards to protect your clothes from the bleach.
The step by step procedure is as follows:
Cheek pads will be used to expose all areas of your teeth
Your gums will be painted or covered to reduced their sensitivity
Your dentist will apply the gel to your teeth
The gel will then be activated by the halide light and it is able to work on all the teeth simultaneously
The gel will be removed and you will rinse out your mouth after 15 minutes - this will happen 3 times.
Final removal of gel and rinsing
What happens after treatment?
To prevent a repeat of discolouration, your dentist will recommend you give special care and attention to your teeth by flossing once a day and clean thoroughly with an antisensitive toothpaste twice a day. It may be necessary to have additional treatment with Zoom Weekender. The post-treatment action will ensure that your smile stays bright and white for a long time.
Your dentist will be happy to discuss Zoom teeth whitening with you