How does Zoom in-chair teeth whitening work?
The Phillips Zoom WhiteSpeed is at the cutting edge of teeth whitening technology. It combines a patented whitening gel with a unique blue LED lamp to boost the brightness of your smile by up to eight times.
It specifically targets stains marring the surface of teeth as a result of red wine, cigarettes, tea and coffee.
What does the process involve?
Before we do any teeth whitening, we’ll sit down with you for a consultation and examine your dental health and oral hygiene. We use this initial consultation to determine your suitability for in-chair teeth whitening and discuss your desires and expectations. We’re all different and our teeth are unique, so treatment plans can differ.
Part of determining the most appropriate plan for you is analysing your current tooth shade and matching it to the corresponding shade on the Zoom colour scale. With your desired tooth colour in mind, we then design your treatment process and book you in.
The first thing we do is protect your gums, cheek, tongue and lips with a rubber appliance and gauze seals. This stops the bleach solution from moving off your teeth onto sensitive areas that might be damaged by contact with the hydrogen peroxide.
The next step involves the application of a layer of Zoom’s hydrogen peroxide bleaching gel. This patented gel penetrates deep into the enamel and works to break down the molecular bonds of the stain so it can be lifted from the tooth’s surface.
The Zoom WhiteSpeed Whitening LED light is then shone on the gel to speed up the whitening process. The LED light has variable settings that allow us to control how much light is emitted and therefore ensure you have a comfortable experience.
The process takes around 45 minutes, at the end of which we’ll apply a gel that protects enamel and reduces sensitivity.
After the in-chair teeth whitening treatment
To boost the whiteness of your teeth and ensure the longevity of the treatment, you’ll be given a customised take-home whitening kit. This allows you to top-up your smile’s brightness whenever you want.
How long will the results last?
How long the teeth whitening lasts depends on several factors, including your diet, medications and whether or not you smoke. It can also depend on your particular discolouration; generally, those with yellow coloured teeth see better results than those with brown or grey teeth.
As a rule of thumb, you can expect the results of your in-chair teeth whitening treatment to last between one and three years.
What are the side effects of teeth whitening?
Most concerns with teeth whitening side effects stem from improper use of over-the-counter kits. If directions aren’t followed closely, bleach can touch sensitive areas in the mouth, such as the gums, cheeks and lips, and cause itching, redness and pain.
That’s why in-chair teeth whitening is so highly recommended. It’s conducted within the controlled environment of our dental surgery and performed by one of our experienced dentists, with appropriate guards in place to protect your gums and skin.
There is a chance that tooth whitening will cause sensitivity, so if you suffer from sensitive teeth it may not be an appropriate treatment. In this case, you may want to discuss other solutions for discoloured teeth, such as veneers, crowns and dentures.