Unleash a whiter, healthy smile with Dentata Charta!
There’s no denying that having a glittering, healthy smile is the best way to make that first impression and gives us all that extra boost of confidence. While we can’t guarantee that a brighter smile will improve your career goals, we are often told by our patients that our whitening treatment not only supercharged their self-confidence but allowed them to be more focused on the goal, getting that job!
But what is Zoom Whitening?
With Philips Zoom!, you can choose from in-practice or take-home professional whitening treatments that are tailored to you by your dentist. Whether you have a special occasion or simply want to reduce discoloration and stains, Philips Zoom! gives you professional results with little or no sensitivity.
Zoom is a bleaching process widely used throughout the country and around the world to lighten discoloration of enamel and dentin. Tooth discoloration may result from drinking coffee, tea, cola and red wine; or from smoking. The aging process also can stain and darken your teeth. The Zoom in-office tooth whitening procedure uses the Zoom Advanced Power Chairside Lamp – said to accelerate the bleaching process – to activate the 25 percent hydrogen peroxide whitening. As the hydrogen peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin to bleach the stained substances, leaving the structure of the tooth unchanged.
The Zoom Procedure
The complete procedure normally takes no longer than an hour, but a regular teeth cleaning is recommended prior to the actual Zoom teeth whitening session. The procedure begins with a short preparation to cover the lips and gums, leaving the teeth exposed. Dr Viljoen or one of our dentists then applies the Zoom hydrogen peroxide whitening gel, which works together with the Zoom light to penetrate the teeth and break up the stains and discoloration. The gel remains in place for 15 minutes while the light is activated. During this time, you can relax, watch TV or listen to music.
The gel is applied for three 15-minute sessions of light activation, for a total treatment time of 45 minutes. Individuals with a strong gag reflex or anxiety may have difficulty undergoing the entire procedure. Immediately afterwards, a sensitivity-reducing fluoride paste-gel is applied to the teeth.
Aftercare: Maintaining Whitening Effects
You will be given a Zoom home-use touch-up kit that includes custom-fitted whitening trays. Follow our dentist’s instructions for when and how to use this touch-up kit.
To help maintain the whitening effects of your treatment, our dentist may advise you to avoid certain foods and beverages, or consume them in moderation to avoid staining your teeth. This includes tea, coffee, red wine, cola, etc.
Sensitivity during treatment may occur occassionally but is not something we often see in our patients or treatments here at Dentata Charta. The Zoom light produces minimal heat, which is sometimes the source of discomfort and also – rarely – sometimes, minor tingling is experienced immediately after the procedure, but always dissipates.
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