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COSMETIC DENTISTRY

Teeth whitening

Thorough cleaning by a dentist or hygienist will remove most external staining caused by food and smoking. Stains within the tooth itself can be professionally whitened.

Whitening (bleaching) can be done either in a dentist's office or at home. It is safe and generally effective. It involves wearing a very light, transparent plastic tray that your dentist moulds to your teeth. The tray holds a bleaching agent, usually hydrogen peroxide. The process takes 10 days to two weeks. Your dentist will guide you. The process is a little more effective with younger people. It is a good idea to check with your dentist before beginning any whitening procedure.

Methods

There are four main tooth-whitening methods, and the stronger the bleach, the greater the need for supervised application and the quicker the process:

Toothpaste for surface stains.
Bleach trays with home-use peroxide gel these are popular and moderately priced.
Bleaching with stronger peroxide applied in bleach trays under your dentist's supervision.
Very strong bleach gels under very controlled conditions, sometimes accelerated with a light or laser source.

There are some disadvantages to whitening. All teeth may not bleach evenly; it may be necessary to replace some white fillings after treatment as they no longer match the colour of the teeth; bleaching may not be suitable if you have sensitive or worn teeth or gum disease; the hydrogen peroxide may cause short-term gum irritation.

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Whitening Q&A

Q. Is it a good idea to use whitening toothpaste?
A. Whitening toothpastes can effectively remove new surface stains that develop from coffee or tea, tobacco or plaque build-up. They help keep your newly whitened teeth that way longer. All whitening methods provide only cosmetic benefits, so the choice of whether or not to use them is a personal one.


Q. What about whitening gels?
A. Whitening gels contain peroxide-based formulas and work by removing surface stains as well as stains within your teeth. You are likely to see a more noticeable change in your tooth colour with a whitening gel than with a whitening toothpaste alone.


Q. Is it okay to use a whitening system if I've got gum recession?
A. Yes, but some sensitivity may occur and a desensitiser may need to be applied. Your dentist can advise.


Q. If I use whitener and have crowns will they whiten like my real teeth or will there be a colour difference?
A. Only teeth will whiten crowns will not change colour as they are ceramic.

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ZOOM 2 ! Tooth Whitening

Your smile is important. It's one of the first things you notice when you meet someone. A whiter, brighter smile is beautiful - it can help you feel better about yourself and make a memorable impression
Your lifestyle and the aging process can stain and darken your teeth. Many things we do on a regular basis can contribute to stained teeth, such as drinking coffee, tea, cola and red wine or smoking.

Whitening can get your smile looking its best. Non-professional procedures and clinically unproven teeth whitening tips can often lead to unsatisfactory results, you should look for a whitening procedure that is:

- Fast and convenient
- Long lasting
- Low sensitivity
- Proven to be safe and effective
- Performed by a Dental Professional

Using a special light with a whitening gel, this is an in-office bleaching system. It is often followed up with an at-home bleaching kit if needed.

The translucent bleaching gel is applied to the teeth and a specail activating light source is used to activate the crystals to absorb the energy from the light and penetrate the teeth enamel to increase the lightening effect on the teeth. The length of time in the cosmetic dentist's chair depends on the degree of discoloration you have, but two hours is common.

Advantage: One visit is usually all it takes for a bright smile.

Disadvantage: The sudden change of color is likely to be noticed by those around you immediately.


How white will my teeth get?

In clinical studies, ZOOM! has been able to achieve over 8+ shades whiter on average. Your results of course will vary as your starting point maybe different and everyone's teeth respond a little differently, but in virtually all cases, the results are dramatic. Ultimately, the goal will be to achieve your optimum, natural whiteness. During the consultation, the dentist will go over what you personally can expect for your individual situation. Severe discoloration can be treated and yield good results in many instances. However, the more difficult cases can sometimes require a more lengthy treatment than the standard one-hour treatment.

 

Is it safe?

Yes. The ZOOM! procedure will not soften enamel, weaken existing fillings or remove a layer from the tooth.

The primary ingredient in the ZOOM's gel is hydrogen peroxide, which has been safely used in teeth whitening for over 100 years and is recognized as an effective whitening ingredient by the dental community. The percentage of hydrogen peroxide used in ZOOM's proprietary gel is much lower than other whitening gels that often contain 35%-50% hydrogen peroxide.

Will it hurt?

The majority of our clients experience no pain or sensitivity after the ZOOM! Professional Teeth Whitening treatment. A very small percentage of customers may experience a minor dull "ache" following the procedure. Taking some sort of analgesic (pain-killer) almost always resolves the feeling. It is best to avoid very hot or very cold drinks for the first 24 hours if there is any tooth sensitivity.

 

How long does it last?

The long-term results depend primarily on the individual. Certain habits, such as the use of tobacco products, drinking a lot of coffee, tea, dark soft drinks, and infrequent visits to the dentist for regular cleanings, etc., can work against the results. Regular professional care and use of the ZOOM! Home Maintenance Kit will help maintain the ZOOM! Some people may prefer to do the ZOOM! whitening treatment more frequently.

How does it work?

We will first examine your teeth and gums for good oral health. Next as you relax in the chair, our proprietary whitening gel is applied to your teeth and the ZOOM! light will be positioned over your teeth to activate the gel. As you listen to music or nap, your teeth will lighten to their optimum, natural whiteness in about an hour.

 

How much does it cost?

We are currenty running a Zoom 2! Teeth Whitening Promotion!

For $950.00 You will receive

- A COMPLIMENTARY TEETH CLEAN,
- A 1 HOUR IN CHAIR ZOOM2 TEETH WHITENING
- A ZOOM 2 TAKE HOME KIT.


Is this procedure for everyone?

Virtually everyone wanting to lighten his or her teeth can benefit from using ZOOM! - including people with severe food, coffee, tobacco or tetracycline stains. The dental examination by the dentist will determine if you are a good candidate for whitening at the time of your free consultation. If the dentist uncovers a condition that would delay whitening, you will be treated for your primary condition.

How old do you have to be?

Currently, the minimum age is 16 years old. However, we are researching a product for teens which should be available later this year.

Will the procedure whiten my existing crowns / veneers / bonds, etc.?


The ZOOM! Professional Teeth Whitening treatment has been successful at removing stains from crowns (caps), veneers or bonded teeth. However, a whitening treatment in general cannot change the colour of the caps, veneers or bonds. We recommend that you discuss your situation to determine what you can expect.


Can I have this done if I am pregnant?

While there are no known constraints for pregnant women, some may experience gum sensitivity. Pregnant women may wish to defer having the procedure until after pregnancy.


How can I maintain my new white teeth?

We recommend the following to maintain your new Smile:
Brush your teeth twice daily or after each meal; floss daily
Use a soft bristle toothbrush
Visit your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups (recommendation: every 6 months)

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