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. You should look for a whitening procedure that is:
Cosmetic Dentistry or Aesthetic Dentistry is quality dentistry that looks na tural and can improve one’s appearance through techniques such as bonding, bleaching, veneers, crowns implants and more. In many instances it can be like “instant orthodontics” in correcting crooked, twisted or misplaced teeth. Dark or misshapen teeth can also be restored. Smiles that lack youthful vigour or beauty can be revitalised and a smile can help one feel better about oneself. A 45 year old male attended our practice complaining of generalised darkly stained teeth. The cause of the discoloration was a combination of the aging process and the fact that he drank coffee, tea and red wine regularly. Intra oral examination revealed that he had no dental decay but he had some calculus on the bottom teeth. A thorough scaling and polishing of his teeth was carried out and the shade of his teeth was noted and compared to the shade guide. Evaluation (before whitening) no cavities (examination ) all fillings, crowns, etc. sealed tightly not recommended during pregnancy or nursing 18 years or older Note about whitening – fillings, veneers, crowns, bonding (i.e. restorative materials) will not whiten An appointment for professional tooth whitening in the dental clinic was given since the patient was not keen to use the home bleaching kit which required wearing the bleaching tray for a two week period, for 2-3 hours per day.
It refers to a technique where a whitener is applied to the teeth by the dentist. This is Zoom!, a bleaching process that lightens discolouration of enamel and dentine. The complete procedure takes around an hour and the procedure begins with a preparation period, followed by 60 minutes of bleaching. A cleaning is recommended prior to the actual whitening session.
Alight whitening gel’s active ingredient, is Hydrogen Peroxide. As the Hydrogen Peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin, bleaching coloured substances, while the structure of the tooth is unchanged. The ‘Zoom!’ Light, aids in activating the hydrogen peroxide and helps it penetrate the surface of the tooth. A study has shown that use of The ‘Zoom!’ Lamp increases the effectiveness of the Gel by 26% or more, giving an average improvement, of up to, eight shades.
During the procedure, patients may comfortably watch television or listen to music.
By following some simple post whitening care instructions, your teeth will always be lighter than they were before. To keep your teeth looking their best, we recommend flossing, brushing twice daily and occasional touch-ups with ‘Zoom!’ ‘Weekender’ or ‘Nite White’ gel. These are professional formula products designed specifically to keep your teeth at their brightest.
Sensitivity during the treatment may occur with some patients. ‘Zoom!’ Light, generates minimal heat, which is the usual source of discomfort. On rare occasions, minor tingling sensations are experienced immediately after the procedure, but always dissipate. We will supply you with anti-sensitivity toothpaste for use, prior to treatment.
Almost anyone! However, treatment may not be as effective for some as it is for others. We will determine if you are a viable candidate for this procedure following a thorough oral examination, including a shade assessment.
Even though the outcome is the same, however with the professional tooth whitening service, the whitening effect is seen immediately and accomplished in just one appointment.
Yes! Extensive research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. In fact, many dentists consider ‘whitening’, as the safest cosmetic dental procedure available