Media bombards people with images of models and celebrities that have sets of gleaming, glistening white teeth. Unfortunately, this look is not something that individuals are born with. Instead, natural teeth tend to be off-white, yellow, or even gray. When someone does not like the look of their teeth, they don’t smile often and can have poor self-confidence. To combat this issue, Great Smile Family Dental offers Philips ZOOM Teeth Whitening in Edmonton.
ZOOM! Teeth Whitening is a quick version of teeth whitening that produces results in less than an hour. The first step is to have the teeth professionally cleaned by a dentist, as this will remove any surface stains or plaque that will affect the whitening process. A gum shield is then applied to protect the soft tissue when the whitening is performed.
To lighten the teeth, a hydrogen peroxide solution is used. Hydrogen peroxide has a natural bleaching effect, and a gel solution can be applied to the teeth to help with brightening. Once the solution is in place, the Zoom Advanced Power Chairside Lamp is used to accelerate the process. This lamp uses a variant of ultraviolet light to break down the hydrogen peroxide. As the chemical is broken, oxygen from the solution seeps into the enamel and dentin and has a whitening effect.
After fifteen minutes, patients are allowed to rest before the process is repeated. The hydrogen peroxide is applied for three fifteen-minute sessions for the best results. Patients are free to read, watch TV, or play on their phones during this time.
Individuals with anxiety or a strong gag reflex might not be able to sit through the treatment, as the mouth must remain open.
Once the teeth are whitened, it’s important to take care of them. Freshly treated teeth are often sensitive to hot and cold food or liquids, so it’s best to stick to neutral substances for the first few days. Patients are also encouraged to avoid foods and drinks with a staining effect, such as coffee, tea, soda, and red wine.
Patients should not consume tobacco products after whitening, as tobacco can yellow the teeth. Regular tooth brushing and flossing is recommended to maintain results.