Teeth whitening is the process of removing stains and discolouration from teeth, and improving their colour through a bleaching process to make them “whiter”. At Cottesloe Dental in Perth, we use the ZOOM! Advance Power procedure for teeth whitening, and we also provide at-home teeth whitening kits.
What does the procedure involve?
During the procedure, the whitening gel is applied to the teeth, and the teeth are exposed to the light from the ZOOM! lamp for a total of three (3-4), 15-minute applications. During the entire process, a plastic retractor is placed inside the mouth to keep it open, and the soft tissues of the mouth (i.e. lips, gums, cheeks and tongue) are covered to ensure that they are not exposed to either the gel or the light. Lip balm (with an SPF rating of 30+) is also applied as needed, and protective eyewear is supplied.
Prior to the ZOOM! teeth whitening treatment, all cavities and leaking fillings need to be filled or restored, and patients with toothbrush abrasion or erosion lesions will need to have those areas covered with a dental dam.
Following the treatment, custom-made take-home trays are supplied to all patients that may be used to improve the initial results. Intermittent use will also maintain the desired tooth shade.
In the first few days following your ZOOM! teeth whitening treatment, your teeth enamel will act like a sponge. To ensure that your whitening results last for as long as possible, it is essential to avoid food and beverages that have the potential to re-stain your teeth. These include, but are not limited to, tea, coffee, red wine and Coke, as well as berries, curries and beetroot. And of course, smoking will also stain the surface of your teeth.
Be sure to use the whitening gel and whitening toothpaste as instructed. While relapses after teeth whitening treatments are natural, they should be very gradual, so avoid exposing your teeth to various staining agents that might accelerate the process.
Is teeth whitening safe?
Yes. Extensive research and clinical studies all indicate that whitening your teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. In fact, many dentists consider whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure available.
The ZOOM! teeth whitening treatment is not recommended for children under 13 years of age, pregnant or lactating women, light sensitive individuals, patients receiving PUVA (Psoralen +UVA radiation) or other photochemotherapeutic drugs or treatments, and patients with melanoma, diabetes or heart conditions. It should be noted that the ZOOM! lamp emits ultraviolet radiation (UVA), and patients taking any drugs that increase photosensitivity should consult their physician before undergoing the ZOOM! teeth whitening treatment.
Cottesloe Dental in Perth is highly experienced in teeth whitening, Backed by over 20 years’ experience, To ensure that your teeth whitening procedure is as safe and smooth as possible, we use only the best materials in all of our services, and an experienced dentist is always on hand to oversee the entire process.
For further information or if you would like to make a booking, please contact us.
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