Many products and techniques are available for patients who want to achieve a brighter smile, and with so many options available, it can be difficult to choose the best method for you. The best way to begin any teeth-whitening regimen is to schedule an appointment and talk to your doctor about the differences between in-office professional whitening and at-home whitening.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
The first professional option is commonly referred to as in-office whitening. This procedure is performed in a dental office. During an appointment, your dental professional will apply a whitening gel to the surface of your teeth. The entire office visit generally takes about 90 minutes, and you will be able to see results immediately.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
Tray bleaching is a type of professional whitening that uses custom-made trays and whitening gel only available through your dentist. The whitening gel is placed in custom-fitted trays that fit perfectly over your teeth. As the peroxide in the gel breaks down, hydroxyradicals help whiten stained teeth. Unlike strips, this process whitens all your natural teeth and may contain ingredients that provide maximum comfort. At-home professional tray whitening generally takes ten to 14 days, although you may notice results in as little as three to five days.
Paint-On Teeth Whiteners
There are many over-the-counter teeth whitening options. One type of readily accessible whitening product is commonly referred to as a “paint-on” teeth whitener. Paint-on whiteners can be purchased over the counter and generally are less expensive and less effective than whitening strips or professional options. These teeth whiteners consist of a gel applied to the tooth using a small brush. Paint-on whitening gel hardens into a film that coats the teeth and dissolves in the mouth. As with any teeth-whitening regimen, it is wise to consult a dental professional before use.
Teeth-whitening strips are thin, flexible plastic (polyethylene) strips with a thin film of hydrogen peroxide on one side. Whitening strip kits come with two types of strips: strips for the upper teeth and strips for the lower teeth. You apply the whitening agent by placing the strips across your teeth and gently pressing the strips to ensure contact with all your teeth. Teeth-whitening strips are typically worn for 30 minutes or twice daily. However, the duration of treatment will vary.
Whitening Toothpaste and Mouthwash
The least expensive options are whitening toothpastes and mouthwash. Designed to have “whitening” capabilities, toothpastes and mouthwashes work to remove surface stains using mild abrasives. However, unlike the materials used in professional whitening procedures, these products do not lighten the actual color shade of the tooth. Instead, whitening toothpastes affect surface stains and will mildly lighten your teeth.
You deserve a bright, confident smile. Professional, in-office teeth whitening with Philips ZOOM is safe, simple, and one of the fastest ways to improve the beauty of your smile. Plus, Philips ZOOM is championed by dentists and patients as a pain-free, easy process.
ZOOM WhiteSpeed Light-Activated Whitening System
The ZOOM Chairside Light-Activated Gel greatly accelerates and enhances the whitening process and delivers the dramatic results you will love. Along with the all-new Whitening LED Accelerator, your teeth can become up to eight shades lighter in just 45 minutes!
The gel and light work together gently to break up the stains on your teeth while keeping your tooth structure unchanged. After just three 15-minute applications in one hour, you rinse, and the treatment is complete, leaving you with a brighter, whiter smile.
Is Philips ZOOM right for you?
Almost anyone can benefit from teeth whitening, though the treatment may not be as effective for some as it is for others. ZOOM achieves the greatest success in treating yellow staining from aging, tobacco, dark cola, tea, coffee, or red wine. If your teeth have gray shading from tetracycline or other chemicals, you may still see improved results, though they may be less dramatic. Your dentist can determine the ideal level of whitening for your smile during your personalized shade assessment.
A beautiful, sparkling smile can give you a whole new outlook on life. If you want to learn more about teeth whitening, please get in touch with our practice to schedule an appointment.