Teeth whitening is a simple, non-invasive cosmetic dental treatment that can change the color of your natural tooth enamel and enhance the beauty of your smile.
Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth. You’ve probably seen tons of over-the-counter whitening products at your local drug store, from whitening toothpastes to rinses to whitening strips and other types of at-home treatments. However, the single most effective way to whiten teeth is with a professional teeth whitening session in your dentist’s office.
Reasons for tooth whitening:
Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development)
Yellow teeth due to age or normal wear of outer tooth layer
Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.)
Stains from coffee, tea, red wine, or smoking
What does tooth whitening involve?
The ZOOM (PHILIPS) One Hour Smile Whitening Process can be completed in as little as one hour. However, we highly recommend getting a dental cleaning before your teeth whitening. This will add some time to your appointment, but it will enable you to receive even more dramatic whitening results from the treatment.
The first step in the actual whitening process is to apply a protective material to your gums so that the whitening gel will not irritate them. Next, the whitening gel will be applied to your teeth. Then, we will position a special teeth whitening UV light over your teeth to activate the gel and speed the whitening process. This part of the treatment takes 20 to 30 minutes.
After your treatment, you will be given tips about how to keep your smile bright for as long as possible. You may wish to schedule recurring treatments to make sure your teeth are always white.
PROFESSIONAL TOOTH WHITENING CLINIC, HAMILTON
At SPINEL DENTAL, we offer the ZOOM (PHILIPS) One Hours Smile Whitening Process to patients wishing to brighten their teeth and take years off of their appearance. The process is safe and comfortable and the results will be long-lasting, provided you take good care of your teeth and avoid staining agents such as tobacco, coffee, tea, and red wine.
Since teeth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to consider how the presence of any old fillings, crowns, etc. will affect the results of your whitening treatment. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.
HOME BLEACHING TOOTH WHITENING KIT
Opalescence Go is the professional alternative to over-the-counter whitening options. It's a simple, fast, and great-tasting way to start a whitening treatment or for whitening touch-ups. With no impressions or custom trays necessary, Opalescence Go is ready to use right out of the package!
Opalescence tooth whitening gel contains PF (potassium nitrate and fluoride)
No impressions, no models, no lab time
Sleek and comfortable; adapts to any smile
Discreet, clear tray material
10% (wear 30–60 minutes for 5 to 10 days) and 15% (wear 15–20 minutes for 5 to 10 days)
Melon and Mint flavors
Teeth Whitening FAQ
How Long Does It Take?
This depends on the type of treatment you seek and the professional who carries it out. In most instances however, a single whitening treatment takes in the region of 45 to 60 minutes.
Will There Be Any Pain or Sensitivity?
Again…and as is the theme with the whole piece…it depends on both the quality of the treatment carried out and the specifics of the patient in question. For example, if you already have particularly sensitive teeth, it is possible that you will experience heightened sensitivity or discomfort during the treatment process.
How Long Does the Treatment Last?
Exactly how long you can expect the results to last will be determined primarily by your lifestyle. For the average person, quality results by way of a premium whitening treatment will take about a year to fade back to their original shade. This is why many people decide to have the whiteness of their teeth ‘topped-up’ after several months.
Is Professional Teeth Whitening Harmful?
It’s of crucial importance to ensure that you only ever entrust a reliable, reputable and recommended specialist with the process. Handled correctly, there is no reason why professional teeth whitening should be in any way harmful. But at the same time, substandard service providers who use excessively harsh chemicals and outdated techniques could potentially do your teeth more harm than good. Always look into the general status and reputation of any dentist, before committing to any of their treatments.
How Far In Advance Of An Event Should I Whiten My Teeth?
Dentists are often approached by those who are getting married, going on holiday or planning to attend some kind of event where they need their teeth to look their best. In such cases, those concerned often ask how far in advance they should get their teeth whitened. As a rule of thumb, the answer is somewhere in the region of three weeks.
Will the Treatment Whiten Crowns, Veneers Or False Teeth?
Unfortunately, this is just about the only limitation is far as most professional whitening treatments are available. The products used to whiten teeth are designed to be used with teeth and teeth alone. In turn meaning that anything within the mouth that isn’t a natural tooth is unlikely to respond to the treatment.
Is It Necessary To Have My Teeth Polished and Scaled First?
Some dentists recommend undergoing an intensive process of polishing and scaling the teeth, prior to having them whitened. In reality however, this isn’t strictly necessary. If you haven’t had your teeth scaled and whitened for some time, it could be in your best interests to get it done for general health and hygiene reasons.
Can Anyone Not Get Their Teeth Whitened?
Last but not least, there are no known side effects or potential risks of any severity that accompany teeth whitening. As such, just as long as you consult with a reliable and reputable service provider, pretty much anyone represents a candidate for teeth whitening. Nevertheless, those with existing oral health issues, sensitive teeth and gums, recent dental surgery or other general health issues may not be suitable for treatment.
How White Will My Teeth Get?
Just as is the case with every whitening product and kit on the market, results vary significantly from one person to the next. While some come out of their first whitening session with an extraordinarily white smile, others need considerably more treatments to achieve the same results.
POST-OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS FOR ZOOM WHITENING
Congratulations! You have just experienced a revolutionary teeth whitening procedure.
Dark staining substance should be avoided because this is when your teeth are most susceptible to absorbing stain. Anything that can stain a white shirt can stain your teeth.
• Drinks: Coffee, Tea, Red Wine, Cola
• Condiments: Ketchup, Mustard, Red Sauces, Soy Sauce, Steak Sauce
• Food: Berries, Red Meat (Steak or Hamburger)
• Toothpaste: Colored toothpaste (Would suggest using Sensodyne toothpaste)
• Mouth rinse: Colored Mouthwash, Fluoride treatment, Chlorohexidine
Take Home Whitening 3 Days after ZOOM whitening session in office, start the Whitening gels at home
• Please make sure the custom tray is completely dry. Place a small amount of gel on each of the teeth in the custom tray. Use caution not to overload the tray. Insert the tray over the teeth and gently wipe away any excess gel. Do not leave any gel on the gums because this will cause irritation to your gums.
• Wear the bleaching trays with the gel for 2 hours
• Use all the bleaching gel given. This could last from a few days to a week
• If sensitivity is uncomfortable, stop and reduce time and/or frequency of treatment. If too uncomfortable, stop all together.
Things not to do when bleaching tray is in your mouth:
• Do not rinse your mouth, since this may dilute the bleaching agent.
• Do not swallow the whitening gel.
• Never drink, eat, or smoke while wearing your tray.
After completing the daily bleaching session, remove the tray and gently clean it with a toothbrush.
Rinse it completely, and let dry thoroughly before the next session. Excess water in the tray can dilute the gel.
Some patients experience sensitivity such as “zingers” or thermal sensitivity 12 to 24 hours after Zoom!
Whitening and during at home whitening. Here are things you can do to help relieve this sensitivity:
• Place Relief ACP gel on the problem area in the take home trays and seat them over the teethyou could do this before or after the bleaching session.
• Take over the counter pain relievers such as Advil or Tylenol
• Brushing your teeth with Sensodyne toothpaste.
• Drink plenty of water
Opalescence teeth whitening
How does Opalescence gels teeth whitening work?
Working from the inside out, the active ingredients in Opalescence gels penetrate your teeth to break down the discolored molecules deep down in your teeth, removing stains and whitening your smile. Our original, patented formula contains PF (potassium nitrate and fluoride) and is sticky and viscous, so it stays where it’s placed.
Opalescence gels contain an active whitening ingredient (either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide) that penetrates your enamel to get to discolored molecules. Oxygen molecules from the whitening agents react with the discolored molecules in your teeth, breaking the bonds that hold them together. The oxygen molecules spread, whitening the entire tooth. As a result, you are left with a brighter, whiter smile.
Is teeth whitening for everyone?
Teeth whitening is a safe, comfortable way to get a bright, white smile. Results and treatment time may vary depending on the level of staining and whiteness desired. Crowns, bridges, fillings, and veneers will not whiten. We recommend visiting your dentist for a prewhitening consult so that they can help you choose the professional option that best fits your needs.
How long do teeth whitening results last?
Teeth whitening results are very stable, leaving you with a stunning smile long after treatment is over. However, there are a few factors that can make teeth lose their luster. Things like genetics, diet, age, some medications (like tetracycline), and certain habits (like smoking) may affect the length of your whitening results.
Once you've achieved the level of white you want, it is up to you to maintain your bright, white smile. Remember it takes just as long to stain your teeth again as it did in the first place, and good habits and oral hygiene are the best ways to keep your dazzling smile. You may want to use a whitening toothpaste like Opalescence Whitening Toothpastes in order to help maintain your white smile while also increasing your oral health. If you are concerned that your white smile is fading, ask your dentist about a touch-up treatment for a couple of nights once or twice a year to retain your desired shade.
Will teeth whitening cause tooth sensitivity?
Tooth sensitivity is a relatively common side effect of teeth whitening. If sensitivity occurs, it is often temporary and will go away once you've completed the whitening process.
How to manage Whitening Sensitivity?
For some people, teeth whitening can cause sensitivity. Most often, sensitivity is temporary and treatable, so it's important to talk to your dentist before, during, and after your whitening treatment so they can understand and treat your sensitivity issues on an individual basis.
Before you begin any whitening treatment, you should undergo a whitening consultation with your dentist to determine your level of sensitivity and staining. Once your dentist has established your sensitivity level—usually by a touch and air test—they'll be able to determine which whitening treatment will be most comfortable for you while treating the stains appropriately.
If you have a history of sensitivity, your dentist may recommend you take the following steps to help prevent sensitivity during the whitening treatment:
Using a soft-bristle toothbrush, brush your teeth with Opalescence Sensitivity Relief Whitening Toothpaste for 2 weeks.
Remove any acidic beverages and foods from your diet.
Wear a prefilled tray or custom trays filled with UltraEZ (desensitizing gel product) for 30–60 minutes once a day or Opalescence Sensitivity Relief Whitening Toothpaste for 1–2 nights.
Continue to brush with Opalescence Sensitivity Relief Whitening Toothpaste, but brush 30 minutes before you insert your tray, and wait 30 minutes after whitening to brush again.
Begin whitening with a low-concentration Opalescence product, or whichever Opalescence product your dentist recommends.
During Whitening Sensitivity
Some people who do not have a history of sensitivity may develop some level of sensitivity during their whitening treatment. If you develop sensitivity during your whitening treatment, your dentist may suggest additional treatment options:
Reduce concentration of whitening material if possible
Reduce wear time
Change from night wear to day wear
Skip a night or day of whitening
Stop whitening for an extended period of time
Continue or start brushing with Opalescence Sensitivity Relief Whitening Toothpaste
Wear UltraEZ (potassium nitrate and fluoride product) prefilled trays for 30–60 minutes once a day or your custom tray filled with UltraEZ overnight in place of whitening material for 1–2 nights
Switch from one whitening gel to another
If none of these treatments work, your dentist may recommend the whitening process be discontinued.
What is tooth whitening?
Tooth whitening is the removal of stains and discolorations from the enamel and dentin. The outer layer of the tooth is enamel, and beneath the enamel is dentin. Enamel is thin and typically much lighter in color, while dentin is darker in color and makes up the bulk of the tooth. Enamel can be discolored over time simply from age, but also from outside sources like coffee, tea, tobacco, and other foods and beverages.
Can you whiten non-vital teeth?
Yes! Opalescence® Endo is designed specifically to whiten non-vital teeth. Consider talking to your dentist to learn more about the process for whitening a non-vital tooth.
Can I whiten a crown or a filling?
No, only natural tooth structure can be whitened, any crowns or fillings that you have will not react to whitening products. If you have a crown or a filling that is easily visible, you may want to talk to your dentist about different options for improving your smile.
Is there anyone who should not whiten their teeth?
Pregnant women, those with gum disease, worn enamel, cavities, and exposed roots should not whiten their teeth.
Why should I whiten my teeth?
People whiten their teeth for many reasons. You can bring back some of that youthful appearance with a whiter, brighter smile. Do you have a wedding or important day coming up? A whiter smile can help brighten up special occasions. Some people whiten their teeth before a job interview to get that extra boost of confidence that comes with making a great first impression.
According to a recent survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, “close to one in two (48%) people believe that a smile is the most memorable feature after first meeting someone—more so than the first thing a person says (25%).” That same survey also found that “more than a third of respondents view people with a flawed smile to be less attractive (37%) and less confident (25%) than those with perfect teeth.” Smiles make a lasting impression and a bright, white, beautiful smile won’t be forgotten. People seem to agree—nothing beats a beautiful smile!
How long does it take to whiten?
Everyone responds differently to whitening treatments and everyone will whiten at different rates. Some stains are easier to treat than others. Teeth that are yellow or brown are easier to whiten than teeth that are gray/blue. Younger patients typically whiten more quickly than older patients, but every patient is different.
When whitening, keep in mind that your smile looks most natural when the color of your teeth matches the whites of your eyes. Some people want a Hollywood white smile, but that is not a natural color for teeth and few people can actually reach that color of white. Consider consulting with your dentist to help determine the perfect shade of white for you.
How I can use my Opalescence Go?
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