Whitening, also known as bleaching, is the procedure used to brighten teeth. ZOOM!® in-office whitening treatment uses a laser to facilitate the whitening process and allows your doctor to customize aspects of the treatment to each individual patient’s needs to provide the best possible results. The most common side effect is tooth and gum sensitivity. Speak with your dentist to find out whether teeth whitening is an appropriate treatment for you and to also ensure that you use the correct concentration of whitening formula to provide the best results with the least possible side effects.
This in-office whitening treatment uses a laser to facilitate the whitening process and allows the dentist to customize aspects of the treatment to each individual patient’s needs to provide the best possible results.
Why Should I Whiten Through My Dentist?
The most common concern is temporary teeth sensitivity, but lots of advances have been made in recent years to help combat this. Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed has adjustable intensity settings to help maximize patient comfort, and 99% of patients experienced little to no sensitivity. And Philips Zoom DayWhite and NiteWhite have a special formula with built-in potassium nitrate and ACP (amorphous calcium phosphate), which are known desensitizers. These special ingredients make your enamel smoother and more lustrous as well. We also recommend that you brush with a sensitivity formula toothpaste like Fluoridex Daily Defense Sensitivity Relief two weeks prior to whitening, and that you take ibuprofen on the day of your treatment.
What Are the Possible Side Effects?
The most common side effect is tooth and gum sensitivity. Your dentist is your best resource to ensure that you are a good candidate for whitening and that you are using the right concentration of whitening formula. Philips Zoom at-home whitening products have two mild desensitizing agents, potassium nitrate and Amorphous Calcium Phosphate (ACP), to minimize tooth sensitivity.
What Kind of Results Should I Expect?
While results vary from person to person, your smile will be noticeably whiter with Philips Zoom. With Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed, you can get up to eight shades whiter teeth in one 45-minute office visit. Philips Zoom DayWhite and NiteWhite offer a dramatically whiter smile in one to two weeks. And unlike over-the-counter options, your dentist will work hand in hand with you until you’re completely satisfied with your results.
How Long Will My Whitening Results Last?
That’s all dependent on your genetics and habits, but generally around a year. Drinking staining foods or beverages and smoking can limit your results, but you can easily keep your smile shining between treatments with the Zoom Whitening Pen. And brushing with a whitening toothbrush like Philips Sonicare DiamondClean can help maintain your results.
KöR™ Whitening offers a full line of systems that offer longer lasting, superior whitening with less sensitivity. Using a proprietary Dual-Activated™, Tri-Barrel Hydremide® Peroxide formulation, combined with unique KöR-Seal™ trays, KöR™ Whitening can offer up to 6 or more hours of active whitening from a treatment, compared with the approximate 30 minutes of whitening provided by other traditional bleaching systems. KöR™ Whitening is also the first whitening company to keep their products continuous refrigerated from the moment of manufacture until they are delivered at your dental office, which reduces degradation of the product and improves overall effectiveness.
Take Home Whitening
Take home whitening requires an impression of the teeth to be taken to make a customized mouth guard to hold the whitening gel, containing carbide peroxide, against the teeth. Once the mouth guard is made, it is worn for a period of time, as instructed by our office. The amount of time may vary from a couple hours a day, or all night, to up to four weeks or longer, if desired.