Professional Zoom teeth whitening

80% per cent of patients find their yellow teeth disturbing yet feel daunted to inquire about possibilities of teeth whitening with professionals. 75% per cent will even have tried some teeth whitening method but are largely dissatisfied with the results. We are introducing below the office whitening system used at our clinic called Zoom White Speed.

What actually is Philips Zoom Advanced Power office teeth whitening?

Philips has 20 years’ experience in, and is on the cutting edge of, professional teeth whitening. The teeth whitening system Philips Zoom complies with effective EU legislation since the bleaching gel and the 7th generation White Speed LED lamp were developed in compliance with the same legislation. Teeth whitening is a complex chemical process in which the whitening gel activates on exposure to the blue light emitted by White Speed LED.

May teeth whitening impair my teeth?

No. It is clinically proven that the professional products we use are safe and do not impair teeth.

What are the possible side effects of teeth whitening?

The most common side effect is tooth and gum sensitivity. Our dentists and dental hygienists help minimise any inconvenience incurred.

What influences and brings about tooth discoloration?

  • hereditary factors (congenital enamel dysplasia)
  • oral hygiene routines (plaque and tartar may cause teeth to discolour )
  • lifestyle habits (smoking)
  • nutritional habits (consumption of red wine, coffee, tea, certain fruits, spices, etc.)
  • age (teeth turning yellow with age due to large-scale mineralisation)
  • Discoloration due to medications , e. g. antibiotics taken in childhood ( tetracycline)

How long will the result of my teeth whitening last?

This depends to a great extent on your habits and genetics. Coffee consumption, discolouring food and drink and aging all affect the lifespan of your whitening. In certain cases the result may last for 3 years, but sometimes it may be necessary to repeat whitening every year using a home whitening splint.

Is there any preparation required before teeth whitening?

Prior to teeth whitening patients are advised to book a consultation enabling the dentist to examine the condition of the teeth and to discuss any questions that may arise. Tartar removal is mandatory before each teeth whitening session!

Who are ineligible for, or advised against undergoing, teeth whitening?

  • Pregnant and lactating mothers
  • People with severe systemic diseases (AIDS)
  • Patients oversensitive to light (Psoriasis)
  • Photosensitive patients (following treatment with ciprofloxacin antibiotic)
  • Patients with a severe periodontal disease must have their periodontium first restored before whitening can take place.

Can I use a mouthwash following whitening?

Refrain from using of a mouthwash, if possible. If you want to use a mouthwash anyway, we recommend Elmex Sensitive after whitening.

What kind of toothpaste shall I use after the treatment?

There is no rule, the only criterion being that the toothpaste should be white and contain no colouring agents. In case of tooth sensitivity some „Sensitive” brand of toothpaste is recommended for alleviating inconveniences.

How long does the whitening treatment last?

The treatment, including tartar removal takes approximately 2 hours.

What will happen to me in the dental chair?

A professional tartar removal (or scaling) and polish session precede that of teeth whitening. Following this the lips are held apart by means of an isolation system and the gum around the teeth is carefully covered. The whitening gel is thereafter spread on the outer surface of the teeth. The activation of the gel is then induced by light and the teeth begin to whiten up.

Need I pay attention to anything following treatment?

In order to maximise the results of the treatment it is very important to forgo coloured food and drinks for 3 days following the treatment (such as coffee, tea, red wine, coloured, spicy food). You may furthermore want to abstain from smoking and using coloured toothpastes and mouth rinse.

Can crowns and fillings also be whitened?

No, unfortunately. Whitening can only performed on original teeth, with old crowns and fillings being subject to developing a disturbingly different colour which may require their replacement.

How much time is required post whitening before I can have new fillings done?

At least a 2 week period is required to elapse following whitening before new fillings can be done, since the whitening material may compromise the efficiency of the luting material used with fillings.