With Philips Zoom in-office whitening, you can unlock a smile up to 8 shades whiter in just 45 minutes. The added bonus? You get outstanding results with little to no sensitivity.
Frequently Asked Questions about Tooth Whitening:
What is tooth whitening?
Tooth whitening is a well-established procedure in cosmetic dentistry. Furthermore, carbamide peroxide, the active ingredient, has been safely used for many years in the treatment of gums and other oral soft tissue. The whitening process is effective on most discolored teeth. Darker stains, such as those caused by antibiotics may take longer to respond to treatment. The degree of whiteness will vary from patient to patient, depending on the structure of the teeth, number of applications, or the duration of time that the system is used.
What causes tooth discoloration?
There are many causes. The most common include aging, consumption of staining substances (coffee, tea, colas, tobacco), trauma, nerve degeneration, and old restorations. During tooth formation, consumption of tetracycline or excessive fluoride may also cause tooth discoloration.
Are there any side effects?
Some people experience temporary increased tooth sensitivity to cold during the treatment. These symptoms disappear within 1-3 days after interruption or completion of the treatment.
How long do the results last?
The teeth will always be lighter than they once were. However, some patients may need a tooth whitening “touch-up” for 1-2 days, once or twice a year. In order to maintain the whitest tooth shade possible, it is best to avoid substances like coffee, tea, red wine and tobacco.
How long does it take?
Results are usually seen after the first application. Maximum results generally occur when the process is continued for 10-14 days for custom tray kits.
Do you have an in-office whitening system?
YES! The newest method of whitening is our LumaArch system. With this system the peroxide solution is applied to the teeth and activated by a special ultraviolet light. This process takes 2-3, eight-minute cycles to achieve maximum results.
Do Crest Whitening Strips work?
YES! The difference is they can be acquired over the counter, and the solution is a weaker concentration. It takes about 21 days to acquire a color change of one or two shades.