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About teeth whitening
Shiny white teeth are a sign of health and satisfaction. Numerous bad lifestyle habits can cause discolorations of your teeth on a daily basis and should you fail to maintain good oral hygiene, sparkling white teeth will turn yellowish in no time. Teeth whitening is one of the ways in which this process can be reversed and natural color of your teeth can be restored. The results of the procedure will depend on many factors, but firstly and fore mostly on the method applied.
The causes of teeth discoloration
Bad habits are primary cause of teeth discoloration. Coffee, tobacco, red wine, tea, various soft drinks with artificial colors, various pills and other substances will all leave its mark on our teeth and have a significant effect on their color.
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Following a preliminary cleaning and removal of tartar and other clusters by the dentist, a gel with hydrogen peroxide as its main ingredient is applied. A ZOOM! Lamp with blue halogen light is directed at the gel coated teeth for 15 minutes. This specific wavelength of the light induces a decomposition of hydrogen peroxide which releases oxygen. The oxygen released in this way enters the enamel and dentin of the teeth and changes their color with an average improvement of up to several shades. The gel is re-applied and the process is repeated 3 to 4 times. The number of repetitions depends on the patients wishes and the recommendation of the dentist. Throughout the whole procedure the patients eyes are protected with special goggles that are shouldn't be removed during the procedure.
Other teeth whitening procedures
Teeth can be whitened with other methods besides the ZOOM! lamp, although they have been proven less effective. The least damage is done by the simplest one, the teeth sanding procedure, which has a limited effect. It eliminates the superficial enamel discoloration without causing any damage on the treated area. There are also other procedures with various substances but you first need to consult your dentist. An intraoral stabilizer, made on the basis of the teeth imprint, is frequently used. A special gel is put into the stabilizer which is to be worn every night during the period of 8-10 days.
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Teeth whitening results
The results will mainly be positive, although there are no rules. The effects will mainly depend on the structure of your teeth and their natural color, as well as on the whitening method applied. In most cases a several shades whiter teeth can be expected.
Depending on the procedure applied, the result can be long-lasting, but there are basically no rules. The period will largely depend on the patients further actions and lifestyle. The substances which cause discolorations, especially coffee, red wine and tobacco, should be avoided for at least 2 weeks following the whitening treatment. If it is not possible to fully eliminate the aforementioned substances, it is advisable to reduce the level of consumption to a minimum. You will probably need to periodically repeat the procedure.
Frequently asked questions
1. Who can benefit from teeth whitening procedures?
Most people should get positive results after a teeth whitening procedure, but the procedure does not have to be equally effective for all people. Success will depend on a number of factors, such as natural teeth color, level of discoloration, teeth whitening procedure applied, etc.
2. How long does the ZOOM! procedure take?
The ZOOM! lamp procedure takes about 45 - 60 minutes and is completely painless. Some patients may experience certain discomfort given the fact that the mouth has to be kept open throughout the whole procedure.
3. What should I know before a teeth whitening procedure?
If you are planning to have crowns, bridges, dentures, veneers or fillings installed and wish to whiten your teeth as well, it is important to undergo the whitening procedure first. If you do not do this before, the color of your natural teeth after the whitening procedure will be of a different shade than that of the dental replacements since they do not have the same composition as your natural teeth. If you already have some kind of dental replacement, it is advisable to have a consultation with our dentists to choose the best treatment for your case.
4. How long do the results of teeth whitening procedure last?
The period depends solely on you on your lifestyle. If you maintain regular oral hygiene, try to avoid the substances which cause teeth discoloration and listen to your dentist’s advice, the results can be long-lasting.
5. Are there any known risks connected to teeth whitening procedures?
There are no known risks, but it has been noted that some patients experienced a certain level of teeth sensitivity. The ZOOM! lamp generates heat, a common cause of teeth sensitivity. You could experience a dose of numbness in the teeth, but the sensation will be soon gone after the procedure is completed.
6. Is there an age limit regarding the ZOOM! lamp whitening procedure?
Just as the majority of teeth whitening products, the ZOOM! lamp procedure is not advisable for persons under the age of 13, pregnant and lactating women.