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Zoom Teeth Whitening
A smile allows us to express our happiness. A smile lets us connect with others around us. Most importantly, a smile allows us to show our beautiful side to the world.
But still there are some of us who are afraid to smile. Are yellowing or discolored teeth making you conscious about smiling out wide? Now you needn’t worry, as it’s possible to have a beautiful thousand watt smile, with the Zoom Teeth Whitening service at Magical Smiles.
Teeth Whitening is among the easiest and most non-invasive ways of having a smile makeover, with almost instant results. While it cannot result in a complete change of color, it is definitely effective in lightening the existing discoloration of teeth, without any reduction of the tooth surface.
What causes teeth to discolor?
Most people take their teeth and oral health for granted, which is why they don’t give regular care for their dental well-being.
Apart from discoloration due to age, irregular or improper care and dietary choices like consumption of tea, coffee, sugar, red wine, and even habits like smoking and tobacco consumption are some of the common causes of tooth discoloration.
Sometimes, ‘calculus’ or tartar build-up can also cause teeth to look discolored, and are difficult to remove with the standard whitening techniques.
At times, certain antibiotics and / or tiny cracks in the teeth could cause staining under the surface.
Not only this, excessive fluoride exposure can also cause surface roughness with irregular spots, ranging from white to even dark brown. While mild colored spots can be whitened, the darker spots will require more intensive treatment like Microabrasion or Porcelain Veneers.
Professional Take-Home Whitening Kits
Home whitening is one of the most popular teeth whitening ways, and also the most economical. This involves a high concentration gel with advanced materials, which needs to be applied onto the teeth for about an hour a day, for around a week.
How this technique works:
- First, your teeth are cleaned to remove any tartar or calculus build-up, to make them ready for the whitening process.
- An impression is taken to create a custom-fit tray that fits perfectly over your teeth
- Once the tray is ready, it is filled with gel and fitted over your teeth for a set time period. The quality of gel is selected with care, depending on your own sensitivity levels. If a higher concentration gel is used, then you will be asked to wear the tray for a shorter period each day.
- The whitening happens as a result of a chemical reaction when the active ingredient - carbamide peroxide – breaks down and bleaches the discolored areas of the teeth, without affecting their structure.
Most of the whitening gels that are sold in stores are formulated with the same chemical, and the only difference could be the concentration of gels. If the chemical concentration level is higher, your teeth get whiter faster. But this could also result in a higher incidence of temporary sensitivity. Most of these regular over-the-counter whitening gels are really not great quality, as they are not formulated keeping your best well-being in mind, just so that they can be mass produced, while keeping the cost as low as possible. And this is why it becomes imperative to consult a qualified dentist to recommend a quality take-home whitening kit.
In-Office Whitening or In-Chair Whitening
This technique is also known as power bleaching, and gets done in about an hour. At Magical Smiles, we use Zoom Teeth Whitening, one of the most popular professional whitening treatments available today.
This technique typically involves the following steps
- Our dentists perform a comprehensive assessment of the teeth, and gauge whether your teeth are suitable for bleaching. If they are suitable, then there are impressions taken to create custom trays that fit perfectly over your teeth.
- The teeth are polished, and a protection barrier is placed over your gums after which the bleach is applied
- Adverse effects may occur due to the heat of zoom light, such as tingling, tooth sensitivity and discomfort. Therefore, after the completion of the procedure, a sensitivity reducing gel is applied.
- Follow all the care instructions for your teeth and trays, as given by your dentist and visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.
These techniques are suitable for most people, but not for all. There are other techniques like veneers which might be better for some people. You need to ensure that you have a healthy dental health before you even consider any of these techniques. One must be particularly careful about:
- Highly sensitive teeth
Teeth should be checked for sensitivity to hot and cold, before proceeding with any of the techniques.
- Any gum disease (Gingivitis or Periodontal disease):
In conditions like these, there is a build-up of tartar on the teeth. If a whitening gel is used, then the tartar will get whitened instead of the teeth, and the gums are also likely to get damaged.
- Tooth Decay:
In case of decaying or decayed teeth, the whitening gel can get to the nerve of these teeth and result in immense pain. So it is absolutely important that you check for any signs of decay before you go ahead.
- Pregnancy or breast feeding mothers:
The procedures are not advisable in these conditions.
- Level of discoloration:
Sometimes heavy antibiotics can lead to discoloration of teeth, and these teeth could be very resistant to bleaching. In such cases, crowns or veneers are a better choice.
- Previous root canal treatment
Such teeth will need to be internally bleached, before all the other teeth can be bleached. In some cases, discoloration can only be corrected with a dental crown or veneer.
Depending upon the procedure you select, in-surgery whitening can make your teeth up to eight shades lighter – though the results will vary depending on every person’s starting point and how they respond to the treatment. Our team will give you a clearer idea about the results you can expect, during the initial consultation itself.
It is recommended that whitening be done in stages. So whether you choose to take the At-Home Whitening Kit, or the Office Whitening – you might need to repeat after three to six months depending on your dietary habits.
Our dentist will suggest the best thing to do if you have any of the above, as regular whitening treatment might not be the most suitable.
The effects of these procedures typically from 3 months to 1 year depending upon, habits like consumption of tea, coffee, soft drinks and tobacco, coupled with irregular dental care etc.
The cost will depend on the treatment you will receive. At Magical Smiles, we give you a written estimate of the cost before you start your treatment. Whitening procedure Ranges from $200- $695.
This could possibly be due to any of the following:
- The type of material used
- The concentration of active ingredients in the material
- How many tubes are provided, in case of home whitening
- The number of cycles used in office whitening (from 1-4 cycles)
But don’t let yourself get lured with cheaper prices, as that might cost you dearly in the long run.
- Tooth Sensitivity
Experiencing mild tooth sensitivity is common, especially during the first 24 hours. With an At-Home Whitening, you would just need to reduce the number of hours you keep the tray on, or stop using it for a while to resolve the sensitivity. With Office Whitening, this could take up to 2 days to subside.
However, in case of very sensitive teeth, you might want to look for desensitization procedures before you opt for any of the whitening techniques.
- Irritated Gums
A whitening procedure could cause a temporary inflammation in the gums.
In the case of In-Office Whitening, sometimes a small amount of gel could leak out and cause a burning sensation in the gums for a couple of days. You could also experience gum irritation in an At-Home Whitening if you use the tray for too many hours in a go without a break. Or at times there could be an overlap between the tray and the gums, causing the gel to come in contact with your gums and resulting in irritation.
- Sore Throat
If the gel you use is lower in viscosity, it could lead to excess gel running out of the tray and going down your throat, which can cause soreness. If you feel gel in your mouth or throat, spit it out immediately – do not swallow.
- Nerve Damage
If you’ve got dental fillings that are leaking, the whitening gel could get inside the teeth and cause damage to the nerves of the teeth. Open cavities could also result in that. In both cases, the filling needs to be properly checked and filled, before starting the whitening procedure.
When some people get fixated about getting the whitest possible teeth and overdo the bleaching procedure, it results in bleachorexia, where the enamel becomes transparent.
- Mismatched colors
In case of any existing crowns or veneers which have been matched to the teeth’s earlier natural shade, there could be a color mismatch after teeth whitening, and the crowns / veneers will need to be re-matched with the whitened teeth.
- Internal irritation / bleeding
In the rare case that the bleaching agent gets ingested, it could result in strong irritation and even bleeding in the stomach and oesophagus. Which is why we always caution to always spit out the whitening gel in case it leaks over the tray.
Yes it is possible. Sometimes dead teeth can get discolored after a root filling, and in this case, the canal containing the nerve may be reopened. The whitening gel will then be applied on the inside to whiten the tooth.
Tooth whitening is designed to work on natural teeth – so it does not work on crowns, dentures and veneers.
A few changes in diet and lifestyle can help keep your teeth in good shape for a longer time. Simple things like staying away from foods and beverages that stain teeth and cutting down on smoking. Apart from these, the following practices will go a long way in keeping you smiling with confidence.
- Daily brushing of your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste – including once before you sleep
- Daily flossing of teeth
- Consuming enough water
- Avoiding sugary foods and drinks
- Regular dental check-ups
So as you can see, teeth whitening at Magical Smiles can be a great, inexpensive way to share your brightest smile with everyone around… so that you can light up the world in your own way!