We all want to look our best and a brighter, whiter smile can do so much to enhance your appearance.
Teeth whitening is a safe, inexpensive, and effective cosmetic treatment.
In-Chair Teeth Whitening
A Whitening Experience Tailored to Your Needs
We can whiten your teeth in just 60 minutes, allowing you to smile with confidence. The quickest, easiest way to effectively whiten your teeth is in-chair treatment with Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed. Zoom WhiteSpeed is the only in-office system that has variable intensity setting so each treatment can be customised to maximise patient comfort. This supervised, in-chair whitening procedure is safe, effective and clinically proven to whiten up to eight shades—for a brighter, whiter smile in just one visit!
Frequently Asked Questions – Learn the truth about whitening
With so many different whitening products on the market, it’s easy to get confused. So here are the facts you need to know before you commit.
Is teeth whitening safe?
Yes. Clinical studies have shown that whitening your teeth with carbamide or hydrogen peroxide under the supervision of a dental professional is safe for teeth and gums.
What are the side effects?
The most common side effect is tooth and gum sensitivity. Our Hygienist Catherine 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.
What’s the difference between over the counter whitening solutions and Philips Zoom?
Over-the-counter whitening products are not customised to your needs. With Philips Zoom, the whitening process is tailored to your needs by our hygienist Catherine, with custom-fitted trays for at-home treatments or just the right light intensity and duration at Siana Dental
How long will my Zoom whitening results last?
Whitening treatments help to reduce existing stains, but through consumption of coffee, soft drinks or just through natural ageing, your teeth may eventually become discoloured again. Maintenance whitening can help combat recurring discolouration.
How long does it take?
With Zoom in-chair, you will achieve up to eight shades whiter in 1 hour. This is the absolute quickest and easiest way to whiten teeth.
We use 37.5% hydrogen peroxide as our primary ingredient for optimum whitening. The whitening gel is applied to the teeth and then energised by a powerful but safe light source which brightens your teeth to their optimum natural whiteness in about an hour.
The entire procedure is safe and gentle on teeth and should not have a negative impact on enamel, gum tissue or existing fillings.
Perhaps the best adjective to describe the end result of the power whitening process is natural. The procedure does not make your teeth appear to have been painted white. It “resets” the natural childhood colour of your teeth, producing a more natural-looking, whiter smile, turning the clock back by decades!
Power teeth whitening technology was designed for one specific purpose – to provide optimum natural whiteness in the minimum time possible. The procedure was developed to meet the demands of people who have neither the time nor the inclination to devote hours, days or even months to a personal teeth whitening regimen. With the power whitening system, all teeth are exposed to the energising light at the same time, rather than tooth-by-tooth.
Home kits are also encouraged following power whitening, in order to maintain the whitening effect for years to come. Siana Dental offers a take home whitening kit with every Zoom Whitening.
Safety and Comfort
The power whitening process does not remove enamel, make it more porous or damage the teeth. The procedure does not require anaesthetic because the treatment itself is relatively comfortable. While there may be some sensitivity for up to 24 hours after the power whitening procedure, that sensitivity quickly disappears. The entire whitening process is completed in one session of slightly more than an hour. It is incredibly fast, gentle, safe and convenient.
Take Home Whitening
Home whitening systems are safer and more effective than over-the-counter kits. With these systems, we take an accurate impression of your teeth. This is used to create custom mouth trays, which snugly fit your teeth. You place the bleaching agent in the trays and then in your mouth for up to one hour each day for one week. You call us if any adverse effects are noted.
How whitening toothpastes work
Many whitening toothpastes use harsh abrasives to remove stains. This wears the white enamel outside layer of teeth away, revealing more of the underlying dentine layer. Dentine is yellow in colour. In other words, overuse of these abrasive toothpastes will make teeth look more yellow, not whiter.
The formulations of some teeth whitening toothpastes do include peroxide compounds, however only at low levels. Studies have suggested that a whitening toothpaste with an added peroxide compound will only deliver a 1% (or less) exposure of hydrogen peroxide to tooth’s surface. This low level of peroxide exposure and the relatively brief exposure time teeth have to toothpaste in general, the whitening effect of the peroxide additives found in the formulations of whitening toothpastes is considered to be negligible.
Hazards of over the counter bleaching kits
Over the counter bleaching systems are take home kits which you can buy at the local store, order by mail-order, or buy off the internet. Usually, they are relatively inexpensive.
A bleaching agent is applied to a mouth tray and the tray is then inserted into the mouth for 1-4 hours. Treatment lasts between 2-4 weeks. We do not recommend these kits for three reasons:
- Many of these kits contain a standard mouth tray. These trays tend not to fit snugly. Consequently, you may ingest bleaching agent. In addition, these standard trays allow bleach to seep onto and irritate gum tissue
- Dentists do not check your teeth and gums when you use these systems to determine if the bleaching process is proceeding safely and to ensure you are not injuring your teeth
- The concentrations of unbranded peroxides may vary and be dangerous
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What causes teeth to discolour?
Over time our naturally white smile fades. Making matters worse, the foods we eat attack our white smiles. After brushing, our teeth quickly become covered with a clear colorless layer of protein known as the pellicle. Food stains stick to this protein pellicle, blotching our white smiles.
Especially damaging are:
like soy sauce, berries, curry, coffee, red wine, and tea.
- Extremely hot or cold liquids. These are dangerous to your white smile because they change the temperature of your teeth. This temperature change causes teeth to expand and contract, allowing stains to penetrate your teeth.
- Foods/drinks that are slightly acidic (fizzy drinks, fruit juice, red wine). These foods open up the pores of the tooth enamel allowing stains to more easily move into your teeth.
- This is one of the biggest culprits in ruining white smiles. Tobacco quickly stains teeth yellow.
Try cutting down on these types of drinks or try drinking them through a straw to reduce the amount of time they are in contact with your teeth.