Teeth whitening is a highly demanded service in dentistry, because both women and men want a snow-white smile. It is best to entrust teeth whitening to specialists who will carry out whitening as comfortably as possible without causing harm to tooth enamel. Over-the-counter bleaches can harm your teeth and gums. In addition, the result will not be as long as after whitening with the Philips Zoom Whitespeed lamp. After all, it is based on the principle of activating the whitening gel with the “cold” light of LEDs.
Preparing for Teeth Whitening with the Zoom Lamp
For whitening to be most effective and comfortable, teeth and gums must be prepared. Comprehensive preparation includes sanitation (improvement) of the oral cavity, professional hygiene and strengthening of enamel. At the stage of recovery, the dentist conducts a comprehensive treatment of caries and gum disease. Occupational hygiene is the cleaning of teeth from stones and plaque. Obviously, such deposits make bleaching difficult, and in general can negate the result. For example, a tooth can whiten unevenly due to plaque. An important stage of preparation is the strengthening of enamel. The dentist will recommend a special gel. It must be applied to the teeth twice a day for a week or more. The microelements included in the gel will contribute to the remineralization (strengthening) of tooth enamel, which suffers slightly as a result of whitening.
How does the Zoom whitening procedure work?
The very procedure of teeth whitening with a lamp begins with preparation. Namely, with the protection of the soft tissues of the oral cavity. Lips, gums and mucous membranes are carefully covered with protective films that come with Philips Zoom Whitespeed consumables. Then the first layer of gel is applied to the patient’s teeth, and goggles are put on the eyes. The doctor starts the lamp session, “illuminates” the gel with long waves of light for about 15 minutes and applies the next layer. As a rule, 3 approaches to applying the gel and lighting it with a lamp are enough, in some cases 4 sessions are needed. You can whiten your teeth up to 8 shades. After the procedure, the doctor applies a special composition to the patient’s teeth, which restores the enamel and prevents hypersensitivity. At the request of the patient, a second whitening session can be performed (if you want a greater effect), but not earlier than after 3 weeks. Over time, gradual tarnishing of the teeth is possible. To restore whiteness, mouthguards are used, which are filled with a gel with a restorative formula. This is for home use – they are worn at bedtime. It will help restore your teeth to the same look they had after a whitening session.
How to care for your teeth after the procedure: tips and tricks
In the first 2-3 days after whitening, the enamel will be more sensitive. Minor pain and reaction to temperature stimuli are possible – both cold and hot. This is completely normal. Since even the safest and most gentle bleaching methods still affect the enamel to some extent, destroying its mineral composition. Therefore, it is necessary to introduce foods that strengthen enamel into the diet (fish, dairy products, nuts, cereals, and everything that contains vitamins D, E). You can also use various preparations that will strengthen your teeth. Your doctor can provide you with a special amorphous calcium phosphate paste (included in the Philips Zoom in-office whitening kit) that is applied to your teeth for a few minutes.
How safe is it to whiten your teeth with this device?
Teeth whitening with a Zoom lamp does not cause any harm. At most, you will experience some discomfort during the session (45-60 minutes), but immediately after it, all or most of the discomfort disappears.
How long does the Zoom whitening result last?
On average, the whitening effect of the Zoom lamp lasts 2-5 years. Much depends on your habits: tea, coffee and cigarettes make teeth darker, thereby reducing this period. It also affects how well the procedure is carried out, which is why it is better to do it in the clinic, and not at home. This will also ensure the safety and sterility of the procedure. Can pregnant women whiten their teeth with a Zoom lamp? Pregnant women, as well as children under 13, are not recommended for teeth whitening.
Is Zoom whitening suitable for everyone?
- In general, this procedure is safe, does not create discomfort for the patient, but there are some contraindications:
- chips or other problems with enamel;
- oncological diseases;
- high tooth sensitivity;
- untreated carious lesions.
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