Laser Teeth Whitening
Introducing Zoom!™ in-surgery Laser Teeth Whitening in less than 2 hours!
An extremely popular cosmetic treatment, Zoom™ laser teeth whitening is a solution for patients who are wanting to reduce staining or discolouration. Whether you have a special occasion or simply want to brighten your pearly whites, GC Dental will help you achieve your most dazzling smile in a safe, healthy way.
What is teeth whitening?
Whitening treatments help restore your teeth’s former brightness, or can reduce stains that you’ve had all your life. Dental professionals can help you understand how bright your teeth can become through teeth whitening – patient results can vary based on a wide variety of factors like background, age, and predisposition.
There are numerous ways to provide this treatment. One popular method is by in-chair whitening, administered by a dental professional. Another is a take-home kit, which our GC Dental dentists in Hurstville, Sydney can provide for you.
How long does in-chair Zoom™ teeth whitening take?
In-chair whitening generally takes over one hour. During this time, our dentists combine a unique bright light and a specifically created solution to reduce stains and give teeth a whiter appearance.
You will need to come in for a mini 10-minute consult to assess your suitability for Zoom!™ Teeth whitening. It is possible that you may require a professional scale and clean prior to the Zoom!™ Appointment to ensure that you maximise the outcome of your teeth whitening procedure. There will be an additional fee for this.
Where do I get take home whitening kits?
Take-home kits are specially modified just for you, by our dentists. This involves taking an impression of your teeth and tailoring a custom-moulded tray. We’ll then show you how to use the kit at home.
If you are unhappy with the shade of your teeth and how it mars the overall appearance of your smile, you may wish to consider Laser teeth whitening. With the advent of advanced teeth whitening solutions from Phillips Zoom, today’s patients are presented with feasible and accessible options for creating a beautiful smile overnight. The Zoom whitening treatment offers a quick, painless and cost-effective solution in the form of an in-chair laser treatment.
Almost anyone can benefit from a brighter smile. Here are some of the benefits that you can enjoy from using the Philips Laser Teeth Whitening System.
For most patients who opt for Zoom’s in-chair laser whitening method, they can expect a whiter smile in just 1-3 visits. In fact, it is possible to achieve visible shade difference within a single appointment that takes no more than an hour!
Compared to over-the-counter (OTC) home whitening kits, the in-chair Laser Teeth Whitening system is able to achieve better whitening effects within a much shorter time frame. This is largely due to the higher concentration of Hydrogen Peroxide used in professionally applied bleaching systems. The in-office whitening system employs a 32% Hydrogen Peroxide Concentration (HPC) gel as compared to take-home products that typically contain HPC of 6-15%. To achieve the same whitening effect as a high concentration product, a low HPC agent would require more individual treatments.
Once the hydrogen peroxide bleaching agent is applied, the dentist will use a high-intensity light source to catalyse the light-activated gel. As the Zoom light speeds up the whitening process, the fast-acting gel penetrates and breaks up the stains, effectively removing the discolouration from the enamel and dentin. Consisting of approximately three 20-minute sessions, the in-office laser treatment may be completed within a single hour dentist appointment.
The Zoom treatment can remove tough extrinsic stains typically caused by years of tobacco abuse and intake of dark beverages like coffee and red wine. In some cases, it can even remove intrinsic stains that may be genetically inherent or due to in utero exposure to antibiotics.
Teeth whitening is one of the safest and most effective dental cosmetic treatments available on the market. It has also been proven safe for your enamel and dental restorations. The fact that the Zoom in-chair laser whitening method is administered by a qualified cosmetic dentist in a controlled clinical environment makes it an even safer treatment procedure.
Whitening your teeth under the supervision of a cosmetic dentist has many safety benefits. The dentist will make use of protective goggles, gels and gum separators to ensure that your gums and other soft tissues in your mouth are not exposed to the active bleaching ingredient. The dentist is also a trained clinician who is able to react in a calm and professional manner in the unlikely event of an allergic reaction or emergency situation. The dentist’s office is also a properly sanitised environment that minimises cross-infection, which makes it ideal for the teeth whitening procedure.
Zoom™ Teeth Whitening Before and After
*The before and after treatment images below were provided by Philips Zoom!™.
What can I expect from the Zoom in-chair laser treatment?
As with any dental procedure, your laser whitening treatment begins at the consultation stage. During the initial discussion, our professional cosmetic dentist will explain the treatment steps and answer any questions you may have.
Then to prepare your teeth for the treatment, the dentist will give you a proper clean to remove any food debris or plaque that may affect the whitening process. To protect your lips and gum from exposure to the active bleaching ingredients, a lip re-tractor will be placed to hold your lips away from your teeth. The mouth brace not only serves as a protective feature, it also promotes patient comfort during the procedure.
Next, you will be asked to wear protective goggles or glasses. This is necessary to shield your eyes from the ultra-violet rays (from the high intensity light source). A gum coating will also be applied to protect your gums from the chemicals.
Once all the safety measures are in place, the dentist will apply the Zoom whitening gel evenly on your teeth, followed by the high intensity Zoom light used to catalyse the Hydrogen Peroxide gel. The gel coating and light exposure steps will be repeated about three times, amounting to a total treatment session that takes about 1 hour to 90 minutes.
There are lots of whitening treatments on the market – why should I see a dentist?
The ADA has advised that teeth whitening is most safely administered by a registered dental practitioner1. First, teeth whitening is more suitable for some patients than others; a professional will be able to assess your teeth to see if whitening treatments will work for you, or if you have any dental problems that might be worsened by improperly-applied whitening procedures.
The ADA also lists a number of potential side effects associated with improper whitening:
- Damage to the enamel surface (which can be irreversible)
- Increased sensitivity
- Chemical burns
- Mouth or gum tissue blisters or burns
- Uneven tooth colouring
- Unsatisfying results (no significant change in tooth colour, etc.)
Is teeth whitening safe?
Your risks for these effects are heightened by receiving treatment from someone other than a dental professional, or using products that have not been approved by an appropriate medical or dental organisation. Combined with the individuality of each patient’s teeth and oral health, it’s important to speak with a dentist first before undergoing most whitening treatments.