Teeth whitening can provide a dramatic difference in a short amount of time. Our office offers two types of tooth whitening procedures – ZOOM!® and LaserSmile®.
This in-office whitening treatment uses a laser to facilitate the whitening process and allows the dentist to customize aspects of the treatment to the patients needs.
Why should I whiten through my dentist?
The most common concern is temporary teeth sensitivity, but lots of advances have been made in recent years to help combat this. Philips ZOOM!® WhiteSpeed has adjustable intensity settings to help maximize patient comfort, and 99% of patients experience little to no sensitivity. Also, Philips ZOOM!® DayWhite and NiteWhite have a special formula with built-in potassium nitrate and ACP (amorphous calcium phosphate), which are known desensitizers. These special ingredients make your enamel smoother and more lustrous as well. We highly recommend that you brush with a sensitivity formula toothpaste like Fluoridex™ Daily Defense Sensitivity Relief for two weeks prior to whitening, and that you take ibuprofen on the day of your treatment.
What are the possible side effects?
The most common side effect is tooth and gum sensitivity. Your dentist 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. Philips ZOOM!® at-home whitening products have two mild desensitizing agents, potassium nitrate and Amorphous Calcium Phosphate (ACP), to minimize tooth sensitivity.
What kind of results should I expect?
While results vary from person to person, your smile will be noticeably whiter with Philips ZOOM!®. With Philips ZOOM!® WhiteSpeed, you can get up to eight shades whiter teeth in one 45-minute office visit. Philips ZOOM!® DayWhite and NiteWhite offer a dramatically whiter smile in one to two weeks. And unlike over-the-counter options, your dentist will work hand in hand with you until you’re completely satisfied with your results.
How long will my whitening results last?
That’s all dependent on your genetics and habits, but generally around a year. Drinking staining foods or beverages and smoking can limit your results, but you can easily keep your smile shining between treatments with the provided at-home whitening trays. And brushing with a whitening toothbrush like Philips™ Sonicare DiamondClean can help maintain your results.
LaserSmile® is the most advanced in-office accelerated tooth whitening system available today. It creates a more aesthetic appearance by reversing discoloration of tooth enamel. LaserSmile® combines an activation gel with the laser’s unique characteristics. The primary ingredient in the LaserSmile® gel has been used in teeth whitening for over 100 years. This proven system will give you a more noticeable whiter smile.
The procedure is quick and easy. In just one visit to our office you can sit back, relax and in 60 minutes you will leave with the brightest smile you have ever had.