You will firstly need to come in for an assessment of your teeth and gums to ensure that you qualify for ZOOM! Whitening. In this session, we will look for the following:
- existing restorations
- dental decay
- presence of plaque and calculus
- any prosthetic work (e.g. crowns, bridges, dentures, implants), and of course,
- assess your existing tooth shade, to give you an idea of how white your teeth can potentially go!
If there are any areas that need to be fixed or cleaned, this will have to be done first before the whitening process. This is because the whitening will not work its best when there is decay or plaque and calculus on your teeth.
BE AWARE that any existing restorations (e.g. fillings, crowns and bridges) will NOT be affected by the whitening. We are usually more concerned about this if it is one of the front teeth. You may opt to change the restoration after the whitening process to match the shade of the rest of the teeth.
We will provide you with some take-home trays at the end of the procedure for home maintenance. This means that IMPRESSIONS of your teeth will be taken if you decide to go ahead with whitening your teeth. This is usually done on the visit before we start your teeth whitening.
On the day you come for your teeth whitening treatment, we will ensure your comfort throughout the procedure.
The teeth whitening treatment usually take about an hour’s appointment, but can take longer in some cases.
Are you looking to ways to whiten your teeth at home, or perhaps you are simply looking to be a little more frugal? We share some teeth whitening options that can get you results.
Baking soda teeth whitening
The baking soda trick is possibly one of the most effective at home whitening methods for teeth. Baking soda is a cleaning agent and can cause tooth sensitivity, so you should exercise caution when trying this method.
Mix a small amount of baking soda with water to form a paste. You can apply this paste to your teeth with your finger and swish it around in your mouth for thirty seconds. Spit out the mixture and follow with a water rinse. You should only try this method once a week as excessive use can cause tooth sensitivity.
Coconut oil teeth whitening
A safe and effective way to whiten teeth at home is a method known as “oil pulling”. This is where you swish a tablespoon of coconut oil around in your mouth for a few minutes before spitting. The oil from the coconut will pull and remove any superficial stains and/or build up on your teeth.
Other Non-Abrasive Home Teeth Whitening Methods:
Rubbing the inside of a banana peel on your teeth is also said to remove these superficial stains, having a direct effect on the whiteness of your teeth. Eating certain foods such as strawberries can have a whitening effect on the teeth as well. There are plenty toothpastes and at home whitening kits that can be used to whiten teeth.
Professional Teeth Whitening
While at home treatments work quite effectively at whitening your teeth, if you are looking for a longer lasting, whiter look then professional teeth whitening may be the answer for you.