Mottingham Dental Practice offers two systems for our patients wishing to whitening their teeth. The first is the Zoom!3 system which is done in practice and the second is the At Home whitening, which is all done by the patient in the comfort of their home.
Teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure that involves the use of mild bleaching materials to gently lighten the colour of your teeth. Teeth whitening does not alter the shades of dental work such as crowns, bridges, veneers and implant work.
How does Zoom work?
With the Zoom in-chair system, a strong laser is shone on the teeth to speed up the chemical reaction of the whitening product. The procedure takes about an hour and can make your teeth up to five or six shades lighter.
How does the Home Bleaching work?
We shall make you custom trays in which you shall put the bleaching gel into, the trays are then inserted in your mouth and the gel begins to work. The bleaching gel we provide is safe for home use and can be supplied in two different levels of strength depending on your need. The dentist will assess your suitability for whitening and if need be you may require a scale and polish before beginning your whitening treatment.
Teeth whitening is a completely safe and harmless procedure as long as it is carried out under the supervision of your dentist. The typical course of treatment has the same effect on teeth as drinking a glass of cola.
Sensitivity during or a few days after treatment is the most commonly reported side effect. However, that usually quickly disappears on its on or can be eased using a sensitive toothpaste and flouride mouthwash.
What causes teeth to go yellow?
The most common causes of tooth discolouration are drinks such as red wine, coffee and tea, food such as curry, and smoking.
Discolouration penetrates the surface of the tooth so brushing alone will never restore your teeth to their original colour.
How is it different from an over-the-counter whitening kit or whitening provided by my beautician or "whitening therapist?
As registered dental professionals we can provide a higher strength of the bleaching gel and can make sure no bleach burns occur, which can happen when inexperience or untrained persons carry out your bleaching. Legally only registered dental professionals can carry out teeth whitening.
How long does it take?
Our in-chair Zoom system takes about an hour and a half and can make your teeth up to five or six shades lighter. The at-home system using trays takes longer (around two weeks is typical with everyday use) and can make your teeth up to six to eight shades lighter or more.
How long after whitening does the affect last?
Depending on your diet, smoking habits, oral hygiene and other factors, teeth whitening lasts an average of a year and a half, after which some patients request a top-up. If your using the at home system, bleach is stored in the fridge and you can top up any time.