Phillips ZOOM Teeth Whitening
The Zoom In-Chair and Take-Home Teeth Whitening System is safe, fast and reliable, delivering proven results.
We offer the following range of Teeth Whitening in Melbourne:
This method utilises an LED light that activates and accelerates a 25% Hydrogen Peroxide bleaching agent which penetrates discoloured enamel and depth of the tooth, breaking down tooth staining.
The In-Chair Zoom Whitening method can lighten your teeth up to 8 shades within a one-hour visit, compared with days and even weeks with many over the counter products that may not deliver any whitening at all.
All you have to do is sit back and let the dentist work at beautifying your smile. What you can expect are immediate whitening results that can last up to six months and longer – with proper dental care.
To extend the whitening effect or whiten your smile further, you can use the take-home maintenance gel and customised bleaching trays.
To optimise the whitening effects following the In-Chair Zoom Whitening Treatment, we recommend using a take-home whitening kit. Your dentist will take impressions of your teeth to create bleaching trays that fit your teeth perfectly.
These custom-made bleaching trays are made to perfectly hug the surface of your tooth hence giving you an even application of the whitening agent and an even contact time along the whole tooth surface, avoiding the sensitive gum areas and therefore more consistent, even and predictable results.
If you prefer whitening your teeth in the comfort of your own home, there are different concentrations of whitening gels available to cater for different tooth sensitivities and contact times. Combining the safe and effective formulas and custom-made trays, this system is proven to deliver consistent results.
The Dentist Advantage
As opposed to DIY Whitening, using Over-The-Counter (OTC) products, there are several distinct advantages to choosing the In-Clinic Teeth Whitening Treatment, administered by a trained Cosmetic Dentist:
Only a dentist has the authority to administer whitening products that contain a higher-than-average concentration of bleaching agent. The commonly used agents are Hydrogen Peroxide or Carbamide Peroxide. Compared to OTC bleaching products that contain 5.5% – 6% active content, dentist-administered whitening agents contain up to 25% Hydrogen Peroxide. Higher potency active ingredients tend to deliver better whitening results.
Not only does your cosmetic dentist have detailed knowledge and understanding of your dental condition, we are also able to determine the type of stains you have and whether you would be a good candidate for the treatment.
It is important to note that not all types of tooth discolorations can be removed by whitening methods. Some will only have a subtle improvement and some may not improve at all. Your suitability and limitations will be carefully discussed at the consultation visit prior to start of treatment.
We recommend a thorough pre-whitening oral exam and preferably x-rays to make sure there are no underlying conditions that need to be addressed first. If your teeth require dental work prior to whitening, we can prioritise that and work out a treatment plan that will best suit your needs and address your individual goals.
Based on a thorough examination, we will be able to advise you on limitations of the whitening treatment and discuss your expectations.
To ensure the highest infection control and safety standards are being met at all times, we constantly observe stringent safety protocols, use sterilised instruments, wear protective gear and operate within a clean environment when administering your whitening treatment. All these are invaluable safeguards to make sure you receive your whitening treatment in safety and comfort.
In the unlikely event of any patient reactions to the chemicals, your dentist is in the best position to manage or minimise any post-sensitivity issues, complications or side effects. Such critical emergency follow-up measures would not be available in the case of a self-administered DIY whitening procedure or whitening procedures carried out by unqualified personnel.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What causes staining?
Tooth staining may be classified into two groups, namely extrinsic and intrinsic.
Intrinsic stains are caused by factors inside a person’s body such as disease, trauma and genetic causes – that influence tooth colour and formation. For example, infections in a pregnant mother can impact the colour of the child’s tooth enamel. Certain medical treatments, like head and neck radiation therapy and chemotherapy, can also cause tooth stains.
Extrinsic stains are caused by frequent or prolonged consumption of pigmented substances. These substances are commonly found in chromogenic foods and drinks as well as tobacco products. Common examples of chromogenic agents include red wine, coffee, black tea, acidic fruits, soya sauce, gravies, tomato sauce and soda drinks.
Of course, you are more likely to accumulate extrinsic tooth stains when you do not practice good dental hygiene. Therefore, there is no substitute for regular brushing, flossing and twice a year check-up and cleans at your dentist.
How does whitening work?
Tooth enamel, which is the protective outer layer of your tooth, contains microscopic pores. Organic components from stain-causing substances accumulate in those pores, hence altering the colour of your teeth.
Teeth whitening works by applying a hydrogen peroxide based bleaching agent to the tooth surface that brings about an oxidation process of these organic components. When the molecules from the whitening agent react with the stain molecules, it breaks them down therefore effectively removing the stains, leaving your teeth whiter and shinier.
During the Zoom Whitening process, the breaking down of the stains is accelerated by administering a high intensity light. This reduces treatment time and increases the whitening effect.
What is the process like?
After a thorough examination and discussion of your treatment goals, your current tooth shade is recorded and photos of your smile are taken. During the treatment a plastic retractor is placed in your mouth that helps keep it open and cover soft tissues such as gums, lips, cheeks and tongue to protect them from the gel and the high intensity light. A protective surface is applied to your gums to shield them from the high concentration gel. The whitening gel is then applied in a thin layer to the surface of your teeth which are then exposed to the light for one to four 15- minute sessions. After the treatment is complete, all is removed from your mouth and photos of your new smile are taken.
Is it safe?
Many scientific studies and research findings have concluded that the In-Chair teeth whitening process is safe and provided it is done by a qualified dentist, will not put the patient at any risk or danger. Although there may be minor discomfort and sensitivity in some patients, the bleaching process and chemicals will not weaken your teeth enamel.
Am I suitable?
If your tooth discolouration is due to extrinsic factors such as certain foods, drinks, tobacco use and poor dental hygiene, the whitening method can work for you.
For certain cases of intrinsic discolouration, such as those caused by fluorosis, certain medications or genetics, teeth whitening may only have a limited effect. Other cosmetic treatments like veneers or crowns may offer better solutions.
How much improvement can I expect?
Since no two patients have the exact same dental condition or discolouration, the results achieved by teeth whitening varies from person to person and cannot be guaranteed. Depending on the individual, the In-Chair Zoom Whitening is able to deliver up to 8 shades of whitening within a one-hour dental appointment.
Does it hurt?
While some people may experience slight discomfort during the whitening treatment, it mostly relates to pre-existing tooth sensitivity or untreated pre-existing dental conditions. The whitening process itself should be painless. The Zoom Whitening system is the only system that has built in medication that reduces tooth sensitivity and allows for a more comfortable procedure.
What about sensitivity after the procedure?
Tooth sensitivity usually lasts 24-48 hours post treatment. What it means is that the internal staining continues to break down over that time, meaning your teeth will continue to whiten. Application of a special post treatment gel provided by your dentist will help with the sensitivity. Nurofen or Paracetamol will also help ease the discomfort. Please note that people with existing sensitivity, gum recession, untreated caries, cracked teeth, open cavities and other conditions that cause sensitivity may have a more severe reaction that lasts longer.
Will fillings/Crowns/Bridges/Implants change colour?
Dental restorations such as porcelain crowns & bridges, dental implants and composite fillings cannot be chemically whitened therefore the patient may consider replacing them after the whitening treatment to match the surrounding tooth colour. Therefore we recommend a thorough examination prior to the whitening procedure to ensure you understand limitations of the treatment and have realistic expectations.
How long will my results last?
Results are NOT permanent and may need to be repeated within 6 months to a year or followed up by take-home treatments. Relapse can be accelerated by exposure to various staining agents – eg. red wine, coffee, tea etc. and poor oral hygiene.