Due to the increased importance of aesthetics and a beautiful smile in today's modern society, a significant number of our patients decide to get their teeth whitened. In a very efficient and a relatively simple way, in just one visit, you can get a nice bright smile, full of white teeth.
Teeth whitening with a "Zaap" lamp
At Dental Esthetic Center we use the most technologically advanced teeth whitening method - the “Zaap” lamp. The procedure takes about 45 minutes during which we can whiten the teeth by a few shades. This procedure is pleasant and painless.
When using this method, we first protect the gums with a special material and then apply the whitening gel (carbamide peroxide) to the teeth, which is then activated by the blue light of a special wavelength from the “Zaap lamp”.
In most cases, this procedure is repeated three times for 15 minutes, which is usually long enough to achieve the desired nuance.
Tooth whitening at home using foil and gel
If there is a need for it, teeth whitening can also be performed at home.
When you visit us at Dental Esthetic Center for the first time, we will take a tooth imprint which will help us create unique thin, transparent, plastic foils just for you.
Carbamide peroxide gel is then applied to the foil that is placed on the teeth. Depending on the gel concentration and the desired bleaching rate, the application is several hours a day or a night, during sleep. In order to get the desired nuance, the process can take a week or two.
This method is slower and requires more personal engagement, but it gives somewhat more solid results.
We often combine both methods.
First, we obtain the desired nuance in our centre, using the "Zapp" lamp, and then we maintain it with occasional foil and gel whitening procedures at home.
Prerequisites for teeth whitening, procedure safety and results durability
Prior to the teeth whitening procedure, professional consultation with a dentist is necessary. A caries restoration, a professional periodontal cleaning and a teeth polishing are also required.
The whitening process is most effective on teeth that do not have a lot of restoration (fillings). The whitening agent works only on the dental tissue, and does not work on the fillings (seals) or the crowns. A treated tooth of a highly altered colour, with crowns or with extensive fillings will not be whitened with these procedures. Such a tooth will require a different kind of treatment (such as creating zircon or ceramic crowns and bridges or veneers).
Investigations and clinical studies show that whitening under a doctor's supervision is safe. Carbamide peroxide used in the formulations is PH-neutral, does not damage the tooth enamel and is approved by the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration).
After the whitening, the teeth will naturally be lighter than they were, but in some cases it is necessary to repeat the procedure after one to two years.
Frequent consumption of dark-coloured drinks such as coffee, tea, Coca Cola, red wine and especially smoking reduce the effect of teeth whitening. After a certain period of time, the teeth tarnish and their nuance change. In this case we can repeat the procedure once or twice a year in order to maintain the desired whiteness of the teeth.
In order to make whitening results as perennial as possible, it is very important to maintain meticulous hygiene of your teeth and the oral cavity, avoid smoking and have a professional cleaning of dental plaque and calculus done twice a year.