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In-office Teeth Whitening

Bangkok International Dental Center (BIDC) and its dental clinics are known for aesthetic dentistry. Our cosmetic dentists have previously used various global whitening brands over past 10 years. Prior systems include laser teeth whiteningm, Pola teeth whitening and BriteSmile. Although each brand has its patents and properties difference, Zoom teeth whitening by Philips from the USA is one of the most popular opted whitening systems.

Philips Zoom has been successful in terms of results and popularity. 

  • It has an established history for providing good whitening results
  • Clinical studies* show it is a safe and effective system. 
  • The zoom whitening package contains ACP relief gel that can be applied after the whitening treatment shown to reduce potential sensitivity and adds a luster coating to protect your teeth enamel. 

Benefits of In-office Tooth Whitening

Many people do in-office teeth whitening relative to take home bleaching for several reasons.

  • Treated by professional dentists : Initial checks are done to ensure that tooth whitening treatment is suited for you
  • Fast treatment time : completed in one visit in just over one hour
  • No need to wear the tray : results are instant and immediate without the need for messy over night trays used for at-home whitening systems
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Preferred Authorized Zoom Teeth Whitening Provider

BIDC is certified as a preferred authorized dental clinic for Zoom tooth bleaching. This ensures patented and genuine products are used. 

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Ranges of Zoom Tooth Whitening

As BIDC is certified authorized Zoom!™ whitening provider, you are assured that genuine patented whitening gels are used at our dental clinics. Every box of zoom whitening package is meant for one individual patient use. We check and verify our batches of teeth whitening agents. You are able to request with our dentists to have your zoom whitening box opened in front of you to assure there is no sharing whitening packages or using 3rd party gels that other dental clinics in Thailand may do so in an effort to reduce tooth bleaching fees.

There are various versions of Zoom teeth whitening over its past history. Our dental clinics updates our technologies with the latest range of whitening gels. This ensures the patented products is always safe and more effective. Studies have shown that the latest zoom procedure experience up to 67% less sensitivity than with the previous zoom version. It is also 33% faster with results in 45 minutes*.

The zoom tooth whitening system was made popular from America’s ABC channel prime-time television Extreme Makeover. The Zoom whitening system is scientifically proven and a patented procedure*. 

Zoom! Tooth Whitening
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Zoom teeth whitening is a safe bleaching procedure completed in one visit. Whitening gel is applied to the enamel (the protective coating) of the tooth and heated with a special lamp. The heat breaks down the gel and releases oxygen into the teeth’s dentin (the main, hard part of the tooth). This oxygen bleaches the teeth without harming teeth.

Zoom! 2 Advance Power

Zoom! 2™ tooth whitening is the next generation zoom teeth whitening treatment. Patients experience up to 67% less sensitivity than with the previous Zoom! system. And it is also 33% faster with results in 45 minutes.

Philips Zoom! WhiteSpeed
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The latest Philips Zoom tooth whitening by Philips has an LED base lamp. Its Philips Relief ACP is an additional gel that provides luster and protects enamel. Zoom WhiteSpeed is the only in-office system that has variable intensity setting so each treatment can be customized to maximize patient comfort.

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The latest Philips Zoom tooth whitening by Philips has an LED base lamp. Its Philips Relief ACP is an additional gel that provides luster and protects enamel. Zoom WhiteSpeed is the only in-office system that has variable intensity setting so each treatment can be customized to maximize patient comfort.

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Procedure for Zoom Teeth Whitening Treatment

  1. First evaluation and pre-whitening tooth shade selection
    • before starting, your dentists does a pre-whitening tooth shade comparison of your existing teeth. The color shade is selected with you from an array of tooth-shaped porcelain tabs 
    • professional dental scaling and polishing is usally done before the bleaching treatment is performed. This is however optional if your teeth are already clean
  2. Isolate teeth to be whitened
    • A dental dam is placed along your gum line to isolate teeth from your gums. This prevents the whitening agent from irritating or damaging soft oral tissues
  3. Place eye shades for protection
  4. Apply whitening gel
    • your teeth is dried and the bleaching compound is applied
  5. Expose whitening gel to light
    • the light source activates the whitening gel. This “activation” shortens the required treatment time aned makes the whitener more effective
  6. Leave whitening gel for a prescribed time
  7. Remove whitening gel
    • the whitening gel and dental dam is washed and suctioned off
  8. Determine post-bleaching tooth shade
    • after the bleaching treatment, your dentist does a teeth shade evaluation with you to see how many shades your in-office whitening has achieved

Recovery Expectations

Some people who undergo in-office teeth whitening may experience some sensitivity in their teeth. This sensitivity should be go away within a few days, normally after 1-2 days. This is especially so if you have a prior tendency for sensitive teeth.

Postcare Instructions for Zoom Teeth Whitening

  1. Avoid consuming color-staining foods and drinks (such as coffee, tea, red wine, coke, etc.) as well as smoking for at least one week
  2. Proper oral hygiene care should be carried out to maintain and avoid diminished whitening results
  3. If experiencing some sensitivity in teeth after zoom tooth whitening
    • Avoid hot, cold or acidic food and beverages
    • Take pain medications as directed by your dentist
    • Use flouride rinse and toothpaste for sensivity teeth

Care for Tooth Whitened Teeth

  • Brush at least twice a day. It is good practice to brush after eating and before bedtime.
  • Floss at least once to twice a day.
  • Rinse with fluoride rinse before bed. Swish the fluoride rinse vigorously in your mouth for at least one minute. Do not swallow any of the rinse.
  • See your dentist for regular professional check-ups and cleanings

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Tooth Whitening

Having tooth whitening in Thailand is a non-invasive and quick cosmetic dental treatment that can make a difference to your smile. When choosing to do tooth bleaching, here are some commonly asked questions by our patients:

Is professional tooth whitening safe?

According to the latest scientific findings it damages neither teeth and gums nor existing fillings you may have. Having teeth whitening done at the dental offices allows your dentist to check that you are suitable for whitening treatments and it is a suited option is resolving any current concerns.

At BIDC bangkok dental clinics, checkup and consultation is free. You are therefore able to discuss on the type of teeth whitening system for you as well as get a cost estimate. There is no obligation to start or have treatment after a consult. For some cases, you may not need teeth whitening whereby simple teeth cleaning, scaling and polishing may be suffice for you. 

Is tooth whitening suitable for everybody?

No. There are certain groups of people such as infants, pregnant women and nursing mothers that should not have teeth whitening treatment done. Regardless of whether having in-office teeth whitening or at home bleaching kits, always consult your dentist as to whether whitening is suitable for your case. For some teeth problems, whitening of teeth may actually make the issue more visible. See Considerations for Tooth Whitening

How long does the treatment take?

The acutal in-office tooth whitening treatments normally takes completed an hour to complete. Additional timings of 30 minutes or more may be given for the process of an oral checkup, consultation on advise and instructional care. 

If you decide to have teeth polishing, cleaning, scaling done. This can be opted before the start of the whitening procedure taking up another 30 minutes.

Therefore, the total timing for a typical in-office teeth whitening visit is about one and half hours to 2 hours.

How long does professional tooth whitening last?

Tooth whitening is not permanent. How long your whitening results lasts will vary with your eating habits, age and dental hygiene.

People who expose their teeth to foods and beverages that cause staining may see the whiteness fade faster in about 1 month. For those who avoid color-staining foods and beverages and do not smoke with good oral hygiene, results can last for about a year. Various factors strongly influence the duration of your bleaching effect.

The degree of whiteness will vary from individual to individual depending on the condition of the teeth, nature of the stain and the type of bleaching system used.

Do I have to consult my dentist in any case?

We will recommend you to do so. Your dentist can examine and work out the right dosage and treatment schedule as well as whether teeth whitening treatment is suited for your case and addresses your concerns.

What is laser teeth whitening? And how does it differ to Zoom whitening?

Laser teeth whitening is a type of in-office teeth whitening system. Instead of using LED light that is used in Zoom teeth whitening, a laser is used to activate the whitening agent. Laser teeth whitening was a popular term and system used as a past teeth whitening system. Nowadays, the preferred and chosen light source for teeth whitening treatments to activate whiteners are LEDs. This is due to its cost effectiveness, efficiency and safety. Lasers machines require callibraton and its light beam needs to be used with care.

The end results of teeth whitening is not so much dependent on the light source, but that the patented whitening gel acts with the correct wavelength of the light source. 

What kind of results can be expected with professional teeth whitening treatments?

For the vast majority of teeth whitening treatmenst, a peroxide-based gel is used to whiten teeth. The whitening results you could achieve at in-office and with a tray-based home whitening system is simliar. 

The main advantage of professional whitening treatments is not the degree of lightening but the fact that the whitening effect is seen instantly. Your dentists uses a higher concentration of whiteners compared to home whitening gels and the agent is accelerated with light. 

How many professional tooth whitening treatments will a person need?

Dentists and teeth whitening manufacturers often mention in-office teeth whitening is done in one visit in one hour. Professional in-office whitening do normally provide for tooth color change within one visit.

On the other hand, there has been dental literature that mentions the average number of professional whitening treatments to make the patients happy is three. When determining if professional teeth bleaching treatment is for you, do consider that you may require more than one session. These extra appointments will require further time commitment and cost on your part.

Why are some professional tooth whitening systems followed up with an at-home whitener as well?

The protocol for some professional teeth whitening systems includes both in-office and at-home whitening treatments. This is because:

  1. Some of the immediate tooth color change achieved by professional teeth whitening treatments may actually be due to a dehydration effect.
  2. It can often take between two to six in-office bleaching treatments before a patient is satisfied with the degree of whitening that has been achieved.

Your dentist is relying on in-office bleaching treatment to provide a quick and noticeable color change. The at-home teeth whitening treatments that you performs thereafter helps to compensate for the short-term color relapse due to the loss of the tooth dehydration effect. Additionally, the at-home treatments take the total whitening effect possible for that person from using peroxide-based whiteners to its endpoint.

Professional teeth whitening treatments are characteristically performed on those teeth towards the front of a person’s mouth. An important step associated with the safety of professional teeth whitening treatments is that the dentist isolates the teeth being bleached so that the whitener does not come into contact with the patient’s soft tissues (gums, cheeks, and lips). This isolation is much more difficult to achieve with back teeth than with front teeth and this is why back teeth are often not treated during teeth whitening sessions.

There can be instances where a person’s back teeth (especially their upper molars) do show prominently when they smile. If this is the case, an at-home teeth whitening system can provide a means by which to lighten the back teeth so their coloration blends in and matches with the new shade of the anterior teeth. You will need to ask your dentist if there is a package offer to having both in-office and take home bleaching done together.

What is the difference between an over-the counter whitening products and dentists' supervised whitening products?

There are differences between the over the counter and dentist prescribed whitening:

  1. Strength of bleaching agent. Over-the-counter home use products and dentist-supervised at-home products usually contain a lower strength-bleaching agent.
  2. Mouthpiece trays. With dentist-supervised at-home bleaching products, your dentist takes an impression of your teeth for a custom-made mouthpiece tray to exactly fit your teeth. This customization allows for maximum contact between the whitening gel and the teeth. Over-the-counter whitening products contain a free size mouthpiece tray that may be ill-fitting. This can irritate the gum and soft tissue. With in-office procedures, the bleaching agent is applied directly to the teeth.
  3. Additional protective measures. In the office setting, your dentist will apply either a gel to the gum tissue prior to treatment to protect your gums and oral cavity from the effects of the bleaching. Over-the-counter products don’t provide these extra protective measures.
  4. Costs. Over-the-counter bleaching systems are a less expensive option.
  5. Supervised vs. unsupervised process. For a dentist supervised at-home bleaching, an oral examination is performed and your medical history is considered. This helps determine how your teeth became discolored and if bleaching is an appropriate course of treatment.

*Reference source of clinical studies has been taken from Philips Zoom and Science Direct Papers.  

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