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Tooth whitening

The Wigmore Dental Clinic brings to you the very latest way to whiten your teeth. We all want to look our best and a brighter, whiter smile can do so much to enhance your appearance. We can whiten your teeth by up to 10 shades in only 60 minutes, allowing you to smile with confidence.
We have all seen "Extreme Makeover", the number one hit show on Living TV. Zoom 2 has played a key role in the show, helping to create the amazing smiles that are so important to the whole new look and it’s available NOW at The Wigmore Dental Clinic.

Foods that darken your smile

We're all born with naturally white smiles. Unfortunately, over time these white smiles fade. Making matters worse, the foods we eat attack our white smiles. After brushing, our teeth quickly become covered with a clear colorless layer of protein known as the pellicle. Food stains stick to this protein pellicle, blotching our white smiles.
Especially damaging are:

  • Foods like soy sauce, berries, curry, coffee, red wine, and tea. These foods easily stain teeth.
  • Extremely hot or cold liquids. These are dangerous to your white smile because they change the temperature of your teeth. This temperature change causes teeth to expand and contract, allowing stains to penetrate your teeth.
  • Try cutting down on these types of drinks or try drinking them through a straw to reduce the amount of time they are in contact with your teeth.
  • Foods that are slightly acidic. These foods open up the pores of the tooth enamel allowing stains to more easily move into your teeth.
  • Tobacco. This is one of the biggest culprits in ruining white smiles. Tobacco quickly stains teeth yellow.

How whitening toothpastes work

Many whitening toothpastes use harsh abrasives to remove stains. This wears the white enamel outside layer of teeth away, revealing more of the underlying dentine layer. Dentine is yellow in colour. In other words, overuse of these abrasive toothpastes will make teeth look more yellow, not whiter.

Tooth whitening a very safe, inexpensive, and effective cosmetic treatment. Unlike whitening toothpastes that remove stains to reveal the underlying whiteness of teeth, bleaching agents actual make teeth whiter.

Typically bleaching can last 5-10 years depending on whether or not you smoke, consume acid containing foods, or consume staining foods like red wines and coffee. .

There are 3 major bleaching methods:

  1. Over-the-counter (store bought) home bleaching kits
  2. Dentist supervised take home bleaching kits and
  3. Dentist in-surgery bleaching procedures.

It is important to know that not all bleaching methods are created equal, providing varied results. In the next few pages we'll discuss the various bleaching options and the pros and cons of each.

Hazards of over the counter

Over The Counter bleaching systems are take home kits which you can buy at the local store, order by mail-order, or buy off the internet. Usually they are relatively inexpensive costing.
A bleaching agent is applied to a mouth tray and the tray is then inserted into the mouth for 1-4 hours. Treatment lasts between 2-4 weeks. We personally do not recommend these kits for two reasons:

First, many of these kits contain a standard mouth tray. Because the trays are standard (made to fit everyone), they tend not to fit snugly. Consequently, you may be ingesting bleaching agent. In addition, trays which are not custom made allow bleach to seep onto and irritate gum tissue.

Second, dentists do not check your teeth and gums when you use these systems to determine if the bleaching process is proceeding safely and to ensure that you are not injuring your teeth.

Dentist Supervised Home Kits

Dentist supervised home systems are generally safer and more effective than over-the-counter kits. With these systems the dentist takes an accurate impression of your teeth. This is then used to create custom mouth trays which snugly fit your teeth therefore resulting in less agent being swallowed.The patient takes the trays and bleaching agent home. Each night for a few weeks the patient places bleaching agent on the trays and places the trays in his or her mouth. A brief visit to the dentist ensures that you are doing the home treatments correctly and allows the dentist to inspect your gums for irritation. The drawbacks of this technique are that they are time consuming and messy.

Dental in chair whitening procedure

This is the absolute quickest, most professional and most effective way to whiten teeth.

We use ZOOM 2 (as seen on television’s “Extreme Makeover”) with hydrogen peroxide as its primary ingredient for optimum whitening. The whitening gel is applied to the teeth and then energized by a powerful but safe light source which brightens your teeth to their optimum natural whiteness in about an hour. The entire procedure is safe and gentle on teeth and has no negative impact whatsoever on enamel, gum tissue or existing fillings.

Perhaps the best adjective to describe the end result of the power whitening process is natural. The procedure does not make your teeth appear to have been painted white. It removes stains but does not change the inherent color of your teeth. Instead, it “resets” the natural color of your teeth, producing a more natural-looking, whiter smile, turning the clock back by decades!

Power teeth whitening technology was designed for one specific purpose--to provide optimum natural whiteness in the minimum time possible. The procedure was developed to meet the demands of people who have neither the time nor the inclination to devote hours, days or even months to a personal teeth whitening regimen. With the power whitening system, all teeth are exposed to the energizing light at the same time, rather than tooth-by-tooth. And rather than passively "soaking" teeth, power whitening produces an active chemical removal of stains--even those caused by years of smoking. Optimum results are attained in the time it might take for a typical haircut

Safety and Comfort

The ZOOM 2 whitening process is the newest, fastest, safest way to whiten your teeth. It's also gentle. The process does not remove enamel, make it more porous or damage the teeth in any way. The procedure requires no Novocain or other anesthetic, because the treatment itself is painless. While there may be some sensitivity for up to 24 hours after the power whitening procedure, that sensitivity quickly disappears. The entire whitening process is completed in one session of slightly more than an hour. It is incredibly fast, gentle, safe and convenient.