Whitening: In-Practice vs. Take-Home Kits - Smiles Unlimited

Whitening: In-Practice vs. Take-Home Kits

January 16, 2021

Teeth Whitening - Philips Zoom! - Smiles Unlimited
Comparing before and after whitening treatment

Whitening your teeth can come in many forms. It is a great option when you are unhappy with the colour of your teeth or if you simply want a brighter smile.

One of the best clinically researched teeth whitening options is Philips Zoom! in-practice, which is very effective compared to other home-based solutions such as toothpaste, washes and stripes.

Protecting sensitive teeth while whitening them is our main concern and Philips Zoom! is the most reliable brand to offer the power of 3 layers of protection containing ACP (amorphous calcium phosphate), Potassium Nitrate and Fluoride. It is clinically proven to:

  • Minimise sensitivity and help aid the remineralisation process after whitening
  • Minimise post-treatment fade back
  • Give teeth a lustrous, glossy sheen

Home-based solutions remove surface stains by using abrasion or through a chemical reaction. Some contain silica that works by polishing the enamel. Others contain peroxide which breaks down the carbon bonds that cause yellow stains through a chemical reaction. Once they are broken down, the yellow stains are less prominent, making the teeth appear whiter.

One of the leading Zoom teeth whitening clinics in Sydney is us, Smiles Unlimited! We offer both teeth whitening solutions. But which one is right for you?

In-Office Whitening

In-practice procedure

The in-office dental whitening procedure can be done in one appointment and is a safe and effective form of bleaching. So at Smiles Unlimited, you can enjoy immediate results and a younger, whiter smile without the wait times!

Our simple, non-invasive treatment will minimise sensitivity and provide quick and noticeable results.

We recommend that all patients complete a hygiene appointment prior to the in-office dentist whitening procedure. This ensures that your teeth surfaces are clean before treatment for the best results. You will also be provided with a complimentary home maintenance kit.

BENEFITS:
• Instant results
• Reduces sensitivity
• The professional option administered by a learned and experienced medical expert
• Can last many years
• Less likely to risk gum irritation or damage
• You will also be provided with a complimentary home maintenance kit
• We offer a complimentary review one week after your whitening procedure
• No work is required on your end other than normal cleaning and maintenance after the whitening procedure. The dentist does all the heavy lifting.

Take-Home Kit

The trays hold the whitening gel in constant contact with the teeth, which facilitates the bleaching process. Gels contain carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide as the main bleaching agents. Fast-acting gels mainly contain higher hydrogen peroxide concentrations, making them more effective at removing surface stains and deep discoloration.

With pre-filled and moldable trays the whitening agent is usually hydrogen peroxide. This triggers the bleaching action as soon as it makes contact with your teeth. These trays stay in contact with teeth and are therefore fairly effective. Kits with LED light are similar to their counterparts. They are only differentiated by the LED light, which enhances the effect of hydrogen peroxide. 

Whitening can be performed by your dentist in the practice or at home. Over-the-counter treatments may be less expensive, but they require a longer treatment period. Furthermore, the risks of gum irritation from previous dental work increase. For quicker and more reliable results, speak to us about in-office or laser whitening. Results from a dentist-supervised procedure can last anywhere from one to five years (depending on your eating, drinking or smoking habits).

BENEFITS:
• Usually the cheaper option
• You control the process
• Can do it at your own pace. So your teeth will gradually get whiter rather than drastically whiter in one day. This may be a benefit to those who prefer to have a less noticeable process.

Should I choose professional treatment or use a home whitening system?

Your dentist performs whitening in the practice. Comparatively, you would administer whitening trays at home. Over-the-counter treatments may be less expensive, but they require a longer treatment period. Moreover, the risks of gum irritation or damage to previous dental work are increased. For quicker and more reliable results, speak to us about in-office or laser whitening. Results from a dentist-supervised whitening procedure can last anywhere from one to five years (depending on your eating, drinking or smoking habits).

So please give us a ring if you have any questions or concerns.

FAIRFIELD 02 9723 3366

GREGORY HILLS 02 7200 7333

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