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Are you tired of hiding your smile because of stained or discoloured teeth? Zoom in chair teeth whitening could be the solution you’ve been looking for. This ultimate guide will walk you through everything you need to know about this popular cosmetic dentist treatment.

From understanding the process to managing your expectations, we’ll cover it all. In chair teeth whitening is a safe and effective way for you to achieve a brighter, whiter smile in just one session.

Whether you have an upcoming event or simply want to boost your confidence, this guide will provide you with valuable insights and tips to ensure you get the most out of your teeth whitening experience. So, get ready to say goodbye to those coffee, tea, or wine stains and say hello to a dazzling smile that will leave a lasting impression. Let’s dive in and discover the secrets to a radiant smile with in-chair teeth whitening.

How does teeth whitening work?

In chair teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure performed by a dentist or dental professional. It involves the use of a high concentration bleaching gel that will lighten the colour of your teeth. The process is conducted in a dentist’s clinic and can be completed in a single session, usually lasting between 60 to 90 minutes. At Lifestylesmiles, we use Zoom because it’s arguably the best in chair whitening product in the market, worldwide.

The first step in the process is a thorough examination of your teeth and gums to ensure they are healthy and suitable for teeth whitening. We may also take photographs or make impressions of your teeth to monitor the progress of the treatment. Once the preparation is complete, a protective barrier or gel is applied to your gums to shield them from the bleaching agent.

Next, one of our dentists will apply the bleaching gel directly to your teeth. The gel contains hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, which breaks down into oxygen molecules that penetrate the enamel and dentin layers of your teeth. These oxygen molecules then target and break apart the chemical bonds that cause teeth discoloration, resulting in a whiter and brighter smile. We then  use a specialised light to activate the bleaching gel to the effectiveness.


Advantages of Zoom in-chair teeth whitening

In chair teeth whitening offers several advantages over at home whitening kits or other teeth whitening methods. One of the biggest advantages is the immediate results it provides. Unlike at home kits that may take weeks to show noticeable improvement  in-chair teeth whitening can deliver a significantly whiter smile in just one session. This makes it a popular choice for individuals with upcoming events or special occasions.

Another advantage is the professional guidance and expertise that comes with in chair teeth whitening. One of our qualified dentists at Lifestyle smiles will perform the treatment, ensuring that it is safe and tailored to your specific needs. They can also address any concerns or questions you may have and provide personalised aftercare instructions to maintain your newly whitened smile.

In chair teeth whitening is also a more controlled and precise method compared to at home kits. The bleaching gel used in professional treatments is of higher concentration, allowing for more effective and consistent results. Additionally, the use of protective barriers or gels helps minimize the risk of gum irritation or sensitivity during the treatment.


Preparing for a Zoom In-chair teeth whitening session

Before your in chair teeth whitening session, it’s important to follow some preparation guidelines to ensure the best possible results. Firstly, you should schedule a dental check-up to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy and suitable for teeth whitening. We will examine your oral health, address any concerns, and determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure.

It’s also advisable to have a professional dental cleaning prior to the teeth whitening session. This will remove any plaque or tartar buildup, allowing the bleaching gel to make direct contact with your teeth. A clean and smooth tooth surface will enhance the effectiveness of the whitening treatment.

In the days leading up to your appointment it’s important to avoid foods and drinks that can stain your teeth, such as coffee, tea, red wine, and dark-coloured fruits. These substances can interfere with the whitening process and compromise the results. Additionally, you should brush and floss your teeth regularly to maintain good oral hygiene.


What to expect during a Zoom In-chair teeth whitening session

During your in chair teeth whitening session, you can expect a comfortable and relaxing experience. The process typically begins with one of our dentists applying a protective barrier or gel to your gums to shield them from the bleaching gel. This step is crucial in preventing any potential irritation or sensitivity.

Once your gums are protected, the dentist will then apply the bleaching gel to your teeth. The gel is usually left on for a specific period, depending on the brand and concentration used. While the gel is working, you may be given protective eyewear and a bib to shield your eyes and clothes from any potential splatters.

At Lifestyle smiles we use a specialised light to activate the bleaching gel. This light activated treatment can help accelerate the whitening process and achieve even better results. The light is positioned over your teeth and you will be provided with special glasses to protect your eyes from the intense light.

During the treatment, you may experience a warm or tingling sensation in your teeth and gums. This is a normal and temporary side effect from the bleaching process. If you feel any discomfort or sensitivity please inform the dentist on the day and they can adjust the treatment accordingly.

Once the designated time is up, we will remove the bleaching gel and rinse your mouth thoroughly to remove any residue. They will then evaluate the shade of your teeth and compare it to your starting shade. You will be able to see the immediate results of the treatment, and your dentist may take after photos to document the transformation.


Tips for Prolonging Your Results

While teeth whitening results can last for a significant period, you can take steps to prolong the effects and maintain your dazzling smile:

  • Practise Good Oral Hygiene: Brush and floss regularly to keep your teeth free from plaque and stains.
  • Choose Foods Wisely: Limit consumption of stain-inducing items like coffee, tea, red wine, and brightly coloured foods.
  • Rinse After Eating: Swish water in your mouth after consuming stain-causing substances to minimise their impact.
  • Avoid Smoking: Tobacco products can lead to teeth discoloration; quitting or reducing usage can benefit your smile.
  • Touch-Up Treatments: Periodic touch-up whitening sessions with our dental team can help combat any gradual darkening over time.
  • Maintain Regular Check-Ups: Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are essential for maintaining your oral health and monitoring the longevity of your teeth whitening results.  

Potential side effects and risks of in-chair teeth whitening

While in chair teeth whitening is generally safe and well tolerated, there are some potential side effects and risks to be aware of. One common side effect is tooth sensitivity, which may occur during or after the treatment. This sensitivity is usually temporary and should resolve within a few days. Using a desensitising toothpaste or gel can help alleviate any discomfort.

Gum irritation or sensitivity is another possible side effect of in chair teeth whitening. This can occur if the bleaching gel comes into contact with the gums. Your dentist will take precautions to minimise this risk, but some individuals may still experience mild irritation. This should subside within a few days and rinsing with saltwater can provide relief.

In rare cases some individuals may experience an allergic reaction to the bleaching gel or other components used during the treatment. If you notice any unusual symptoms such as swelling, rash, or difficulty breathing please seek immediate medical attention.


Alternatives to in-chair teeth whitening

In chair teeth whitening may not be suitable for everyone, so there are a few alternatives to consider, depending on your preferences and budget. One popular option is the Opalescence at home teeth whitening kits, which involves the use of custom fit trays and a lower concentration bleaching gel. These kits allow for more flexibility and convenience, but the results may take longer to achieve.

Over-the-counter whitening strips and toothpaste’s are also commonly used for teeth whitening. These products are readily available and can help remove surface stains, but they may not provide the same level of whitening as professional treatments. It’s important to follow the instructions carefully and be aware of any potential risks or limitations.

For more severe cases of teeth discoloration or staining that cannot be effectively treated with traditional whitening methods, veneers or dental bonding may be recommended. These cosmetic procedures involve the use of thin porcelain shells or tooth coloured resin to cover the front surface of your teeth that provide a natural-looking and permanent solution for achieving a white smile.


Cost of Zoom in chair teeth whitening

The cost of in-chair teeth whitening can vary depending on several factors, including the location, reputation of the dental office, and the complexity of your case.

At Lifestylesmiles, the cost of Zoom In chair whitening is $590 for 90 minutes while take home whitening is $490. If you do both at the same time it’s only $790, saving you $290. It’s important to note that dental insurance typically does not cover the cost of cosmetic procedures, so you will likely be responsible for some out of pocket payments.

It’s worth considering the long-term benefits and immediate results that in-chair teeth whitening provides when evaluating the cost. While it may be a significant investment upfront, the confidence and satisfaction gained from a brighter smile can be priceless.


Choosing a reputable dentist or dental clinic for in-chair teeth whitening

When considering in-chair teeth whitening, it’s crucial to choose a reputable dentist or dental clinic to ensure a safe and effective treatment. Here are some tips to help you make an informed decision:

  • Research and read reviews: Take the time to research different dental offices or clinics in your area. Read online reviews and patient testimonials to get an idea of the quality of their services and the experiences of previous patients. Check out our success stories at Lifestyle smiles.
  • Check credentials and experience: Look for dentists or dental professionals who are experienced and specialised in cosmetic dentistry. Check their credentials, certifications, and any additional training they may have undergone. Our team at Lifestyle smiles are both experienced and trained to provide you with the best care possible.
  • Schedule a consultation: Before committing to the treatment, schedule a consultation with your dental professional to discuss your goals, concerns, and expectations. This will give you an opportunity to assess their knowledge, expertise, and the overall environment of the dental office.
  • Ask about the whitening process and aftercare: Inquire about the specific whitening process they use and the aftercare instructions they provide. A reputable dentist will take the time to explain the procedure, address any concerns, and provide comprehensive aftercare guidance.
  • Compare costs and additional services: While cost should not be the sole determining factor, it’s important to compare the prices of different dental offices. Take into consideration any additional services or benefits they may offer, such as touch-up treatments or maintenance programs.

A safe and effective way to achieve a brighter smile

In-chair teeth whitening is a safe and effective way to achieve a brighter and more confident smile. Understanding the process, preparing properly, and following the aftercare tips will help you get the most out of your teeth whitening experience.

Remember to choose a reputable dentist or dental clinic that prioritises your oral health and provides personalised care. With in-chair teeth whitening, you can say goodbye to stained or discoloured teeth and hello to a dazzling smile that will leave a lasting impression.

So, take the first step towards a radiant smile and schedule your in-chair teeth whitening session with Lifestyle smiles today!

Disclaimer: The material posted is for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Results vary with each patient. Any dental procedure carries risks and benefits. If you have any specific questions about any dental and/or medical matter, you should consult your dentist, physician or other professional healthcare providers.


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