For coffee drinkers, smokers and people who enjoy red wine, getting rid of tooth stains may seem like an impossible dream. Yet advertising taunts us with stunning transformational images of teeth going from yellow to sparkling white.
Now there are many teeth whitening products available from pharmacies, online, and in dental offices. However, not all of them work well, and some of them are actually harmful to your teeth and also to your body.
Millions of Americans have benefited from Philips Zoom whitening treatment. And given its widespread demand, it’s clear that people love it. But it’s not perfect. Here are the top benefits and drawbacks to keep in mind when selecting your whitening system.
Eight Shades in 45 Minutes: According to Philips Zoom, it is clinically proven to whiten teeth by up to eight shades in a single 45-minute session. This is more than most at-home kits can achieve in two week
So, if you want big changes in a single whitening session, Zoom delivers. And this isn’t just a claim; Philips backs it up with data. According to their research, seven days after a whitening session, Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed showed statistically greater change in overall tooth color and shade than Ultradent Opalescence Boost PF. Patients corroborate the company’s claims, stating that they saw an amazing difference in their smile after just 45–60 minutes.
This light allows your dentist to customize the intensity settings, controlling how white your teeth get and how comfortable you feel during the process. The theory behind using an LED light is that it helps the whitening gel’s peroxide to break down faster, creating the free radicals that whiten the teeth.
Does this light actually do what they claim? It’s up for debate. Some research shows that LED lights do make a difference — and some shows that blue light doesn’t enhance whitening. We lean towards believing it does enhance whitening, since the research in favor of LED use in whitening is more recent than the studies showing it is ineffective.
This is the active whitening ingredient in their formula, and it’s the most common whitening agent used in professional gels. Zoom uses a 25% concentration, which is low for in-office whitening. By comparison, Opalescence Boost’s concentrations go up to 40% and KöR uses 34% hydremide peroxide, which is their proprietary hydrogen peroxide-based formula.
But Zoom’s gel is still significantly more powerful than at-home treatments, which usually have a concentration of 6.5% or less. For example, the Philips Zoom pen has just 5.25% hydrogen peroxide — significantly less than its in-office counterpart.
“You could use an ‘over-the-counter’ teeth whitening product. But do you really know about the chemicals they use? Don’t risk it!”
Teeth whitening products can contain toxic or unsafe ingredients. Teeth whiteners that are safe contain natural ingredients such as carbamide peroxide, sodium perborate, and potassium nitrate. These ingredients effectively bleach your enamel without damaging your teeth’ dentin or introducing allergens or toxins into your body.
On the other hand, toxic ingredients include polyethylene glycol, sodium hydroxide, diethanolamine (DEA), and ammonium hydroxide. These ingredients and others often appear in over-the-counter teeth whitening products and ones which are sold online. Over the counter (OTC) teeth whitening products can damage your teeth and also harm your body.
So, you could use an ‘over-the-counter’ teeth whitening product. But do you really know about the chemicals they use? Don’t risk it.
Even if you brush and floss on a regular basis, you may not be completely satisfied with the level of whiteness your teeth have. Certain types of nutritional habits and genetic conditions can make it harder to keep your smile bright with traditional methods.
Dr. Kyle Radin, teeth whitening dentist Cleveland Solon: “If you’re looking to improve your smile quickly for a special event or just to enjoy a higher level of dental health, teeth whitening in Solon (Cleveland), OH can be a great option. Good Health Dental can provide you with safe, gentle, and effective treatments to improve the appearance of your teeth.”
How does teeth whitening work exactly? Whether you’re an avid coffee drinker or you suffer from certain dental issues, it may be hard to get your teeth as white as you want them. Our dental professionals use high-quality equipment and modern procedures to help clean your teeth in an advanced manner. Not only does this target stubborn stains, but it helps you enjoy a greater level of dental health.
Some may think the thorough nature of teeth whitening also means that the position is rough and uncomfortable. Our facility provides teeth whitening in Solon (Cleveland), Ohio, in a manner that is gentle and safe. Our advanced equipment ensure the procedure is as comfortable as possible. Our dental team can also advise you on how to keep your teeth whiter for a longer period of time.
If you have a special event coming up or if you’ve grown frustrated with trying to get a whiter smile from brushing alone, Good Health Dental is here to help! We have the advanced technology and team to comfortably provide you with a whiter smile.
Dr. Kyle Radin believes that healthy cosmetic dentistry should be clear, easy to find, and accessible to everyone. Dr. Radin has helped lots of patients improve their oral health and the appearance of their teeth through safe, non-toxic cosmetic treatments, including teeth whitening.
At his Cleveland dental office, every aspect of cosmetic dentistry treatments is chosen for its safety and effectiveness, with the whole body health of his patients in mind.