It's the end of October and we have not posted our case of the month for September! We have so busy and time flies but here it is; a fabulous case involving Phillips ZOOM tooth whitening followed by bonding or cosmetic bonding.
There are so many tooth whitening options at the moment that it can be confusing which one to choose. In general, all whitening systems involve the use of hydrogen peroxide usually at a concentration of 6%. In the past, we were able to use 35% or even greater but due to EU legislation, we have been restricted to 6% for a few years. However, the results with 6% can be just as good and this case demonstrates this well.
Our preferred method, for the best results, is a combination of Phillips ZOOM LED in surgery whitening and a take home kit. The in surgery part takes about 90 minutes - just sit back and relax! As LED lights are used to activate the whitening gel, there is minimal heat and hence minimal sensitivity. This should then be followed up with a few more days with the take home kit we will provide for optimal effects. Tooth whitening can be topped up simply using the home whitening kit after 6-12 months. We should point out that during the process, try to avoid heavily staining foods and drinks such as curries, oily foods, beetroot, red wine and black coffee for example.
Tooth whitening should always be completed first prior to cosmetic bonding or teeth bonding. This is because we can then match the colour of the new whitened teeth. It does not work the other way around!
In our case, the area for bonding is obvious. There was an extra piece of tooth at the gum level which was dark and discoloured which had bothered our patient for her entire life. The part was removed and expert layered bonding by Dr Nissit Patel completely transformed the tooth. All of this in just 2 appointments. Here are the before and after photos:
As can be seen, the difference is amazing. Over the years, the bonding may need to be polished, refined, topped up and maintained but it is unlikely it will need full replacement unless further whitening is needed.
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