January 20, 2018, 6:49 pm
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Zoom your way to whiter teeth

WHITENING toothpastes may not work as well as they are advertised. It only works after a teeth whitening procedure to maintain white teeth.

“But if you really want to whiten your teeth, using only whitening toothpaste might work but the change is very minimal after using it for a long period of time,” said Dr. Farzaneh Jimenez Shamsi, a Filipino-Persian dentist.

Teeth become discolored because of many reasons. Certain food and drinks like coffee, tea, colas, wines, and certain fruits and vegetables (for example, apples and potatoes) can stain teeth. Smoking or chewing tobacco can also have the same effect. Of course, poor dental hygiene such as inadequate brushing and flossing to remove plaque and stain-producing substances can cause tooth discoloration.

Even age is a factor because as one ages, the outer layer of enamel on teeth gets worn away, revealing the natural yellow color of dentin.

“Excessive fluoride either from environmental sources , meaning naturally high fluoride levels in water, or from excessive use like fluoride applications, rinses, toothpaste, and fluoride supplements taken by mouth, can cause teeth discoloration. Also head and neck radiation and chemotherapy, as well as certain infections in pregnant mothers can by affect enamel development and cause tooth discoloration in the infant,” explained Dr. Far, who completed her Doctorate of Dental Medicine at the Centro Escolar University and grabbed the opportunity to earn her second dental license as Doctor of Dental Surgery in Iran.

But fret not, assured Dr. Far. It is possible to have very white teeth. And it is not that difficult.

Fashion Smile Clinic uses the most advanced laser teeth whitening system, the Zoom Teeth Whitening procedure. The Zoom! Laser activated whitening gel’’s active ingredient is Hydrogen Peroxide. As the Hydrogen Peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin, bleaching colored substances while the structure of the tooth is unchanged.

An average of four sessions that can be done in one sitting of 45 minutes each can make teeth eight times whiter. After Zoom teeth whitening, Fashion Smile gives its patients a teeth whitening kit that they can use once a week or once a month to maintain their white teeth. Patients are also advised to avoid smoking and eating food that stains teeth.

At around 7,500 pesos per session, the Zoom procedure is well worth it for pearly whites that bring confidence and a fashionable smile that never goes out of style.
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