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Home care instructions for ZOOM in-chair whitening 

In your take home whitening kit you will receive the following:

  • 2 x clear plastic trays made especially for your teeth
  • 1 x syringe of whitening gel
  • 1 x retainer box to store your whitening trays
  • 1x syringe of Relief Gel
  • Colgate Pro Relief Toothpaste (desensitising tooth paste)
  • If your models have been given to you, please store them for safe keeping

How to apply the whitening gel

 After you have brushed and flossed your teeth: 

  • Remove the lid on the syringe and replace with a triangle tip using a twist and pull motion. 
  • Place a small drop into the space where each tooth will fit. Make sure you only put the solution where you want to whiten. This means the part of the tray that will be in contact with the ‘smiling’ surface of your teeth. Most people only whiten to the first molar (big tooth).
  • Place the trays over your teeth and gently press into position. If excess solution squeezes out the top of your trays, you have used too much solution. Don’t worry – simply remove the excess solution with your finger or a cotton tip as this excess can irritate your gums. Next time use less to avoid overflow.
  • When you have completed whitening, rinse your mouth and trays out under cold water and place them in the retainer box provided till you are ready to whiten again. Do not use hot water as it can warp the trays. 

Some people find their gums peel around where the trays sit. This is just the dead layer of skin coming off, but can make the gums a little tender. This usually happens when you use too much solution.

Top-up whitening gel

The colour of your teeth will continue to brighten 72 hours after the procedure. 

After the 72 hour period, if you want your teeth to be even whiter, use the top–up whitening gel. Alternatively, the top-up whitening gel can be kept for future touch-up of the colour.

Top-up gel can be used for up to 3 sessions. 

Use 2 x daily for 15 minutes or 1x day for 30 mins. 

After the ZOOM procedure, it’s normal for teeth to gradually regress somewhat in colour over time. The degree of regression can be affected by diet and lifestyle choices such as black coffee, red wine, tea, curry, beetroot juice, soy sauce, coke etc. It is recommended that you avoid eating and drinking heavily coloured foods and liquids for one week after the ZOOM in-office whitening procedure.  

Tooth sensitivity/pain

During the first 48 hours after ZOOM treatment, some people can experience some tooth sensitivity or pain. This is normal and usually mild, but it can be worse in susceptible individuals. 

Tooth sensitivity or pain following a ZOOM treatment should subside within 48 hours, but in rare cases can persist for longer periods of time.

Keep your trays safe so that you can use them again year after year. Whitening solution can be purchased directly from us as required.

If you experience ongoing sensitivity or pain or have any questions or concerns regarding whitening, contact bc dental on 03 9589 2675.

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