Bleaching – Teeth whitening: Take on the smiles of the stars!

Gleaming white teeth are seen mostly on people in the media, but soon you will have your own. You’ll just have to look in the mirror and… smile! Modern dentistry and dental aesthetics make this possible with a treatment called “bleaching”. After the careful preparation of your teeth, we remove all unwanted discoloration, providing visible whitening of the enamel and a radiant smile. It’s a fast and safe procedure that will get you the results you want.

Natural teeth are subject to aging – over the years they suffer from various mechanical and chemical factors (like abrasion, nicotine, coffee, tea and red wine) and can darken in colour. Deceased and root-treated teeth can become discoloured and unsightly. Furthermore, age and congenital tooth colour play a role in the look of your teeth. Certain medications, malnutrition, tooth decay and inherited diseases that affect the tooth enamel may be cause for discolouration. It is important to know that tooth discoloration cannot be remedied by brushing your teeth, since the discoloration is stored beneath the tooth surface in the enamel and dentin. A professional dental cleaning before the bleaching is still needed to remove the layers of plaque.

Bleaching – How it works
Certain chemical, peroxide-based substances can be applied to the teeth by the dentist. The application of these bleaching agents is as simple as it is ingenious: they oxidize discoloured organic components that have formed or were deposited over time in or on teeth (this is tooth discolouration). The pigments in the teeth are treated so that discolourations are no longer visible. In effect the enamel is lightened. We use modern dentistry techniques that make sure that this process takes place in a gentle manner that protects both gum and teeth.

Power Bleaching / In-Office Bleaching: The 90-minute procedure for immediately lighter teeth

The fastest and most lasting method of bleaching! After an initial professional teeth cleaning (in a separate session beforehand), we cover the gums for protection and apply a bleaching agent directly to the teeth. Teeth are brightened in one single session. Our office uses the Zoom® method, which we present briefly below.

Zoom® Method: Radiant results from the market leader

Over one million successful treatments so far: let the facts speak for themselves! The Zoom® method is very effective, proven and time-saving. We too have received positive responses regarding this type of treatment and recommend it as the first choice in bleaching for immediate results.
The treatment process works like this:

  • First, the teeth are carefully cleaned
  • The lips are then protected with a well-adjusted lip guard
  • Subsequently, a special varnish is applied to the gums for protection
  • A patented bleaching gel is spread over the teeth and is activated with a special light. Carbamide peroxide in the gel now releases hydrogen peroxide, which diffuses into the teeth and there dissolves pigments
  • Finally, the teeth are polished with a fluoride gel
  • Radiant results are visible immediately. We also document the results for you with “before and after” photos

Things to know: The treatment may cause mild to moderate hypersensitivity of the teeth, which can continue for several days. Furthermore, in the first 24 hours the teeth surface will be a bit rougher and more porous, so they can be more susceptible to discolouring through coloured substances. Therefore, during this period, it is recommended that you refrain from consuming strongly coloured foods like red fruits or red wine for example.

Radiant results are visible immediately. We also document the results for you with “before and after” photos. The teeth usually reach the final colour a day later, which is preserved for a couple of months, depending on your habits (smoking accelerates the darkening for example).

Costs Power Bleaching: The cost is for the whole (visible) dentition 490 CHF.

Home Bleaching: Teeth whitening from the sofa

Homebleaching is more tedious and a bit more time-consuming than the in-office bleaching, but it has the more sustainable results (depending on the way of life up to 2 years).

Homebleaching works by means of custom-made splints, which are worn daily for about 2 hours for 5-10 days at home. Using the appropriate material you can also wear them overnight, which requires less time and discipline. Once made, the splints can be stored (after treatment has been completed) and later used for a renewed whitening of the teeth, or for fluoridation in between.

Before starting to bleach at home, you should be given a professional dental cleaning, since the teeth must first be completely cleaned and freed of discoloration. It should also be said that the longer duration of the treatment in the case of home bleaching can lead to temporary increased sensitivity of the teeth. On the other hand, there are materials that you can wear in the splints during one ore 2 nights that help, instead of the bleaching agent.

This version of teeth whitening costs around 450 CHF (including the follow-up). On top come 40-60 CHF material costs.

A big advantage lies in the possibility of repetition. You just need to reorder the material for a repeated bleaching. The splints are virtually indestructible and belong to you!

The material for home bleaching is also available in our office (40 – 60 CHF for 1 week duration of treatment, depending on the material).

We mostly use the long-proven and very well-tolerated material Opalescence, in a 10% or 16% solution that you can wear at night. Or for those who want to bleach during the day, the DayWhite from Philips.

SPECIAL OFFER in connection with power bleaching: Homebleaching for only 350 francs, incl. material = immediately white teeth with long-term effect!

If you want to maintain or even intensify the result of the power bleaching for a longer time, you can order the home bleaching kit after your whitening appointment. In addition, the impressions for the splints should be made beforehand – please inform us on time before your whitening appointment!

Let us advise you and then choose the dental bleaching method that best suits your needs!

Inner bleaching of dark, root-canal treated teeth

Individual, dark, root-treated teeth are charged at around 300CHF per round so-called “walking-bleach”. For this, the tooth is cleaned of the old material and discoloration inside the tooth crown and filled with a strong bleaching agent. The material remains in it for a week. Mostly one to two laps are enough.

On top come the costs for a new front tooth filling. Sometimes the tooth needs to be stabilized with a fiberglass pin or an existing metal pin replaced with an aesthetic fiberglass pin. The necessity is discussed with you by Ms Marinescu and a cost estimation is made.

This is a very gentle, yet cost-effective treatment of such teeth, which can usually disturb aesthetically in the front, because we can preserve the natural tooth structure and no artificial crown must be manufactured.