BIMC Nusa Dua Dental Centre offers residents of Bali one of the most advanced teeth whitening systems available on the market assisting hundreds of patients since opening its doors in 2012.
Some compare Zoom Teeth Whitening to having a skin treatment at your local spa, which exfoliates stains from inside bringing them to their natural color. The process uses 25% hydrogen peroxide gel and UV light, the two combined activate the whitening process astonishingly well.
During the process a patient’s eyes, lips and gums are completely covered and protected for what is considered one of the safest procedures available in cosmetic dentistry. The process takes 60-90 minutes and can be easily maintained by self-treatments at home for lasting results of up to two years.
Your BIMC dentist will take a photo of your initial shade and then the final shade to see how much lighter your teeth have become. BIMC dentist Dr Harry Iskandar says “it’s true there is little way to accurately determine how many shades lighter an individual’s teeth will reach but what we can tell you for certain is the whitening process removes stains that we all accumulate over the years.”
Dr Harry Iskandar says the whitened shade that is reached is one’s natural teeth color, the one that you had all those years back, is always different from one person to the next although most certainly the whitening results will look natural and not like veneers.
“The color of the teeth” Dr Harry Iskandar maintains “is influenced by a combination of intrinsic color and the presence of any extrinsic stains that may form on the tooth surface.” Intrinsic tooth color is associated with the light scattering and adsorption properties of the enamel and dentine, with the properties of dentine playing a major role in determining the overall tooth color.
Extrinsic stains on the other hand tend to form in areas of the teeth that are less accessible to tooth brushing and the abrasive action of toothpaste and often promoted by smoking and dietary intake.
BIMC dentists assure their regular teeth whitening clients, they are able to measure, using a shade guide, how much lighter a patient’s teeth have gotten in one treatment. However, they also point out that immediately after the whitening process teeth are typically dehydrated, as they’ve lost moisture. Several days pass however and there’s a return of whiteness as the teeth regain their moisture and one’s natural color.
Dr Harry Iskandar also affirms any previous dental work does not change their original color as well as crowns and veneers which are made of porcelain, the shade of which cannot be changed as well as fillings.
That doesn’t mean that you should not do whitening if you have a crown, veneer, or a filling on a front tooth. Often the color of the restorative work is actually lighter than the rest of the teeth. Over the years the natural teeth may have gotten stained or the shade was never matched perfectly in the first place.
Dietary Restrictions Post Treatment
For the first 48 hours the pores in one’s enamel are open, therefore they can absorb stains faster than before. We provide our clients the take away knowledge of what they can and cannot eat or drink during that time. As a rule, anything that stains a white shirt will stain your teeth. We realize that the diet is very restrictive. Please do your best, if you happen to eat or drink something you shouldn’t then brush your teeth or rinse with water right after. If you plan on drinking coffee consider doing so with a straw so only the back of your teeth are exposed to coffee.
The BIMC Dental Centre is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 9pm and Saturday and Sunday 9am to 4pm