Aesthetic Dentistry - Whitening, Icon, Bioclear

What is Teeth Whitening?

Teeth whitening is a procedure that lightens the colour of your teeth and helps to remove stains and discolouration. A number of factors may contribute to teeth discolouration, including the daily intake of food and drinks such as coffee, tea, certain fruit juices, and red wine, tobacco smoking, poor dental hygiene, advancing age, as well as certain diseases and medications.

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures, as it significantly enhances the appearance of your teeth.

At Neo Smiles Dental Studios, YOU are our priority, and we believe in providing quality and effective dental care with a compassionate touch. With this in mind, we offer a great teeth whitening solution for all our patients – the Philips Professional Zoom Dental Whitening Solution.

Philips Zoom Whitening is sought after by many for its efficacy in creating brighter and healthier smiles. When used in combination with the pH booster in the whitening gel, its advanced blue LED light-activated technology significantly accelerates the whitening process, leaving you with optimal results.

The result? Most patients will experience an impactful transformation following their clinical treatment session – a brighter and whiter smile!

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any side effects to teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is generally considered to be safe with no adverse consequences, but as with any other medical procedure, certain side effects may occur, including the following:

  1. Slight transient sensitivity to the teeth
  2. Irritation to the soft tissue (e.g. gums)
  3. Nausea or vomiting (usually due to accidental ingestion of the whitening gel in take-home whitening kits)

In order to obtain optimal results, it is advisable to steer clear from any foods or drinks, such as coffee and red wine, that can stain your newly whitened teeth in the first 48 hours following treatment.

How long does it last?

The results of teeth whitening typically last between one to three years, but may vary depending on the individual’s diet and habits (e.g., smoking)

What happens during teeth whitening?

The Initial Consultation

To decide whether teeth whitening will work well for you, your dentist will first examine your teeth and gums. After determining your candidacy for treatment, you will discuss your goals and likely results. Your cosmetic dentist will carry out a thorough assessment during your consultation before commencing any dental treatment. The appointment will generally begin with a detailed evaluation of your teeth and gums to determine if you are an eligible candidate for the teeth whitening treatment.

Following this, your goals and expectations will be discussed and they will walk you through the ins and outs of the procedure so that you are aware of what to expect.

With this information, your dentist can help you decide whether an in-office or at-home whitening treatment is the right option for you.

Professional Teeth Whitening

Your dentist will use a whitening gel with a medically safe level of peroxide. On average, the whitening treatment lasts for about an hour or so, and following the removal of the teeth stains by the whitening gel, you will be able to unveil a significantly whiter and brighter smile.

Dentist Supervised Home Kit

  • Whitens Your Teeth
  • Slower to See Results
  • 30 mins to 45 mins per session (Multi-session)
  • Convenient for Home Application
  • Best for Maintenance of Whitened Teeth

Philips Zoom! Professional In-Chair Whitening

  • Whitens your teeth
  • Effective immediately
  • 90 – 120 mins (One-time)
  • By Professionals

What is Icon Treatment?

Concerned about unsightly white or brown spots on your teeth? Neo Smiles provides ICON Infiltration Therapy, a dental restorative treatment that involves a minimally invasive and painless approach to treating intrinsic (internal) stains, markedly enhancing the aesthetics without causing any damage.

Such stains or discolourations can appear as spots or bands on the smooth surface of the tooth, and these lesions may develop due to several factors, including the following:

*Fluorosis – This dental condition arises due to an overexposure of fluoride in the early years of life.

*Dental caries – Arrested caries are certain areas of tooth decay that have stopped progressing, ending up as a brown spot on the teeth.

*Post-braces treatment – Braces may leave behind some discolouration, which usually occurs as a result of poor dental hygiene and tooth decay.

*Developmental defects of enamel (DDE) – During the process of odontogenesis (tooth development), enamel defects can be caused by a variety of factors, including trauma and infection, significantly affecting oral health and the appearance of teeth.

ICON spot whitening treatment works by employing an infiltration process that blends the white spots with the rest of the tooth’s surface.

Benefits of ICON Treatment

  • No drilling or injections are involved (minimally invasive), and is painless.
  • Suitable for many individuals, including children.
  • Results may last for a few years (less frequent touch-ups needed).
  • Preserves as much as healthy dental structure as possible.
  • No downtime is needed for recuperation; you can resume your daily routine right after the treatment!
  • The treatment is typically completed within one session.
teeth whitening
teeth whitening

Treatment Process:

  1. Cleaning and Preparation – Your teeth will initially be cleaned in a sterile environment and then prepared with an etching gel, which will open your dental pores allowing it to infiltrate the teeth.
  2. Resin Application – The ICON tooth-coloured liquid resin will then be applied directly to the tooth’s surface so that it can mask any white spots.
  3. Light-Curing – The resin is then dried with a dental curing light, enabling it to be absorbed quickly by areas that have white spots or where the enamel has weakened.
  4. Polishing – The final step involves polishing the ICON infiltrate that fills the discoloured spots to provide a more even effect.

The outcome? A beautiful and stronger set of teeth that is less sensitive with a more uniform colour.

For more information about this treatment or to book your ICON treatment consultation, feel free to contact our team at Neo Smiles today!

What is Bioclear?

Bioclear dental treatment involves a modern and innovative approach to restoring and enhancing the appearance of teeth, particularly in cases of cosmetic imperfections such as gaps and other minor dental issues. Unlike traditional methods like dental bonding or porcelain veneers, Bioclear utilises a unique and minimally invasive technique that can produce outstanding aesthetic results.

Treatment Process:

  1. Biofilm removal – Microorganisms live on the surface of teeth, and biofilm removal will help provide a clean surface for resin adhesions.
  2. Preparation – Composite preparations will be started to maximise enamel involvement.
  3. Matrix placement – Clear, anatomically shaped matrices are selected and placed along the teeth, serving as a mould for the composite material.
  4. Etching application – An etching material is applied to open pores, enabling proper adhesion.
  5. Injection Moulding – Infinity margin restorations are produced by injecting heated composite material into the matrices.
  6. Polishing – Once the matrices are removed and shaping has been carried out, polishing will be done to provide a stunning outcome.

One of the key advantages of Bioclear is its ability to address a wide range of dental concerns, such as diastema (gaps between teeth), tooth wear, misshapen or discoloured teeth, and even cases of black triangle teeth – the small, unattractive spaces that can develop between teeth due to gum recession. This treatment involves the use of a specialised composite resin material that is meticulously moulded around the teeth, filling gaps and reshaping them to create a more harmonious and aesthetically pleasing smile. The composite resin is carefully selected to match the natural colour of the patient’s teeth, ensuring a seamless blend and a beautiful, natural-looking result.

Additionally, Bioclear is less invasive than some other dental treatments, preserving more of the patient’s natural tooth structure. It is also known for its durability and longevity, providing patients with a long-lasting solution for cosmetic dental concerns.. Overall, Bioclear dental treatment has gained immense popularity for its ability to transform smiles and boost self-confidence. As a minimally invasive and cost-effective procedure, it is a highly effective alternative to traditional cosmetic dentistry options.

Neo Smiles Dental Studios is one of the early adopter clinics in Singapore to offer this innovative aesthetic treatment, and Bioclear has become one of our most popular post-brace treatments.

Book your consultation today!