In Office Teeth Whitening Treatment
There's nothing that radiates health, happiness and even success like a
sparkling white smile. So it's no wonder many people choose whitening to
improve the appearance of their teeth. In fact, whitening is one of the
least expensive cosmetic remedies available to enhance a faded smile.
It can be done at home or at your dentist's office, using a variety of
products and techniques. But even if you are only considering an at-home
whitening approach, it's best to have a dental exam first to make sure
your discoloration is not due to a condition in need of treatment. Your
dentist can also help you choose the most effective whitening method for
your particular situation.
What is Zoom Teeth Whitening?
teeth whitening is a procedure performed at the dentist’s office by
your dentist or a trained clinician. It is considered to be the fastest
and most effective form of teeth whitening. The process usually takes
under an hour from start to finish.
Before your appointment for
Zoom your dentist will usually schedule a regular cleaning and ensure
that you don’t have any current dental problems that need to be
The Zoom Whitening Procedure
step is to be sure your lips and gums are covered. This will keep the
whitening solution off those areas and keep it only on the teeth.
the teeth are exposed a special hydrogen peroxide whitening gel is
applied to the teeth. Then a special light developed to activate the
whitening gel is aimed at your teeth.
You will need a total of 3
coats of the gel for this procedure. The gel is removed after 15 minutes
and a new layer applied twice.
After the last 15 minute session a
special fluoride gel is applied. This gel is used to reduce any
sensitivity that the whitening gel may have caused.
Before you go
home you will receive a special Zoom whitening touch up kit to take
home. The kit includes trays that are custom fit and whitening gel. You
dentist will explain how to use the kit to keep your teeth white longer.
Benefits of Zoom
1) Zoom is the fastest
procedure to whiten teeth. You see results immediately after the
procedure. Zoom provides the best treatment for teeth whitening and can
lighten your teeth up to 10 shades lighter.
2) Zoom is
customizable so you can pick which shade of white you prefer. So you
have a choice to go only a few shades lighter or make them so white they
are almost translucent.
3) Zoom teeth whitening lasts a
long time. You get the take home kit for touch ups which allows you to
extend the length of time Zoom keeps your teeth white.
4) Zoom is a safe procedure and has very few side effects, the main one is
tooth sensitivity which is why the special fluoride gel is applied
after the procedure. If you still suffer some sensitivity it will fade
5) The procedure is very comfortable for patients.
6) Zoom is performed by a dentist or specially trained clinician
who will monitor the procedure and ensure nothing goes wrong.
7) The whitening gel penetrates the tooth enamel to be able to remove
difficult stains that at home kits are unable to remove.
8) Whiter teeth can help to boost your confidence. You will not longer have to be afraid to smile in front of others.
What Causes Teeth Staining or Discoloration?
There are two types of tooth discoloration: Extrinsic (external or surface) and intrinsic (internal).
staining is caused by substances that come in contact with the tooth.
Big culprits are tobacco, either smoked or chewed, and foods containing
tannins such as red wine, coffee and tea.
discoloration can happen with aging as enamel loses its youthful
translucency, becoming less porous; this makes the underlying dentin
more visible as it thickens and becomes more yellow over time. Intrinsic
discoloration is also caused by exposure to excessive fluoride or the
antibiotic tetracycline during tooth-formation, inherited developmental
disorders, and jaundice in childhood. For teeth that have erupted
already, the main causes of intrinsic discoloration are tooth decay,
restorations, pulp death (root canal problems) and trauma to developing
It's possible to have both extrinsic and intrinsic discoloration at the same time.
What Are the Risks of Teeth Whitening?
main risk is tooth sensitivity following bleaching and that varies with
a given product's concentration and the amount of time it is left on
the teeth. If sensitivity does occur, it usually lasts no more than one
to four days. Gums can also become irritated on contact with bleaching
solutions or by an ill-fitting mouth tray. It's important to wipe off
excess gel from your gums during whitening and to inform your dentist of
Is tooth whitening safe?
Yes, research and
clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a
dentist is safe. In fact, many dentists consider whitening the safest
cosmetic dental procedure available. As with any tooth whitening
product, Zoom! is not recommended for children under 13 years of age and
pregnant or lactating women.
Do the results last a long time?
following some simple post whitening care instructions, your teeth will
always be lighter than they were before. We recommend flossing,
brushing twice daily with Zoom! Whitening Toothpaste, and touch-ups with
Zoom! take-home gel. These are professional formula products designed
specifically to keep your teeth their brightest. They are available
through our office.
Is there any difference between over-the-counter tooth whiteners and Zoom!
Consulting with one of our doctors is always the first step to
whitening your teeth safely. Over-the-counter tooth whitening strips,
brush-on gels and toothpastes take weeks or months to whiten your teeth
just a few shades. Zoom! is clinically proven to whiten your teeth eight
shades* in one hour or six shades* in just one weekend.
How Can I Maintain My White Smile?
can make the brightness last longer by avoiding the foods and habits
mentioned above that cause staining. Some individuals may need a
touch-up whitening treatment in the dentist's office or at home once or
twice each year.
Call our cosmetic dentist arlington today at 781-648-0279 and we can schedule your next Zoom Whitening.