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?
Zoom 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 addressed first.
The Zoom Whitening Procedure
The first 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.
Once 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 ZoomTeeth Whitening
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 quickly.
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).
Extrinsic 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.
Intrinsic tooth 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 teeth.
It's possible to have both extrinsic and intrinsic discoloration at the same time.
What Are the Risks of Teeth Whitening?
The 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 any problems.
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?
By 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!
Yes! 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?
You 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 Natick today at 508-720-5000 and we can schedule your next Zoom Whitening.