If you are embarrassed by your yellowing or discolored teeth, know that you are not alone. A staggering 45 million Americans have had teeth whitening procedures to get a brighter and whiter smile.
Even though you may follow good dietary habits and brush twice a day, it may not be enough to keep dental discoloration at bay. Fortunately there are tooth whitening techniques like Zoom! that can help your teeth regain their natural luster and sparkle.
What is Zoom! Teeth Whitening?
Zoom! is a dental bleaching process that is very effective in lightening discoloration of the enamel and dentin. Tooth discoloration may be due to various factors like food, nicotine use, aging, and genetics.
Zoom! whitening process uses Zoom Advanced Power Chairside Lamp which can activate and accelerate the bleaching process of hydrogen peroxide in the whitening solution. With Zoom!, you can safely and effectively brighten your teeth up to eight shades in just an hour.
What Does Zoom! Teeth Whitening Involve?
At Serenity Dental, Dr. Welton will first determine whether Zoom! is the right treatment for you by performing a comprehensive exam of your teeth and gum. Once we ensure your teeth are healthy and know about your oral hygiene and lifestyle habit, we will start with the process.
Please know that any existing dental restorative work like veneers and crowns will not respond to the whitening treatment. That is why we advise you that if you need to get any restorative work done, you should first get a Zoom! whitening is done so that your restorations can better match the brightened color of your natural teeth.
We will start the process by applying a protective gel on your gums and then applying the Zoom! hydrogen peroxide whitening gel on your teeth that will break down the molecular bonds on the stains. We will then use the Zoom! lamp to shine a light on the bleaching gel to accelerate the whitening process.
The gel will remain in place for about 15 minutes during which the light will continue to activate it. There will be three such sessions, making the total treatment time of 45 minutes.
Once the treatment is completed, we may add a sensitivity-reducing fluoride solution to your teeth. You will also see a dramatic difference in the appearance of your teeth.
Will My Teeth Hurt After Zoom! Whitening Process?
At Serenity Dental, we take all measures to ensure you do not experience any discomfort during or after the whitening process. We will apply a protective gel on your gums so that they do not come into contact with the bleaching agent. Additionally, we can also adjust the intensity of the Zoom! light to reduce heat if you have sensitive teeth.
Like other whitening procedures, we do not recommend Zoom! for children under 13 or pregnant or nursing women. You should also be aware that whitening procedures may not be effective for some people. Only a dental exam can determine whether a whitening procedure will fit your needs.
How to Maintain White Teeth After Zoom!?
The surface of your enamel comprises of tiny pore which will be opened during the Zoom! whitening procedures. It may take about 48 hours for them to close, during which your teeth will be very vulnerable for picking up stains.
Here is what you should do to prevent this from happening:
Once two days have elapse, you can enjoy all your favorite foods again.
How Long Does Zoom! Whitening Process Last
Zoom! can keep your teeth white and bright for one to four years, depending on your level of care. If you eat food that stain regularly, have lifestyle habits that can discolor your teeth, and do not observe proper oral hygiene, you will ruin your whitening in just a few short months.
That’s why we recommend you maintain excellent oral hygiene and visit us twice a year for your regular dental checkup.
To schedule an appointment with us, call us at (509) 209-8537 today.