Zoom Teeth WhiteningIn this Zoom Teeth Whitening overview we’ll take a look at whether Zoom Whitening is right for you? Let’s take a look at the treatment, results, and answers to common questions?

Zoom is a bleaching process widely used throughout the country and around the world to lighten discoloration of enamel and dentin. Tooth discoloration may result from drinking coffee, tea, cola and red wine; or from smoking. The aging process also can stain and darken your teeth. The Zoom in-office tooth whitening procedure uses the Zoom Advanced Power Chairside Lamp – said to accelerate the bleaching process – to activate the 25 percent hydrogen peroxide whitening. As the hydrogen peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin to bleach the stained substances, leaving the structure of the tooth unchanged.

The Zoom whitening Treatment

Teeth Whitening works by exfoliating stains from inside your teeth to bring them back to their natural color.  Zoom teeth whitening is a process that uses a 25% hydrogen peroxide gel, the gel is activated via a special UV light.  Your eyes, lips and gums are completely covered and protected throughout the entire procedure.  Whitening is considered one of the safest cosmetic procedures available in dentistry.  The procedure consists of three 15-minute sessions.  A fresh layer of whitening gel is applied after each session as the old gel is removed from your teeth.

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Results are Instantaneous

You will see results immediately after the zoom whitening procedure.  We’ll be able to take your new tooth shade and measure how much lighter the teeth have gotten.  However, the teeth immediately after the whitening are dehydrated, as they’ve lost moisture.  There’s  a bit of a rebound as the teeth regain their moisture over the next several days.  This is also why we recommend not to choose the shade for any dental work that same day.  If we plan to proceed with any cosmetic work such as veneers or crowns we generally wait a week before picking a shade.

Crowns, veneers and bonding won’t change color

Any previous dental work does not change color.  Crowns and veneers are made of porcelain, the shade of which cannot be changed. A dental bonding is filling, the color of which is also picked before they’re placed, thus they cannot be lightened.

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.  You have the option to look in the mirror after each session to decide when it’s time to stop the whitening.  If you’re unsatisfied with your current bonding, veneer or crown you should also consider replacing them as an option. A dentist will consult with you before starting the treatment to answer all of your concerns and discuss possible options

Although rare a small percentage of you may experience moderate sensitivity after whitening.  We try to encourage everyone to stop when their teeth start to feel sensitive, it’s not always easy for the client to stop before sensitivity increases.  You can be provided a sensitivity paste treatment before leaving the dental office. Taking an anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve etc… relieves the nerves inside teeth that got inflamed during the whitening treatment. Toothpastes such as Sensodyne can relieve sensitivity. At home, we recommend applying the toothpaste for sensitivity to your teeth for 5-10 minutes.

Call Graham E. Farless DDS today for an appointment, 336-282-2868. Visit his practice online at www.gsodentist.com.