Over time, the teeth tend to become discolored due to a variety of reasons and lifestyle choices. If you enjoy drinking coffee, tea, dark colored sodas, and red wine, you may have noticed that your smile has lost its white, bright shine. If you are a cigarette smoker or tobacco user, this can also affect the color of your teeth and create dark stains. Your teeth can also develop stains from the natural aging process and general wear and tear.
We don’t really realize how much our teeth endure on a day-to-day basis, and this can really begin to show. At North Tarrant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we offer the Zoom in-office tooth whitening procedure to patients who want a radiant smile.
The teeth whitening process uses the Zoom Advanced Power Chairside Lamp to activate the 25 percent hydrogen peroxide to increase the whitening power when applied onto your teeth. This method works when the hydrogen peroxide is broken down and the oxygen enters the enamel and dentin to bleach away the stained surface. Zoom leaves the structure of the tooth unchanged, offering patients an accelerated bleaching process with quicker results.
The Whitening Procedure
The whitening procedure begins with a short preparation. The lips and gums will be properly covered, leaving the teeth exposed for treatment. The Zoom hydrogen peroxide whitening gel will then be applied, which will work with the Zoom light to penetrate into the teeth and break up the discoloration and surface stains. The gel will remain on the teeth for 15 minutes while the light is activated.
The gel will be applied for three 15-minute sessions of light activation, for a total treatment time of 45 minutes. Immediately following the application, a sensitivity-reducing fluoride paste/gel is applied to the teeth to help with any tooth sensitivity. The entire whitening procedure takes less than an hour.
Some patients may experience tooth sensitivity during treatment. The Zoom light produces minimal heat, and that is usually the source of any discomfort. Rarely, patients have expressed feeling a minor tingling sensation immediately after the procedure, but it always dissipates. If you regularly experience tooth sensitivity, please ask for an anti-sensitivity toothpaste before receiving the whitening treatment. This will help lessen the sensitivity you experience.
As with many other tooth whitening products, Zoom whitening is not recommended for children under 13 years of age or for pregnant or lactating women. Also, it is important to remember that whitening treatment affects everyone differently; what may be effective for some people may not work as well for others. Only your dentist or oral surgeon can determine if Zoom teeth whitening is right for you.
After your Zoom whitening treatment, you will receive a Zoom home-use touch-up kit that includes custom-fitted whitening trays. You will need to follow the instructions carefully for when and how to use this touch-up kit. The touch-up kit helps you maintain your whitening results and ensures you get the most out of your whitening treatment.
You may also be advised to avoid certain foods and beverages (like red wine, coffee, dark soda, tea, etc.) or to consume them in moderation to avoid staining your teeth. This also applies to tobacco products – you may want to consider quitting them altogether. Regular oral hygiene maintenance (like brushing and flossing) prevents stains from reforming. Whitening toothpastes may be suggested to maintain the results of the procedure. In addition, you will need to see your dentist and hygienist regularly for scheduled teeth cleanings.
Most cosmetic dentistry procedures or treatments are not covered by dental insurance. Zoom whitening costs are typically unaffected by most insurance plans. Call our office today to learn more about the whitening treatment, potential cost of treatment, and any payment plan options we have available.
Contact Us Today!
If you want to brighten up your smile and learn more about the Zoom bleaching process, please make an appointment with Dr. Loe at North Tarrant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. He will conduct a comprehensive examination of your teeth and gums to ensure proper health, as well as discuss your oral hygiene and lifestyle habits to determine if you will benefit from whitening. He will also consider any existing dental work, such as crowns or veneers, which will not respond to conventional whitening agents.