Zoom! Teeth Whitening
When it comes to whitening your teeth you have many options available ranging from at home kits you purchase at your local store, to in-office whitening performed by your dental professional. While many at home kits can benefit the shading of your teeth, few can deliver the results an in-office treatment can. Philips Zoom whitening treatment has become one of the most effective and popular methods for whitening with over 10 million treatments completed.
The Zoom in-office procedure uses a hydrogen peroxide gel in combination with a small ultra-violet light to activate the gel. Once the gel is applied to the teeth the Zoom Advanced Power chair-side lamp helps accelerate the bleaching process. 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 approximately 1 hour long procedure can help whiten your teeth by several shades.
Is there anything I need to do to prepare for the whitening?
Zoom works best with clean teeth so if you have not recently had a professional dental cleaning that will be the first step. Next we will provide you with a sensitivity reducing toothpaste to use for two weeks prior to treatment. This toothpaste will help prepare your teeth for treatment and help with any minor sensitivity that can occur during and after the process.
Is the whitening process painful?
Some sensitivity during and for the 24 hours following treatment is normal. Using the provided toothpaste for two weeks prior to treatment will help reduce any discomfort. In addition, the benefit of the Zoom system is that it is not a one size fits all solution, the strength of the ultra-violet light can be tailored to the needs of each patient. Lastly, after treatment we will apply and provide you with additional sensitivity relief paste to further reduce any discomfort.
Is whitening safe?
Yes, clinical studies have found that whitening your teeth with hydrogen peroxide under the supervision of your dentist is safe for both teeth and gums.
What causes tooth discoloration?
The most common causes of tooth discoloration are foods and drinks which are highly colored. Items such as berries, coffee, tea, red wine, etc. all affect tooth color. Smoking, aging, and trauma can also have an effect on your teeth color.
What will I experience during the procedure?
During the process you are welcome to choose from our large library of TV shows and movies to help pass the time. Minor discomfort can occur from keeping your mouth open for the duration of the appointment however we will do everything possible to make the experience as comfortable as possible for you.
How long will my new white smile last?
In-office whitening treatment will help reduce existing stains however discoloration can reoccur eventually through the consumption of highly colored foods and beverages. Rinsing with water after consuming highly colored items can help slow stains from reoccurring. As part of your treatment we will also provide you with a Zoom whitening pen which you can use at home for touch ups.