A dazzling white smile can boost your confidence at work, in social settings, or simply whenever you see yourself in the mirror. If your teeth are stained from certain foods and beverages or tobacco use, the Zoom Teeth Whitening procedure can restore them to their bright, naturally radiant state.
Zoom Teeth Whitening is a safe, popular bleaching process that lightens discoloration of the enamel and dentin layers of your teeth. The procedure takes less than an hour, although a regular dental cleaning is recommended first to remove any surface stains.
After covering the lips and gums for protection, your dentist will apply a hydrogen peroxide whitening gel that penetrates the enamel to remove stains. Next, specialized light from a patented Zoom Advanced Power Chairside Lamp helps to activate the gel and accelerate the bleaching process. During each procedure, the gel is applied for three 15-minute sessions of light activation. After 45 minutes, your dentist will apply a sensitivity-reducing fluoride paste for comfort.
Although it’s uncommon to experience discomfort following Zoom Teeth Whitening, some patients report an increase in tooth sensitivity after the procedure, particularly a “zinging” feeling on the surface of the teeth. To address the possibility of tooth sensitivity, your dentist will provide specialized anti-sensitivity gel, which you can use in your custom take-home trays for 30-minute intervals until the sensitivity subsides. You can also use sensitive tooth toothpaste for a couple of weeks if the sensitivity persists.
Post-treatment care for Zoom Teeth Whitening includes custom-fitted trays and a specialized Zoom solution to use for touch-ups as needed. It’s also important to maintain your regular oral health routine, including brushing and flossing to prevent stains from returning. Whitening toothpastes offer even more protection from stains. You’ll want to avoid tobacco products, which quickly stain teeth and can result in overall poor oral health, and limit the consumption of foods and beverages that are known to stain teeth.
In the immediate 48 hours after a Zoom Teeth Whitening procedure, your teeth will be especially susceptible to stains, so your dentist might recommend a “white diet” that is limited to foods and beverages that are white or clear in color, such as rice, bananas, and milk. After the 48-hour period, you can reduce future discoloration by avoiding certain food and beverages known to stain teeth. These include:
For beverages that cause stains, you can reduce the impact on your teeth by using straws, but avoiding them completely will give you the longest-lasting results from your Zoom Teeth Whitening treatment.