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How Zoom Teeth Whitening Works

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If you are self-conscious about the look of your teeth when you smile, Zoom Whitening can improve your confidence and make you look younger.

However, it is necessary to determine if the Zoom Teeth Whitening treatment is right for you first. Do you want to find out more about this treatment? 

Here’s everything you need to know about Zoom Whitening.

What is Zoom Whitening?

Zoom Whitening is a bleaching method intended to whiten discoloration of dentin and enamel alike. Tooth discoloration often results from smoking or consuming some beverages and foods. Your teeth may also darken and get stained as you get older. Whatever the reason, the Zoom Whitening procedure can do a great job of lightening discoloured or stained teeth.

This in-office non-invasive treatment leverages Zoom Advanced Power Chairside Lamp and hydrogen peroxide to speed up the process of bleaching. Once the hydrogen peroxide breaks down completely, oxygen penetrates the dentin and enamel. It bleaches any stains and brown spots while leaving the tooth structure unchanged.

How Does Zoom Whitening Work?

The idea behind this non-invasive dental procedure is to break down the hydrogen peroxide (in whitening gel) by the Zoom lamp light and enable oxygen to enter the tooth dentin and enamel. It is completely safe. The tooth structure remains intact whereas stains are bleached. 

Patients feel no pain other than a slight sensitivity and tingling sensation. Yet this mild discomfort usually passes in 24 hours. The entire procedure takes from 45 to 60 minutes in most cases.

Step 1: Examination and Teeth Cleaning

First things first, your dentist will carry out an examination of your teeth and clean them out prior to the Zoom whitening process. It is important to remove plaque and food particles from your teeth, as it can affect the process of whitening.

Step 2: Retractor Placement and Preventive Measures

The dentists will then place a retractor in your mouth to cover your gums and lips so that only the teeth are exposed. In addition, this mouth brace will keep your mouth wide open over the course of treatment to protect your lips from chemical damage. The retractor is actually meant to ensure optimum comfort and minimal sensitivity during the whitening procedure.

Aside from applying gum coating to guard gums against the chemicals, most dentists recommend wearing protection glasses as a preventive measure aimed at protecting eyes from UV rays.

Step 3: Zoom!

The whitening procedure comprises 3 sessions, each of which takes about 15 minutes, starting with the whitening gel application. In fact, the hydrogen peroxide gel is applied for 3 sessions of Zoom light activation. It remains in place to work for about 15 minutes whilst the Zoom light gets activated. Your dentist will remove the old gel after every session and apply a fresh layer of gel. 

As stated earlier, the Zoom light makes the hydrogen peroxide break down, which allows oxygen to penetrate the enamel as well as dentin. It breaks up the tough stains and whitens any discoloration on your teeth. That’s it! 

You will be surprised to see a white, dazzling smile in just about an hour. The results of this procedure are very noticeable for some patients, as it is possible to achieve up to eight shades lighter! 

Teeth Whitening Treatment Planning and Consultation

In addition to having a clear understanding of Zoom Whitening, you need to know whether you can benefit from this treatment. This is where treatment planning and consultation come in.

Your dentist is supposed to perform a comprehensive dental exam to make sure your gums and teeth are in good condition. It is also important to take into account your lifestyle habits and oral hygiene to determine which whitening technique would work best for you.

Keep in mind that teeth whitening is not always a good option. Some veneers and crowns don’t respond to any whitening agent. They will be noted by your dentist, if any, during your consultation. 

Should You Get Zoom Teeth Whitening Treatment?

Your dentist will also want to be sure that your gums and teeth are in good health to decide whether you are a good candidate for Zoom Whitening. Based on your goals, needs,  lifestyle, dental habits, as well as the condition of your gums and teeth, the dentist will suggest a whitening technique accordingly. 

The oral hygiene and lifestyle also play a role in determining whether you can benefit from this procedure or not. If you have a great deal of dental work, your dentist is likely to recommend another whitening method that would work better for you.

Dentists often suggest undergoing whitening for those who plan cosmetic dentistry procedures like composite bonding or veneers. That’s because they want to ensure the best possible match between natural dentition and teeth restoration. It is also recommended sometimes after getting braces off.

How to Keep Your Teeth White After Zoom Whitening Procedure

After the treatment, patients get a Zoom touch-up home-use kit. It comes with custom-fitted trays. Your dentist will guide you on how and when to use that kit.

You will also need to reduce or steer clear of certain beverages (like red wine, cola, coffee, and tea) and foods to prevent your teeth from staining. Apart from this, you should also quit smoking because tobacco can stain your teeth.

It is also important to maintain good oral hygiene, which involves regular flossing and brushing, to prevent any stains from forming again after the whitening treatment. Toothpaste with whitening agents may also do a good job of maintaining the whitening effects. Last but not least, be sure to regularly see your hygienist and dentist for teeth cleanings.

Get Whiter Teeth Today

Zoom Teeth Whitening is one of the quickest, safest, and most effective ways to improve your smile. Nevertheless, this in-office treatment doesn’t provide the same whitening effects for everyone and results differ from person to person. That’s why it is critical to perform a thorough dental exam and determine if Zoom is right for you.

Written by Arch Dental

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