Many individuals now turn to Zoom! whitening when they wish to improve their appearance in a short period of time. This procedure, commonly requested by dental patients across the country and around the globe, helps to reduce any discoloration of the dentin and enamel that can result from a variety of causes. Smoking, drinking certain beverages, and the aging process all lead to teeth that darken over time or become discolored. This process can help minimize the issue.
What makes this different from other whitening procedures is the special lamp used during the process, which is designed to accelerate bleaching of the teeth by activating the 25 percent hydrogen peroxide solution used during the process. When the solution breaks down, the dentin and enamel are lightened, yet the tooth structure remains unaffected. Zoom! is one of the most advanced in-office accelerated tooth whitening system available today. The primary ingredient in the Zoom! gel has been used in teeth whitening for over 100 years. This proven system will give you a more noticeable whiter smile.
The procedure is quick and easy. In just one visit to our office, you can sit back, and relax, and in as little as 60 minutes you will leave with the brightest smile you have ever had.
Fast, Safe and Effective! Zoom
If you prefer teeth that are immediately whiter right now or you would rather whiten your teeth over a few days or even nights while you sleep, Drs. Pollowitz and Brown have your answer with Zoom! The Zoom! In-Office Whitening System uses proprietary technology to whiten your teeth an average of eight shades* in a little over an hour while you relax at your dentist’s office. It’s ideal for anyone who wants immediate results. The Zoom! Take-Home Whitening System uses a revolutionary patent-pending gel to whiten your teeth at home or help maintain the brilliance achieved by the Zoom in-office system.
Get your teeth whiter in a fraction of the time with Zoom.
Determining If Zoom! Whitening is the Right Option
Before determining if this is the right option for a patient, a dentist must do a complete examination of the teeth and guns to make certain sure they are healthy enough to undergo the procedure. In addition, lifestyle habits together with oral hygiene must be discussed, to ensure the whitening will be effective. Many patients assume they are a good candidate for the procedure, but only a dentist can make this call. Children younger than 14 and women who are expecting or nursing a baby should not undergo Zoom! Whitening.
Dentists often recommend this treatment when patients are undergoing other procedures, such as composite bonding or veneers. This helps to ensure the teeth are all the same color. In addition, many patients find they need to have the teeth whitened once their braces are removed. The main thing to consider when determining if Zoom! whitening is appropriate for a patient is their personal goals when it comes to their smile and the current condition of their teeth. Furthermore, the dentist evaluates the current dental work in the patient’s mouth, like existing crowns and veneers, and incorporates them into the treatment plan, as they won’t respond to whitening as natural teeth will.
The Zoom! Whitening Procedure
Before undergoing Zoom! whitening, many dentists recommend the patient have a regular cleaning. Once this has been done, the whitening process can begin. First, the gums and teeth need to be covered to protect them during the process; then a hydrogen peroxide whitening gel is applied. The gel sits on the teeth for approximately 15 minutes, during which time the Zoom! light is activated. The light penetrates the teeth, breaking up any discoloration and stains. This process is repeated three times, and the entire session takes roughly 45 minutes. Certain patients, such as those with anxiety or a strong gag reflex, may find it difficult to complete the entire whitening procedure in one sitting, and this needs to be discussed with the dentist. Once the three treatments are complete, the dentist applies a fluoride paste or gel to the teeth to reduce any sensitivity.
Dentists provide patients with a touch-up kit to use at home following the in-office procedure. In this kit, patients find whitening trays custom fitted for the mouth, and the dentist supplies information on how and when to use the kit. He or she may also recommend certain foods or beverages be avoided or only used in moderation. This list includes soda, coffee, tea and red wine. In addition, tobacco stains the teeth, thus it should be avoided, and oral hygiene remains of great importance. Finally, the dentist may recommend a toothpaste that contains a whitening agent.
Zoom! Whitening Precautions
Women who are pregnant or nursing should wait to undergo Zoom! whitening. Children under 13 aren’t suitable candidates for this procedure either. Only a dentist can determine who is and is not a good candidate, thus call us for a consultation today to see if this option is right for you.
Zoom! Teeth Whitening F.A.Q
What is Zoom tooth whitening?
Zoom is a whitening process that lightens discoloration of enamel and dentin.
What can cause tooth discoloration?
There are many causes. The most common include aging and consumption of staining substances such as coffee, tea or tobacco. During tooth formation, consumption of tetracycline, certain antibiotics or excessive fluoride may also cause tooth discoloration.
Who can benefit from tooth whitening?
Just about anyone can benefit from tooth whitening. However, treatment may not be as effective or some as it is for others. Upon an oral exam, Drs. Pollowitz & Brown can determine if you are a candidate for this procedure, including a shade assessment.
Is tooth whitening becoming more popular?
Absolutely! A bright, beautiful smile can make a big difference. The Zoom Whitening System makes it easier and faster than ever before.
Is tooth whitening safe?
Yes, research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. In fact, many dentists consider whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure available. As with any tooth whitening product, Zoom is not recommended for children under 14 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.
How Long Do the results last?
By following some simple post whitening care instructions, your teeth will usually remain lighter than they were before. We recommend flossing, brushing twice daily and touch-ups with Zoom! take-home gel. These are professional formula products designed specifically to keep your teeth their brightest. They are available through our office.
Is there any difference between over-the-counter tooth whiteners and Zoom
Yes! Consulting Drs. Pollowitz & Brown is always the first step to whitening your teeth safely. Over-the-counter tooth whitening strips, brush-on gels and toothpastes can take weeks or months to whiten your teeth just a few shades. Zoom! is clinically proven to whiten your teeth eight shades in as little as one hour.
How does the Zoom! In-Office System work?
The Zoom! light-activated whitening gel’s active ingredient is Hydrogen Peroxide. As Hydrogen Peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin, bleaching any colored substance while keeping the structure of the tooth unchanged. The Zoom! light aids in activating the Hydrogen Peroxide and helps it penetrate the surface of the tooth.
Is the Zoom! In-office procedure painful?
Is the Zoom! In-office procedure painful?
No. During the procedure, patients can actually watch videos or listen to music. Many fall asleep.
Are there any side effects?
Some people experience temporary increased tooth sensitivity. These symptoms disappear within 24 hrs after interruption or completion of the treatment. In rare instances where there is stronger discomfort, an analgesic can be prescribed.
How long is the procedure?
The Entire procedure takes only 1-2 hrs. The procedure begins with a preparation period followed by one hour+ of bleaching. A five-minute fluoride treatment completes the procedure (we recommend a cleaning prior to the actual Zoom!Whitening session).
How long does Take-Home Zoom! Whitening take?
The Zoom! take-home gel is designed to be worn between 15-30 minutes or eight hours per application. Drs. Pollowitz & Brown will advise you on how long you should wear each application. A recent study showed that you can achieve an average improvement of six shades*. Drs. Pollowitz & Brown of the Washington Center for Cosmetic Dentistry will help you determine how many applications are right for you. If you have any questions about our teeth whitening or other dental services, give us a call.