One of the most coveted physical features is a bright, white smile. One very popular method for achieving this type of smile is the Zoom whitening treatment. Zoom is essentially a bleaching process that is used to lighten the discoloration of enamel and dentin. Tooth discoloration is a normal process that often results from everyday practices like drinking coffee or smoking.
The Zoom whitening process uses a 25 percent hydrogen peroxide whitening agent and a powerful Zoom lamp, which helps accelerate the whitening process. If you are looking for a quick and effective way to whiten your teeth, the Zoom whitening treatment might be just the thing for you!
How Long Does The Process Take?
The Zoom treatment typically takes a little under an hour. However, most dentist offices require a regular teeth cleaning appointment prior to the actual Zoom whitening session. The process will begin with a short preparation to cover your lips and gums and leave your teeth exposed. The dentist will then apply the Zoom hydrogen peroxide gel onto your teeth. The gel will stay on your teeth for about 15 minutes while the light is activated.
The gel is then reapplied for three 15-minute sessions of light activation. After this, a sensitivity-reducing fluoride gel will be applied to your teeth.
While the process is certainly easy enough, people with a strong gag reflex might have a hard time undergoing the procedure. Make sure you speak with your doctor beforehand if this is something you struggle with.
Is There Any Aftercare Required?
After your whitening treatment, your dentist will send you home with a touch-up kit that should include whitening trays. Your dentist or dental hygienist will instruct you how to use these trays for your individual specifications. You may also need to limit the intake of certain foods and beverages that might cause staining immediately afterward such as tobacco products, coffee, and coke products.
Is There Any Discomfort?
Some sensitivity during your appointment is to be expected. The Zoom light produces very little heat, but this can cause discomfort for some patients. Some people occasionally will experience minor tingling in their teeth following the procedure, but this should go away very quickly after completing your treatment. Before leaving, you should ask your dentist for an anti-sensitivity toothpaste if it is not already offered to you.
Additionally, keep in mind that the Zoom treatment is not recommended for children under 13 years of age and is also not recommended for pregnant women.
Get Your Questions Answered
If you are interested in the Zoom whitening treatment or any other dental procedures, ask a team of skilled professionals. At East Center Dental, our staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and ready to help. Don’t be afraid to ask—we’re here to help you!