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All About Zoom Teeth Whitening

What is Zoom?
The Zoom Chairside Whitening System is a light assisted tooth whitening procedure for use in teeth whitening. It is the sole property of Discuss Dental, LLC

How does Zoom work?
The Zoom Whitening Gel’s active ingredient is hydrogen peroxide. As the hydrogen peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin, bleaching colored substances white, leaving the structure of the tooth unchanged. The Zoom lamp aids in activating the hydrogen peroxide and helps it penetrate the surface of the tooth.

How long does Zoom chairside whitening take?
After the initial recommended oral exam, the complete procedure takes one office visit. The procedure begins with a preparation about 20 minutes followed by three, 15 minute bleaching sessions to be dispensed at the discretion of the dental professional. The total office time is approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes.

What are the Zoom candidate qualifications?
A consultation is recommended to ensure no underlying oral health issues. You may want to treat existing issues before using any whitening treatment.

We recommend the following tooth whitening candidates consult a medical doctor before use:

a) Pregnant and lactating mothers
b) Those currently treated by their physician for a serious illness or disorder e.g. immune compromised, AIDS, and uncontrolled diabetes etc.
c) Children under the age of 13
d) Light sensitive individuals, including those on PUVA or other photo- chemotherapy
e) Patients taking any photo reactive drugs or substances, whether over the counter prescription or homeopathic

What causes tooth discoloration?
There are many causes of tooth discoloration. The most common include aging and consumption of staining substances such as coffee, tea, cola, tobacco, red wine etc. During tooth formation, consumption of tetracycline, certain antibiotics, or excessive fluoride may also cause tooth discoloration.

Who may benefit from tooth whitening?
Almost anyone may benefit from tooth whitening. However, treatment may not be as effective for some as it is for others. Yellow staining from aging, tobacco, dark cola, tea, coffee and red wine will achieve the greatest success with this procedure. Those patients with grey shading from tetracycline or other chemicals may experience less dramatic results, but should expect improvement from this procedure.

For those patients with severe stains, the use of Zoom in combination with take home products will provide the greatest results in the shortest period of time. As with any other whitening product, Zoom will not lighten porcelain, composite or any other restorative material. Patients with bruxism or mal-opposed teeth are harder to bleach.

How long do the results last?
By following some simple post whitening care instructions, teeth that have been whitened with Zoom will always remain lighter than they would have been without whitening. To keep teeth your looking their best, we recommend flossing, brushing twice daily, and occasional maintenance as suggested by our office.

Ready for your brightest smile ever?  Contact our office today to make an appointment!

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