What You Should Know about Zoom Whitening
Zoom whitening is a chairside whitening treatment that is offered in cosmetic dentist offices everywhere. Though several different professional whitening treatments are available, Zoom is the one most often preferred by patients.
Teeth become stained over time from habits like smoking and drinking coffee, tea and red wine. Even the simple process of aging causes teeth to yellow over time. Zoom uses a 25% hydrogen peroxide bleaching gel to remove surface stains on the enamel, as well as deeper discolorations in the underlying dentin.
When you go in for your Zoom treatment, your lips and gums will first be shielded to protect them. The bleaching gel is then applied to your teeth. Once the gel is applied, a special light is directed onto your teeth. This light accelerates the whitening process by helping to open the pores in the teeth, allowing the peroxide to penetrate the teeth more deeply to remove stains. The gel is applied in three 15-minute sessions, and the entire appointment usually lasts about one hour. A Zoom take-home kit consisting of gel and customized trays is supplied for touch-ups at home.
Using Zoom, your teeth can be whitened up to eight shades in a single appointment. Not everyone experiences the same level of results though. Certain stains, such as those caused from tetracycline or fluorosis, do not respond well to teeth whitening, including Zoom. In addition, whitening treatments only work on the natural tooth, so existing crowns, veneers, bonding and tooth fillings cannot be whitened.
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