Our teeth can withstand a lot of pressure when eating and biting. However, they are not so strong when it comes to stains. Certain foods and beverages can cause teeth to darken or discolor. Smoking can also cause teeth to change color, making our pearly whites beige, yellow, brown or maybe even black.
You may have tried over-the-counter teeth whitening products, such as strips, trays, and toothpaste, to no avail. The results are only temporary. This can be frustrating, but there is a better way: Zoom teeth whitening. This professional teeth bleaching procedure is done in the dentist’s chair. It uses 25% hydrogen peroxide whitening, along with a Zoom Advanced Power Chairside Lamp that accelerates the bleaching process. The result? A quick, effective way to brighten teeth by 6-10 shades.
The treatment time varies, based on how bright you want your smile. Expect to spend at least an hour in the dentist’s chair. Your dentist will likely want to clean your teeth first so you get a bright, clean smile.
Your lips and gums will be covered so the solution doesn’t irritate them. The gel solution will be placed on the teeth. The special light is activated to break up stains. The gel stays on for 15 minutes. You just sit and relax during this time. The process continues twice more, for a total of three 15-minute sessions. A fluoride gel is then applied to the teeth to reduce sensitivity.
Once the in-office portion is completed, you will be given a kit to take home so you can touch up your smile as needed. The kit comes with whitening trays that are custom made for your smile.
Your teeth can still stain after the Zoom whitening procedure, so try to avoid tea, coffee, and wine. Smoking will also discolor teeth, so you may be advised to quit. Special toothpaste can help maintain the brightness of your smile.
Zoom teeth whitening costs about $500. Note that dental insurance does not pay for cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening, so expect to pay out of pocket. There are certain people who should not use Zoom teeth whitening. They include those under the age of 13 and women who are pregnant or nursing. The whitening process works better for some people than it does for others. Some teeth are more prone to stains than others. Certain medical conditions may make it harder for teeth to whiten. Consult with your dentist to see if Zoom teeth whitening is a good choice for you.
Teeth whitening can be a very effective way of lightening the natural color of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surface.