Zoom Teeth Whitening
A Brighter Smile Starts Right Here
You’re in good hands with Southridge Dental!
You brush your teeth twice a day, visit the dentist regularly, and still your teeth aren’t as white as you’d like them to be. Years of coffee, tea, and red wine have taken their toll, and no amount of whitening toothpaste seems make a difference. We understand your frustration!
If you’re looking for great, noticeable results, our Zoom teeth whitening services may be just what you need. Using cutting-edge industry technology and highly innovative techniques, we can help to remove years of staining in just a single visit. So, are you ready to ditch those yellow stains on your teeth and bring out your beautiful smile? Let’s get started!
Frequently Asked Questions About
What kinds of stains are there?
When it comes to stains, anyone can have extrinsic, intrinsic, or a combination of the two.
Extrinsic stains are on the enamel itself, and commonly build up from consumption habits such as tobacco use, as well as highly pigmented foods (dark fruits) or beverages (red wine, coffee, tea, etc.). These kinds of stains can also come up from a lack of proper oral hygiene.
Intrinsic stains are found inside the tooth itself, within your enamel or underlying dentin. These are a little bit more complex because they can show up for any number of factors, including genetic disorders, issues during tooth development, or even prolonged use of antiseptic mouthwash.
When it comes to teeth that aren’t so pearly white anymore, there’s also a very natural cause – age! As we grow older, our enamel becomes thinner, which allows the intrinsic staining on the dentin to show through and causes the overall tooth color to appear yellow.
In-office whitening affects only the front eight teeth and is a great jumpstart for take-home whitening, which is always part of an effective whitening program.
Your dentist is best qualified to handle any issues that may arise from whitening treatments, such as tooth sensitivity. Today most tooth sensitivity cases are easily managed.
Tooth whitening can last for one or more years, depending on how well you take care of your teeth, and if you’re following up regularly with a home whitening product for regular maintenance.
What should I expect before the Zoom teeth whitening process?
To prep for your upcoming appointment, we recommend having a general cleaning done beforehand. By removing any surface stains or plaque that’s built up since your last cleaning, we can make sure that your teeth will optimally respond to the bleaching treatment. Our dentist will also review your health history, any allergies you may have, and the current condition of your teeth, to make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy and suitable for the treatment. We want to make sure that our patients see the results that they’re looking for, as safely and effectively as possible!
Before we start the session, our team will place a covering over your lips and gums to ensure that only your teeth will be targeted by the whitening treatment.
How does the Zoom teeth whitening process work?
Teeth whitening is a simple, non-invasive procedure for a brighter smile! We use industry-leading Zoom technology, manufactured by Philips. The exact process varies depending on which teeth whitening procedure is best for the patient, but it typically involves whitening gel or varnish, which contains hydrogen peroxide. If the patient opts for a treatment that uses the whitening lamp, the LED light from this lamp will break down the hydrogen peroxide once the two come into contact. This dissolves a thin layer over the top of the enamel and releases oxygen into the teeth, allowing us to flush out the stains that have settled in.
Are there any side effects? What can I expect afterwards?
After any whitening procedure, your teeth might feel sensitive for a few days. This is because the pellicle, which is the layer over the top of the enamel that is removed, normally keeps your teeth from being overly affected by hot and/or cold foods. Without that, you may naturally feel more sensitive or uncomfortable, although we do have post-treatment gel/sealant to reduce this side effect. Fortunately, the pellicle also grows back within a few days, and your teeth should feel back to normal very soon!
Our dental team will send each patient home with aftercare instructions, which could look different depending on the procedure. In general, we recommend a mindful diet and lifestyle for anyone who has had their teeth whitened, which means avoiding tobacco products, as well as food or beverages that could stain your teeth.