Before deciding whether Zoom In-Office Teeth Whitening is right for you, our dentist will conduct a comprehensive examination of your teeth and gums to ensure proper health, as well as talk with you about your oral hygiene and lifestyle habits to determine if you will benefit from whitening. This will help you and our dentist agree on the whitening product or technique that’s best for you.
The complete procedure takes less than an hour, but a regular teeth cleaning is recommended prior to the actual Zoom teeth whitening session. The procedure begins with a short preparation to cover the lips and gums, leaving the teeth exposed. Our dentist then applies the Zoom hydrogen peroxide whitening gel, which works together with the Zoom light to penetrate the teeth and break up the stains and discoloration. The gel remains in place for 15 minutes while the light is activated.
The gel is applied for three 15-minute sessions of light activation, for a total treatment time of 45 minutes. Individuals with a strong gag reflex or anxiety may have difficulty undergoing the entire procedure. Immediately afterwards, a sensitivity-reducing fluoride paste-gel is applied to the teeth.
You will be given a Zoom home-use touch-up kit that includes custom-fitted whitening trays. Follow our dentist’s instructions for when and how to use this touch-up kit. Toothpastes containing whitening agents also may be suggested by our dentist to maintain the results of the procedure.
To help maintain the whitening effects of your treatment, our dentist may advise you to avoid certain foods and beverages, or consume them in moderation to avoid staining your teeth. This includes tea, coffee, red wine, cola, etc. Additionally, tobacco products will stain teeth, even after whitening treatments. As such, our dentist will suggest you quit using them. Maintain an appropriate oral hygiene regimen to prevent stains from reforming, and see our dentist regularly for scheduled teeth cleanings.