What Is It?
Zoom is a bleaching process widely used throughout the country and around the world to lighten discoloration of enamel and dentin. Tooth discoloration may result from drinking coffee, tea, pop, and red wine; or from smoking. The aging process also can stain and darken your teeth. The Zoom in-office tooth whitening procedure uses the Zoom Advanced Power Chairside Lamp to activate the hydrogen peroxide whitening.
Consultation and Procedure
Before deciding whether Zoom in-office teeth whitening is right for you, your 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 teeth whitening. This will help you and your 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. The dentist or dental assistant 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. During this time, you can relax, watch TV or listen to music.
The gel is applied for three 15-minute sessions of light activation, for a total treatment time of 45 minutes. Immediately afterward, a sensitivity-reducing fluoride paste-gel is applied to the teeth.
Maintaining Whitening Effects
After your Zoom whitening session, you will be given an at-home Zoom whitening touch-up kit that includes custom-fitted whitening trays. To help maintain the whitening effects of your treatment, your dentist may advise you to avoid certain foods and beverages or consume them in moderation to avoid staining your teeth.
Maintaining an appropriate oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) regimen will help prevent stains from reforming. Your dentist may also suggest a toothpaste containing whitening agents to help maintain the results of the procedure. It is very important as well that you see your dentist and hygienist regularly for scheduled teeth cleanings.
Sensitivity during the treatment may occur in some people. The Zoom light produces minimal heat, which is usually the source of discomfort. Rarely, minor tingling is experienced immediately after the procedure but always dissipates. Ask your dentist for an anti-sensitivity toothpaste prior to treatment to lessen sensitivity. Also, it is important to remember that whitening treatment may not be as effective for some people as it is for others. Only your dentist can determine if teeth whitening is right for you after performing a thorough oral examination that includes a shade assessment. Zoom is not recommended for children under 13 years of age.