Before deciding whether Zoom in-office teeth whitening is right for you, the dentist talk with you about your oral hygiene and lifestyle habits to determine if you will benefit from whitening. This will help you understand the procedure and ask any questions you might have about the treatment.
The complete procedure takes about 2 hours, 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 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, or listen to music. The gel is applied for four 15-minute sessions of light activation, for a total treatment time of 60 minutes. Immediately afterwards, a sensitivity-reducing fluoride paste-gel is applied to the teeth.
Sensitivity during 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. We always recommend Fluoridex prescription toothpaste prior to whitening for prevention of any post op sensitivity. This will be dispensed to you when appointment is scheduled. As with other whitening products, Zoom is not recommended for children under 13 years of age, or for pregnant or lactating women. Also, it is important to remember that whitening treatment may not be as effective for some people as it is for others.
You will be given a Zoom home-use touch-up kit that includes custom-fitted whitening trays. Instructions will be given on how and when to use this kit to maintain the whitening. To help maintain the whitening effects of your treatment, we recommend that you avoid certain foods and beverages, or consume them in moderation to avoid staining your teeth. This includes tea, coffee, red wine, cola, and tobacco of any kind. Maintain an appropriate oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) regimen to prevent stains from reforming, and make sure to keep your regularly scheduled cleaning appointments.