The Zoom! 2® Teeth Whitening Technique

Apr 21, 2014 @ 09:00 AM — by Lauren Shanard

Williston Zoom 2® Teeth WhiteningAt Contemporary Dental Arts of Williston, we offer numerous ways to improve the shade of your teeth. Porcelain veneers and dental bonding are a couple of procedures that can mask stains, but they both require the adherence of restorations over teeth. Teeth whitening, on the other hand, can reduce years of discoloration through the application of a special gel, leaving teeth naturally brighter.

For effective, professional-grade treatment, our office utilizes Zoom!® whitening products. Namely, the Zoom! 2® teeth whitening technique allows patients to maximize the results of their treatment while still benefiting from the convenience of a single whitening session. If you are looking for a simple way to improve your smile that is relatively inexpensive and safe, see how a professional whitening session can help you.

How Does Zoom! 2® Whitening Work?

Like most teeth whitening products, Zoom!® utilizes a gel that contains a bleaching agent, hydrogen peroxide, which is applied over teeth. The peroxide then works its way into the outer layer of enamel, where the most common stains reside. This process is further enhanced by the use of a special light, which aids in the absorption of the whitening gel. The enamel is thus is made brighter and the visibility of surface stains is dramatically reduced.

Unlike store-bought products, Zoom!® whitening contains a higher concentration of peroxide, able to brighten smiles by up to eight shades on average. Furthermore, any professional whitening treatment benefits from the skill and experience of a cosmetic dentist, who can help ensure the gel is distributed evenly and does not leak onto adjacent gum tissue.

Is Teeth Whitening Safe?

Professional whitening treatment is considered a safe procedure with very few risks. The most notable risk of whitening is the erosion of enamel, but this only occurs when a patient undergoes successive whitening treatments in a short time-span. As long as you discuss the procedure with your dentist and do not “over-bleach,” Zoom!® whitening should not have any long-term negative effects.

The Zoom! 2® Whitening Procedure

Teeth whitening can be performed in under an hour through an in-office session, or it can be performed at home through multiple sessions. Patients using the take-home kit will not benefit from the activation light and may be more likely to have the gel leak onto gum tissue. However, it does offer patients the opportunity to whiten their teeth on their own schedule and with a lower dosage of hydrogen peroxide per session.  

If you choose to come in for a whitening procedure, the following will take place:

  • Lips and gums will be isolated from teeth, minimizing the chance of irritation after treatment.
  • The whitening gel will then be applied over teeth, covering the treatment area.    
  • The activation light is then turn on, and both the gel and light are left in place for 15 minutes.
  • The gel and light treatment is repeated an additional two times, totaling three sessions within a 45-minute period.

For take-home kits, the dentist can give you a customized tray with which to apply the gel. By consulting your dentist about this option, you can further learn how to apply the tray and for how many sessions.  

Side Effects of Teeth Whitening

Although gum and lip irritation can be largely avoided through professional treatment, most patients do experience some degree of tooth sensitivity. This may range from a mild ache to intermittent sharp pains, usually depending on a patient’s preexisting sensitivity and tooth structure. In a majority of cases, discomfort is worst when the teeth are exposed to hot or cold temperatures, meaning patients should be wary of certain foods or drinks. This may be frustrating immediately after treatment, but should not persist longer than 48 hours.   

Contact Dr. Shanard

Meet with Dr. Shanard to discuss your cosmetic options and whether teeth whitening can benefit you. Through an exam and consultation, Dr. Shanard  can recommend the most appropriate and effective treatment for an improved smile. Contact our office to schedule your appointment.  

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