Zoom! Professional Whitening FAQ's
What is Zoom Tooth whitening?
Zoom is the whitening process that lightens discoloration of enamel and dentin.
What causes tooth discoloration?
There are many causes. The most common include aging and consumption of staining substances such as coffee, tea, colas, tobacco, red wine, etc. During tooth formation, consumption of tetracycline, certain antibiotics or excessive fluoride may also cause tooth discoloration.
Who may benefit from tooth whitening?
Almost anyone. However, treatment may not be as effective for some as it is for others. Your dental professional can determine if you are a viable candidate for this procedure through a thorough oral exam, including a shade assessment.
Do many people whiten their teeth?
More people than you might imagine. A bright, sparkling smile can make a big difference for everyone. The Zoom Whitening System makes it easier and faster then ever before.
Is whitening safe?
Yes, extensive research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. In fact, many dentists consider whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure available. As with any tooth whitening product, Zoom is not recommended for children under 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.
How long do the results last?
By following some simple post whitening care instructions, your teeth will always be lighter than they were before. To keep your teeth looking their best, we recommend flossing, brushing twice daily, and occasional touch-ups with take home gel. These are professional formula products designed specifically to keep your teeth their brightest. They are available only through your dental professional.
Is there any difference between over-the-counter tooth whiteners and Zoom!
Yes! Consulting your dental professional is always the first step to whitening your teeth safely. Plus, over-the-counter tooth whitening strips, brush-on gels and toothpastes take weeks or even months to whiten your teeth just a few shades. Zoom is clinically proven to whiten your teeth faster.
How does the Zoom in office system work?
The Zoom light activated whitening gel's active ingredient is Hydrogen Peroxide. As the hydrogen peroxide gel is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin, whitening colored substances, while the structure of the tooth is unchanged. The Zoom light aids in activating the hydrogen peroxide and helps it penetrate the surface of the tooth. A study has shown that the use of the Zoom lamp increases the effectiveness of the Zoom gel by 33% or more.
What does a patient experience during the Zoom in office procedure?
During the procedure, patients may comfortably listen to music. Many actually fall asleep. Individuals with a strong gag reflex or anxiety may have difficulty undergoing the entire procedure.
Are there any side effects?
Some people experience temporary increased tooth sensitivity to cold during treatment. These symptoms disappear within 1-3 days after interruption or completion of the treatment.
How is exposure to the Zoom light controlled?
The Zoom procedure requires that all soft tissue in and around the mouth be protected. The clinician is required to monitor the procedure to insure any exposed skin or tissue is isolated and protected. Protective eyewear is required during the procedure. Light sensitive individuals including those undergoing PUVA (Psoralen+UV radiation) therapy or other photo-chemotherapy, as well as patients with melanoma, should not undergo the Zoom in office procedure. Also patients taking any light sensitive drugs or substances, whether over-the-counter, prescription or homeopathic, should consult their primary physician prior to the procedure. Anyone who is not eligible for Zoom in office for these reasons may be an excellent candidate for the take home whitening.
How long does Zoom in office whitening take?
The complete procedure takes just two hours. The procedure begins with a preparation period followed by 45 minutes of whitening. A five minute fluoride treatment completes the procedure (a cleaning is recommended prior to the actual Zoom whitening session).