What is Zoom whitening?
Zoom whitening is a special tooth bleaching procedure that uses a hydrogen peroxide-based gel combined with light to provide deep whitening, not just on the very surface of the tooth but in the underlying layers of dentin for dramatic and long-lasting results. Zoom was designed to be used in a professional office setting under the guidance of a skilled professional, providing results that are far superior to over-the-counter whitening products.
What happens during the Zoom procedure?
Zoom is usually preceded by a cleaning to ensure the gel is able to penetrate the tooth surfaces evenly and to reduce potential sensitivity. Before the gel is applied, a mouthguard will be used to gently hold your lips open and back to enable the activating light to reach all your teeth. Next, the gel will be applied and a special light will be focused on your teeth for about 15 minutes. Once the time is up, the gel will be removed from your teeth, revealing your whiter, brighter, healthier-looking smile. While a single treatment can yield good results, a series of up to three treatments can provide the best results, especially when staining and discoloration are significant.
Does Zoom cause teeth to become sensitive?
While you may have some slight sensitivity after your treatment, especially if you have very sensitive teeth, any sensitivity you do experience will resolve quickly. To help reduce the risk of sensitivity, it's a good idea to have a checkup prior to whitening to ensure there are no tiny fissures or areas of untreated decay which can cause sensitivity issues to occur.
Is the Zoom procedure safe?
Yes, Zoom is approved for use in a professional office setting, and it has been used to treat many patients successfully, providing whiter teeth and more beautiful smiles.