Zoom Teeth Whitening Process & FAQs
Do you avoid smiling because you don’t want to show your dull/discolored teeth? Do you want whiter teeth? The cosmetic dentists at Robinson Dental offer Zoom teeth whitening to help you feel confident about your smile.
This is not recommended for children because their adult teeth have yet to come in, but adults are welcome to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists and discuss their options. It’s never too late to get the smile you’ve always wanted.
A Benefit of In-Office Treatment
With our in-office Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed treatment, you can whiten your teeth by up to 8 shades. Before getting started, we’ll check the current shade of your teeth.
That way, you’ll be able to notice the dramatic results in your smile. Many of our patients look forward to being able to smile with confidence for the first time in years.
Are You a Candidate for Zoom Teeth Whitening?
If you have ever felt self-conscious about tooth discoloration, you owe it to yourself to speak with one of our cosmetic dentists. They’ll be able to tell you if you are a candidate for Zoom teeth whitening.
Our dentists may be concerned if you have a history of tooth sensitivity or gum disease, but most people qualify for Zoom whitening. For example, patients with periodontitis may want to reconsider professional teeth whitening techniques that could irritate their gums.
The Whitening Process
First, one of our dentists or dental hygienists will cover your lips and gums to protect them from the whitening gel. Once your mouth is ready, the gel will be applied to your teeth and activated with our WhiteSpeed blue LED lamp.
The whitening gel contains hydrogen peroxide, which oxidizes under the LED light and lifts tooth stains. The whole Zoom whitening procedure takes about 45 minutes but is broken up into three 15-minute sessions. After each session, more whitening gel will be added to your teeth before the LED light is turned back on.
During the sessions, you can relax and listen to music to pass the time. After you have completed the third session, a special fluoride gel is applied to your teeth to reduce sensitivity.
At Home Care
After your appointment, you will be given a kit that contains custom teeth whitening trays. The teeth whitening trays are for you to use at home so you can maintain your beautiful white smile.
Our dentists will also ask you to stay away from foods and beverages that can stain your teeth, such as coffee and red wine. For the rest of the day, you may experience brief flashes of pain that can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.
How Long Does the Whitening Last?
Unfortunately, teeth whitening is not permanent. This is why it’s important you take good care of your smile. Continue brushing your teeth twice a day and floss once daily to remove plaque. The whitening typically lasts between 12 to 24 months, but this is heavily dependent on how well you take care of your teeth after whitening.
A healthy smile is a beautiful smile. We recommend seeing us at least every 6 months for your oral examination and teeth cleaning to help keep your teeth and mouth healthy. To get started, request an appointment with one of our teeth whitening dentists.
“But I have sensitive teeth! Can I still get them whitened?”
Yes, sensitive teeth can still be whitened. When you come in for your appointment, let your dentist know that and we can work at a pace most comfortable for you.
The whitening gel and varnish we use are specially formulated as to not irritate teeth and gums. Despite all our precautions, it’s still possible for a patient to experience quick instances of pain, often called “zingers” although not everyone does.
If you experience pain during Zoom whitening, please do not hesitate to alert our dentists or dental assistants. You have the power to stop the at any time if you feel the pain is too much. Different people have different pain tolerances and we understand it may be too much for some people.
We do caution you against a lot of generic over-the-counter whitening products. They often contain multiple abrasive ingredients that break down your enamel, leave your teeth more sensitive, and not as whitened as desired.