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Zoom Teeth Whitening
ZOOM TOOTH WHITENING IS THE TREATMENT OF CHOICE IN MY OFFICE FOR STAINED OR DISCOLORED TEETH. The following questions are often heard in my complimentary whitening consultations:
1.) What causes teeth to stain and darken?
Common causes of staining include consuming beverages such as coffee, tea, colas, red wine, some fruits, or using tobacco products. Other causes of discoloration can include aging, early use of some antibiotics (tetracyclines), or excessive amounts of natural fluoride found in some areas of the country.
2.) Do lots of patients whiten their teeth?
Absolutely! Many people lighten their teeth these days. A sparkling, bright smile can make a huge difference in your life. The ZOOM system is fast and much easier than ever before to have beautiful white teeth.
3.) How much will my teeth whiten?
Each patient is unique and no two people will lighten exactly the same. It is important that we examine your teeth prior to whitening. We can easily determine if you are a good candidate for the ZOOM procedure. We check your existing tooth shade to determine what type of results you will get. We also look for existing fillings or crowns in the anterior region of your mouth that will not whiten with ZOOM. We make sure you have no medical conditions or are taking specific medications that would prohibit you from having the procedure. My office offers a complimentary screening to determine if you are a good candidate for ZOOM whitening.
4.) What does existing shade have to do with it?
A yellow tooth shade whitens much more quickly and attractively than a gray shade of tooth. Both will lighten, but certainly not the same. An examination will help us give you an idea of what you can realistically expect. Some shades of teeth can lighten 10-15 shades, others 3-4 shades. Knowing what to expect alleviates disappointment if your tooth shade will take longer to whiten.
5.) Is ZOOM whitening considered safe?
Extensive clinical research has shown that bleaching your teeth with the guidance of a dentist is extremely safe. Whitening is one of the safest procedures we perform. ZOOM is not recommended for children under the age of 13 or for pregnant of lactating women. In my office, the lower age limit is 18. We offer milder whitening procedures for children under the age of 18.
6.) How long will ZOOM results last?
Some patients will get results that will last for years without a touch-up, but that is not common. I always advise patients to floss daily and brush at least twice daily for best results. I recommend routine touch-ups with your ZOOM take home gel, which is initially included in your whitening procedure. Many patients touch up after every cleaning appointment.
7.) What is the difference between ZOOM whitening and over the counter whiteners?
A session overseen by a dentist is the wisest and most effective method to whiten teeth securely. Non-prescription products are milder and can take weeks or months to whiten teeth even a couple of shades. ZOOM is used for faster, long-lasting results- often as many as 6-15 shades whiter in about an hour. Only a dental office whitening procedure can get teeth this white this fast.
8.) How does ZOOM work?
ZOOM in-office teeth bleaching gel is light activated. Its active ingredient is Hydrogen Peroxide. As the gel is broken down by the light, oxygen enters the dentin and enamel, whitening the surface as the tooth structure remains unchanged. Soft tissues around the teeth are isolated and protected. Protective eyewear is used throughout the procedure.
9.) Are there any adverse reactions experienced by having ZOOM teeth whitening?
During treatment, some patients may experience some tooth sensitivity. This is temporary and may last one to three days after the procedure. If teeth are naturally very sensitive, this information is gathered during the exam prior to your treatment, and a milder process may be recommended.
10.) How do I schedule my ZOOM whitening?
Call Dr. Janice Brand’s office at 727-781-6224 for a complimentary consultation to determine if ZOOM is the best procedure for you. If you are a good candidate, the procedure can likely be completed the same day.