Zoom is a whitening process widely used to lighten discoloration of enamel and dentin. Tooth discoloration may result from drinking coffee, tea, cola and red wine; or from smoking. The aging process can also cause discoloration or darkening of your teeth. The Zoom in-office tooth whitening procedure is a way to accelerate the whitening process. A stronger material is used after isolation of the teeth to produce the results you would get at home over 2-4 weeks in just 2 hours. The active ingredient is hydrogen peroxide. As the hydrogen peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin to whiten the stained substances, leaving the structure of the tooth unchanged.
Zoom Tooth Whitening Consultation and Treatment Planning
Before deciding whether Zoom in-office teeth whitening is right for you, Dr. Freeman will conduct a comprehensive examination of your teeth and gums to ensure proper health, as well as talk with you about your oral hygiene and lifestyle habits to determine if you will benefit from whitening. This will help you and Dr. Freeman agree on the whitening product or technique that’s best for you.
He may also suggest for you to undergo tooth whitening if you are planning other cosmetic dental procedures, such as veneers or composite bonding, in order to ensure a better match between the restoration and your natural dentition, or just to help achieve the look you desire. Another popular time to whiten is after the removal of braces. Sometimes it improves the overall appearance so much that dentistry is not needed. However, depending on the condition of your teeth and your goals for changing the look of your smile, tooth whitening may not be your best option.
During your examination and evaluation, he will note existing dental work, such as crowns and veneers, which will not respond to conventional whitening agents.
The Zoom In-Office Whitening Procedure
The complete procedure takes about 2 hours, but a regular teeth cleaning is recommended prior to the actual Zoom whitening session. The procedure begins with a short preparation to cover the lips and gums, leaving the teeth exposed. The dental assistant then applies the Zoom hydrogen peroxide whitening gel, which works to penetrate the teeth and break up the stains and discoloration.
The gel is applied for four 15-minute sessions, for a total treatment time of 1hour. During this time, you can relax and listen to music. Individuals with a strong gag reflex or anxiety may have difficulty undergoing the entire procedure. Immediately afterwards, a sensitivity-reducing fluoride gel is applied to the teeth in custom fit trays.
Zoom Whitening Aftercare: Maintaining Whitening Effects
You will be given a Zoom home-use touch up kit that includes custom-fitted whitening trays. Follow Dr. Freeman’s instructions for when and how to use this touch-up kit.
To help maintain the whitening effects of your Zoom whitening treatment, your dentist may advise you to avoid certain foods and beverages, or consume them in moderation to avoid staining your teeth. This includes tea, coffee, red wine, cola, etc.
Additionally, tobacco products will stain teeth, even after whitening treatments. As such, your dentist will suggest you quit using them. Maintain an appropriate oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) regimen to prevent stains from reforming, and see your dentist and hygienist regularly for scheduled teeth cleanings.
Toothpastes containing whitening agents also may be suggested by your dentist to maintain the results of the procedure.
Zoom Whitening Considerations
Sensitivity during treatment may occur in some people but usually only lasts 24 hours after the procedure is completed. We provide a desensitizing toothpaste prior to treatment to lessen sensitivity at no charge.
As with other tooth whitening products, Zoom whitening is not recommended for children under 16 years of age, or for pregnant or lactating women. Also, it is important to remember that whitening treatment may not be as effective for some people as it is for others. Only your dentist can determine if Zoom teeth whitening is right for you after performing a thorough oral examination that includes a shade assessment.
Zoom Teeth Whitening Cost and Treatment Time
The average cost of Zoom teeth whitening treatment is $600-$800 but we offer it to our established patients for only $495. This includes the supplemental take-home trays designed to maximize results. Most cosmetic dentistry treatments are not covered by dental insurance. Zoom whitening costs are therefore unaffected by most insurance plans.
Zoom teeth whitening treatment time varies; however, average chair time is approximately 2 hours.