What is Zoom teeth whitening?

Zoom teeth whitening is a professional teeth whitening treatment typically performed in a dentist’s office. The treatment involves applying a hydrogen peroxide-based gel to the teeth that is activated by a special LED light which helps break down the stains on the teeth.

What results are expected?

The results of Zoom teeth whitening may vary from person to person depending on the individual’s starting teeth shade and the number of sessions completed. However, in general, the treatment can provide significant improvement in teeth whiteness.

According to the manufacturer, teeth can become up to eight shades whiter after a single session, which typically lasts around 45 minutes to an hour. Some people may require multiple sessions to achieve their desired level of whitening. The results can last for several months to a year or more with proper dental hygiene and maintenance.

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How does Zoom teeth whitening work?

Here’s how the Zoom teeth whitening process typically works:

  1. Preparation: Before the treatment, the dentist will examine your teeth and gums to ensure that you are a good candidate for the procedure. They will then cover your lips and gums with a protective barrier to prevent any irritation from the whitening gel.
  2. Application of whitening gel: The dentist will apply the whitening gel to your teeth. The gel contains hydrogen peroxide, which breaks down the chemical bonds between the molecules that cause tooth discoloration.
  3. Activation with LED light: After the gel is applied, a special LED light is used to activate the gel and enhance the whitening process. The light helps to penetrate the gel into the tooth enamel and break up the stains and discoloration.
  4. Multiple cycles: The whitening process typically involves multiple cycles of applying the gel and activating it with the light. The exact number of cycles will depend on the degree of discoloration and the desired level of whitening.
  5. Completion and post-treatment care: Once the whitening process is complete, the dentist will remove the gel and protective barrier. They may apply a fluoride treatment to help strengthen and protect the teeth. They will also provide instructions on post-treatment care, which may include avoiding certain foods and drinks for a period of time.
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Did you know?

Zoom teeth whitening gained widespread attention when it was featured on the TV show Extreme Makeover, where it was used to transform the smiles of participants. Since then, the treatment has become a popular choice for people looking to brighten their smiles, including many celebrities who have used the treatment to enhance their teeth appearance.

What are the possible side effects?

Like any dental procedure, Zoom teeth whitening may have potential side effects. However, the majority of people experience minimal to no side effects with this treatment. Some possible side effects include:

  1. Tooth sensitivity: Some people may experience tooth sensitivity during or after the treatment. This is usually temporary and resolves within a few days.
  2. Gum irritation: The whitening gel used can irritate the gums if it comes in contact with them. The dentist will take precautions to protect the gums during the treatment.
  3. Discomfort: Some people may experience discomfort during the treatment due to the light and gel. This is usually mild and temporary.
  4. Uneven results: In some cases, the teeth may not whiten evenly. This is more likely to occur if the teeth have uneven coloration or if there are dental restorations (such as crowns or fillings) that do not whiten.

It’s important to note that these side effects are generally temporary and mild. In rare cases, more severe side effects such as chemical burns or allergic reactions may occur. While Zoom teeth whitening is generally a safe and effective treatment, teeth whitening may not be suitable for everyone. This includes people with extremely sensitive teeth, gum disease, or dental restorations (e.g., implants or veneers). Consulting with a dentist is recommended before undergoing any teeth whitening treatment to discuss potential side effects and determine if it’s right for you.