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Zoom! Teeth Whitening

Every day, people look in the mirror after brushing and flossing and wonder why their teeth still look a little yellow. You might have even tried one of those expensive teeth whitening kits, or an over-the-counter whitening strip system. If you found the results disappointing, you will be impressed with the results of Zoom! Whitening. Currently used in over 15,000 dental offices across the globe, Zoom! Whitening is a painless process that can leave your teeth dazzling white in just one hour.

What is Zoom! Teeth Whitening?

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Zoom! Teeth Whitening is a process of deep cleaning your teeth and giving you a photo-ready smile. Zoom! Teeth Whitening works by applying a hydrogen peroxide-based whitening agent to your teeth. Next, your dentist shines a Zoom! halide light at your teeth. The whitening solution is activated by the light, scrubbing stains from your teeth's enamel. The process takes about an hour and you leave the dental office with a brand new smile.

This is a popular treatment used throughout the U.S. and around the world. It may be performed in combination with other cosmetic dental procedures, such as porcelain veneers or composite bonding. Zoom Teeth Whitening may also be recommended after braces are removed or to ensure a better match between a restoration and your natural teeth.

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What Causes Teeth to Be Discolored?

Think about it: every day, your teeth go through a twenty-four-hour workout. Even though teeth are strong, layers of enamel and dentin can be discolored by coffee, tea, wine, food, and tobacco use. Some medications, antibiotics, and aging are also common culprits leading to tooth discoloration.

Tooth discoloration can be caused by stains on the surface (extrinsic), by changes occurring inside the tooth (intrinsic), or it may be age-related.

Extrinsic Tooth Discoloration

Discoloration can occur when the enamel (the outer layer of the tooth) becomes stained. Tooth staining is common among smokers and among people who frequently enjoy coffee, tea, wine, cola, berries, pasta sauce, curry, and other foods and beverages capable of staining the teeth.

Intrinsic Tooth Discoloration

Intrinsic tooth discoloration occurs when the dentin (inner structure of the tooth) darkens or develops a yellowish tint. Causes of intrinsic tooth discoloration include:

  • Too much fluoride exposure in early childhood
  • Tetracycline (antibiotic) taken by the mother during the second half of a pregnancy
  • Tetracycline taken at eight years old or younger
  • Trauma as a young child affecting a developing permanent tooth
  • Internal bleeding caused by trauma to a tooth
  • Rare congenital condition known as dentinogenesis imperfecta that causes amber, gray, or purple discolorations

Age-Related Tooth Discoloration

When discoloration of the teeth is age related, there may be a combination of extrinsic and intrinsic contributing factors. The inner structure of a tooth (dentin) naturally yellows over time. Normal wear and tear causes the enamel of the teeth to become thinner with age, allowing the yellowish dentin to show through.

Smoking, along with certain foods and beverages, can stain the teeth as men and women grow older. Chips and other injuries suffered over the years can also cause discoloration.

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The Zoom! Teeth Whitening Process

The process is simply, easy, and effective. First, the Zoom! Whitening gel is applied to your teeth. The gel's active ingredient is pH-balanced hydrogen peroxide. Then, a special light is used to activate the gel. Zoom! Teeth whitening gel then penetrates your teeth's dentin and enamel to remove any stains or discoloration.

The bleaching gel remains in place for 15 minutes while the special light is activated. The gel is applied three times, for three 15-minute sessions, for a total of 45 minutes treatment time. After that, a fluoride treatment is applied to your teeth. Patients commonly report that Zoom! Teeth Whitening has made their teeth up to 10 shades whiter.

Regular teeth cleaning is generally recommended before a Zoom Teeth Whitening treatment. The procedure begins with preparation to cover the lips and gums while leaving the teeth exposed.

Some people may experience sensitivity during treatment to the minimal heat produced by the Zoom Light. To reduce sensitivity, ask your dentist at Altamonte Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry for an anti-sensitivity toothpaste to use before the treatment.

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How Long Does Zoom! Whitening Take

In total, the procedure will last less than an hour. After a short prep time, the teeth whitening procedure itself takes 45 minutes. For best results, Dr. Miranda recommends a standard dental cleaning before your Zoom! Whitening session.

Treatment time for Zoom Teeth Whitening can vary somewhat from patient to patient. Generally, total chair time for this procedure, including pre-treatment preparation, averages approximately one hour.

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Are There Any Side Effects to Zoom! Whitening?

Very few patients have reported teeth sensitivity during the Zoom! Whitening treatment. The most common cause of discomfort is the low-heat Zoom! Whitening light. On rare occasions, minor tingling sensations were reported following the procedure. Dr. Miranda can provide anti-sensitivity toothpaste to use several days before your Zoom! Whitening treatment.

The most common side effects of Zoom Teeth Whitening during and after treatment are teeth sensitivity or gum irritation. Anti-sensitivity toothpaste used in advance can control teeth sensitivity during treatment, and fluoride treatment after Zoom Teeth Whitening can help prevent sensitivity after the procedure.

Irritation can occur when the bleaching agent comes into contact with soft oral tissues (lips, gums, cheeks, and tongue). That is why we begin every Zoom Teeth Whitening procedure at Altamonte Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry with a short preparation to cover the lips, gums, and soft tissues to protect them from irritation.

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Maintaining Your Zoom! Whitening

To keep your smile looking white, Dr. Miranda recommends brushing twice a day and flossing regularly after your Zoom! Whitening. And, be sure to get a dental cleaning every six months. We may recommend brushing with toothpaste containing teeth whitening agents.

A Zoom home use touchup kit can help extend the results of your treatment. This kit contains custom-fitted whitening trays. It is important to follow your dentist's instructions on how and when to use the kit.

Certain foods and beverages and tobacco products can stain your teeth after Zoom Teeth Whitening. We may advise you to avoid or cut back on coffee, tea, wine, berries, and other teeth-staining foods and beverages, and to avoid tobacco products entirely to maintain your bright new smile.

Benefits of Whiter Teeth

Nearly everyone wants whiter teeth, but that can be difficult to achieve with whitening toothpaste and home teeth whitening treatments alone. Fortunately, professional Zoom Teeth Whitening is available as a simple, affordable, lasting solution to whiter, brighter teeth.

Bright, shiny, white teeth indicate good health and project a more youthful appearance. A bright smile can make others feel instantly more connected to you.

Having whiter teeth can give you more confidence in your smile. When you know your teeth look great, you may smile wider, talk more, and become more easily engaged in conversations.

Boost Your Smile With Zoom! Whitening

Even if your teeth are healthy and strong, they can still suffer from discoloration. It can be hard to smile if you're self-conscious about discolored or yellow teeth. Dr. Miranda is proud to offer Zoom! Whitening. Contact our office today to learn more about Zoom! Whitening and if it's right for you.

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Teeth Whitening FAQ

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Everyone wants a beautiful smile and, for most people, that means having the whitest teeth possible. While there are many do-it-yourself products that you can purchase at your local pharmacy, nothing is more effective than a professional, in-office teeth whitening treatment.

Dr. Miranda has selected Zoom! teeth whitening from among the range of professional treatments available, and he is not alone. Because of its impressive results, Zoom! teeth whitening is used in more than 15,000 dental practices across the country. This treatment is fast and produces truly remarkable results in under an hour.

What is Zoom! Teeth Whitening?

Zoom! teeth whitening is a process of deep cleaning your teeth by applying a whitening agent to your teeth, followed by a special light being directed at your teeth to activate the whitening process. Every patient is different in how long it takes to achieve the right level of brilliance. After treatment, you must avoid consuming various foods and drinks (including coffee, wine, and others) for 48 hours while the protective layer on the teeth is restored.

What causes teeth to become discolored?

Your teeth are comprised of four layers. Enamel is the top layer and the hardest. Just below the enamel is dentin, which is more porous than enamel. The layers of enamel and dentin can be discolored by coffee, tea, wine, food, and tobacco use. Various medications and antibiotics, as well as the aging process can cause teeth to lose their brilliance, and appear dull and yellow. Zoom! can restore the brilliant white, enhancing your smile.

How does the Zoom! Teeth Whitening process work?

The Zoom! teeth whitening gel has an active ingredient called pH-balanced hydrogen peroxide. This gel is applied to your teeth, after which Dr. Miranda will shine a special halide light onto your teeth to activate the gel. The Zoom! teeth whitening gel penetrates deep into the enamel and dentin layers to treat stains and discoloration. Finally, a fluoride treatment is applied to your teeth.

How long does the Zoom! Teeth Whitening process take?

The total procedure will take under an hour. After a short prep time to prepare the teeth and gums for the treatment, the process requires only about 45 minutes. For best results, Dr. Miranda recommends that you have a standard dental cleaning prior to the Zoom! session.

Is Zoom! Teeth Whitening painful?

The treatment is generally not painful. Only a few patients experience sensitivity during the Zoom! teeth whitening treatment. Most commonly, the cause of the minor discomfort is the low-heat Zoom! light.

Are there any side effects to the Zoom! Teeth Whitening process?

Following the procedure, a few patients have reported minor tingling sensations, which subsided fairly quickly. Using an anti-sensitivity toothpaste for several days before the procedure can be helpful in preventing any discomfort.

How can I schedule my Zoom! treatment?

Contact our office today for an appointment. If you have any further questions about Zoom! teeth whitening, we will be happy to discuss them with you personally.

How long will my teeth stay white, after the Zoom! Teeth Whitening process?

Length of results will vary with each patient, depending on their use of any of the foods, beverages, medications or other discoloring products consumed regularly. However, to maintain your beautiful, white smile as long as possible, Dr. Miranda recommends that you brush twice a day and floss regularly after your Zoom! teeth whitening treatment. You should also get a professional dental cleaning every six months.

What kinds of results can I expect from the Zoom! Teeth Whitening process?

Patients commonly report that Zoom! Teeth Whitening has made their teeth up to 10 shades whiter.

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