Bright pearly whites are no longer a luxury reserved for the rich and famous- more and more people are seeking teeth whitening treatments for a fabulous smile they can show off. And why not? Great teeth can make you feel more confident, and with today’s many options, tooth whitening is becoming more accessible for everyone.
But with so many options, how do you choose the best way to brighten your smile? Over-the-counter whitening trays and toothpastes are affordable but don’t always offer the most immediate and effective results; some in-office dental whitening laser procedures can be costly without a guaranteed result.
Zoom! Whitening offers an appealing option for many, with innovative tooth whitening technology and a comfortable in-office procedure.
What is Zoom! Whitening?
Zoom! Whitening is an in-office dental light-activated whitening treatment that relies upon a strong light activated hydrogen peroxide-based bleaching agent- called Zoom! Gel- applied to teeth in order to lighten the discoloration of enamel and dentin. The specialized “Zoom!” light helps to activate the hydrogen peroxide, aiding the bleaching agent in penetrating the surface of the tooth.
During the procedure, the Zoom! gel and lighting is applied onto the patient’s teeth in three short sessions. The entire Zoom! Whitening treatment is usually completed within one hour. A cleaning is recommended prior to the whitening treatment.
Zoom! 2 refers to the updated version of the Zoom! tooth bleaching application. One of the major differences between the two procedures is that while the original Zoom! Whitening tooth whitening treatment took up to an hour to complete, the Zoom 2 system is completed within 45 minutes, with three 15-minute sessions of whitening.
Who needs Zoom! Whitening?
Anyone who is looking for brighter and whiter teeth, or seeking to remove or lighten tooth discolorations and stains may want to look into Zoom! Whitening.
Tooth discoloration can be caused by tobacco use, red wine, coffee, or certain medications used during dental formation.
Almost anyone can get effective tooth whitening results from Zoom! Whitening. However, some people may not be able to get the results they are looking for. A shade assessment, performed prior to the whitening, can give you an idea of the realistic results you will see.
Benefits of Zoom! Whitening
The Zoom! and Zoom! 2 systems offer fast and effective tooth whitening, with a result of up to eight shades lighter within the 45-60 minute treatment. The results are immediate- a major plus if you don’t want to wait the days or weeks many over-the-counter tooth whitening systems take before you see results.
The Zoom! Whitening procedure is also designed to be comfortable, with low heat and a low-sensitivity gel and lighting system. Patients can relax throughout the treatment by listening to music or watching television.
Risks and Possible Disadvantages
Tooth sensitivity is the perhaps the most common complaint about with Zoom! Whitening. Most often, the discomfort is caused by heat produced by the lamp, which is minimal. Minor tingling sensations may be felt right after the procedure. The severity of tooth sensitivity varies greatly depending upon the person. Anti-sensitivity toothpaste can be provided by your dentist prior to the treatment in order to provide a more comfortable experience. The updated Zoom! 2 system is designed to be 67% less sensitive than the original Zoom! Whitening.
Gum irritation may also occur during or after the Zoom! Whitening treatment. In rare cases, clients have complained about prolonged tooth sensitivity, burned and swollen lips, and even pains in the throat and gums. These problems are most likely due to the dentist not following the Zoom! Whitening system procedures correctly.
Who should avoid Zoom! Whitening?
People with a strong gag reflex or anxiety issue may find it difficult to last throughout the entire procedure. Zoom! Whitening (like any other tooth bleaching product or procedure) is also not recommended for children under 13, or pregnant or lactating women.
How to get the most out of your Zoom! Whitening
There are a few simple steps you can take to make the whitening results from your Zoom! procedure last. Avoiding things like coffee, cigarettes, and red wine ensure that you do not stain over your newly-whitened teeth. Brushing twice daily, flossing, and occasional touch-ups with Zoom! Weekender or Night White gel are all steps recommended by Zoom! to prolong your results.
The information in the article is not intended to substitute for the medical expertise and advice of your health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any decisions about treatment or care with an appropriate health care provider.