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Teeth Whitening

What is Zoom whitening?

Zoom teeth whitening (also known as Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed) is an in-office treatment that uses 25% hydrogen peroxide to remove stains and yellowing, lightening tooth color up to eight shades. Unlike cosmetic dentistry’s traditional bleaching process, the procedure incorporates a blue light that the manufacturer claims activates the hydrogen peroxide to accelerate the teeth whitening process. 

 

Since teeth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc.  Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.

Teeth whitening is not permanent.  A touch-up may be needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.

Reasons for teeth whitening:

  • Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).
  • Normal wear of outer tooth layer.
  • Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.).
  • Yellow, brown stained teeth.

What does teeth whitening involve?

  • The entire procedure is completed in a single one-hour visit to the dentist.

  • The latest version of Zoom has three different intensity settings on the light to reduce the risk of sensitivity.

  • If it’s done prior to dental bonding or porcelain veneers, Zoom can improve the overall cosmetic result. Dentists recommend waiting three weeks between procedures.

You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.