ZOOM! Whitening

Zoom! Whitening
If you want teeth that are immediately whiter right away our doctors have your answer with Zoom! The Zoom! In-Office Whitening System uses proprietary technology to whiten your teeth an average of eight shades* in a little over an hour while you relax at your dentist's office. It's ideal for anyone who wants immediate results!

What is Zoom! Tooth Whitening?
Zoom! is a bleaching process that lightens discoloration of enamel and dentin.

What Can Cause Tooth Discoloration?
There are many causes. The most common include aging and consumption of staining substances such as coffee, tea or tobacco. During tooth formation, consumption of tetracycline, certain antibiotics, or excessive fluoride may also cause tooth discoloration.

Who May Benefit From Tooth Whitening?
Just about anyone can benefit from tooth whitening. However, treatment may not be as effective or some as it is for others. Upon an oral exam, our doctors can determine if you are a candidate for this procedure, including a shade assessment.

Is Tooth Whitening Safe?
Yes, research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. In fact, many dentists consider whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure available. As with any tooth whitening product, Zoom! is not recommended for children under 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.

How Long Do The Results Last?
By following some simple post whitening care instructions, your teeth will always be lighter than they were before. We recommend flossing, brushing twice daily and reqular prophylaxis with our qualified hygienists!

What Is The Difference Between Over-The-Counter Tooth Whiteners & Zoom!
Consulting our doctors always the first step to whitening your teeth safely. Over-the-counter tooth whitening strips, brush-on gels and toothpastes take weeks or months to whiten your teeth just a few shades. Zoom! is clinically proven to whiten your teeth eight shades in one hour or six shades in just one session!

How Does The Zoom! In-Office System Work?
The Zoom! light-activated whitening gel's active ingredient is hydrogen peroxide. As hydrogen peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin, bleaching any colored substance while keeping the structure of the tooth unchanged. The Zoom! light aids in activating the hydrogen peroxide and helps it penetrate the surface of the tooth.

Is The Zoom! In-Office Procedure Painful?
No. While some patients report a tingling sensation, most report no problems at all! During the procedure, patients can actually listen to the television or listen to music.

Are There Any Side Effects?
Some people experience temporary increased tooth sensitivity to cold during treatment. These symptoms disappear within one to three days after interruption or completion of the treatment.

How Long Is The Procedure?
The entire procedure takes just over one hour. The procedure begins with a preparation period followed by one hour of bleaching. A five-minute fluoride treatment completes the procedure. We recommend a cleaning prior to the actual Zoom! whitening session.

Zoom! Whitening Post Op Instructions

Congratulations on completing the Zoom Whitening Process!

The next 48 hours are important in enhancing and maximizing your whitening results for a long lasting, bright and healthy smile.

Spotting: Color Spotting on the teeth may occur after Zoom In-Office Whitening due to temporary dehydration of the teeth. This should diminish within a few days after treatment. The whitening process will continue for 48 hours after treatment.

Sensitivity: During the first 24 hours after whitening treatment, some patients can experience some tooth sensitivity or pain. This is normal and is usually mild, but it can be worse in susceptible individuals. Normally, tooth sensitivity or pain following a treatment subsides within 24 hours, but in rare cases can persist for longer periods of time. You may wish to take an over-the-counter pain reliever (one you would use for a headache). Some patients experience sensitivity such as “zingers” or thermal sensitivity 12 to 24 hours after Zoom! whitening. Place the Relief ACP gel (in your take home bag) on the problem area to help reduce symptoms of sensitivity. Once you receive your customized take home trays, you can place a small amount of gel in each tooth of your whitening trays and wear the tray for 30-60 minutes. This will help calm the teeth down during sensitive episodes. Brushing your teeth with sensitive toothpaste, such as Sensodyne, or Prevident 5000 toothpaste for the weeks following the procedure is strongly recommended.

Now that your teeth are significantly whiter, there are a few guidelines to help maintain the look of your new smile. The teeth have a protective layer called the protein pellicule. This layer contains the surface dental stains and is removed during Zoom whitening treatments. It takes 24-48 hours for the barrier to fully develop again.

For the next 48 hours post treatment, we recommend avoiding dark staining substances, such as:

Red wine, Cola, Coffee and tea

Berries such as cherries, blueberries, strawberries, dark grapes

Tobacco products

Red sauces, mustard or ketchup, soy sauce, salsa and other red sauces

If it will stain your clothes, it will eventually stain your teeth

Colored lipstick

Colored mouthwash including PreviDent Fluoride Rinse

If your daily homecare involves the use of PerioRx or any Chlorhexidine, please wait 48 hours before continuing the usage of this product.

Additional ways to maintain your smile:

Avoid staining related habits.

Use an automated toothbrush like Oral B.

Regular professional dental hygiene care to maintain oral health, keep staining to a minimum. Use whitening trays for touch-ups as recommended by our dentists. Practice good oral hygiene by tooth brushing, flossing, and tongue cleaning. We will assist you in selecting the products to maintain not only a white smile, but a healthy one as well!

Take home Whitening Trays for touch-ups -3 days after Treatment:

If your teeth are not too sensitive, try bleaching a few more times with the take home products during the first three to five days after your office visit to maximize your results and attain the whitest shade possible. Store any remaining whitening gel in a cool dry place for later use. Please make sure the custom tray is completely dry. Place a small amount of gel on each of the teeth in the custom tray. Use caution not to overload the tray. Insert the tray over the teeth and gently wipe away any excess gel. Do not leave any gel on the gums because this will cause irritation to your gums. Wear the bleaching trays with the gel for up to 2 hours or sleep in the trays overnight depending on which gel you chose. Use all the bleaching gel given. This could last from a few days to a week. If sensitivity is uncomfortable, stop and reduce time and/or frequency of treatment. If too uncomfortable, stop all together.