Zoom is a bleaching process widely used throughout the country and around the world to lighten discoloration of enamel and dentin. Tooth discoloration may result from drinking coffee, tea, cola and red wine; or from smoking. The aging process also can stain and darken your teeth. The Zoom in-office tooth whitening procedure uses the Zoom Advanced Power Chairside Lamp – said to accelerate the bleaching process – to activate the 25 percent hydrogen peroxide whitening. As the hydrogen peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin to bleach the stained substances, leaving the structure of the tooth unchanged.
The procedure begins with a short preparation to cover the lips and gums, leaving the teeth exposed. The dental assistant then applies the Zoom hydrogen peroxide whitening gel, which works together with the Zoom light to penetrate the teeth and break up the stains and discoloration. The gel remains in place for 15 minutes while the light is activated. During this time, you can relax, listen to music, or play on your phone.
The gel is applied for four 15-minute sessions of light activation, for a total treatment time of 60 minutes. Immediately afterwards, a sensitivity-reducing fluoride paste-gel is applied to the teeth.
AFTERCARE: MAINTAINING WHITENING EFFECTS
Patients can also purchase custom-fitted whitening trays which will be made during the session for the patient to take home after. Follow your dentist’s instructions for when and how to use this touch-up kit.
To help maintain the whitening effects of your treatment, your dentist may advise you to avoid certain foods and beverages, or consume them in moderation to avoid staining your teeth. This includes tea, coffee, red wine, cola, etc.
Additionally, tobacco products will stain teeth, even after whitening treatments. As such, your dentist will suggest you quit using them. Maintain an appropriate oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) regimen to prevent stains from reforming, and see your dentist and hygienist regularly for scheduled teeth cleanings.
Toothpastes containing whitening agents also may be suggested by your dentist to maintain the results of the procedure.
Sensitivity during treatment may occur in some people. The Zoom light produces minimal heat, which is usually the source of discomfort. Rarely, minor tingling is experienced immediately after the procedure, but always dissipates. Ask your dentist for an anti-sensitivity toothpaste prior to treatment to lessen sensitivity.
As with other whitening products, Zoom is not recommended for children under 13 years of age, or for pregnant or women breastfeeding. Also, it is important to remember that whitening treatment may not be as effective for some people as it is for others. Only your dentist can determine if teeth whitening is right for you after performing a thorough oral examination that includes a shade assessment.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING ZOOM!
BEFORE & AFTER
Icon is a resin infiltration treatment offered to help fade the appearance of white spot lesions (often seen after orthodontics) and certain congenital hypo-calcified enamel lesions which looks like white speckling on the teeth. This treatment procedure includes cleaning the surface of the tooth, then conservatively etching the outer enamel and outer ions that are blocking the enamel “pores” of the tooth, and then using a liquid resin to fill the “pores” back in, now camouflaging the white spot lesions.
Icon is less expensive and less invasive than fillings or veneers and can be completed in 1 visit!
There is NO anesthetic (shots/numbing) required.
It is safe for both kids and adults.
This procedure takes about 45 mins to an hour and research shows it will last 2-6 years or more.
Patients see stronger results when paired with the Zoom Whitening procedure.
*We cannot guarantee the spot will disappear completely but most results are satisfactory. Even if the spot remains, no damage or irreversible treatment has been done to the tooth.