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Zoom!® Whitening at Encinitas Dental Boutique

Patients preparing for a big event may wish to take advantage of ZOOM!® Whitening treatments. Performed in-office, Zoom! Involves applying a special bleaching gel to your teeth, then applying a light that helps to deepen the level of whitening. Because results are seen so fast, ZOOM! is an excellent solution for those wishing to whiten their teeth before an event, such as a wedding, prom, photo shoot, or reunion.

How does Zoom!® whiten the teeth?

Zoom!® is a bleaching process that lightens the dentin and enamel of the teeth.  Zoom!® contains a hydrogen peroxide component (25%), which is the active ingredient in the gel.  When hydrogen peroxide is applied to the teeth, the peroxide component breaks down into tiny oxygen bubbles.  It is these bubbles that eliminate yellowing and staining.

A mercury metal halide light is used to activate the gel and expedite the whitening process.  This specialized light contains a unique infrared filter that works to reduce the amount of heat (and therefore sensitivity) on the surface of the teeth during the procedure.  The internal structure of the teeth remains completely healthy and intact during and after the treatment.

As with any whitening system, the post-treatment results can vary according to the degree of staining and the condition of the teeth.  A consultation with the dentist prior to treatment will provide information as to what kind of results Zoom!® can provide in specific instances.  Zoom!® is only applied to healthy teeth and gums.  If tooth decay or gum disease is an issue, these need to be controlled before the bleaching treatment is performed.

How is the Zoom!® treatment performed?

Prior to treatment, there will be a consultation where the dentist will outline the exact procedure.  On treatment day, a deep cleaning (prophylaxis) will be performed to rid the teeth of any debris and plaque.  Then, special eyewear will be provided to protect the eyes from the halide light, and splashguards to protect the clothing from the bleaching agent.

Here is a brief overview of the Zoom!® procedure:

  1. Cheek retractors will be placed to expose the entire surface of the teeth.
  2. The gums will be painted or covered to reduce sensitivity.
  3. The dentist will apply the whitening gel to the teeth.
  4. The halide light will then be applied to activate the gel.  This specialized Zoom!® light can be positioned to work on all the teeth simultaneously.
  5. After 15 minutes, gel will be removed from the teeth and the mouth will be rinsed.
  6. More gel will be applied for another 15 minutes.
  7. Again, the gel will be removed and the mouth will be thoroughly cleansed.
  8. The final treatment of gel will be applied for 15 minutes.
  9. The gel will be removed for the final time.

What happens after treatment?

The same external factors that caused the discoloration in the first place can quickly work their way back onto the teeth.  For this reason, the dentist recommends flossing once a day, thorough cleaning with anti-sensitivity toothpaste twice a day, and occasional retreatment with Zoom!® Weekender.  These post-treatment measures will ensure that the smile stays at its whitest for a long time.

If you have questions about the Zoom!® Chairside System, please call Encinitas Dental Boutique today.