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Teeth Whitening- The Zoom Teeth Lightening Procedure

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Now, who wouldn't want to enhance their smile in as simple a way as teeth whitening?

This cosmetic dental procedure is becoming pretty common nowadays and gaining more popularity after the advent of Zoom technology.

Zoom is quick, very safe, gentle, effective, and lasts longer. Teeth have a natural pearly color, not exactly white, that tends to get stained.

Whitening does not make them ' white' so to speak, but lightens, brightens, and evens out their color without harming the surface of the tooth.

You can consult your nearby dental clinic in Kirkland about the process.

For protecting the surface of your pearls, and getting better results, it is advised to get the procedure done by a professional dentist.

In this blog, we will discuss everything about the Zoom whitening process, what it is, why it is needed, how it is done, the risk factors, and maintaining the results.

 

The Causes & Types of Tooth Discoloration

The tooth is covered by a hard covering called the enamel which gives it its natural color. The inner surface below the enamel is called the dentin.

Staining of any of these two surfaces may cause yellowing. There can be many factors responsible for it.

We can control some of these variables but not all. Broadly, there are two types of discoloration.

Extrinsic staining- In this type, the outer surface or the enamel gets stained due to environmental factors. It browns or yellows up due to reasons such as:

  1. Consumption of dark-colored foods like tea, coffee, cola, and wine.
  2. Smoking or chewing tobacco makes deposits on teeth that discolor them.
  3. Aging is another factor. With age, the enamel becomes thinner and more prone to coloration.

Chronic extrinsic stains can infiltrate into the dentin and become ingrained if not remedied timely.

 

Intrinsic Staining- In this case, the inner surface or the dentin gets discolored. Intrinsic stains result from:

  1. High fluoride intake in childhood
  2. The occurrence of an injury or trauma to teeth while they were in the development stage.
  3. Having undergone prolonged medical treatments consuming antibiotics line tetracycline may result in changing the intrinsic color of the teeth.

Intrinsic type stains are treated only by dental surgeons. Earlier it was believed that intrinsic stains were permanent.

But now with advanced techniques such as zoom, they can be easily remedied.

In severe cases, if whitening does not work for you, you can also go for dental veneers.

 

What Is Zoom Tooth Whitening?

Zoom is a revolutionary light-assisted bleaching process that lightens teeth up to ten shades in a single session.

It has become one of the most established tooth whitening solutions available, for many reasons. The important one is that its results are immediate and long-lasting.

Also, it is low maintenance and requires much less of a commitment on the patient's part.

It uses a light-activated Ph balanced gel consisting of 25 percent hydrogen peroxide with a complete arch, with a bleaching lamp that renders the power.

It takes about 60 to 90 minutes and shows immediate results. The perfect option for a busy person.

 

How it works

Professional cleaning or scaling is recommended before your Zoom whitening procedure. The dentist first takes a photograph of your teeth to help you compare the results later.

The sitting begins with a preparation/cleaning period wherein he will remove the thin coating of film on the enamel that forms due to the food or drinks you eat.

Then the gums will be covered and the scientifically formulated zero sensitivity formula of lightening would be applied.

Special zoom lighting will be used to activate the formula.

Activated thus, the gel penetrates deep down and emits oxygen that infiltrates the enamel and dentin to bleach discoloring pigments, protecting the tooth surfaces a while.

A final fluoride paste application completes the session.

If you do not wish for an in-office treatment, at Kirkland Premier Dentistry, we also provide take-home bleaching trays to do it in your own time. You have to wear them for half an hour every day for 10-12 days in a row.

 

Risks Associated With Whitening

Teeth whitening by a dental professional does not have any risk whatsoever.

However, for up to three days you will be advised not to eat and drink certain types of food that may interfere with the process.

Since it is a cosmetic procedure, pregnant women are advised to go for it only after the delivery.

Additionally, if you have veneers, crowns, or bonding done on some of your teeth, those would not be affected by the bleach while the remaining structures would be lightened.

This may result in what we call 'technicolor teeth'.

As for sensitivity, it is almost a zero sensitivity formula, and the Zoom light produces minimal heat, so there is no discomfort from that.

 

Maintaining the Results

Zoom lasts for one to four years depending on how you maintain it. Just follow the post-whitening care recommendations by your doctor.

At Kirkland Premier Dentistry, we advise our patients to quit smoking,

practice good oral hygiene, and make an appointment every 6 months for an oral cleaning and examination.

Considering your busy schedules we also have weekend slots and an online booking tool.

If you’re displeased with your smile and conscious of your stained teeth, go for Zoom.

You will love the instant transformation!

Author
Dr. Sheena Gaur Dr. Sheena Gaur Dr. Sheena Gaur, DDS, is a general family dentist at Kirkland Premier Dentistry in Kirkland, Washington. She specializes in preventive and restorative dentistry, crowns, bridges, extractions, and cosmetic dentistry, including veneers and Invisalign® treatments.

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