If you’ve been searching for an effective way to have a brighter, whiter smile, chances are you’ve come across the Zoom! Tooth Whitening procedure. What is it, how does it work, and does it create lasting results? Let’s break it down.

What is Zoom Teeth Whitening?

The Zoom Teeth Whitening procedure is a whitening treatment you can receive at your dentist’s office. 

The benefits of this procedure are that it is easy to do, doesn’t take long, and creates long-lasting results. The Zoom Teeth Whitening procedure removes surface stains and internal, set-in stains that other whitening treatments and at-home teeth whitening kits can’t reach. The Zoom light penetrates the enamel and brightens dark parts of the teeth, resulting in a truly whiter smile.

Most whitening products contain 7-10 percent hydrogen peroxide, so while they may be effective if used correctly over a long period of time, any results are difficult to see. Also, at-home products with higher concentrations are very easy to misuse and can result in tooth sensitivity or pain. The Zoom Teeth Whitening procedure is performed under the supervision of a dentist, so it is very safe and very effective, though exact results will vary for every individual.

How Does Zoom Teeth Whitening Work

The entire Zoom Teeth Whitening procedure takes less than an hour to complete. It’s recommended to do the whitening treatment directly after a cleaning. The cleaner your teeth are, the better the treatment will take.

In the Zoom Teeth Whitening procedure, a dentist or trained dental assistant will apply a light-activated 35 percent Hydrogen peroxide whitening solution by painting it onto the patients teeth. Every 15 minutes, the teeth will be checked to verify that the treatment is working, and more solution will be applied. The Zoom light is used to help the solution work deep into the teeth, breaking up stains and removing discoloration. 

Once the procedure is complete, a special paste will be applied to the teeth to reduce sensitivity, but the patient can expect some sensitivity for up to 72 hours. They will also be given a touch-up kit to take home, which is customized to work with their teeth.

How Long Does Zoom Teeth Whitening Last?

The reason Zoom Teeth Whitening is so popular is because of its long-lasting results. After the procedure, most patients can expect their brighter, whiter smile to last 1-4 years. This can be prolonged using the Zoom touch-up kit your dentist will supply once the treatment is complete. The custom-made trays will fit the patient’s teeth exactly, and will likely need to be used once per month for about a half hour, although the dentist will advise a custom treatment plan.

After treatment, it’s a good idea to avoid staining foods like coffee, tea, and red wine — especially the week following the Zoom Teeth Whitening treatment. Any exposure to stains during this sensitive period of time risks setting in the stain. Whitening toothpastes, regular brushing and flossing, and biannual dental cleanings will help also maintain the treatment.

Eventually, even with good oral hygiene and stain prevention, the teeth will fade back to their original color. A dentist can help determine if it’s time for another treatment.

Ready to brighten up that smile for the holidays? Let us know! Dr. Ruszkowski, Weber & Mountford are proud to offer Zoom! teeth whitening services, and we’d love to help you whiten your smile in time for the holiday season.