Teeth Whitening

Having a beautiful smile may be even easier than you think. 

What are the details of teeth whitening?

It’s safe, quick, and inexpensive. Just let us know at any appointment if you would like to whiten your teeth. You can lighten only your upper teeth or both the upper and lower, depending on how much you show when you talk and smile.

In only a day or two your custom bleach splints will be ready for you to pick up. We provide you with a special bleaching agent that you put into the clear splints. With only a few hours of wear per day, our special bleaching agent bubbles stains right out of your enamel in a very short time without altering tooth structure or existing dental work in any way. When your teeth reach the desired brightness, only occasional treatment is needed to maintain your new smile. We’ll want to take “after” photos at your next appointment.

Dental whitening can be used to correct tooth discoloration. Discolorations can be caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth. Using the latest in whitening technology, we can offer a safe method for creating a beautiful “brilliant” smile. In cases of extreme tooth discoloration, crowns or veneers may be the only choice, but because of the low cost of whitening treatments, teeth whitening is nearly always worth a solid try.

Zoom Whitening

If you are wondering how to make your teeth immediately whiter right now or you would rather whiten your teeth over a few nights while you sleep, your answer is Zoom! The Zoom! In-Office Whitening System uses proprietary technology to whiten your teeth an average of seven shades in a little over an hour while you relax at your dentist’s office. It’s ideal for anyone who wants immediate results. The Zoom! take-home whitening system uses a revolutionary patent-pending gel to whiten your teeth an average of six shades in three nights* and you may go even lighter with additional applications. 

Strips or paint-on gels are a waste of time. Get your teeth whiter in a fraction of the time with Zoom.

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.

Is teeth whitening safe?

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. The procedure is not painful; patients can actually watch television or listen to music. Many even fall asleep. Some people experience temporary increased tooth sensitivity to cold during treatment. These symptoms disappear within 1-3 days after the treatment. As with any tooth whitening product, Zoom! is not recommended for children under 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.

How does the Zoom! in-office system work and how long does the take-home whitening take?

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. 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). 

The Zoom! take-home gel however is designed to be worn between four and eight hours per application. Our doctors will advise you on how long you should wear each application. A recent study showed that you can achieve an average improvement of seven shades after just three nights of use. Our doctors, hygienists, and assistants will help you determine how many applications are right for you. 

Do the results last a long time?

By following some simple post whitening care instructions, your teeth will always be lighter than they were before. We recommend flossing, brushing twice daily with Zoom! Whitening Toothpaste, and touch-ups with Zoom! take-home gel. These are professional formula products designed specifically to keep your teeth their brightest. They are available through our office. 

What is the difference between Zoom! in-office treatment, Zoom! take-home system, and over-the-counter tooth whiteners?

Consulting with our doctors is 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. The main difference however between the Zoom! take-home system and the Zoom! in-office treatment is that the Zoom! take-home system is in the convenience of your own home over a few nights. The Zoom! in-office system is performed entirely in the office. Zoom! in-office treatment is clinically proven to whiten your teeth in one sitting!