Teeth Whitening FAQs

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What Is Zoom!® Teeth Whitening?

Zoom! is a bleaching process that lightens discoloration of enamel and dentin.

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.

Who May Benefit from Tooth Whitening?

Just about anyone can benefit from tooth whitening. However, treatment may not be as effective for some as it is for others. Upon an oral exam, Dr. Skaperdas determines if you are a candidate for this procedure through a shade assessment.

Is Tooth Whitening Becoming More Popular?

Absolutely! A bright, beautiful smile can make a big difference. The Zoom! Whitening System makes it easier and faster than ever before.

Is Tooth Whitening Safe?

Yes, 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. As with any tooth whitening product, Zoom! is not recommended for children under 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.

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 at our office.

Is There Any Difference between over-the-Counter Tooth Whiteners & Zoom!?

Yes! Consulting Dr. Skaperdas 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. Zoom! is clinically proven to whiten your teeth 8 shades in 1 hour or 6 shades in just one weekend!

How Does the Zoom! in-Office System Work?

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.

Is the Zoom! in-Office Procedure Painful?

No. During the procedure, patients can actually watch television or listen to music and many fall asleep.

Are There Any Side Effects?

Some people experience temporary increased tooth sensitivity to cold during treatment. These symptoms disappear within 1-3 days after interruption or completion of the treatment.

How Long Is the Procedure?

The entire procedure lasts just over 1 hour. The procedure begins with a preparation period followed by 1 hour of bleaching. A 5-minute fluoride treatment completes the procedure. We recommend a cleaning prior to the actual Zoom! whitening session.

How Long Does Zoom! Take-Home Whitening Take?

The Zoom! take-home gel is designed for wear between 4 and 8 hours per application. Dr. Skaperdas advises you on how long each application should last specifically for you. A recent study showed that you could achieve an average improvement of 6 shades after just 3 nights of use. He helps you determine how many applications are right for you.

Contact us to learn more about our cosmetic density services.