Understanding the teeth whitening process
You have probably noticed that adolescents typically have brilliantly white teeth. That is because their adult teeth developed recently. However, every bite of berry cobbler or marinara sauce will take a toll. These, along with many other foods and beverages, have dark colors that stain tooth enamel. Environmental factors and habits such as smoking contribute to discoloration.
You won’t see a difference after a single meal, but the effects are cumulative. Over the years, staining particles seep into enamel, causing it to darken. Fortunately, the process of removing those stains occurs much more quickly. Powerful bleaching gel penetrates pores in the enamel, breaking up deep down particles to put the “WOW” back in your smile.
It is called Zoom for a reason
There are different techniques for brightening your smile. Some bleaching products achieve subtle improvement. Some professional whitening options yield significant results, but they develop gradually. Zoom in-office treatment is neither of those. It was designed to deliver fast, dramatic improvement – and it accomplishes that quite well.
What to expect
We recommend scheduling a cleaning with our hygienist prior to whitening. That is because teeth form a biofilm over time, which can reduce contact between the tooth enamel and bleaching gel. Once your teeth are clean and ready, the in-office whitening procedure only takes about an hour, with instant results.
The steps of the Zoom in-office whitening procedure include:
- First, a protective barrier is placed to prevent contact between the gel and gums or other soft tissue.
- An activation light is applied for about 15 minutes, during which you can listen to music or watch television.
- The gel is removed.
- The gel is reapplied, and the process repeated twice more, for a total of approximately 45 minutes whitening time.
- Once the final application of gel, as well as the protective barrier, have been removed, there is only one thing left to do. That is show off your dazzling new smile!