Before You Go
Questions to ask your doctor:
- Is Zoom! the best way to improve the appearance of my teeth?
- Are my teeth healthy enough to be treated with Zoom! Whitening?
What To Expect
Once in the chair, your lips and gums are sheltered from the bleaching agent, which consists of 25% hydrogen peroxide, with a special mouthpiece. The gel is then carefully applied to the teeth.
The real process begins when a light is shined on your teeth, which hurries up the bleaching process, cuts down tooth sensitivity, and enhances the performance of the gel. After 15 minutes, the gel is wiped off, and the process is repeated two more times.
Your teeth may become sensitive to extreme temperatures for a few days, though many people have no side effects.
Who should do it: Only a dentist can purchase the Zoom lamp, which was released in 2007. You can get your Zoom! treatment at the dentist's office, though for future procedures your dentist can provide a customized follow-up kit consisting of whitening trays and a weaker version of hydrogen peroxide-based gel known as Weekender or Nite White gel. This gel contains 6% hydrogen-peroxide and is a milder version of the bleach applied by the dentist.
Duration: From beginning to end, the procedure entails three segments of fifteen minutes each. The treatment can be finished in an hour.
How Painful Is It?
You may feel a tingling sensation, which can be unpleasant. To reduce tooth sensitivity immediately afterward, a fluoride gel made of 1.1% neutral sodium can be applied to the affected teeth. Toothpaste designed to decrease sensitivity can be used both prior to and after the procedure.