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Through the course of simple, everyday life and aging, your teeth can gradually become discolored or yellowed. There are a number of causes for tooth discoloration, such as the consumption of tooth-staining substances. There are also certain antibiotics that will cause tooth discoloration.

If your teeth no longer seem as bright as they used to be, and if you haven’t been satisfied with the results of using whitening toothpastes, Dr. Nicholas and her team of specialists recommend Zoom teeth-whitening, a safe but effective bleaching process that lightens discoloration of enamel and dentin.

Not every patient can enjoy the benefits of teeth-whitening. In fact, Dr. Nicholas and her team of specialists will ultimately determine if you’re a candidate for Zoom teeth-whitening with an oral exam and a shade assessment. The patient cannot have any tooth decay or other dental problems, because the teeth-whitening process can cause sensitivity to unhealthy teeth and gums.

Once the treatment is deemed appropriate for a particular patient, Dr. Nicholas and her team of specialists begin by thoroughly cleaning the teeth and removing any built-up plaque or tartar, which could otherwise impede maximum results.

Next Dr. Nicholas and her team of specialists will place the bleaching agent in a tray, which is held in your mouth for a specific amount of time. The prescribed amount of time will depend on the concentration required to lighten your discoloration.

Hydrogen peroxide is the Zoom light-activated whitening gel’s active ingredient. As the hydrogen peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin, bleaching colored substances while the structure of the tooth remains unchanged.

The Zoom light (picture here) helps to activate the hydrogen peroxide, and it also helps the hydrogen peroxide to penetrate the surface of the tooth. The Zoom lamp significantly increases the effectiveness of the Zoom gel, usually giving the patient a shade that is at least two or three times lighter than before the procedure.

Zoom teeth-whitening is done in-office, and it only takes about an hour to give you noticeable results! So, if you’d like to learn more about Zoom teeth-whitening, contact Dr. Anne Nicholas and her team of specialists who are serving Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indian Wells, Rancho Mirage and the surrounding areas of the Coachella Valley at the Palm Desert Center for Advanced Periodontics, Cosmetic, Sedation and Implant Dentistry. They can be reached by phone at 760-851-0314 or at their office in Palm Desert, California.