Teeth Whitening in one hour with Zoom!

Q: What is Zoom teeth whitening?
A: Zoom is a bleaching process that lightens discoloration of enamel and dentin.

Q: What causes tooth discoloration?
A: There are many causes. The most common include aging and consumption of staining substances such as coffee, tea, colas, tobacco, red wine, etc. During tooth formation, consumption of tetracycline can cause tooth discoloration as well. Certain antibiotics or excessive fluoride may also cause tooth discoloration.

Q: Who may benefit from teeth whitening?
A: Almost anyone can benefit from teeth whitening; however, treatment may not be as effective for some as it is for others. Your caring dentist, Dr. Anne Nicholas, can determine if you are a viable candidate for this procedure through a thorough oral exam, including a shade assessment.

Q: Do many people whiten their teeth?
A: More people than you might imagine. A bright, sparkling smile can make a big difference for everyone. The Zoom Chairside Whitening System makes it easier and faster than ever before.

Q: Is whitening safe?
A: Yes. Extensive 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 teeth whitening product. Zoom is not recommended for children under 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.

Q: How long do the results last?
A: By following some simple post-whitening care instructions, your teeth will always be lighter than they were before. To keep your teeth looking their best, we recommend flossing, brushing twice daily, and occasional touch-ups with Zoom Weekender or Nite White gel. These are professional formulas that can keep your smile white and bright.

Q: How does the Zoom in-office system work?
A: The Zoom light-activated whitening gel’s active ingredient is hydrogen peroxide. As the hydrogen peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin, bleaching colored substances while the structure of the tooth is unchanged. The Zoom light aids in activating the hydrogen peroxide and helps it penetrate the surface of the tooth. A study has shown that use of the Zoom lamp increases the effectiveness of the Zoom gel by 26% or more, giving an average improvement of eight shades.

Q: What does a patient experience during the Zoom in-Office procedure?
A: During the procedure, patients may comfortably watch television or listen to music. Individuals with a strong gag reflex or anxiety may have difficulty undergoing the entire procedure.

Q: How is exposure to the Zoom light controlled?
A: The Zoom procedure requires that all soft tissue in and around the mouth be protected. The clinician is required to monitor the procedure to ensure any exposed skin or tissue is isolated and protected. Protective eyewear is required during the procedure. Light-sensitive individuals, including those undergoing PUVA therapy (psoralen + UV radiation) or other photochemotherapy, or patients with melanoma, should not undergo the Zoom in-office procedure. Also, patients taking any light-sensitive drugs or substances, whether over-the-counter, prescription, or homeopathic, should consult their primary care physician prior to the procedure. Anyone who is not eligible for Zoom Chairside Whitening for these reasons may be an excellent candidate for Zoom Take-Home.

Q: How long does Zoom Chairside Whitening take?
A: The complete procedure for Zoom teeth whitening in Palm Desert, California takes less than an hour. The procedure begins with a preparation period, followed by as little as 45 minutes of bleaching. (A cleaning is recommended prior to the actual Zoom whitening session.)

Q: Are there any side effects?
A: Sensitivity during the treatment may occur with some patients. The Zoom light generates minimal heat, which is the usual source of discomfort. On rare occasions, minor tingling sensations are experienced immediately after the procedure, but these always dissipate.