Zoom! Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening treatments remove years of stains from your teeth. Many things can contribute to stains on our teeth, including smoking, aging, taking certain antibiotics or prescriptions, and drinking beverages like tea, coffee, cola, and red wine. At Lifetime Dental Care, we offer our patients ZOOM! Chairside whitening treatments to remove stains and whiten your teeth. ZOOM! Chairside teeth whitening is:
Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I a candidate for ZOOM! Chairside whitening treatment?
You may a candidate for ZOOM! Chairside teeth whitening if you want to remove stains from your teeth and have otherwise healthy teeth. People who not be the best candidates for ZOOM! Chairside whitening may include those with decayed teeth, gum disease, sensitivity to whitening agents, or those who are pregnant. To find out if you are an ideal candidate for ZOOM! Chairside teeth whitening, schedule a consultation with one of our dentists at Lifetime Dental Care today!
How does ZOOM! Chairside whitening work?
ZOOM! Chairside whitening works by using hydrogen peroxide to initiate an oxidation reaction in your teeth to remove stains. When your teeth become stained, this affects the enamel and dentin layers of your teeth. The stains on your enamel, or outermost layer, are known as extrinsic stains. Extrinsic stains are the result of poor oral hygiene, consuming highly pigmented foods and beverages, and smoking.
The stains within your tooth, in the dentin or middle layer, are called intrinsic stains. Intrinsic stains naturally occur with age and can also appear as a result of tetracycline-based antibiotics or excess fluoride. Because intrinsic stains lie beneath the surface of your teeth, they cannot be removed by brushing and are usually the reason people opt for professional teeth cleaning services.
The oxidation reaction caused by ZOOM! Chairside whitening breaks apart the discolored molecules in both the enamel and dentin layers of your teeth. When these molecules are broken down, your teeth are able to return to their natural, brighter color.
What can I expect during ZOOM! Chairside whitening treatment at Lifetime Dental Care?
Prior to your whitening treatment, you will receive a regular professional teeth cleaning to remove any plaque, tartar, and debris from your mouth. This will ensure a more even application of the whitening agents. Then, your lips and gums will be covered to protect them from the whitening agents.
With only your teeth exposed, our dentists will apply the ZOOM! Whitening gel to each one of your teeth. Once the gel has been applied, our ZOOM! Light will be used for 15 minutes to help the gel penetrate your teeth and remove stains. During this 15 minutes, you can relax while the gel and light do their work. This will then be repeated for a total of 3-4 times, or 45-60 minutes.
What can I expect after ZOOM! Chairside whitening?
For the first 24 hours after your ZOOM! Whitening treatment, you will need to avoid eating or drinking anything that could cause your teeth to stain. This is because the whitening agents are active for about 24 hours and will keep removing stains from your teeth. Exposing your teeth to new stains during this period will weaken your results. As such, you should stay away from coffee, tea, ketchup, wine, dark sodas, colored sauces, and anything that produces a dark pigment when consuming.
After your ZOOM! Chairside whitening treatment, you may notice that your teeth are sensitive to hot, cold, and sugar. You may also notice some minor gum irritation. Both these things are a normal reaction to the whitening agents used during your whitening treatment and will resolve themselves in a few days following your treatment.
Your ZOOM! Chairside whitening results can last up to three years, depending on a number of factors. Such factors include your oral habits, personal habits, diet, age, and the medications you are taking. To get the most out of your whitening treatment and keep your results lasting as long as possible, you will want to brush your teeth twice daily with whitening toothpaste for two minutes, floss once daily, and visit Lifetime Dental Care at least twice a year for your professional teeth cleaning.
I have dental fillings or dental crowns, can I still have my teeth whitened?
Yes, you can have your teeth whitened. However, because fillings and dental crowns are made from dental materials, they will not react to the whitening agents in the same way your teeth will. This means that while your teeth will be whitened, the fillings or dental crowns will remain their previous color. Depending on the color and location of your filling or dental crown, this may or may not be a problem. If you want your fillings or dental crown to match your whitened teeth, you may need to consider having them replaced after you have your teeth whitened.
Is teeth whitening safe?
Yes, teeth whitening is safe because the active ingredients used break down into water after they are oxidized. Both carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide have highly similar chemical composition to water. Carbamide peroxide breaks down into hydrogen peroxide, which is one molecule away from being water itself. Both molecules can be safely absorbed by the body and do not cause adverse health problems.
Are there any risks associated with teeth whitening?
As with any dental procedure, there are always risks involved. The most common risk associated with teeth whitening is prolonged tooth sensitivity, however technicolor teeth and gum irritation are other possible risks. If you already have sensitive teeth, gum recession, cracked teeth, or a faulty restoration, then you are at a greater risk for developing prolonged sensitivity. To decrease the effects of sensitivity, you can brush with a sensitivity toothpaste a week before and directly following your whitening treatment.
Technicolor teeth is the name of what happens when dental restorations don’t match the color of freshly whitened teeth. To avoid this, you will want to have your teeth whitened prior to having your restorations placed or you will need to replace your restorations.
To maintain your general dental routine, schedule a consultation with one of our dentists at Lifetime Dental Care today! Lifetime Dental Care serves residents of Woodbridge, VA and the surrounding areas.