5 Things to Know Before You Choose Zoom Whitening
Teeth whitening is one of the easiest ways to rejuvenate your smile. And Zoom!® whitening makes it fast and easy because it’s completed in the office. But what should you know about Zoom before you commit to the treatment?
1. The Condition of Your Teeth
Professional-strength bleaching gel is potent. Your teeth need to be cavity free and your gums need to be healthy. Otherwise, the bleaching gel can cause discomfort and irritation and whitening treatment will need to be discontinued. Expect an examination of your teeth to ensure they are ready for treatment. Some dentists require that you’ve had a recent dental cleaning before receiving Zoom.
2. What to Expect
Zoom Whitening is completed in three 15-20 minute sessions while you sit in the dental chair. Your smile will be brilliant when treatment is complete. Depending on how white you want your teeth, another in-office session will be needed. If you have dental anxiety, a form of sedation dentistry might be offered by the dentist to help you relax.
3. You’ll Have Homework
In-office whitening is a jump start to a brighter smile. But it doesn’t end there. For two weeks, you will continue treatment at home. You’ll receive custom bleaching trays, gel, and instructions for whitening. And with time, coffee, tea, berries, and other foods and drinks can stain your teeth. At-home touch-ups are needed to keep your smile bright.
4. Don’t Overdo It
It is possible to over-bleach your teeth. Although it’s great to have a super-white smile, closely follow the instructions from your dentist for the length of time and frequency you can do at-home touch-ups. If you whiten your teeth too often, the enamel can become weak, and your teeth can become discolored and lose their sparkle.
5. Thinking about Cosmetic Work?
If teeth whitening is just one improvement you want to make to your smile, your dental treatment needs to be planned. Whitening should be completed before cosmetic work, including dental crowns, porcelain veneers, or chairside dental bonding. If you reverse the order, your teeth will be whiter than the cosmetic changes—and teeth whitening won’t make crowns, veneers, or any other cosmetic work any brighter.
If you’re interested in Zoom whitening, schedule a consultation with a cosmetic dentist. He or she can determine if this treatment is the correct solution for removing the stains from your teeth.