Advanced zoom teeth whitening

Zoom whitening is a bleaching process widely used around the world to lighten discoloration of enamel and dentin. Tooth discoloration may result from drinking coffee, tea, cola and red wine or from smoking. The aging process also can stain and darken your teeth. The Zoom in-office tooth whitening procedure uses the Zoom Advanced Power Chairside Lamp – said to accelerate the bleaching process – to activate the 25 % hydrogen peroxide whitening. As the hydrogen peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin to bleach the stained substances, leaving the structure of the tooth unchanged.

Description of the procedure

The Zoom in-office tooth whitening is a procedure designed to lighten the color of teeth using a combination of a hydrogen peroxide gel and a specially designed ultraviolet lamp. The Zoom! treatment involves using the gel and lamp in conjunction with each other to produce maximum whitening results in the shortest possible time. During the procedure, the whitening gel will be applied to teeth and your teeth will be exposed to the light from the Zoom! lamp for three, 15-minute sessions. During the entire treatment, a plastic retractor will be placed in the mouth to help keep it open and the soft tissues of the mouth (i.e., lips, gums, cheeks and tongue) will be covered to ensure they are not exposed to either the gel or light. Lip balm (SPF rating: 30+) may also be applied as needed and you will be provided an ultraviolet light filter for your eyes. After the treatment is completed, the retractor and all gel and tissue coverings will be removed from your mouth. Before and after treatment, the shade of your upper-front teeth will be assessed and recorded.”

How to maintain the effects of teeth whitening?

To help maintain the whitening effects of your Zoom teeth whitening treatment, your dentist may advise you to avoid certain foods and beverages, or consume them in moderation to avoid staining your teeth. This includes tea, coffee, red wine, cola, etc.

Additionally, tobacco products will stain teeth, even after whitening treatments. As such, your dentist will suggest you quit using them. Maintain an appropriate oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) regimen to prevent stains from reforming, and see your dentist and hygienist regularly for scheduled teeth cleanings.

Toothpastes containing whitening agents also may be suggested by your dentist to maintain the results of the procedure.

Facts about the colour of your teeth and benefits of teeth whitening

  1. Did you know that in order to get an effective teeth whitening your teeth must be clean and healthy, so it is possible that before teeth whitening you will need a professional cleaning to remove tartar and a dental hygienic treatment.
  2. Did you know that after teeth whitening the surface of teeth become harder and smoother, so it is certain that the modern teeth whitening techniques do not damage the enamel.
  3. Did you know that after teeth whitening it is easier for you to clean your teeth thoroughly.
  4. Did you know that the color of your teeth is an inherited trait, but not unchangeable. The colour of your teeth still depends on the tooth enamel thickness, the food and beverages consumed, the amount of minerals and vitamins in your organism and the list goes on.
  5. Did you know that the color of the teeth also depends on the nutrients you got in your mother’s body as a fetus.

Home teeth witening

Apart from advanced zoom surgery teeth whitening home teeth whitening is also possible because it is not advised to get your teeth whitened too frequently in surgery.

Patients who wish to have whiter teeth can do the process at home. It is important that you have to undergo a professional dental hygienic treatment before you start to use your home teeth whitening kit! This rule applies in surgery teeth whitening as well.

What is the process of home teeth whitening?

In case of home teeth whitening the patient puts teeth whitening agents in a plastic splint that accurately fits the denture. There are whitening agents of various concentrations (10%, 15%, 20% carbamide-peroxide) used for teeth bleaching. Lower drug-containing bleach systems have to be applied longer, a minimum period of 14 nights, but if you use higher drug-containing compositions you can achive significant change in the color of your teeth in 7 days.
The significant advantage of this whitening method is that it is less expensive than advanced zoom surgery teeth whitening. But the downside of home teeth whitening is that neither your white fillings nor crowns will become whiter.

First appointment: The patient has to go through a medical examination and then a professional tooth cleaning (dental hygienic treatement).

After tooth cleaning impression is taken of the teeth based on which the dental technician prepares the flexible plastic splint accurately fitting the patients teeth. This flexible splint is needed to apply the tooth whitening agent to the teeth.

Second appointment: The patient takes over the splints and receives detailed information on the application of the whitening substance and the maintenance and cleaning of the splints. And please note it is possible discomfort during the teeth whitening such as follows: increased tooth sensitivity, teeth might get whitish discoloration at the marginal gingiva.

Of course, the patient will be instructed about mouthwash products to use during whitening and what foods and drinks should be avoided. These instructions are worth kept, because these substances can influence the outcome of the whitening!

The disadvantages of home teeth whitening

The home teeth whitening in all cases take much longer, up to 10-14 days and the successes will never be as high as in surgery teeth whitening performed by a specialist. There can only be 4-5 shades improvement achieved in the changes of the color of teeth.

For home teeth whitening obviously less concentrated bleaching materials are required, so the efficiency is low. Unfortunately gum irritation is very common in case of home teeth whitening, as gums are not perfectly separated from the bleaching material as it is in a surgery teeth whitening process.

Just a few people take into account that home teeth whitening can only change the color of teeth, but tooth fillings, dentures, dental crowns will remain exactly the same color. So it’s possible that home teeth whitening will get you worse outcome than it was before. For example, if there is a crown or filling at a clearly visible place, it may be strikingly different from the color of bleached teeth.

The result of home teeth whitening is less spectacular, and the positive effects do not last long enough. Especially if someone regularly consumes foods and drinks that contain coloring agents or if you smoke. The home treatment lasts at least 10 days, and a heavy smoker is unlikely to abandon one and a half weeks of smoking. The same applies to coffee, soft drinks and other foods and beverages that have a strong coloring effect.

Based on the description above it is clear, that advantages and disadvantages of home teeth whitening to advanced zoom teeth whitening are not balanced at all. The fact is that the home teeth whitening material is a much smaller investment, but the efficiency of an advanced zoom surgery teeth whitening is much better. Advanced zoom teeth whitening is much faster, more precise and makes much greater difference in color and is much more durable.