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What Will I Experience During the Zoom! In-Office Procedure?

Zoom! teeth whitening is a highly effective in-office treatment that can remove numerous types of staining from the teeth. In most cases, Zoom! whitening treatment can lighten your teeth seven to ten shades in a single treatment. Each treatment lasts about an hour. If you are looking for a cosmetic dentist in Plano, we can answer your questions about teeth whitening and other cosmetic procedures.

How Zoom! Teeth Whitening Works

Zoom! provides a powerful whitening agent that is painted onto the surfaces of the teeth, then activated with a special light. Your cosmetic dentist begins the procedure by painting your gums and lips with a protective gel so that the whitening agent will not irritate them. Then, the Zoom! whitener is applied to the teeth and activated.

After it is activated, the whitener remains on the teeth for about twenty minutes. This procedure will be repeated about three times for a single, one-hour session. The results of your whitening will be immediately visible, although they will become even more dramatic over the next day or two.

In some cases, the stains on your teeth might not respond as well to the Zoom! in-office treatment as you would like. For more stubborn staining, a take-home treatment might be more effective. For take-home teeth whitening, the dentist will supply special plastic trays, which you will use to apply the whitening agent. The whitener is placed in the trays and each tray is worn for about fifteen minutes a day for about two weeks. This approach, which provides a stronger whitening agent and increased exposure, often eradicates more stubborn surface discoloration.

Types of Discoloration Treated with Zoom!

Zoom! teeth whitening is most effective in treating extrinsic staining, or stains that affect the outer layers of the teeth. The most common causes of extrinsic staining are:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Nicotine
  • Dark-colored foods
  • Wear and tear

Intrinsic staining is staining that discolors the deeper layers of the teeth, and is less responsive to teeth whitening treatments that work on the teeth’s outer layers. To determine what kind of staining you have, and how Zoom! teeth whitening can help, consult with our cosmetic dentist.

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