Teeth become stained or discolored for a variety of reasons, including:
- Poor dental hygiene habits
- The consumption of foods and drinks that stain (tea, wine, coffee, soda, etc.)
- Smoking and other tobacco use
- Poor dental hygiene
- Illness or certain medication
The natural aging process
When you receive a professional, in-office Zoom! whitening treatment, our dental professionals will begin by covering your lips and gums and exposing your teeth. A powerful whitening gel is then applied to the tooth surfaces, which works in combination with the specialized Zoom! light to penetrate the tooth enamel, lightening the stains, discoloration, and yellowing on your teeth. This gel remains in place for about 15 minutes. You will receive 3 of these 15-minute sessions, giving you a total treatment time of about 45 minutes. After your treatment, we will apply a sensitivity-reducing fluoride paste or gel to your teeth to help increase your comfort.
Zoom! teeth whitening is also available in the form of a take-home whitening kit. When you receive this whitening kit, you simply place the whitening gel provided by our dentist in your custom whitening, trays, and then wear them overnight or for specific periods of time as directed. At-home teeth whitening treatments usually take longer to have an effect, but have the benefit of allowing you to brighten your smile in the comfort of your own home, and on your own time schedule.
To learn more about Zoom! teeth whitening and to schedule your appointment with our friendly dentist, please call our office today!