Looking for a professional solution to tooth discoloration? There are various dentist-dispensed whitening options available for consideration, some of which include Britesmile, Opalescence and Dash whitening. Arguably one of the most popular in office whitening solutions is Zoom teeth whitening.
Treatment with Zoom whitening refers to an in-office teeth bleaching process used to lighten dulling/discoloration of the enamel and dentin layers. Extrinsic discoloration (affecting the surface of a tooth) may be readily treated with the Zoom process. However, intrinsic discoloration (affecting the structure of a tooth) may be less responsive to Zoom whitening; or any other form of whitening for that manner. Cases of severe intrinsic staining or discoloration may require more elaborate cosmetic work, including tooth crowns and veneers. Considering the per tooth cost of veneers versus the cost of teeth whitening, you will want to discuss all available options with your dentist during consultation.
Professional teeth whitening is a minimally invasive multi-step cosmetic procedure typically requiring less than an hour of chair time. Whereas actual procedure time will vary depending on whether you are getting Zoom whitening or another professionally dispensed option, it will not vary significantly.
Before the teeth can be whitened with Zoom, an oral health evaluation must be conducted (this is typically done on a prior visit). If a patient suffers from issues such as gum disease, tooth decay or another oral health condition, it must first be treated before Zoom whitening can begin. Whitening is not recommended for patients suffering poor oral health. That is until oral health can be corrected, at which point all whitening modalities may be considered.
The Zoom procedure begins with a superficial cleaning of the teeth to prepare. This may be performed by patient, dentist or both. Preparation continues with the application of a cover designed to shield the lips and gums from the effects of the bleaching agent, after which the Zoom hydrogen peroxide gel is applied to the surface of the teeth. Once applied, the Zoom Advanced Power Chairside Lamp is used to help activate the peroxide. After 15 minutes, the gel is removed and then re-applied, starting the process anew. After 15 more minutes, the gel is again removed and re-applied one final time. Once the 45 minute gel application / light activation process is completed, a sensitivity-reducing paste is applied to the teeth to counter any adverse reactions to the bleach.
Results from Zoom teeth whitening will be seen almost immediately, and a home touch up kit (including custom-fitted whitening trays) is provided to help maintain them for as long as possible. Patients also will be advised to avoid certain drinks and foods to avoid discoloration. This list may include things like coffee, red wine, soda, etc. In addition, use of tobacco products is contraindicated following teeth whitening.
The cost of Zoom whitening for the teeth is equivalent to other related in-office bleaching treatments. Although your exact cost may fluctuate based on your dentist and location, the average cost of Zoom is approximately $500.
To learn more about teeth whitening in general, check out our teeth whitening overview, or evaluate the general cost of teeth whitening.