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Zoom!® 

There are literally hundreds of whitening treatments available in stores, including take-home strips, bleaching toothpastes and take-home whitening gels.  Many take-home gels may not provide desired whitening results.

Zoom!® Chairside Whitening System has many advantages over these other treatments, including:

  • All teeth treated simultaneously
  • Faster treatment times
  • Longer lasting results
  • Reduced sensitivity
  • Removal of stains on crowns, veneers and other restorations
  • Safe procedure and treatment
  • Treatments are performed by an experienced professional

It is important to seek advice from Dr. Day and his team prior to beginning a bleaching treatment.  Women who are pregnant or lactating should not use bleaching treatment.

How does Zoom!® whiten the teeth?

Zoom!® contains a hydrogen peroxide component (25%), which is the active ingredient in the gel.  When hydrogen peroxide is applied to the teeth, the peroxide component breaks down into tiny oxygen bubbles.  It is these bubbles that eliminate yellowing and staining.

A special light is used to activate the gel and expedite the whitening process.  The internal structure of the tooth remains completely healthy and intact during and after the treatment.

As with any whitening system, the post-treatment results can vary according to the degree of staining and the condition of the teeth.  A consultation with Dr. Day prior to treatment will provide information as to what kind of results Zoom!® may provide.  Zoom!® is only applied to healthy teeth and gums.  If tooth decay or gum disease is an issue, these need to be controlled before the bleaching treatment is performed.

How is the Zoom!® treatment performed?

Prior to treatment, there will be a consultation where Dr. Day will outline the exact procedure.  Special eye wear will be provided to protect the eyes from the light and splash guards will be provided to protect the clothing from the bleaching agent.

Here is a brief overview of the Zoom!® procedure:

  1. Cheek retractors will be placed to expose the entire surface of the teeth.
  2. The gums will be painted or covered to reduce sensitivity.
  3.  The whitening gel is applied to the teeth.
  4. The halide light will then be applied to activate the gel.  This specialized Zoom!® light can be positioned to work on all the teeth simultaneously.
  5. After 15 minutes, gel will be removed from the teeth and the mouth will be rinsed.
  6. More gel will be applied for another 15 minutes.
  7. Again, the gel will be removed and the mouth will be thoroughly cleansed.
  8. The final treatment of gel will be applied for 15 minutes.
  9. The gel will be removed for the final time.

What happens after treatment?

The same factors that caused the discoloration in the first place can quickly work their way back onto the teeth.  For this reason, Dr. Day recommends flossing at least once a day, thorough cleaning with anti-sensitivity toothpaste twice a day, and occasional retreatment with Zoom!® Weekender.  These post-treatment measures may help extend the time between a Zoom!® touch up.

If you have questions about the Zoom!® Chairside System, please feel free to call us at 517-393-8500.

Day Family Dental

Dr. Nathan Day, DMD • Dentist • Lansing, MI

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