If you prefer teeth that are immediately whiter right now, Dr. Gordon has your answer with Zoom! The Zoom! In-Office Whitening System uses proprietary technology to whiten your teeth an average of two to four shades* in a little over two hours while you relax at your dentist’s office. It’s ideal for anyone who wants immediate results.
Zoom! is a bleaching process that lightens discoloration of enamel and dentin with the use of an Ultraviolet light source that is confined to the tooth structure only.
There are many causes. The most common include trauma, aging and consumption of staining substances such as coffee, tea or tobacco. During tooth formation consumption of tetracycline, certain antibiotics or excessive fluoride may also cause tooth discoloration.
Just about anyone can benefit from tooth whitening. However, treatment may not be as effective for some as it is for others. With an oral exam, Dr. Gordon can determine if you are a candidate for this procedure, including a shade assessment.
Absolutely! A bright, beautiful smile can make a big difference in one’s appearance and self-esteem. The Zoom! Whitening System makes it easier and faster than ever before.
Yes, research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. In fact, many dentists consider whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure available. As with any tooth whitening product, Zoom! is not recommended for children under 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.
By following some simple post whitening care instructions, your teeth will always be lighter than they were before. We recommend flossing and brushing twice daily, and touch-ups with Zoom! take-home gel. As part of the Zoom! procedure we will construct custom fitted bleaching trays for patients to use at home following their Zoom! treatment. Our experience indicates that in order to achieve and maintain optimal results we encourage the daily use of custom trays for a period of two to three weeks. After this time we have the patient return to our office to re evaluate their bleaching results.
Yes! Consulting Dr. Gordon is always the first step to whitening your teeth safely. With the materials we use in our office, we know the strengths and formulas and their use is being professionally monitored. Over-the-counter tooth whitening strips, brush-on gels and toothpastes take weeks or months to whiten your teeth just a few shades. Zoom! is clinically proven to whiten your teeth in one office visit.
The Zoom! light-activated whitening gel’s active ingredient is Hydrogen Peroxide. As Hydrogen Peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin, bleaching any colored substance while keeping the structure of the tooth unchanged. The Zoom! light aids in activating the Hydrogen Peroxide and helps it penetrate the surface of the tooth.
No. Patients undergoing Zoom! will start using a specially formulated toothpaste two weeks prior to the treatment. We find that this offsets any potential tooth sensitivity issues that may occur during the Zoom! treatment. During the procedure, patients can actually watch television or listen to music.
For twenty-four hours after the treatment some people may experience temporary sensitivity with their teeth.Using Tylenol or Ibuprofen and continuing the use of the specially formulated toothpaste will cause the symptoms to subside.
The entire procedure takes approximately two and one half hours. The procedure begins with a preparation period followed by one hour of bleaching. Impressions are made for the construction of custom bleaching trays that are delivered to the patient one to two days after Zoom! treatment. A five-minute fluoride treatment completes the procedure (we recommend a professional teeth cleaning prior to the actual Zoom! Whitening session).
The follow up involves the daily use of the custom trays made at the Zoom! appointment. We recommend that the patient wear the trays for a minimum of one hour per day up to two hours for a period of two to three weeks following initial treatment. We recommend the patient return after three weeks to re-evaluate results at which time, if the patient is satisfied with the appearance of their teeth, Dr. Gordon will recommend a monthly maintenance schedule in order for the patient to maintain their achieved results.
*Up to four shades. Actual results may vary.