Zoom whitening is a bleaching process that incorporates a special light to penetrate teeth and breakup stains and discoloration. Zoom itself is a patented whitening gel that contains 25% hydrogen peroxide. The Zoom whitening procedure is an in-office, hour long technique that is best performed after a dental exam and teeth cleaning. During the Zoom whitening process, patients can comfortably listen to music or watch TV.
There are many reasons for discolored teeth such as regular consumption of dark colored foods (cherries, blueberries, cranberries) or drinks (coffee, tea, wine), dental damage, medicine (minocycline, antibiotics), and excessive fluoride. Habitual smoking can also contribute to teeth yellowing, not to mention the fact that enamels darken as we age.
Dr. Soheyla Marzvaan offers Zoom whitening in her Ladera Ranch office for patients from Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Ladera Ranch and throughout Orange County. Initially the Mission Viejo cosmetic dentist conducts a dental exam of each patient’s teeth and gums. Afterwards dental cleaning is performed.
To prepare for the actual teeth whitening, the patient’s lips and gums are fully covered to prevent exposure to the Zoom gel. Once the gel is on all teeth, special lighting is applied for 15 minutes to removes stains and discoloration. The gel and light is reapplied 2 more times with 15 minute durations, or a total of 45 minutes. After completion of the procedure, a fluoride gel is applied to reduce sensitivity produced. Throughout the process, the patient relaxes in a massage chair and watches TV.
If you are undergoing other dental treatments such as porcelain veneers or a full mouth reconstruction, the Rancho Santa Margarita dentist may suggest you undergo Zoom whitening after the reconstruction, since crowns or porcelain veneers do not respond to whitening agents. This will help to properly balance color uniformity between the restoration and the teeth whitening.
Patients are advised to avoid certain food or drinks to make sure no stains resume after the zoom whitening process. Foods like cherries, cranberries, tea, coffee, or wine are not recommended. If this is not possible to give up, the consumption frequency should be minimized significantly.
If tobacco products are used after the Zoom whitening procedure, the chances of teeth discoloration is extremely high. As a result, Dr Marzvaan strongly advises against the use of tobacco after Zoom whitening. Brushing and flossing should be performed regularly to avoid reformation of stains.
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