Tooth Whitening Questions

Roseville Cosmetic Dentist serving Sacramento, Rocklin & Lincoln, CA

What is the Zoom! tooth whitening system?

Zoom! Is a bleaching process that lightens discoloration of the enamel and dentin on the surface of your teeth in about an hour.

What causes tooth discoloration?

Other than the normal aging process, there are many other things that cause discoloration, such as coffee, tea, sodas, tobacco, red wines, etc. Some individuals also experienced tooth discoloration in their youth, after exposure to certain antibiotics or excessive fluoride that caused staining during tooth formation.

Who may benefit from teeth whitening systems?

Almost anyone who wishes to have a brighter, whiter smile. However, whitening treatment may not be as effective for some people, as it is for others. Our doctors and hygienists will determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure after your examination, and will also discuss a shade assessment of your potential results.

Do many people whiten their teeth?

A bright sparkling smile can make a big difference for anyone. This is the procedure most asked about by patients, and the Zoom! Chairside Tooth Whitening System makes it easier than ever before.

Is whitening your teeth safe?

Yes, extensive research and clinical studies show that whitening your teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. In fact, many cosmetic dentists consider tooth whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure. As with any tooth whitening product, Zoom! is not recommended for children under 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.

How long do my whitening results last?

By following some simple post-whitening care instructions, your teeth will always be whiter than before your treatment. To keep your teeth looking their best, we recommend flossing, brushing twice daily, and occasional touch ups with the Zoom! Weekender or Nite White gel. These are professionally formulated products designed to keep your teeth their brightest. They are only available through our office.

How does the Zoom! in office system work?

The Zoom! light-activated whitening gel's active ingredient is Hydrogen Peroxide. As the Hydrogen Peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin, bleaching the discolorations while leaving the structure of the tooth unchanged. The Zoom! light aids in activating the hydrogen peroxide and helps it penetrate the surface of the tooth. A study has shown that the use of the Zoom! light increases the effectiveness of the gel by 26% or more, resulting in an improvement of up to eight shades.

What does a patient experience during the Zoom! in-office procedure?

During the procedure, patients may comfortably watch television or listen to music. Individuals with a strong gag reflex or anxiety may have difficulty undergoing the entire procedure. Please check with Dr. Kwan or Dr. Hsu to see what options are available to you.

How is the exposure to the Zoom! light controlled?

The procedure requires that all soft tissue in and around the mouth be protected. The clinician is required to monitor the procedure to insure any exposed skin or tissue is isolated and protected. Protective eye wear is also required during the procedure.

Light sensitive individuals, including those undergoing PUVA therapy (Psoralen+UV Radiation) or other photochemotherapy, or patients with melanoma, should not undergo the Zoom! in-office procedure.

Also, patients taking any light sensitive drugs or substances, whether over the counter, prescription, or homeopathic, should consult their primary physician prior to the procedure. Anyone who is not eligible for Zoom! Chairside Whitening for these reasons may be an excellent candidate for Take Home Professional Bleaching System.

How long does it take to perform the Zoom! Chairside Whitening procedure?

The complete procedure takes about an hour. The procedure begins with a preparation period, followed by as little as 45 minutes of bleaching. A professional cleaning is recommended prior to the actual Zoom! Tooth Whitening session.

Are there any side effects?

Sensitivity may occur with some patients. The Zoom! light generates minimal heat, which is the usual source of discomfort. On rare occasions, minor tingling sensations are experienced immediately after the procedure, but always subside.

Contact us today for a tooth whitening consultation with Dr. Kwan or Dr. Hsu. They will answer any additional questions you may have on our unique tooth whitening system. Our dentists proudly serve teeth whitening patients from Roseville, Sacramento, and surrounding areas.