Have you ever felt self-conscious of dull or yellow teeth? Our Grandville cosmetic dentists offer Zoom teeth whitening to help you smile with confidence. It’s never too late to get the smile you’ve always wanted, which is why we recommend you schedule a consultation at our dental office to get started.
Here’s what you need to know before undergoing the.
You can whiten your teeth by up to 8 shades if you choose our in-office treatment with Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed. It only takes one visit and our cosmetic dentists will break your appointment into three 15-minute sessions so you can go home with a noticeably whiter smile.
Before getting started, we’ll check the current shade of your teeth. That way, you’ll be able to notice the dramatic results in your smile. Many of our patients feel good about being able to smile with confidence for the first time in years.
If you’re embarrassed about tooth discoloration, you owe it to yourself to speak with one of our cosmetic dentists. We’ll be able to tell you if you are a candidate for Zoom teeth whitening after an oral examination.
While most people qualify for Zoom whitening, our dentists may be concerned if you have a history of tooth sensitivity or gum disease. For example, patients with periodontitis may want to reconsider techniques that could irritate their gums.
First, one of our dentists or dental hygienists will cover your lips and gums to protect them from the whitening gel. Once your mouth is ready, thegel will be applied to your teeth and activated with our WhiteSpeed blue LED lamp. The whitening gel contains hydrogen peroxide, which oxidizes under the LED light and lifts tooth stains.
The Zoom whitening procedure takes about 45 minutes, but is broken up into three 15-minute sessions. After each session, more whitening gel will be added to your teeth before the LED light is turned back on. During the sessions, you can relax or listen to music to pass the time. Once the third session is complete, a special fluoride gel is applied to your teeth to reduce sensitivity.
During the teeth whitening procedure, you may experience what we call “zingers.” Zingers are brief flashes of pain that happen when the nerves in your teeth react to the whitening process. This pain can continue even after you leave the office, which is why we always give our patients pain relievers to take afterward.
If you experience pain during Zoom whitening, please do not hesitate to alert one of our dentists or dental assistants. You have the power to stop the procedure at any time if you feel the pain is too much. Different people have different pain tolerances, which is why we typically don’t recommend Zoom whitening for patients with sensitive teeth.
After your appointment, you will be given a kit that contains custom teeth whitening trays. The teeth whitening trays are for you to use at home so you can maintain your beautifully white smile. Our dentists will also ask you to stay away from foods and beverages that can stain your teeth, such as coffee and red wine. For the rest of the day, you may experience brief flashes of pain that can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.
Teeth whitening is not permanent. This is why it’s important you take good care of your smile. Continue brushing your teeth at least twice a day and floss once daily to remove plaque. We also recommend you see our dentists every 6 months for your oral examination and teeth cleaning because a healthy smile is a beautiful smile.
This blog post has been updated.