Many people consider professional teeth whitening for various reasons. Some wish to look their best for special events like weddings, parties, or holidays. Others want to remove stains that years of coffee drinking, medication, or even smoking have caused.
Regardless of the reason, the ZOOM Teeth Whitening treatment is the most powerful — and fastest — way to whiten teeth up to eight shades in just one short visit. The Birmingham Center for Cosmetic Dentistry specializes in ZOOM.
Read on for a beginning-to-end description of your ZOOM treatment at Birmingham Center for Cosmetic Dentistry.
ZOOM Whitening treatment process
Upon entering, you are greeted by the friendly staff of Birmingham Center for Cosmetic Dentistry and given paperwork to complete.
Once in the treatment room, the dental assistant will discuss the treatment process with you. The first step is determining the current shade of your teeth before the treatment. This will allow us to see how many shades whiter your teeth are after the treatment.
Next, any decay or gum recession areas are determined to ensure they are protected during treatment. A mouthpiece is then inserted into the mouth, separating the teeth from the lips. Then, a protective gel is applied to the gums to protect the non-tooth area from the bleach.
Now, your teeth are ready to be whitened! Your dental assistant will apply the ZOOM gel to each tooth, covering all surfaces. Then, the blue LED light lamp is attached to the mouthpiece. Now, you sit back and relax for three 15-minute sessions while ZOOM goes to work.
The ZOOM whitening gel is powerful, containing hydrogen peroxide. This substance oxidizes under the lamp and lifts the stains from your teeth. During the process, your dental assistant will ensure your comfort. The lamp can be set to high, medium, or low. Most patients can tolerate the high level. However, it can be turned to a lower setting if necessary.
After each session, more ZOOM whitening gel is applied, and the LED lamp is turned back on. Some patients choose to listen to music or scroll on their phones, or close their eyes and relax during treatment.
After the third and final treatment, a fluoride gel is applied to your teeth to help reduce any sensitivity. Here is the fun part — your dental assistant will now determine how many shades whiter your teeth have just gotten. Prepare to be amazed!
Embracing a Brighter Smile with ZOOM Teeth Whitening
Embarking on a journey to a brighter smile with ZOOM Teeth Whitening at Dr. Milan’s Teeth Whitening Spa is a transformative experience. This powerful and fast teeth whitening treatment can elevate your smile to eight shades in just one visit. While the immediate results are spectacular, maintaining that gleaming smile requires a bit of know-how and commitment. This comprehensive guide will dive into the tips and tricks to keep your teeth shining bright long after your ZOOM Whitening treatment.
The First 48 Hours: Critical Steps for Post-Whitening Care
Immediately After Treatment: What to Expect
In the first few hours following your ZOOM Whitening session, it’s normal to experience some tooth sensitivity. This can be managed effectively with over-the-counter pain medication. During this time, the pores in your teeth are still open and susceptible to staining. To preserve your new, whiter shade, avoiding certain foods and drinks that can discolor teeth, such as coffee, red wine, and tomato sauce, is crucial.
Dietary Considerations: Foods to Embrace and Avoid
The next 48 hours are crucial for setting the stage for long-term whiteness. Opt for foods less likely to stain, such as white meat, white vegetables, and clear or white beverages. Avoid foods with intense coloration – think berries, dark sauces, and colored beverages.
Long-Term Care: Sustaining Your Whitened Teeth
Regular Oral Hygiene: The Foundation of a Bright Smile
Maintaining a rigorous oral hygiene routine is the cornerstone of keeping your teeth white. Brushing twice daily, flossing regularly, and using mouthwash can help remove surface stains and prevent new ones from forming. Consider using a whitening toothpaste for added maintenance.
Professional Dental Care: Routine Check-Ups and Cleanings
Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are vital. These maintain oral health and help remove surface stains, ensuring that your ZOOM treatment results last longer. It’s advised to visit your dentist every six months for optimal care.
Touch-Up Treatments: Keeping the Sparkle Alive
Over time, natural discoloration can occur. Many patients opt for touch-up treatments with ZOOM once or twice a year to maintain that bright smile. These sessions help combat everyday staining and keep your teeth whitened.
Lifestyle Adjustments: Enhancing the Longevity of Your Whitened Teeth
Daily Habits: The Role of Lifestyle in Tooth Whitening
Your daily habits play a significant role in the longevity of your teeth whitening results. Smoking, for instance, can quickly yellow teeth, as can frequently consume staining beverages like coffee and red wine. Making small adjustments to your lifestyle, like reducing these habits, can significantly prolong the effects of your whitening treatment.
At-Home Whitening Maintenance: Kits and Products
For at-home maintenance, consider using over-the-counter or professionally provided whitening products. These can include whitening strips, gels, or trays. They’re great for touch-ups and useful before significant events or occasions.
Awareness and Adaptation: Responding to Your Teeth’s Needs
Stay attuned to the needs of your teeth. If you notice slight discoloration, it might be time for a touch-up or a slight change in your oral care routine. Your teeth will tell you what they need; it’s up to you to listen and respond.
Following your ZOOM appointment, you will be given an aftercare kit containing teeth whitening gel and tooth sensitivity gel, which you will use in your dental trays. Some sensitivity (likened to brief “zingers” in the teeth, which can be controlled with over-the-counter pain medication) can be expected, and you will be advised to avoid foods and drinks that can stain the teeth, like red wine, coffee, tomato sauce, etc. for the next two days.
It is important to understand that ZOOM is not permanent. It would be best if you took good care of your teeth through brushing and flossing, as well as seeing the dentist every six months for your cleaning. Many patients choose to have ZOOM done once or twice yearly to keep their smiles looking their best.
To learn more, contact the Birmingham Center for Cosmetic Dentistry today.
Birmingham Center for Cosmetic Dentistry: Mitchell S. Milan, D.D.S.
World-Class Cosmetic Dentistry and Teeth Whitening Spa
555 South Old Woodward Avenue
Birmingham, MI 48009