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Common Questions and Answers about Teeth Whitening


Question:  Is tooth whitening a simple procedure, which can be performed with your dentist’s help, to provide a whiter smile? Is it wise to avoid teeth whitening products sold over the counter?
Answer:  Yes, for many of these do not work or can be harmful to your teeth and gums.

There are two forms of Whitening available:


Question:  What are the different ways to whiten our teeth safely.
Answer: There are basically 2 different types:

The At Home tray method, where your dentist takes impressions of your mouth, from which carefully molded trays are formed. These trays are thin and light to wear. You add a small amount of liquid to the tray and proceeds to wear them from two to six hours per day until the desired whitening is achieved. This process usually takes two weeks. The trays are kept and can be used again for touch-ups. The cost of this procedure is approximately $400.00.

The second type is the In Office Treatment, and the most advanced system is the ZOOM in the office treatment.


Question:  What is Zoom?
Answer: ZOOM! is the most advanced new chairside tooth whitening system that uses a full-mouth whitening light combined with a revolutionary 25% Hydrogen Peroxide light activated gel to lighten teeth 6-10 shades in about an hour.
Question: How does the ZOOM Technology work?
Answer: ZOOM is the culmination of extensive research into light technology, chemical reaction to light and years of traditional tooth whitening experience. Combining this proprietary light technology (specially designed for tooth whitening) with a specifically formulated hydrogen peroxide gel in a two part delivery system results in a tooth whitening system that significantly reduces the time it takes to achieve dramatically whiter teeth.
Question: Why is ZOOM better compared to other in-office systems?
Answer: The proprietary light technology and light activated gel were scientifically designed to work together for faster in-office whitening. Low sensitivity is an important aspect of the ZOOM! procedure.

General Facts About Teeth Whitening:

 


Question:  Any additional details about Whitening?
Answer: Regardless of the type of whitener used, some general facts apply. All bleaching systems whiten your teeth, but when the procedure is complete, the color will fade about half a shade. Use the tray method in conjunction with ZOOM.

Whitening will not change existing fillings and crowns. The doctor must discuss with the patient their expectations and point out what work might need to be changed so as to achieve consistent color.

 

Whitening only works on enamel. Teeth which have thin enamel due to chemical or physical abrasion will whiten poorly. This should also be reviewed prior to starting treatment. The dental specialist at our office will review with you the best option so that you get the maximum benefit for your particular existing condition.


Question:  Is tooth whitening a simple procedure, which can be performed with your dentist’s help, to provide a whiter smile? Is it wise to avoid teeth whitening products sold over the counter?
Answer:  Yes, for many of these do not work or can be harmful to your teeth and gums.