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A bright, white, healthy smile is beautiful to look at and can improve self-confidence.  Zoom!® combines the newest advances in dental technology with proven chemical formulas. This ensures that the bleaching experience is painless, and the results are satisfying.

Many people opt for the Zoom!® Chairside Whitening System (Zoom!®) for fast, safe and effective teeth whitening.  

Teeth can become stained or discolored from tobacco use, and drinking dark liquids such as red wine, coffee, tea, and cola. We also know that the natural aging process and prescription medication use also cause yellowing and graying.

There are hundreds of whitening treatments available in the marketplace, including take-home strips, bleaching toothpastes, and in-home whitening gels. Results vary.

Zoom!® has many advantages over these other treatments, including:

  • All teeth treated simultaneously.
  • Faster treatment times.
  • Longer lasting results.
  • Reduced sensitivity.
  • Removal of stains on crowns, veneers and other restorations.
  • Safe procedure and treatment.
  • Treatments are performed by an experienced professional.

It is important to seek advice from the dentist prior to beginning a bleaching regime.  Women who are pregnant or lactating should not seek bleaching treatment.

How does Zoom!® whiten the teeth?

Zoom!® is a bleaching process that lightens the dentin and enamel of the teeth. The active ingredient in the gel we apply in the Zoom!® procedure contains a hydrogen peroxide component (25%). When hydrogen peroxide is applied to the teeth, the peroxide component breaks down into the tiny oxygen bubbles that eliminate yellowing and staining.

A mercury metal halide light activates the gel and expedites the whitening process. This specialized light contains a unique infrared filter that works to reduce the amount of heat (and therefore sensitivity) on the surface of the teeth during the procedure. The internal structure of the teeth remains healthy and intact during and after the treatment.

As with any whitening system, the post-treatment results can vary according to the degree of staining and the condition of the teeth.  Zoom!® is only applied to healthy teeth and gums.  If tooth decay or gum disease are present, these need to be controlled before the bleaching treatment is performed.

How is the Zoom!® treatment performed?

On treatment day, we will perform a deep cleaning (prophylaxis) to rid the teeth of any debris and plaque. Then, we will provide you with special eyewear to protect your eyes from the halide light, and splashguards to protect your clothing from the bleaching agent.

Here is a brief overview of the Zoom!® procedure:

  1. We use cheek retractors to expose the entire surface of the teeth.
  2. We  “paint” or cover the gums to reduce sensitivity.
  3. Dr. Atkins applies the whitening gel to the teeth.
  4. We shine the halide Zoom!®  light on your teeth to activate the gel. The light is positioned to work on all the teeth simultaneously.
  5. After 15 minutes, we remove the gel from the teeth and rinse the mouth. 
  6. We apply more gel for another 15-minute session with the Zoom!® light.
  7. Again, we remove the gel and rinse and clean the mouth.
  8. We apply the final gel treatment and shine the light for the last 15 minutes.
  9. We remove the gel for the final time.
  10. We evaluate the change in the shade of your teeth

What happens after treatment?

The same factors that caused the discoloration of your teeth in the first place can work their way back onto the enamel. For this reason, Dr. Atkins recommends flossing once a day, thorough cleaning with anti-sensitivity toothpaste twice a day, and occasional retreatment with Zoom!® Weekender.  These post-treatment measures will ensure that your smile stays at its whitest for a long time.

If you have questions about the Zoom!® Chairside System, please ask Dr. Atkins.

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