Zoom Tooth Whitening: Advantages and Considerations
Tooth whitening options are many and varied and there are advantages and disadvantages of each option which I’d like to outline in this article. The Zoom teeth whitening system is a bleaching process used throughout the country and internationally to lighten discoloration of tooth enamel and dentin. There are many causes of tooth discoloration including drinking of coffee, soda, tea, and red wine. Other causes include cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and even smokeless tobacco can stain teeth.
The Zoom system is an in-office tooth whitening procedure utilizes a 25 percent hydrogen peroxide gel combined with Zoom’s small but not significant amounts of UVB (ultra-violet) light.
Once the gel is applied to the teeth the Zoom Advanced Power Chairside Lamp, helps accelerate the bleaching process. As the hydrogen peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin to bleach the stained substances, leaving the structure of the tooth unchanged.
Typically, the hydrogen peroxide gel is applied three times, at intervals of 15 minutes. Immediately after the applications, a sensitivity-reducing fluoride paste-gel is applied to the teeth.
As with all tooth whitening options, there are considerations and disadvantages of this tooth whitening method. Individuals with a strong gag reflex or anxiety may have difficulty undergoing the entire procedure. In addition, some people experience sensitivity during treatment due to the small amount of heat generated by the Zoom light. And as with other tooth whitening products, Zoom is not recommended for children under 13 years old, or for pregnant or lactating women.
This Zoom procedure usually takes no more than one hour, but regular teeth cleaning is recommended prior to the actual Zoom teeth whitening session. The cost of the procedure, including take-home trays, is around $500.
To help maintain the whiteness of your teeth, the dentist, oftentimes, will give you a Zoom touch-up kit, which includes custom-fitted whitening trays for your use at home.