Teeth whitening procedures are suggested to patients who have dull or discolored teeth. After getting their teeth whitened, patients express a higher level of confidence and feel more comfortable to let out an open-hearted smile. At our dental practice, we use a highly advanced teeth whitening solution called Zoom whitening.
What are the common causes of teeth discoloration?
- Smoking and chewing tobacco
- Improper or irregular brushing and flossing of the teeth
- Consuming certain medications can have an adverse effect on the color of the teeth
- Excessive consumption of colored foods and beverages
What is Zoom whitening?
Zoom whitening is a newly developed means of removing the stains off one’s teeth using a whitening gel that contains 25% Hydrogen Peroxide. The dentist uses a photosensitive whitening gel that is activated with the help of the right intensity light. This provides excellent results that often last for a long time.
When you visit our practice to get your teeth whitened, the dentist will thoroughly diagnose your mouth to check for various conditions that could affect the treatment. Some of them are the presence of cavities, receding of gums, presence of ceramic tooth restorations on the teeth, etc. They determine your candidacy for Zoom whitening.
The process of whitening the teeth using Zoom will take approximately one hour. In some instances, when there are tartar deposits on the teeth, the dentist will have to remove them before starting the treatment. The dentist places a rubber dam in your mouth to cover the gums and lips, thereby exposing only the teeth. The gel will be applied on the teeth, spread evenly, and activated using the Zoom light.
The gel must remain on the teeth for 15 minutes. Once it is activated, oxygen molecules will be liberated, forming a foam. These molecules enter the porous structure of the teeth and bleach the stained structure. The gel will be rinsed off, and the procedure will be repeated to get superior whitening. After this, a Fluoride paste-gel will be applied on the teeth to reduce sensitivity.
Please schedule an appointment online or call us at (408) 371-1070 to have a consultation with any of our Los Gatos Dental Group dentists, and we will be happy to help!