Zoom® Whitening

The Zoom! In-Office Whitening System uses proprietary technology to whiten your teeth an average of eight shades* in a little over an hour while you relax at our dental office. It’s ideal for anyone who wants immediate results. The Zoom! Take-Home Whitening System uses a revolutionary patent-pending gel to whiten your teeth an average of six shades in three nights. 

What is Zoom! tooth whitening?
Zoom! is a bleaching process that lightens discoloration of enamel and dentin.

What can cause tooth discoloration? 
The most common causes include aging or staining by coffee, tea or tobacco. During tooth formation, exposure to tetracycline, certain antibiotics or excessive fluoride may also cause tooth discoloration.

Who may benefit from tooth whitening?
Just about anyone can benefit from tooth whitening. However, treatment may not be as effective for some as it is for others. During an oral exam, Dr. Pickett can determine if you are a candidate for this procedure.

Is tooth whitening becoming more popular?
Absolutely! A bright, beautiful smile can make a big difference. The Zoom! Whitening System makes it easier and faster than ever before.

Is tooth whitening safe?
Yes, research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. In fact, many dentists consider whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure available. As with any tooth whitening product, Zoom! is not recommended for children under 13 years of age, or for pregnant or lactating women.

Do the results last a long time?
By following some simple post-whitening care instructions, your teeth will always be lighter than they were before. We recommend flossing, brushing twice daily with Zoom! Whitening Toothpaste, and touch-ups with Zoom! Take-Home gel. These are professional formula products designed specifically to keep your teeth their brightest. They are available through our office.

Is there any difference between over-the-counter tooth whiteners and Zoom!
Yes! Consulting with  Dr. Pickett is always the first step to whitening your teeth safely. Over-the-counter tooth whitening strips, brush-on gels and toothpastes take weeks or months to whiten your teeth just a few shades. Zoom! is clinically proven to whiten your teeth eight shades in one hour or six shades in just one weekend

How does the Zoom! In-Office System work?
The Zoom! light-activated whitening gel’s active ingredient is hydrogen peroxide. As hydrogen peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin, bleaching any colored substance while keeping the structure of the tooth unchanged. The Zoom! light aids in activating the hydrogen peroxide and helps it to penetrate the surface of the tooth.

Is the Zoom! In-office procedure painful?
No. During the procedure, patients can relax or listen to music. Many fall asleep.

Are there any side effects?
Some people experience temporary increased tooth sensitivity to cold during treatment. These symptoms disappear within 1-3 days after interruption or completion of the treatment.

How long is the procedure?
The entire procedure takes up to two hours. The procedure begins with a preparation period followed by one hour of bleaching. A five-minute fluoride treatment completes the procedure. We recommend a cleaning prior to the actual Zoom! Whitening session.

How long does Zoom! Take-Home Whitening take?
The Zoom! Take-Home gel is designed to be worn between four and eight hours per application. Dr. Pickett will advise you on how long you should wear each application. A recent study showed that you can achieve an average improvement of six shades* after just three nights of use. Our dentist will help you determine how many applications are right for you.

How is the Zoom! Take-Home System different from the Zoom! In-Office System? |
The difference between the two systems is that the Zoom! In-Office System is performed entirely in our dental office while the Take-Home System is used in the convenience of your own home.

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