Zoom is a widely used teeth bleaching process. The Zoom in-surgery tooth whitening procedure uses the Zoom Advanced ‘Whitespeed’ light which accelerates the bleaching process by activating the hydrogen peroxide whitening gel placed on the teeth. As the hydrogen peroxide breaks down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin to bleach the stained substances, leaving the structure of the tooth unchanged.
Consultation and Treatment Planning
Before deciding whether Zoom in-surgery teeth whitening is right for you, your dentist will conduct a comprehensive examination of your teeth and gums. The examination is to ensure dental health, as well as discussing your oral hygiene and lifestyle habits to determine if you will benefit from whitening. You may decide to undergo whitening if you are planning other cosmetic dental procedures, such as veneers or composite bonding to ensure a better match between the colour of your restoration and your natural teeth, or after the removal of braces to enhance the effect of the newly straightened teeth.
It’s worth noting that existing dental work, such as bridges, crowns and veneers, will not respond to the whitening process.
The Zoom Procedure
The procedure begins with barriers placed over the lips and gums, leaving the teeth exposed. The dentist then applies the Zoom hydrogen peroxide whitening gel, which works together with the Zoom light to penetrate the teeth and break up the stains and discoloration. The gel remains in place for 15 minutes while the light is activated, after which it is washed off and refreshed. During this time, you can relax by listening to music or have a nap! The gel is then re-applied for a further three 15-minute sessions.
Aftercare: Maintaining Whitening Effects
You will be given a Zoom home mini kit including custom-fitted whitening trays. Ideally, this is to be used for three days following the in-surgery whitening process.
To help maintain the whitening effects of your treatment, your dentist may advise avoidance of certain foods and beverages, to avoid staining your teeth. These include tea, coffee, red wine, turmeric lattes, and coca-cola. Toothpaste containing whitening agents also may also be suggested to maintain the results of the procedure.
Tobacco products can stain teeth even after whitening treatments so teeth whitening can act as a good incentive to give up smoking! Maintenance of a meticulous oral hygiene regimen will help prevent stains from reforming. Please do see your dentist and hygienist regularly for scheduled teeth cleanings.
Sensitivity during the treatment may occur in some people. Rarely, minor tingling is experienced during or immediately after the procedure which quickly dissipates. It is recommended to use a de-sensitising toothpaste for 2 weeks prior to treatment to lessen the risk of sensitivity.
As with other whitening products, Zoom is not recommended for children under 13 years of age, or for pregnant women. Also, it is important to remember that whitening treatment may not be as effective for some people as it is for others. Only your dentist can determine if teeth whitening is right for you after performing a thorough oral examination that includes a shade assessment.
Cost and Treatment Time
The cost of Zoom teeth whitening is £550, which includes the take-home tray kit designed to maximize results. Treatment time can vary but the average Zoom chair time is approximately one hour.