If you prefer teeth that are immediately whiter right now or you would rather whiten your teeth over a few nights while you sleep, Dr. Shah has your answer. The ZOOM!® In-Office Whitening System uses proprietary light technology to whiten your teeth an average of eight shades* in a little over an hour while you relax at your dentist’s office. It’s ideal for anyone who wants immediate results. And you may go even lighter with additional applications.
Over-the-counter strips or paint-on gels rarely give patients the results they desire. Get your teeth whiter in a fraction of the time at Austin Dental Arts.
What is The ZOOM!® In-Office Whitening System? It is a bleaching process that lightens discoloration of enamel and dentin.
What can cause tooth discoloration? There are many causes. The most common include aging and consumption of staining substances such as coffee, tea or tobacco. During tooth formation, consumption of 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 or some as it is for others. Upon an oral exam, Dr. Shah can determine if you are a candidate for this procedure, including a shade assessment.
Is tooth whitening becoming more popular? Absolutely! A bright, beautiful smile can make a big difference. ZOOM!® In-Office 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, it is not recommended for children under 13 years of age and 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, and touch-ups with a 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 professional dental products? Yes! Consulting Dr. Shah 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. Our technology is clinically proven to whiten your teeth eight shades in one hour.
How does the ZOOM!® In-Office Whitening System work? The 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 light aids in activating the Hydrogen Peroxide and helps it penetrate the surface of the tooth.
Is the In-Office procedure painful? No. During the procedure, patients can actually watch television 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 just over one hour. 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 whitening session for best results).