– Where your inner smile meets your outer smile –
The Zoom Teeth Whitening system was introduced in the Ella Clinic in June 2006. Until then the Clinic was reluctant to use any in-chair whitening systems available as it was thought that they were too aggressive and there were numerous reports of post treatment sensitivity.
The Zoom technique works differently from its predecessors and trials show a 67% reduction in significant sensitivity. This version does not heat the nerve as in the previous machine. Overall the patient receives a more effective and faster treatment with lower sensitivity.
The procedure consists of the following three steps:
- An initial appointment is made to check your medical history and the dentist will take an impression of your teeth and will custom make trays for your home whitening follow up treatment.
- The second stage is in-chair whitening; during this procedure we place a protective coating around the gums to act as a barrier to the whitening gel. The whitening gel is then painted on the teeth; this is used in conjunction with a specially designed ultraviolet lamp to achieve maximum whitening results. This procedure is repeated twice.
- The third stage is the home aftercare systems including a desensitory agent and a short course of at home whitening using the trays that were custom made for you to enhance the whitening effect of the in-chair treatment.
Zoom Tooth Whitening
What is Zoom! Tooth whitening?
Zoom! is a whitening process that lightens discoloration of enamel and dentine.
What causes tooth discoloration?
There are many causes. The most common include ageing and consumption of staining substances such as coffee, tea, tobacco, red wine, etc. During tooth formation, consumption of tetracycline, certain antibiotics or excessive fluoride may also cause tooth discoloration.
Who may benefit from tooth whitening?
Almost anyone. However, treatment may not be as effective for some as it is for others. We can determine if you are a viable candidate for this procedure through a thorough oral exam, including a shade assessment.
Is whitening safe?
Yes. Extensive research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. In fact whitening is one of the safest cosmetic dental procedure available. As with any tooth whitening product, Zoom! is not recommended for children under 16 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.
How long do the results last?
By following some simple post whitening care instructions, your teeth will always be lighter than they were before. To keep your teeth looking their best, we recommend flossing, brushing twice daily, and occasional maintenance with Enlighten home whitening gel. These are professional formula products designed specifically to keep your teeth their brightest.
How does the Zoom! In-office system work?
The Zoom! light activated whitening gel’s active ingredient is hydrogen peroxide. As the hydrogen peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentine, bleaching coloured substances while the structure of the tooth is unchanged. The Zoom! light aids in activating the hydrogen peroxide and helps it penetrate the surface of the tooth. New clinicals have shown the Zoom! Advanced Power whitening system delivers 33% better whitening than gel alone immediately following the procedure and 44% superior results after 30 days.
How is exposure to the Zoom! light controlled?
The Zoom! procedure requires that all soft tissue in and around the mouth be protected. The dental professional is required to monitor the procedure to insure any exposed skin or tissue is isolated and protected. Protective eyewear is required during the procedure.
Patients taking any light sensitive drugs or substances, whether over the counter, prescription or homeopathic, and light sensitive individuals should consult their doctor prior to the procedure. Anyone who is not eligible for Zoom! Chairside Whitening for these reasons may be an excellent candidate for home whitening.
How long does Zoom! Chairside Whitening take?
The complete procedure takes less than an hour. The procedure begins with a preparation period followed by 45minutes of bleaching. A cleaning is recommended prior to the actualZoom! whitening session.
Are there any side effects?
Sensitivity during and after the treatment may occur with some patients. The Zoom! light generates minimal heat which is the usual source of discomfort. On occasion, minor tingling sensations are experienced immediately after the procedure, but always dissipate. Your dentist can recommend post-treatment sensitivity relief products.