Is Zoom Teeth Whitening Safe for Tooth Enamel?

March 3, 2020 Published by Leave your thoughts

One of the top questions we’re asked when it comes to Zoom teeth whitening is whether it’s really safe for your tooth enamel. It’s understandable—when you’re achieving up to eight shades of whitening within a single session, patients are looking for the catch. The short answer is that yes, Zoom whitening is perfectly safe for your tooth enamel, and it’s painless, too. To understand why it’s safe, you first need to learn how the whitening process works. Then call the team at Modern Smiles Dentistry to schedule your first Zoom teeth whitening session in Phoenix.

How the Zoom teeth whitening process works

Zoom whitening is achieved with the help of a 25 percent hydrogen peroxide bleaching gel and a special chairside lamp that is directed onto the teeth. First, your doctor will talk to you about your general oral health and hygiene, as well as any tooth sensitivity issues or health concerns (Zoom whitening is not safe for those who are pregnant, breastfeeding or under the age of 14, skin cancer or melanoma patients and those undergoing photochemotherapy).

Next, your soft tissues and gums will be protected with a special coating gel that protects them from the light. At that point, the light will be shined on your teeth for a period of 15 minutes, a fluoride gel applied, and the process will begin again. The entire session will take about an hour and a half.

The whitening process happens when the light, which operates on a specific wavelength, activates the hydrogen peroxide gel. This allows activated oxygen molecules to penetrate into the tooth enamel and the dentin underneath. The oxygen can then break up the stains and discoloration, revealing whiter teeth.

Afterwards, you may experience some tooth sensitivity, but your enamel will remain perfectly safe.

How to protect your teeth after Zoom whitening

When your teeth are whitened, they lose some moisture, so in the 48 hours after your session, your teeth will be particularly absorbent. It’s important to avoid coffee, tea, red wine, soy sauce, ketchup, tobacco products and anything else that can stain your teeth.

Once you’ve achieved your desired level of teeth whitening—usually within three to four sessions—your results can last up to five years. To maximize results, make sure you maintain proper oral hygiene and keep consumption of teeth-staining food and beverages to a minimum.

Ultimately, Zoom whitening is a safe, easy and painless procedure that’s sure to boost your confidence for years to come.

Zoom teeth whitening in Phoenix

Interested in learning more about Zoom teeth whitening for yourself? Visit the team at Modern Smiles Dentistry. Dr. Carl Fairchild and our staff of skilled dental professionals are available for Zoom whitening, as well as general, cosmetic and emergency dental services. We can help you keep your smile bright and healthy in a comfortable, modern space with state-of-the-art technology. Our team prides itself on making your entire family comfortable—call us today to set up an appointment for one of our services.

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