One of the most common questions we’re asked is whether Zoom! teeth whitening hurts in Phoenix, AZ. Many people expect dentistry procedures to hurt, based either on past experience or how they’re depicted in pop culture—but the good news is that most patients find this to be a pain-free process. Plus, it takes just 45 minutes and can whiten your teeth up to eight shades in a single session.
If you’ve been thinking about polishing your smile, be sure to read on to learn more about Zoom! teeth whitening and what to expect from the process.
How Zoom! teeth whitening works
A Zoom! session takes about 45 minutes, which is divided into three 15-minute parts. Your lips and teeth are shielded from the whitening gel. Then the gel is applied and a blue LED light is fixed on your teeth, which helps lift stains from below your tooth enamel.
The gel contains hydrogen peroxide, which is activated by the light. The gel then penetrates your teeth beneath the enamel and into the dentin (a sensitive part of the tooth, especially if you already have sensitive teeth) to completely remove stains.
Once the procedure is done, a fluoride gel is applied to reduce any twinges of pain you might have already or will experience after the appointment, and you’re done.
Will it be painful?
Although the majority of patients report Zoom! teeth whitening in Phoenix, AZ to be completely painless, you may experience some pain if your teeth are sensitive, you are undergoing enamel erosion or you suffer from gum disease. Most dentists will consult with you beforehand and let you know the pain risks if your teeth are particularly vulnerable.
You should know that Zoom! teeth whitening is perfectly safe for most patients, and any pain you may experience is temporary. Many people report feeling nothing at all. The better shape your teeth are in, the less likely you are to experience any issues.
However, you may still feel twinges of pain during and after the procedure, as your nerves are affected by the whitening gel and LED light. This is perfectly normal, but if the pain becomes too much to bear, you should alert your dentist or hygienist immediately.
The good news is that the pain is temporary and can be relieved with over-the-counter pain medication, like Tylenol or Advil. Your dentist will talk to you about how long you can expect any twinges of pain to last and what to do if they persist.
Is Zoom! whitening right for me?
The best way to determine whether this whitening procedure is right for you is to talk to your dentist—they’ll be able to go over your history and let you know if you’re a good candidate for the whitening process.
Ready to get a whiter, brighter smile? Modern Smiles Family Dentistry offers Zoom! teeth whitening alongside our traditional dental procedures in Phoenix, AZ. Call us today to book an appointment and find out if Zoom! is right for you.