Q. What is Zoom! tooth whitening?
A. Zoom! is a bleaching process that lightens discoloration of enamel and dentin.
Q. What causes tooth discoloration?
There are many causes. The most common include aging and consumption
of staining substances such as coffee, tea, colas, tobacco, red
wine, etc. During tooth formation, consumption of tetracycline,
certain antibiotics or excessive fluoride may also cause tooth discoloration.
Q. Who may benefit from tooth whitening?
A. Almost anyone. However, treatment may not be as effective or some
as it is for others. Your dental professional can determine if you
are a viable candidate for this procedure through a thorough oral
exam, including a shade assessment.
Q. Do many people whiten their
A. More people than you might imagine. A bright, sparkling smile can
make a big difference for everyone. The Zoom! Whitening System makes
it easier and faster than ever before.
Q. Is whitening safe?
A. Yes, extensive 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, Zoom! is not recommended
for children under 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.
Q. 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 with Zoom! Whitening Toothpaste, and occasional touch-ups
with Zoom! take-home gel. These are professional formula products
designed specifically to keep your teeth their brightest. They are
available only through your dental professional.
Q. Is there any difference between
over-the-counter tooth whiteners and Zoom!
A. Yes! Consulting your dental professional is always the first step
to whitening your teeth safely. Plus, over-the-counter tooth whitening
strips, brush-on gels and toothpastes take weeks or months to whiten
your teeth just a few shades. Zoom! is clinically proven to whiten
your teeth eight shades in one hour or six shades in just one weekend.*
Only a dentist can get your teeth this white, this fast.
Q.How does the Zoom! In-Office
A. The Zoom! light-activated whitening gel's active ingredient is Hydrogen
Peroxide. As the Hydrogen Peroxide gel is broken down, oxygen enters
the enamel and dentin, bleaching colored 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.
A study has shown that use of the Zoom! lamp increases the effectiveness
of the Zoom! gel by 33% or more, giving an average improvement of
Q. What does a patient experience
during the Zoom! In-Office procedure?
A. During the procedure, patients may comfortably watch television
or listen to music. Many actually fall asleep. Individuals with
a strong gag reflex or anxiety may have difficulty undergoing the
Q. Are there any side effects?
A. 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.
Q. How is exposure
to the Zoom! light controlled?
A. The Zoom! procedure requires that all soft tissue in and around
the mouth be protected. The clinician is required to monitor the
procedure to insure any exposed skin or tissue is isolated and protected.
Protective eyewear is required during the procedure. Light sensitive
individuals including those undergoing PUVA (Psoralen+UV Radiation)
therapy or other photo-chemotherapy, as well as patients with melanoma,
should not undergo the Zoom! In-Office procedure. Also patients
taking any light sensitive drugs or substances, whether over-the-counter,
prescription or homeopathic, should consult their primary physician
prior to procedure. Anyone who is not eligible for Zoom! In-Office
for these reasons may be an excellent candidate for Zoom! Take-Home.
Q. How long does
Zoom! In-Office Whitening take?
A. The complete procedure takes just over an hour. The procedure begins
with a preparation period followed by one hour of bleaching. A five
minute fluoride treatment completes the procedure (a cleaning is
recommended prior to the actual Zoom! Whitening session).
Q. How does the Zoom! Take-Home
A. Zoom! utilizes a breakthrough dual barrel chemistry that is engineered
to accelerate whitening efficacy in two unique ways. First, it utilizes
a breakthrough surfactant technology for improved gel penetration.
Second, it helps to control the activation of Hydrogen Peroxide.
This innovative formula creates an activation matrix that helps
regulate the release of free radicals for optimal results. A recent
study showed that the Zoom! Take-Home System delivers an average
of six shades* after three applications.
Q. How long does Zoom! Take-Home
A. The Zoom! take-home gel is designed to be worn between four and
eight hours per application. Your dental professional will advise
you on how long you should wear each application. Most people prefer
to wear it over night while they sleep, but you can also wear it
during the day if that works better for you. A recent study showed
that you can achieve an average improvement of six shades* after
just three applications. However, individual results may vary. Your
dental professional will help you determine how many applications
are right for you.
Q. How is the Zoom! Take-Home System
different from the Zoom! In-Office System?
A. The main difference between the two systems is that you use the
Zoom! Take-Home System in the convenience of your own home over
a few days or nights. The Zoom! In-Office System is performed entirely
in the office.
* Individual results may vary. Take-home results based on overnight
wear. Data on file