This is a means of lightening discolored or stained teeth without altering the shape or integrity of the teeth in any way. This may be done in the office with ZOOM system or by means of take-home whitening kits.
a. ZOOM In-office Whitening
This procedure usually requires only one visit in the clinic. After applying a protective gel to your gums to protect the oral soft tissues a whitening agent is applied to the teeth. Our special Zoom advanced light helps to activate the gel. Each of the applications takes 15 minutes and can be repeated up to 4 times in one session.
b. At-home Whitening
Peroxide-containing whitening gels can bleach the tooth enamel. They are placed in a bleaching plastic tray done individually for patients. The active ingredients in the whitening gel penetrate your teeth to break down the discolored molecules deep inside your teeth, removing stains and whitening your smile. Some gels contain potassium nitrate and fluoride, which have been shown to strengthen enamel, decrease sensitivity, and help prevent cavities.
Tooth sensitivity is a relatively common side effect of teeth whitening. If sensitivity occurs, it is often temporary and will go away once you’ve completed the whitening process.