July 20, 2020

What is Zoom Teeth Whitening? What You Need to Know About Your Teeth Whitening Options


Today, we’re growing quite accustomed to using Zoom for daily conference calls, virtual happy hours and even physically distanced workouts. But what you might not know is that Zoom is also a type of teeth whitening service, and it’s the teeth whitening option of choice offered at South Gables Dental. So if you’re not loving the smile you’ve been staring at during your daily conference calls, it may be time to brighten up your pearly whites with a Zoom LED teeth whitening process.  

First and foremost, it’s important to get up to speed on what can cause discoloration of your teeth and some basic info on what a Zoom LED teeth whitening process entails.

What are the causes of teeth staining? 

If you’ve been staring at your smile and wondering if your teeth are looking a little lackluster and are not the pearly whites you would prefer to see, first don’t fret. You don’t need to be one of the 57 percent of Americans who cover their mouths when they laugh due to insecurity over their teeth. It is important to understand what causes teeth staining and how you can adjust certain aspects of your lifestyle to help prevent further discoloration both before and after any teeth whitening process. 

Some of the causes of discolored teeth may include:

  • Certain foods and drinks such as soda, tea, red wine and coffee
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Poor oral and dental hygiene
  • Certain medications
  • Mouthwash
  • Genetics (thanks, mom and dad)
  • Environment
  • Trauma

The good news is that a professional teeth whitening can help reverse some of these effects, particularly Zoom LED teeth whitening performed by a professional dental staff you trust. It is important to remember that any whitening process will only whiten your teeth to their natural color. The thickness of your enamel and how yellow the dentine is under the enamel are factors to consider and understand prior to starting a dental whitening process.  

How does Zoom LED teeth whitening differ from other teeth whitening options? 

Whitening toothpaste, at home-bleaching strips and laser whitening options. With so many options and a variety of price points, it can be daunting to find the right teeth whitening option that’s best for you. To help inform your decision, here’s how Zoom LED teeth whitening compares some other options.  

Additionally, The American Dental Association has some good insights on what to look for and what to avoid when considering whitening your teeth as you begin your research.

Over the counter teeth whitening options vs. Zoom LED teeth whitening

Most store-bought teeth whitening kits contain about 7-10% hydrogen peroxide, where dentists can use 25-35%. The higher concentration a dental practice can use is a key difference which can have major results when compared to at-home options. Home teeth whitening options may be less expensive but will also take a much longer period of time to see results. There is nothing wrong or unsafe in regards to using over the counter whitening products, but they could cost you more in the long run in both money and time and not provide the results you were hoping for. 

Laser teeth whitening vs. Zoom LED dental whitening

Many dentists will offer laser teeth whitening. With laser teeth whitening, the heat from the laser heats the bleaching solution causing it to oxide. The dentist has to then carefully laser each tooth which can take quite some time. Some patients experience discomfort from the heat produced, and in rare cases nerve damage can result, plus there is exposure, albeit minimal to infrared emissions from the laser.  With a Zoom LED whitening you skip all of that. Since the latest LED light Zoom system is used there is no heat, no infrared exposure and the device used treats all your teeth during the process. 

How do I know if I am a good candidate for Zoom LED dental whitening? 

Before you and your dentist make the decision that a Zoom LED dental whitening is right for you, you’ll have a thorough consultation to evaluate your oral hygiene and talk a bit about your lifestyle to see if it will have the results you are hoping for. If you have veneers or other existing dental work, this is an area your dentist’s expertise will help guide your decision. One should note that teeth whitening is not recommended for those under 13 years of age or for women who are pregnant or lactating. 

What are some of the perks of a Zoom LED teeth whitening? 

Overall, the three main benefits of a zoom LED teeth whitening session include speed, overall experience and results. Unlike laser teeth whitening, it uses an LED light to activate the whitening gel. There is no heat as compared to laser dental whitening and the device that’s used covers all your teeth at once. 

How long does a Zoom teeth whitening session last?

At South Gables Dental we recommend that patients have a normal dental cleaning prior to a Zoom LED whitening treatment. Once the teeth whitening process begins, it will take approximately 45 minutes from start to finish. Patients often see nearly instant results with their teeth 8 shades whiter as shown on the before and after photos.

How long should my results from ZOOM LED teeth whitening last? 

Results from your initial Zoom LED teeth whitening should last from 12-24 months, but there are caveats. Much of this depends on your diet,  tobacco use and oral hygiene habits. If you avoid dark beverages, eliminate tobacco products and regularly brush and floss, you should expect your Zoom LED teeth whitening results to have more staying power. We also include custom whitening trays for that occasional touch up at home.

What are the side effects of Zoom teeth whitening? Does it cause pain? 

As with any teeth whitening process, tooth and gum sensitivity is quite normal, and some patients experience some tingling sensations shortly after. However, you’ll be happy to hear that teeth whitening is a very low risk process.

Want to schedule your Zoom LED teeth whitening appointment in Coral Gables? 

Dr. Lawrence Lesperance and his dental team offer the top Zoom teeth whitening services in Coral Gables. To schedule a consultation, please call South Gables Dental at 305-665-1263 or book online today to get the best dental care in Coral Gables

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