teeth whiteningLakeway Cosmetic Dentistry offers Zoom Whitening in Austin TX. If you’re looking for whiter teeth, you need Zoom dental services for a better smile.

Zoom Whitening is a special bleaching process that uses the Zoom Advanced Power Chairside Lamp to enhance the bleach. The lamp and its ultraviolet properties speed up the process by as much as 25%, turning your teeth up to ten shades whiter.

Frequently Asked Questions

Myth: The blue Zoom light dentists use is a laser.

Fact: The blue light dentists use for Zoom teeth Whitening is a metal halide UV light, not a laser. Dentists use this tool to break down hydrogen peroxide on a tooth. As it breaks down, oxygen is released into the air. The peroxide particles oxidize the pigment compounds trapped in the tooth’s enamel. The pigment then turns into colorless by-product, creating a whiter look on your teeth. Laser dentistry is a different dental practice than Zoom Whitening.

Myth: Teeth whitening is painful.

Fact: Depending upon the person, gums and teeth can be sensitive to hydrogen peroxide. Most whitening causes teeth to become more sensitive only for the first 24 hours after the procedure. This is because it takes your teeth about 24 hours to be remineralized by saliva.

Myth: The whitening goes away after a short amount of time.

Fact: You can keep your smile bright and white for about 18 months after the procedure. If you use whitening strips a few times each month, the whitening effect may last a little longer. You can always get your teeth professionally whitened more than once.

How Does The Process Work?

Before the treatment, you are told what you can and cannot eat for the first 48 hours after treatment. You want to make sure that your new smile isn’t exposed to the same things that stained them in the first place.

An image is taken of the original color of your teeth, also known as the starting shade. This will help you and your dentist see the results of the whitening.

During the procedure, you are given special glasses to wear. Cheek retractors help you keep your mouth open for the dentist. Your lips are coated with sunscreen to protect them from the ultraviolet lights used. The ultraviolet light acts as an accelerator in the bleaching process.

The dental staff will also protect your skin from UV light with a fitted and specialized disposal towel. The towel will cover your jaw and the skin on your lower face. A substance will be placed on your gums so that the bleach can only come into contact with the enamel of your teeth.

After all these things are done, the Zoom power gel is applied to start the teeth whitening process. The Zoom lamp is used in several 15 minute sessions. The gel is changed every fifteen minutes during your teeth whitening process.

During this part of the treatment, custom bleaching trays are made. You will wear these trays over the next two to three nights as instructed by the dentist. You can also use these trays when you think you need a touch-up.

The entire process only takes about an hour.

What Are The After Care Steps?

When the process is done, the dental staff covers your teeth with a special gel. This gel sits on your teeth for about five minutes. It works like a fluoride treatment and helps with most post-procedure sensitivity. This treatment helps protect the enamel of your teeth.

After the procedure, your teeth may continue to whiten another shade during the next 24 hours. A good practice is to stay away from things that could stain your smile during the first 48 hours, including:

  • Coffee
  • Soda
  • Tea
  • Wine
  • Smoking
  • Pasta Sauce

If you experience any post-procedure sensitivity, try ibuprofen. If sensitivity occurs, it usually doesn’t last more than about 24 hours. If you are still experience issues after this, call the office of Lakeway Cosmetic Dentistry to schedule an appointment.

Why Does Teeth Whitening Cause Sensitivity?

Whitening systems use small bleach molecules that penetrate and diffuse into a tooth . However, this can irritate the nerves of your teeth and leave them hypersensitive. Stimuli like temperatures and pressure cause pulpitis on a tooth . Pulpitis means the pulp of your tooth is slightly irritated and inflamed.

For whitening to work, the procedure often gets rid of a protein layer that opens up the “pores” of your teeth. This exposes the core of the tooth, or the dentin. While this is necessary for teeth whitening to work, it causes sensitivity.

What Can You Do to Prevent Sensitivity?

  • Avoid brushing your teeth after whitening. This will further open up the pores of your teeth causing more exposure and sensitivity. If you need to wipe away whitening gel, use a wet washcloth.
  • Always follow the directions on your whitening kit closely. Do not leave any treatment on for any longer than instructed.
  • Compliment your whitening routine with a desensitizing gel.

Post-Whitening Maintenance

Want white teeth after a Zoom treatment, but can’t find the time to come back in for a dental appointment? Here’s dental care you can use to get results.

Whitening toothpaste

Whitening toothpaste has special chemicals that provide deeper stain removal than most toothpaste. Teeth whitening toothpaste removes surface stains, but can’t treat stains that lie deeper. Also, they can make your teeth more sensitive.

Whitening Strips

Strips treat stains more than whitening toothpaste, but can also be messy and hard to apply. Usually, they need to be used twice a day for two weeks to remove stains. It can take a few months before you can see a difference.

Tray-based whitening

This form of whitening uses a mouthguard with whitening gel. You put the tray in your mouth overnight or during the day for a few weeks.

Have more questions?

If you live in Austin, call the office of Dr. D’Alfonso and meet the dentistry staff at Lakeway Cosmetic Dentistry. We can schedule a convenient complimentary smile appointment. Our practice gives you the care and results that other dental services can only dream of. Call our team for an appointment today! 512-253-7300