One thing that many people wish for when they look in the mirror is whiter teeth. Now you can ditch those over-the-counter whitening strips and get the Phillips Zoom!® Teeth Whitening treatment. It’s a quick and non-invasive treatment that only requires one trip to see Dr. David Kaffey Here’s what you should know about it.
Why Your Teeth Are Yellow
Tooth discoloration has a variety of causes, including foods and drinks, tobacco use, poor oral hygiene, and even medications. These and other factors can stain either the outer layer of your teeth called the enamel (extrinsic staining) or the inner structure of your teeth called the dentin (intrinsic staining), causing that yellow or darkened look.
The Zoom Process
The Zoom treatment is designed to wipe out those pesky stains. Dr. Kaffey will apply hydrogen peroxide gel to your teeth and shine a special LED light on them. As the light activates the gel, the whitening properties of the solution begin to break down stains and discoloration. This will be done in three 15-minute sessions .
The process may leave your teeth feeling a little sensitive, so an anti-sensitivity gel is usually applied at the end of the procedure. Within about an hour, your teeth can lighten up to 8 shades, and you’ll get those pearly whites you’ve always dreamed of!
After Your Visit
The only aftercare instructions are to avoid the foods and beverages that can cause staining for the next week or so. Your dentist may also give you whitening trays to touch up and maintain the whiteness over time. Regardless, after one trip you will leave the office with a shiny new smile.
With this advanced treatment and the proper aftercare, patients can expect:
- Noticeably whiter teeth
- Reduction of both intrinsic and extrinsic stains
- Customizable shades of whitening
- Improved confidence and a desire to smile more often
Who Is Right For the Treatment?
If you are an avid coffee drinker or you’re on a medication that discolors your teeth, over-the-counter solutions may not get the job done. This process is powerful to break down even the toughest stains in a short period of time, as opposed to spending weeks using whitening trays alone. If you’re short for time, this is the treatment for you.
However, those with sensitive teeth may not be right for this method, as the activation of the gel on your enamel can be painful for those who are already sensitive. You should check with Dr. Kaffey to determine if the treatment is a good solution for you.
Other Whitening Options
If this treatment isn’t for you, there are other ways to lighten up your smile, including the Opalescence® treatment that uses custom trays and gel to lighten your smile in 2 weeks at home.
Where to Get That New Smile
You’ll want to visit a professional who is highly experienced with this state-of-the-art technology, and with a variety of whitening solutions. Dr. David M. Kaffey, DDS at Leading Dental Solutions can help you find the right whitening treatment to keep you smiling.