Most dental patients want to achieve a brighter smile. In fact, a whiter smile is the number one cosmetic request of dental patients in the United States. There are many factors that dull and yellow the smile over time. Habitual use of teeth staining products like coffee, tobacco, and caramel colored beverages impacts the whiteness of the smile. However, even those of us who avoid these products and observe otherwise good oral health practices see the brightness of our smiles fade over time. Teeth naturally darken over time resulting in lower wattage smiles.
The desire for whiter teeth is so prevalent that the market is flooded with products that promise a whiter smile. From toothpastes to over the counter whitening strips to homeopathic recommendations to use strawberries as a whitening agent, it’s difficult to discern what whitening method is the best.
At Cormier Family Dentistry we believe that teeth whitening services provided by our Shreveport office, presents the most effective and safest whitening methods available. We are proud to offer the Zoom! Teeth Whitening system to our patients as a highly effective solution to getting a brighter smile.
What is the Zoom! Whitening System?
Zoom! is an in office whitening system that is clinically proven to whiten tooth enamel and dentin. Performed under the supervision of a dentist, the Zoom! system employs the natural whitening properties of hydrogen peroxide to provide amazing results. A 25% hydrogen peroxide gel is applied to the teeth. The efficacy of this gel is then increased with the application of ultraviolet (UVB) light to achieve spectacular results.
What is the Zoom! procedure like?
At your appointment we apply the hydrogen peroxide gel to your teeth, ensuring that your teeth are fully coated. Then we focus the Zoom! Advanced Power Chairside Lamp to distribute ultraviolet rays across the treated teeth. The use of ultraviolet light enhances the whitening properties of hydrogen peroxide increasing the the oxidation of gel allowing it to bleach your enamel and dentin in swift but safe method.
During your appointment, the gel will typically be applied three times at intervals of 15 minutes to help you achieve your desired outcome. At the end of each whitening period, we apply a fluoride gel to help reduce sensitivity created by the bleaching process. The entirety of the procedure lasts about one hour. However, we recommend that patients also schedule a check-up and teeth cleaning prior to the whitening procedure to boost results.
We may provide Zoom! Touch-Up Kits for you to take home after your whitening procedure. Using the custom fit trays; you will be able to maintain your whitening results at home.
While the procedure is safe and effective for most patients, patients with tooth sensitivities should discuss the appropriateness of the Zoom! system with their dentist. Some patients may experience mild discomfort from the heat generated by the low level UV light. Other patients with sensitive gag reflexes may have a difficult time sitting through the procedure.
To discover if Zoom! whitening or another in office whitening treatment is appropriate for you, please call our Shreveport office to set-up an appointment today! Our office may be reached at: 318-868-4072.