Teeth Whitening FAQ

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How do I care for my teeth after a Zoom Whitening Treatment?

What do I need to know about your ‘at home’ tooth whitening products?

How do whitening toothpastes work and how effective are they?

How do I care for my teeth after a Zoom Whitening Treatment?

In order to maintain the  Whitening Effects of our Zoom Whitening treatment, you should avoid coffee, tea, red wine, citrus drinks or fruit and smoking for 48 hours after bleaching.

You will be given a  home-use touch-up kit that includes custom-fitted whitening trays and a syringe of the at home whitening agent. Depending on your habits, touch ups may be done in 6 to 12 months.  Follow your dentist’s instructions for when and how to use this touch-up kit. To help maintain the whitening effects of your Zoom!® teeth whitening treatment, we advise you to avoid certain foods and beverages, or consume them in moderation to avoid staining your teeth. This includes tea, coffee, red wine, cola, etc.   Additionally, tobacco products will stain teeth, even after whitening treatments.  Maintain an appropriate oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) regimen to prevent stains from reforming, and see your dentist and hygienist regularly for scheduled teeth cleanings. Toothpastes containing whitening agents are recommended to maintain the results of the procedure.

Zoom!® Whitening Considerations

Sensitivity during treatment may occur in some people. The Zoom!® light produces minimal heat, which is usually the source of discomfort. Rarely, minor tingling is experienced immediately after the procedure, but always dissipates. As with other tooth whitening products, Zoom!® whitening is not recommended for children under 13 years of age, or for pregnant or lactating women. Also, it is important to remember that whitening treatment may not be as effective for some people as it is for others. Only your dentist can determine if Zoom!® teeth whitening is right for you after performing a thorough oral examination that includes a shade assessment.

What do I need to know about your ‘at home’ tooth whitening products?

What we want you to know…about bleaching your teeth.

Congratulations on your decision to enhance your smile with professional tooth whitening. To achieve maximum results, please follow our instructions carefully.

Preparing to Bleach

Before each bleaching session be sure to brush and floss your teeth to prepare the surface for contact with the whitening gel.

Loading Your Trays

Twist off clear cap, place the mixing nozzle on the end of the syringe and secure by twisting in a clockwise motion. Place a small amount of gel in each tooth compartment of the custom tray. You only need to put gel into the areas you wish to bleach. Do not put bleach in areas where crowns are present in the mouth.

Each tooth impression should contain enough gel to fully cover the front surface. Remember if a lot of gel squeezes out on placement, you have used too much.

Important: Overloading the trays with gel may cause tooth sensitivity or gum irritations – a little gel goes a long way!

Between sessions, store the bleaching gel out of contact with light.

Wearing Your Trays

Insert both trays slowly being careful not to push the gel out. If gel does flow out, wipe excess away with a finger or a Q-tip.

Wear Schedule

*Note: Time and length of bleaching sessions may vary depending on the brand of bleaching product used.

Since the products are advancing constantly, please read the information given to you about the product used for your treatments and follow the instructions carefully.  One of our team members will gladly answer any questions you have regarding your teeth whitening procedures.

Removal of the Trays

Remove bleaching trays and rinse your mouth with warm water and brush your teeth to remove the gel.

To remove gel from trays, rinse with warm water and clean with a toothbrush.

Wait one hour after bleaching before eating or drinking, as teeth are most susceptible to re-staining immediately after tray removal.

Store your trays in the box provided.

Note: Avoid coffee, tea, red wine, citrus drinks or fruit and smoking while bleaching. Don’t bleach if pregnant.

Post treatment

It takes approximately 2 weeks to stabilize the shade of bleached teeth. During this time your teeth are prone to staining so continue to avoid coffee, tea, red wine, and smoking. Citrus fruits and citrus drinks may cause sensitivity during this time as well.

Will bleaching hurt my teeth?

No, bleaching gels have no adverse effect on you teeth. Both clinical and laboratory research find that properly formulated bleaching gels are not harmful with proper use

Will bleaching hurt my gums?

An overfilled tray can cause gum irritation or excessive tray wear; however, there is no adverse effect to your gums with proper use. If you experience any discomfort, discontinue use of the bleaching gel and contact our office.

Are there any side effects from bleaching my teeth?

Most patients experience some degree of tooth sensitivity to cold during the treatment. These symptoms are temporary and tend to diminish during treatment. Most patients find their teeth are no more sensitive than they were prior to bleaching within a week after treatment is complete.

How long will the treatment take?

The amount of time varies with the type of product used for bleaching.

How long does it last?

Your unique combination of habits, foods and tooth structure will influence long-term results. Nonsmokers who don’t drink coffee or tea usually have little change in five years. Depending on your habits, touch-ups may be done in 6 to 12 months.

Most patients need 2-3 sessions of touch-up every 2-3 years to maintain the post bleaching result. Your teeth will always be whiter than when you started. Just ask us at subsequent appointments to check the shade of your teeth. If it has changed from your post bleaching shade we will let you know if you would benefit from a touch-up.

If I have had restorative work done on my teeth, will these materials become whiter or be harmed by the procedure?

No. Bleaching will only whiten your natural teeth; restorations will remain the same shade. You may elect to replace these after bleaching if esthetics is a concern. Bleaching does not weaken restorative material.

Please don’t hesitate to call us at 306-463-4661 if you have any questions or concerns.

How do whitening toothpastes work and how effective are they?

All toothpastes help remove surface stains through the action of mild abrasives. Some whitening toothpastes contain gentle polishing or chemical agents that provide additional stain removal. Whitening toothpastes can help remove surface stains only and do not contain bleach; over-the-counter and professional whitening products contain hydrogen peroxide (a bleaching substance) that helps remove stains on the tooth surface as well as stains deep in the tooth. None of the home use whitening toothpastes can come even close to producing the bleaching effect you get from our office through chair-side bleaching. Whitening toothpastes can lighten your tooth’s color by about one shade. In contrast, light-activated whitening conducted in our office can make your teeth three to eight shades lighter.