Zoom Whitening in Buffalo, NY

Providing Affordable Zoom Teeth Whitening in WNY

Zoom! ® teeth whitening is a cosmetic treatment that is easy to perform and produces results in an hour or less. The process of teeth whitening is accomplished when a bleaching agent, either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide (a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and urea), is applied to the surface of the tooth. The bleaching agent disintegrates the stains, making them easier to remove and exposing the naturally white enamel underneath.

Zoom Whitening in Buffalo, NY

With Zoom! ® teeth whitening, your dentist will apply a gel to protect your gums and then administer a concentrated bleaching solution to your teeth. Zoom! ® teeth whitening incorporates a solution containing a potent supply of hydrogen peroxide, which erases years of stains and discoloration from the surface of the teeth. Your dentist will activate the hydrogen peroxide hydrogel using a special ultraviolet light, which breaks the peroxide into hydroxyl radicals, which react with the chromophores (organic compounds that produce color) on the surface of the teeth. The chemical reaction between these compounds causes the chromophores to break down, allowing the hydroxyl radicals to combat and disintegrate the stains on your teeth.

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Zoom! ® teeth whitening is accomplished over three sessions, each session 15 minutes in length. Patients often choose to supplement and maintain this treatment after their third session by using whitening kits at home. Once you have completed your teeth whitening treatment, our office can make an impression of your teeth, formulate a mold from that impression, and use the mold to create a custom whitening tray designed specifically for your teeth. Because at-home dental care can be complicated, we provide our patients with thorough directions for wearing the teeth whitening trays and applying the gel containing the bleaching agent to the inside of the trays. Be sure to follow all instructions in order to achieve maximum whitening results.

It may not be possible for an individual to whiten every discolored tooth, whitening can be ineffective on teeth with tawny or gray hues. Sometimes a simple dental cleaning can remove the stains and calculus (tartar) that have discolored your teeth, but other patients may benefit only from veneers instead of whitening. Crowns, fillings, veneers, and other types of dental implants will not be affected by teeth whitening products, and it is important to learn whether whitening would affect the integrity and the stability of these devices in the mouth. Temporary sensitivity in the teeth to cold, heat, and pressure is a common side effect of teeth whitening, as the bleaching agent has the potential to pass through the enamel and irritate the dental nerves. For all these reasons, before you begin to pursue a whiter smile, consult with your dentist to determine whether Zoom whitening would be the right choice for your teeth.

How long do the results of teeth whitening last?

Whitening teeth may be a quick process, but it requires long-term upkeep. An initial whitening takes about seven to 10 days, an hour at a time. We recommend doing a touch up once every two months, as your teeth will not maintain their whiteness if treatment does not continue at regular intervals.

How much does zoom whitening cost?

There are two types of whitening that we provide. We have a take-home option, in which we create models of your teeth and design trays and you whiten your teeth at home. This treatment costs $299. Our Zoom whitening option, in which we bleach your teeth at our office and give you the trays afterwards, costs $499. We also have specials every month. If you are interested, our office will let you know if we are currently offering any discounts.

Does teeth whitening affect crowns or fillings?

Tooth whitening will not affect crowns or any fillings. If you have a cavity, it is recommended not to whiten your teeth while the cavity is active. What you have to keep in mind, though, is that if you have several teeth that have crowns and other teeth that you want to whiten, the crowns are not going to whiten as well as the other teeth will.

Does whitening toothpaste work?

Whitening toothpaste will not lighten your teeth to any measurable degree. The toothpaste can help reduce stains on the enamel, but it will not internally bleach the teeth.

Can teeth whitening damage your teeth?

As long as you follow the regular regimen that your dentist has assigned, there should not be any damage. If you over-bleach your teeth or whiten your teeth more often than you are supposed to, there may be complications.

If you have questions about teeth whitening, or would like to schedule a regular check-up, please contact our Buffalo dental office and schedule an appointment today.