Teeth Whitening

Many people consult dentists for help with teeth discoloration. Technology has progressed steadily in the last decade and produced numerous methods to give you back your pearly white smile. Zoom! Teeth whitening is one of these amazing products that dentists recommend to make your teeth up to 8 shades whiter.

Teeth whitening is cosmetic dentistry’s most popular procedure. It aims to return your teeth’s natural color and make them even whiter if you want. Data from the American Dental Association shows that teeth whitening and teeth bleaching were the most internet-searched dental procedures in both 2015 and 2016.

Zoom! Teeth Whitening has been on the market for some time however there are other methods available such as bleaching gel, bleaching strips and natural bleaching. Hydrogen peroxide is the active compound in most of these products.

Hydrogen peroxide is made by reacting carbamide peroxide with water. It is an oxidising agent which gets deep into the enamel and whitens the stains on dentin. Other methods use peroxide in combination with UV light to make the process faster.

Zoom! Laser Teeth Whitening

Zoom! White is a preferred whitening agent among dentists because it works faster than most teeth whiteners on the market. You only have to go in for a single treatment where the dentist uses hydrogen peroxide and UV light to brighten up your teeth by 8 shades.

The only drawback is that your teeth are likely to be sensitive for the next 48 hours after the treatment. You would do well to avoid foods that have color additives as well for the next couple of days because your teeth will be especially vulnerable to staining right after the treatment. This is because it takes about that long for the outer protective layer on your teeth to be remoulded.

The Limitations to Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening only works on tooth enamel. It will not whiten dentures or fillings made of gold, porcelain or ceramic. It may have an effect on composite materials such as cements and amalgams but only a little.

The main problem with teeth whiteners is that hydrogen peroxide is considered to be mildly carcinogenic which is why lactating or pregnant women are not recommended to use it

Children under the age of 16 should not undergo teeth whitening either. This is because their teeth are still forming and whitening may cause chronic sensitivity.