Teeth whitening is a fantastic cosmetic procedure that can dramatically improve the appearance of discolored teeth. Teeth whitening is an extremely safe cosmetic dental treatment, but like all treatments, there are risks and benefits. We welcome you to schedule an appointment with Troy cosmetic dentist Keith Kelley to discuss your treatment options. In the meantime, here is an overview of the benefits and risks of Zoom!® teeth whitening.
The Zoom!® Teeth Whitening Procedure
The Zoom!® teeth whitening process begins by first applying a bleaching gel to the teeth. A special light is then applied to the gel coated teeth for up to 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, the gel is rinsed away to reveal teeth that are up to eight shades lighter. Some who suffer from deep staining and discoloration may require a second treatment or an at-home whitening system to reach desired results.
The Benefits of Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening has many benefits. Here some some factors to consider when deciding if teeth whitening is right for you:
- Fast: The Zoom!® teeth whitening system is extremely fast. Most reach their desired results in a single 30-minute treatment.
- Immediate Results: Zoom!® teeth whitening can give you immediate results in a single dental visit.
- Increased Confidence: Many people experience increased confidence following professional teeth whitening. With Zoom!® teeth whitening, you'll have the confidence of a brilliant, white smile.
- Take Years Off Your Smile: As we age, our teeth are prone to staining and discoloration. Professional teeth whitening can take years off of your smile and help to rejuvenate your appearance.
The Risks of Teeth Whitening
Though teeth whitening is very safe, there are some issues to be aware of. Here are some possible risks of teeth whitening:
- Gum Irritation: Gum irritation may occur as a result of the gums being in contact with concentrated bleach or peroxide based whiteners. Irritation may last for several days post treatment.
- Sensitivity: Following the Zoom!® teeth whitening system, some patients experience increased tooth sensitivity. Some people have reported random shooting pains in the front teeth after whitening. Both increased tooth sensitivity and the spontaneous shooting pains often lasts no longer than two days. In rare instances increased sensitivity may last up to a month. Those who are more prone to sensitivity generally suffer from gum recession or fractures within the teeth. Special toothpastes designed to ease sensitivity are available to help minimize these effects.
- Technicolor Teeth: Another possible risk of any teeth whitening system is the possibility of something commonly called “technicolor teeth.” This condition may occur when dental restorations like porcelain veneers, dental crowns, or tooth-colored fillings are in place. As the surrounding tooth becomes whitened, the restorations within the teeth will remain their original color. This may result in teeth that look multicolored.
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For our patients in Troy, Invisalign®, porcelain veneers, and other treatments can be performed to improve the appearance of the teeth. We welcome you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kelley to discuss your treatment options.