Brighter teeth can make a dramatic impact on the appearance of your smile. With professional in-office whitening treatments, you can safely and effectively lighten the shade of your teeth in just a single office visit. Dr. Rafael Yanez can use Zoom!® teeth whitening on its own to make your smile look healthier and more youthful, or you can attain a more comprehensive smile rejuvenation by combining your teeth whitening treatment with procedures such as porcelain veneers, Invisalign®, or dental crowns. Our dentist will meet with you for an oral evaluation and complimentary consultation to talk with you about your goals and create a customized treatment plan.
The ZOOM!® Teeth Whitening Procedure
ZOOM!® teeth whitening is performed as an in-office chairside procedure. Our cosmetic dentist will apply a professional-grade whitening gel the surfaces of your teeth. A special light will then be used to activate the gel so the whitening process can begin. As one of the fastest professional bleaching methods available, patients can typically see the results of the treatment within one hour.
When Will I See the Results of Zoom!® Teeth Whitening?
When you leave our office after a ZOOM!® teeth whitening treatment, your teeth can be several shades lighter. Many of our patients experience a boost in confidence and feel a renewed sense of pride in regard to their smile after teeth whitening. In order to maximize the results of your treatment, Dr. Yanez recommends diligence with routine brushing and flossing. Avoiding tobacco products can also significantly prolong the duration of your results.
I have visited this office several times and every time I go everyone is very friendly and nice. Dr. Yanez is a great dentist and all of the office staff are great. In addition to my regular cleanings I’ve had some fillings done and my teeth whitened and always had a great experience. I highly recommend them!
November 23, 2016
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) About Teeth Whitening
Finding the right teeth whitening option for you is important to us. To help you in your search, Dr. Yanez has answered some frequently asked questions about teeth whitening. If you would like to learn more or if you’re ready to schedule a consultation, please contact our practice.
Can teeth whitening brighten all types of stains?
The most common stains come from foods and beverages, like sodas, wine, and coffee, as well as habits like smoking. These types of stains can usually be removed easily with ZOOM!® whitening. However, some stains can be more difficult to remove, such as those caused by certain types of medication. During your initial consultation, we will discuss which techniques can offer you the optimal outcome.
The ZOOM!® teeth whitening system can noticeably lighten the color of natural teeth, but this method cannot address restorations like fillings and dental crowns. If you have restorations in visible areas of your smile, we can help you find a suitable solution to smile enhancement.
Will teeth whitening make my teeth sore?
Dental sensitivity is a very common concern, and we take every precaution to reduce the chance of discomfort during your treatment, including keeping the active ingredients on the teeth and not on the delicate gum area. You can also help minimize sensitivity by using a special toothpaste, such as Sensodyne® or Colgate® Sensitive for several weeks leading up to treatment. You may also choose to take an over-the-counter pain reliever prior to the treatment, although most patients find this is unnecessary. Mild sensitivity will usually fade within a few hours after the in-office treatment.
How long does teeth whitening last?
In many ways, that’s up to you! If you take good care of your teeth by brushing and flossing regularly and avoiding staining foods and drinks, you should be able to see results for up to six months. If you notice that your teeth are becoming dull or stained in less time, take a look at your dietary habits to see if you can find the culprit there. Even with excellent oral hygiene, some individuals notice the outcome lasting longer or shorter than this six-month baseline. Everyone’s smile is unique, and that’s why we customize each of our programs.
Many patients like to schedule twice yearly “touch-up” whitening appointments just as they do their routine cleanings. You can also preserve the beauty of your smile by occasionally using at-home whitening treatments. While these kits typically offer less dramatic whitening action than professional procedures, they can be useful for in-between applications. We can guide you in choosing one that safeguards the health of your mouth.
Are there alternatives to teeth whitening?
Absolutely. If ZOOM!® teeth whitening isn’t right for you or you want to consider another option, we have a selection of the most advanced cosmetic dental treatments available. Porcelain dental veneers are one of the most popular aesthetic techniques, and they can improve the radiance, symmetry, and appearance of your smile. If you are bothered by discoloration of a restoration, such as a filling or dental crown, we can replace those as well. Talk to us about what you would like to achieve and we will build you a custom-designed plan that optimizes your outcome and preserves the health of your mouth.
If you are interested in learning more about ZOOM!® teeth whitening, or to schedule a complimentary consultation, please contact at (215) 923-2233.