Does ZOOM!® Whitening really work?
A bright, white smile is a beautiful sight; however, as time passes, the foods we eat and the beverages we drink naturally darken our teeth. Previously, the only way to attain a whiter smile was to spend a great deal of time wearing special whitening strips or gel-filled trays, one day after the next: ZOOM!® Whitening has changed all that and due to ZOOM’S!® effective, long-lasting results, it has become the number one patient-requested professional whitening brand in the United States.
ZOOM!® Professional Whitening System vs Over-the-Counter Varieties
Non-professional, over-the-counter whitening treatments vary greatly in price, effectiveness and difficulty of use. These treatments are performed by the individual at home. Over-the-counter whitening kits usually consist of strips or gels with trays, requiring numerous applications over a specific number of days; whereas, the ZOOM!® Professional Whitening System is a one-time application that offers the patient amazing, almost immediate results.
The whitening products at the local store are significantly weaker than the ZOOM!® Professional Whitening System because they do not penetrate the enamel to clean the stains beneath the surface. Over-the-counter formulas are less effective, do not offer long-lasting results and, in the long run, end up costing more than treatments using professional whitening systems do.
What is the ZOOM!® Whitening System?
The ZOOM!® Whitening System is the most innovative professional whitening system that is currently available. The ZOOM!® Whitening System that Dr. William P. Lamas uses has the most innovative UV light available. During the ZOOM!® procedure, Dr. William P. Lamas applies a hydrogen-peroxide-based gel to the teeth and then uses a UV light to activate the gel, which whitens the teeth.
Is the ZOOM!® Whitening System Effective?
The ZOOM!® Whitening System at Lamas Dental Specialists is a safe, effective, non-invasive procedure that Dr. Lamas performs in his office. The procedure is typically completed in about an hour, patients who choose to have this revolutionary procedure enjoy teeth that are up to eight shades whiter than they were before their ZOOM!® procedure: The results attained during a single session depend on the patient’s age and the type of stains the patient has on his or her teeth.
What Causes the Teeth to Become Yellow in the First Place?
Teeth change color for a variety of reasons: For example, exposure to foods and beverages with dark pigmentation (e.g., berries, beets, coffee and tea, etc.) as well as tobacco, certain medications and the natural aging process all contribute to the yellowing of teeth; however, despite the reason for tooth discoloration, many individuals find that their overall self-confidence suffers once their teeth are no longer as white as they would like them to be.
Who is a Good Candidate for ZOOM!®?
Anyone who is over the age of 14, has healthy teeth and gums, and would like whiter teeth may be a good candidate for a teeth whitening session at Lamas Dental Specialists with the revolutionary ZOOM!® Whitening System. Individuals who are not considered good candidates for ZOOM!®, may be perfect for one of the other professional whitening products that Dr. Lamas offers.
Are There Any Side Effects I Should Expect After a Teeth Whitening Procedure?
Some patients experience sensitivity following their whitening treatments. Dr. William P. Lamas recommends that patients replace their current toothpaste with one of the toothpastes designed for those who have sensitive teeth prior to their procedure. After the procedure, he recommends brushing twice daily with this toothpaste to relieve any sensitivity experienced following the procedure.
Is There Anything I Need to Do to Prepare for My Whitening Procedure?
Yes, to achieve the best results possible, your teeth must be free of tartar and plaque; therefore, having a dental cleaning and checkup at Lamas Dental Specialists prior to your whitening procedure is extremely beneficial. If the tartar and plaque are not removed before your ZOOM!® treatment, uneven whitening may result.
How Long Do the Results Last?
Patients who continue practicing good dental hygiene and follow the at-home instructions provided by Dr. Lamas usually enjoy long-lasting results.
Is There Anything Else I Can Do to Keep My Teeth from Becoming Stained?
Yes, once your ZOOM!® whitening procedure is complete, there are steps you can take to keep your teeth whiter, longer.
Reduce the Likelihood of Staining Your Teeth
While certain foods and beverages increase the likelihood of staining, the biggest factor is poor dental hygiene. Besides practicing good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing on a daily basis, there are several steps you can take to keep your teeth shining bright.
Reduce teeth staining by:
- limiting the consumption of or rinsing after consuming foods and beverages that are known to stain the teeth;
- using a straw when drinking beverages like juice and cola;
- stimulating saliva production by eating crunchy fruits and vegetables (e.g., celery, carrots and apples) or chewing sugar-free gum.
Foods and beverages known to stain the teeth include:
– enjoying an occasional glass of wine is fine, but moderation is key since red wine is considered a common cause of tooth staining.
Coffee and Tea
– it is the tannins in coffee and tea that cause the staining on one’s teeth. Adding milk to the coffee or tea prior to drinking it may help counteract the effect the tannins have on the teeth.
Dark-Colored Fruit Juices
– cranberry and grape juices may leave stains on the teeth.
– the deep pigmentation in balsamic vinegar can affect the teeth.
– although tomatoes offer an amazing source of important nutrients, the pigment that causes their deep coloring can also stain the teeth.
– besides the dark coloring in cola, the phosphoric acid used to give these drinks their tangy flavor also damages the teeth: In fact, cola is more acidic than vinegar or lemon juice.
– there have been numerous findings as to the nutritional benefits of beets; however, this vegetable’s deep maroon pigment can stain the teeth.
How Lamas Dental Specialists in Miami Can Help Brighten Your Smile
Besides offering dental cleanings, Lamas Dental Specialists in Miami offers a variety of whitening treatments; therefore, if you would like to brighten your smile, we can help.
Dr. William P. Lamas is dedicated to helping his patients create the smile they have always wanted: He accomplishes this by designing each patient a personalized treatment plan. Contact Lamas Dental Specialists at 305-440-4114 today to schedule your complimentary initial consultation.