Sometimes, even after a lifetime of healthy dental habits, our teeth begin to display signs of what you might refer to colloquially as “wear and tear.” Eventually, all those cups of coffee and glasses of red wine add up, and what was once a brilliantly white smile can begin to lose some of its luster. Fortunately, revolutionary advances in modern technology like the Philips Zoom professional whitening procedure offer a fast, effective, and safe solution.
The professional in-office teeth whitening procedure from Zoom only takes about an hour. The dentist applies the Zoom hydrogen peroxide whitening gel, which works with the Zoom light to penetrate your teeth and break down any stains or discoloration. After a few rounds of applications (typically for 15-minutes at a time, during which you sit comfortably with a neck pillow), the main component of the treatment program is complete. However, you will still want to follow some best practices to ensure that you do not compromise the excellent results you can expect.
Tips For Zoom Whitening Aftercare
The 48 hours immediately after your tooth whitening procedure are critical in maximizing the benefits you will be able to enjoy in the long-term. When your dental care provider performs a cleaning or whitening process, their work removes a protective layer around your teeth, called the acquired pellicle. While your teeth reform the acquired pellicle, they are especially vulnerable to stains, if only momentarily. During this window of time, it is important to be especially vigilant in avoiding certain substances and foods. A great general rule of thumb is that if it would stain a white T-shirt, it is likely able to stain your teeth as well.
As part of a great regimen for Zoom Whitening Aftercare, you should stay away from:
- Tobacco products of any kind
- Colored toothpastes/gels
- Colored mouthwash
- Red wine
- Condiments like ketchup, mustard, soy sauce, etc.
- Soft drinks
- Tomatoes and other colorful vegetables
- Berries and other colorful fruit
- Foods (especially pastries) that feature brightly colored fillings like berry pies or chocolate
If your teeth feel exceptionally sensitive after your procedure, you can chew sugarless gum, which may help reduce the peroxide levels to combat discomfort. It is not uncommon for sensitivity to last a few days, so you may also choose to take an over-the-counter pain reliever like Advil or Tylenol.
Flossing daily and brushing at least twice a day with anti-sensitivity toothpaste are also an integral part of aftercare.
A big, bright, and confident smile is one accessory that pairs perfectly with any look, regardless of your style or social setting. Zoom teeth whitening, paired with responsible aftercare habits, can help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Beyond the importance of dental health, especially considering its direct connection to your overall wellbeing, taking care of your teeth yields real, tangible benefits in everyday situations. Your smile is often the very first thing people notice about you, and making the right first impression matters.
Lakewood and Denver, Colorado Zoom Teeth Whitening
If you are in the Lakewood or Denver, Colorado area and would like to enjoy whiter teeth through Zoom Teeth Whitening, contact our office today. We will be more than happy to schedule an appointment so we can discuss what shades are the likely result of Zoom Teeth Whitening on your teeth. We have a team of professionals that can help you decide on the correct whitening procedure.