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Whitening FAQ

  • How Does Zoom Work

The Zoom gels active ingredient is hydrogen peroxide. As the hydrogen peroxide is broken down the oxygen radicals enter the enamel bleaching discoloured substances white leaving the structure of the tooth unchanged. The Zoom light at a certain wavelength aids in activating the hydrogen peroxide and thus helping it penetrate the surface of the tooth.

  • How long does it take?

We allow 2 hours for the full procedure of chair side whitening. The appointment begins with about 20 mins of preparation followed by 3 to 4, 15 minute applications of the gel.

  • Who is not suitable for tooth whitening?

  • Pregnant and lactating mothers.
  • Those with serious illness, or disorder.
  • Those under the age of 14.
  • Light sensitive individuals or those taking photo reactive drugs.
  • Those with crowns, bridges/veneers on their front teeth.

  • How long do the results last?

Teeth that have been Zoomed will always remain lighter than they would have been without whitening but to keep them looking there best we recommend the home touch up kit on a weekly basis our Platinum Package in order to keep them looking amazing.

  • Is tooth whitening safe?

Yes it is. Many dentists consider whitening to be the safest cosmetic procedure available.

  • Does it hurt?

The most common side effect in 30% of cases is temporary tooth sensitivity. This is especially if you already have sensitive teeth. Sensitivity may occur during and after treatment with some patients but will always dissipate. We recommend after treatment the use of a high calcium/fluoride paste and sensitive toothpaste. For pain relief you can use Nurofen or MAXIGESIC.

  • How white will my teeth go?

Results can vary with different teeth types. We would generally expect up to eight shades lighter to occur. The zoom procedure works best on patients with yellow or brown staining. Those patients with grey shading from antibiotic use or with Fluorosis may experience fewer shifts in colour.