Zoom whitening is a procedure that uses a hydrogen peroxide gel activated with a UV light to remove stains from teeth. While individual results cannot be predicted, in many patients Zoom treatments can significantly lighten the color of teeth.
The procedure is done in up to three 15-minute sessions. The old layer of gel is removed after each session, and a new layer is applied. Some people have to stop after only one or two sessions because their teeth become sensitive. It is possible to see significant results after just one or two sessions.
The results are visible immediately after the procedure, but there may be a rebound effect that causes the teeth to lose some of their whiteness. This occurs because the procedure removes moisture from the teeth. As they regain moisture, the teeth may appear less white. If you have white spots on your teeth, they may appear whiter immediately after the procedure, but they should blend in more after a few days.
If you are planning to have any cosmetic work done, it is best to wait about a week before choosing a shade until you see the final results of the teeth whitening procedure. If you have had restorative work, such as a crown, veneer, or filling, Zoom whitening will not change its color.
For the first 48 hours after the Zoom procedure, the pores in the enamel of your teeth will be open. This will make your teeth susceptible to staining. Your dentist will give you a list of things you should not eat or drink during this time in order to prevent your teeth from becoming stained. If you do eat or drink something you shouldn’t, you should brush your teeth or rinse your mouth with water as soon as possible.
If you experience sensitivity after the procedure, you can take an anti-inflammatory, such as ibuprofen, and brush with a toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
Some doctors recommend that pregnant women not have any elective cosmetic procedures. If you are considering Zoom whitening and you are pregnant, discuss it with your doctor.