Dingy teeth can taint the appearance of an otherwise beautiful smile. Even teeth that are healthy and well cared for can become discolored. This is because our teeth are constantly exposed to foods and beverages that can cause surface stains to develop on the teeth. Some of the beverages or behaviors that are most likely to stain or discolor the teeth include:
- Chewing tobacco
Food and beverages that are highly acidic can also cause the teeth to yellow as the enamel of the tooth is destroyed, revealing the underlying layer of the tooth and making it more vulnerable to staining. Regular brushing is not enough to treat stubborn stains or yellowed teeth. For moderate to severe cases of discoloration at Dr. Victor R. Siegel’s Rockville cosmetic dentistry practice, we offer patients treatment with the Zoom!® teeth whitening system.
How Does the Zoom!® Teeth Whitening System Work?
The Zoom!® teeth whitening system uses a specially formulated hydrogen peroxide gel. Dr. Siegel will cover the gums and lips to protect these sensitive tissues before applying the whitening gel to the teeth. The teeth will then be exposed to the Zoom!® lamp, a special blue light that activates the ingredients in the hydrogen peroxide gel to break up the surface stains of the teeth. The teeth will be exposed to the light for up to three 15 minute sessions, during which time the patient can relax, listen to music, or watch television. When the Zoom!® treatment is complete, Dr. Siegel will treat the teeth with fluoride to offer protection from tooth decay and sensitivity. The entire process is typically complete in just under an hour.
Benefits of Zoom!® Teeth Whitening
Zoom!® teeth whitening is a very popular treatment among our patients. With Zoom!® teeth whitening, patients can enjoy the following benefits:
- The fastest and safest form of teeth whitening
- Professional application to prevent the sensitivity that often results due to the misapplication of bleaching agents in at-home teeth whitening treatments
- Teeth that are up to eight shades whiter with just one treatment
Improving the color of the teeth is a fast and easy way to drastically improve the overall appearance of the smile.
While the Zoom!® teeth whitening system is an appropriate treatment for many of our patients, there are some types of staining or discoloration that will not respond to Zoom!®. These include discoloration caused by injury, overuse of fluoride, and some inorganic stains. For these patients in Rockville, porcelain veneers are likely to be recommended by Dr. Siegel. With porcelain veneers, Dr. Siegel can conceal these types of stains and give teeth a bright, white appearance.
Schedule an Appointment
You do not have to settle for teeth that are stained or discolored. With the Zoom!® teeth whitening system, Dr. Victor R. Siegel can give you teeth up to eight shades whiter. To learn more about Zoom!® or the other cosmetic dental procedures that are available to improve your smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. Siegel at your earliest convenience.