Are There Any Side Effects to Zoom Whitening?

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Zoom is one of the most popular in-office whitening treatments. It works quickly so you can be on your way with a smile that is up to eight shades whiter in about an hour. Our cosmetic dentist may suggest Zoom if you have teeth that are stained by tobacco, coffee, tea, soda, wine, berries and other substances.

As with any treatment, side effects are possible but usually mild and self-limiting. The most common side effects include:

1. Sensitivity
The pores of the teeth are opened to allow the peroxide to penetrate deeply. These may not close immediately after treatment, which can lead to some sensitivity for a few days.

2. Gum irritation
This is not a common side effect, but it can occur if the gums have not been properly protected. Gum irritation is more common with over-the-counter whitening.

3. Thermal sensitivity
Your teeth may be more sensitive to temperature changes, such as when you drink hot coffee or ice cold tea.

If you experience sensitivity after whitening, desensitizing toothpaste can alleviate the discomfort. You may also benefit from a topical fluoride application. In most cases, sensitivity declines over the course of a few days, so you will be back to normal before you know it. Call us today to learn more or to schedule a whitening appointment with our expert in Zoom whitening in North Hollywood.

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