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.

Is Zoom Whitening Painful?

Is Zoom Whitening Painful?If you are looking for a brighter smile, it might be tempting to go for the convenience of getting an over-the-counter whitening gel from your local pharmacy. But the results from those options tend to be minimal, and they can take weeks or even months to show any results. An in-office whitening procedure performed by our expert in Zoom whitening in Beverly Hills takes less than an hour to complete, and you will notice the results immediately. Many people suffer anxiety over seeing the dentist, so as with any other dental procedure, patients coming in for a teeth whitening often ask if it is painful.

Our expert begins the process by giving you a standard dental cleaning. There is a short amount of prep time so that the lips and gums can be covered so that only the teeth are exposed. A hydrogen peroxide whitening gel is applied to the teeth, and then a special Zoom light is shone on the teeth, which breaks apart the stains.

Temporary tooth sensitivity may occur in some patients, but it should be minimal. And the Zoom light does produce a small amount of heat, which can be a source of discomfort. If you experience any of these side effects, ask your dentist for the proper remedy. Zoom whitening is not recommended for children under the age of 13, pregnant women, and lactating mothers.

How does Zoom Differ from Other Whitening Treatments?

Zoom is an in-office whitening treatment that is rapidly gaining in popularity. It is fast, easy and highly effective and offers long-lasting whitening results. Our Northridge cosmetic dentist can help you decide if Zoom is right for you.

OTC whitening kits are convenient and affordable, but they have some drawbacks. They can be messy and difficult to use, and the results may be less than impressive. Take-home professional whitening kits are usually more effective than OTC whitening kits, but your final results can take several days or weeks.

Unlike other whitening options, Zoom works quickly. It is professionally applied in our office, so you never have to worry about gum irritation or damage to your teeth. We activate the powerful gel using a special light, and this allows it to work quickly. You will be able to see your new smile in just about an hour.

Zoom works for most types of stains, including coffee, wine and nicotine, but it may not be right for every patient or type of stain. We offer pre-whitening consultations that ensure you will receive the best whitening treatments for your needs. Contact our expert in Zoom whitening in Northridge today to find out more or to schedule your appointment.

Good Candidates for Zoom Whitening

Discolored, stained, or dull teeth make you look older or may decrease your confidence when smiling or talking to others. Our cosmetic dentist in North Hollywood can examine your teeth to determine the best whitening method for your needs and to see if you are a good candidate for Zoom whitening.

Teeth may become stained for a variety of reasons. Zoom whitening works best on stains and discoloration caused by external factors, such as by the foods you eat and beverages you drink. If a food or beverage can stain your clothes, there is a good chance it can stain your teeth as well. Items such as coffee, tea, dark sodas, wine, fruit juices, dark fruits and vegetables, sauces, and more can leave teeth looking discolored or stained.

While Zoom whitening does not change the structure of the tooth, the dentist may give you a fluoride treatment following a Zoom treatment to help strengthen teeth and to reduce sensitivity.

If you feel that your appearance is affected by stained and discolored teeth, make an appointment with our expert in Zoom whitening in North Hollywood to get the whitest and brightest smile that you possibly can.

What is Zoom Whitening?


One of the most common complaints we get from our patients whose oral health is in excellent condition is that they wish their teeth were whiter. Lucky for them, our dentist in Torrance offers a procedure called Zoom whitening which is an advanced teeth whitening treatment available today.

Zoom whitening combines a powerful proprietary peroxide bleaching gel with a special UV activating light to achieve dramatic results. Often, in as little as one hour, our expert in Zoom whitening in Torrance is able to whiten teeth up to eight shades brighter.

The soft tissues in the patient’s mouth will be protected by a rubber sheet before our dentist applies the peroxide gel. Once the peroxide bleaching solution is carefully applied to all the surfaces of the teeth, the UV light is shined onto them. This light starts a chemical reaction that causes the whitening to occur. The process is called oxidation and it works similar to the way stains are removed from clothes except that the reaction happens in the dentin of the teeth where the deepest stains live.

After about 15 minutes, the solution will be rinsed off of the patient’s teeth to prevent over-bleaching. This process will be repeated 3-4 times within a one hour period. After we are finished, the results will be immediately noticeable and our patients are always extremely surprised with the effectiveness of Zoom whitening.

To find out if you are a candidate for this incredible new whitening treatment, call today to schedule a consultation.

Zoom Compared to Conventional Whitening Treatments


Our cosmetic dentist in Beverly Hills has noticed that one of the most common issues people have with their smiles are the stains that appear on them. For these patients, our dentist usually recommends a teeth whitening procedure to remove the stains. There are many different ways to whiten teeth including products bought in stores like trays and toothpastes and take-home kits prescribed by the dentist. The most effective teeth whitening treatment, however, is the Zoom whitening procedure that our dentist performs in his office.

Zoom whitening offers several benefits over conventional whitening methods. Zoom uses a powerful peroxide bleaching gel that is painted on by the dentist before a special light is shown on the teeth to activate the chemicals that start the bleaching process. It is this light, along with the proprietary peroxide gel, that makes the Zoom whitening treatment better than any other.

With Zoom whitening, the effects are immediately noticeable after the treatment is performed. Often, patient’s smiles can be brightened up to eight shades in one treatment that lasts as little as an hour.

If you are interested in this revolutionary new way to brighten your smile and enhance its overall appearance, contact our expert in Zoom whitening in Beverly Hills today to schedule a consultation where we can help you determine if this procedure is right for you.