Teeth Whitening Questions

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Why do teeth become stained and dull?

Dubuque Teeth Whitening with Zoom! | Exceptional DentistryPigmented foods and drinks, especially berries, red wine, black tea, and coffee will gradually stain your teeth. Lifestyle choices, such as smoking, poor at-home oral care or avoiding regular dental visits affect the health and appearance of our teeth. Aging also plays a role as the enamel slowly thins out, revealing the yellow dentin layer beneath it. Some people simply have teeth that are slightly more yellow.

What is the Zoom!2 Whitening System?

The ZOOM!2 Teeth Whitening System is a highly effective in-office tooth whitening system. First, a peroxide bleaching gel is applied to the teeth. The gel is activated by a mercury metal halide light to enhance the whitening effect. Teeth are whitened in about one hour. Zoom!2 whitening is ideal for anyone seeking immediate and dramatic tooth whitening results.

Is Zoom!2 tooth whitening safe?

Yes, it is very safe and is one of the most popular methods for quickly and effectively whitening teeth. The whitening gel used is a more highly concentrated form of the peroxide used in many store-bought whitening systems.

For your safety, your oral tissues will be protected during the procedure using a dental dam, a rubber device that creates a barrier between the whitening gel and your gums. The dental dam ensures the whitening gel is applied only to your teeth and will not come in contact with your gums, and it prevents accidental swallowing of any gel.

What results can I expect?

You can expect the Zoom!2 Whitening System to whiten your teeth six to eight shades. For individuals who cannot achieve a satisfactory level of whiteness with Zoom!2 whitening, due to deep stains or other dental issues, porcelain veneers are an effective alternative.

Will my teeth stay white forever after the Zoom!2 procedure?

Food, drink, lifestyle, genetics, medications and aging all play a part in dulling the natural beauty and whiteness of our teeth. At Exceptional Dentistry, we provide custom-fitted whitening trays for convenient, at-home use. You can freshen the whiteness level of your smile whenever you wish using these whitening trays along with a special prescription bleaching gel.

Occasionally, you may wish to repeat the Zoom!2 whitening procedure in our office to reinforce a bright smile.

Does tooth whitening hurt?

The Zoom!2 whitening treatment is typically painless. Some individuals experience varying degrees of tooth sensitivity to hot and cold food and drinks for several hours or days following the treatment. This side effect is known as thermal sensitivity, and may be reduced with the application of a fluoride treatment after the whitening procedure.

Our dentists recommend brushing your teeth with non-abrasive toothpaste designed especially for sensitive teeth for several weeks prior to and after the procedure to reduce post-treatment sensitivity.

If tooth whitening sounds right for you, please call 563-556-2711 or email our cosmetic dentistry office, serving the communities of Dubuque, Cedar Rapids and Davenport, Iowa, and Galena, Illinois.