The smile is a prominent facial feature that can significantly impact your overall appearance. If the teeth become stained or discolored, it is difficult to feel confident in the appearance of your smile. Many people who suffer from tooth stains or discoloration find themselves avoiding laughing and smiling in an attempt to conceal their teeth. Rather than live with this type of self-consciousness, these individuals should consider teeth whitening. Professional teeth whitening can dramatically improve tooth color and provide a brighter and more youthful looking smile. Dr. Robert W. Hessberber is happy to offer Zoom!® teeth whitening at his Chicago, IL dental practice. This cosmetic treatment effectively enhances the appearance of the smile in just under an hour.
Professional teeth whitening is a safe and non-invasive cosmetic treatment with minimal risks and virtually no side effects. Because of this, Zoom!® teeth whitening is a viable cosmetic treatment for nearly all of our dental patients. The best candidates for Zoom!® teeth whitening are those who have mild to moderate dental stains and discoloration. The peroxide gel that is used during the Zoom!® teeth whitening process penetrates tooth enamel to treat surface stains and those that are deep-set. However, it is important to understand that Zoom!® teeth whitening cannot treat intrinsic tooth stains or those that affect the dentin (the inner layer of the tooth). Patients with intrinsic stains and discoloration should consider alternate cosmetic dentistry treatments, such as porcelain veneers.
The Treatment Process
Many patients are hesitant to undergo in-office teeth whitening because they wonder how they will fit another dental appointment into their already busy schedules. Fortunately, Zoom!® teeth whitening is typically completed in just under an hour, making it a fast and convenient way to improve the appearance of the smile. During treatment, Dr. Hessberger will apply the peroxide-based bleaching gel to the teeth, being careful to avoid the soft tissues of the mouth. Once the gel is in place, a special dental light will be placed over the teeth. This light activates the gel so that it can break down dental stains. After about 15 minutes, a fresh application of gel will be placed on the teeth, and the process is repeated. After three cycles of this application process, treatment is complete.
Zoom!® teeth whitening drastically improves the color of the teeth after just a single in-office treatment. Although individual results will vary, the average patient can brighten their teeth by six to eight shades or more. Not only are Zoom!® teeth whitening results dramatic, but they are also long-lasting. The results of Zoom!® teeth whitening can last up to 12 months, although oral hygiene and dietary habits may affect the longevity of results. With routine touch-ups, which can be performed in-office or using our at-home teeth whitening system, patients can enjoy a bright, white smile for several years.
If you want to improve the color of your teeth and boost your confidence level, professional teeth whitening is a great option to consider. Contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more about the in-office and at-home teeth whitening treatments offered by Dr. Robert W. Hessberger. We look forward to hearing from you!