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Zoom! Teeth Whitening in New York City

Over time, common foods and drinks such as berries, candies with dye, sauces, red wine, coffee, tea, and colas stain the teeth. These types of stains can’t be removed effectively with typical whitening toothpastes. Zoom! Teeth Whitening is a relatively simple in office procedure that can effectively restore the teeth to their natural white color by removing surface stains.

The Process

The process involves the application of a whitening gel on the teeth that is then activated by a safe and cool UV lamp. Only your teeth will be exposed for the entire procedure so you can rest assured that you will not be subject to any harmful radiation. The whole process is usually over in about an hour is broken up into a few application sessions. In between each session, the initial gel is removed from the teeth and a new coat of the whitening gel is applied.

The Results

Getting your teeth professionally cleaned prior to the Zoom! whitening procedure is highly recommended for the most optimal results. There is no specific number on how many shades lighter your teeth will be, but some of our clients’ teeth have gotten up to eight shades whiter after the procedure.  The results will always vary from patient to patient but your teeth will not look artificially white as Zoom! works by restoring the natural color of your teeth. You will be able to notice a difference in your teeth immediately after the procedure is finished

After The Procedure

We recommend avoiding foods and drinks with heavy dyes and colors for a few days after the teeth whitening procedure.  An easy thing to remember is that if the food or drink can stain a white paper cup then you should probably avoid it. This includes drinks such as coffee, tea, and colored sodas. If you cannot avoid consuming these drinks then it is best to drink them with a straw and then brush your teeth right after.  Typically a maintenance bleaching tray or Crest Professional Whitestrips for a week is suggested after.

A small number of our patients have experienced some sensitivity after the procedure but this can easily be relieved with Sensodyne or other toothpastes designed for sensitivity. Aspirin and other anti-inflammatory medication also works well to soothe the sensitivity.

If you live in the New York City area and are looking for a safe, easy, and effective way to whiten your teeth, Zoom! Teeth Whitening is your answer. At the New York Center For Cosmetic Dentistry, we have helped many of our patients get a much brighter and younger looking smile with Zoom Teeth Whitening. Contact us to schedule an appointment.

3 Easy Ways to Get Whiter Teeth

Little things can make the difference between pearly-white teeth and not-so-pearly-white teeth—like when you brush, how you brush, and the foods you eat (it’s not as obvious as you’d think!). I asked Emanuel Layliev, a dentist in New York City and the director of the New York Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, about the things you can do every day to get whiter teeth.

The Differences Between Teeth Whitening Methods

With so many options available for teeth whitening these days, the selection process can be overwhelming. Some treatments cost more, some are safer, and some take weeks instead of minutes to show results. At my Beverly Hills cosmetic dentistry practice, I offer many whitening treatments that can help you the dazzling smile you’ve always dreamed of. Here are the pros and cons of each method:

Zoom!® Teeth Whitening

Let’s face it – when there is a big event coming up, most of us don’t have the time or self-discipline to keep up with at-home teeth whitening. One of my most popular procedures here at my Beverly Hills practice is Zoom!® teeth whitening. It has helped both celebrities and common folk alike achieve a bright smile – up to eight shades whiter – in record time. The Zoom!® system is different from other whitening products because it uses a special ultraviolet light to enhance the whitening gel. This forces the gel deeper into the tooth enamel to remove stubborn stains. The light is specially designed to cover all the teeth at once, unlike other laser treatments, which uses a narrower beam of light. The Zoom!® bleaching lights also filter out infrared emissions, which helps to minimize the amount of heat the patient’s teeth are exposed to.

Gum irritation and tooth sensitivity is minimal with Zoom!®, but if you have hypersensitive teeth or gums, a less concentrated, over-the-counter whitening product is a better option. Zoom!® works best on yellow or brown staining. Patients with grey shading from tetracycline or Fluorosis are not likely to get promising results from Zoom!® or laser whitening treatments, and should consider porcelain veneers.

The process is done in just three 15-minute sessions. Though it costs more than over-the-counter whitening trays and gels, Zoom!® teeth whitening may be worth it for you if time is not on your side.

Porcelain Veneers

If you have very deep stains that are resistant to high-concentration bleaching, porcelain veneers may be a better option for you. Porcelain veneers are thin sheets of porcelain that are bonded to the surface of the teeth. Sometimes teeth that have received this treatment – especially the naturally thin, front teeth – can become transparent with age. Transparent teeth cannot be whitened, but can be covered with porcelain veneers or replaced with dental implants. If the dentin within your tooth is a darkened or grey color from trauma, tetracycline or Fluorosis, in-office or over-the-counter bleaches will not work to whiten your teeth.

Laser teeth whitening

Laser teeth whitening uses heat to brighten the teeth in order to activate the peroxide gel that is applied. With laser teeth whitening, the light used does not typically filter out infrared emissions from the light. If not done properly, the laser can overheat the teeth during the procedure and ultimately lead to nerve damage. Patients who are light-sensitive, are undergoing photochemotherapy, or have melanoma should consider an over-the-counter whitening method instead. Laser teeth whitening takes just under an hour to complete and provides results similar to Zoom!®. With both Zoom!® and other types of laser tooth whitening, there is a risk of damage done to the skin or gums if those sensitive areas are not covered properly during the whitening process.

Bleaching Trays

Over-the-counter or custom-fit bleaching trays can give you the same results as Zoom!® or laser teeth whitening, but they require time and consistency in order to get comparable results. You must wear trays one to two hours every night for about two weeks in order to see the same eight-shade difference you would get with Zoom!® in just under an hour.

I offer many whitening treatments at my Beverly Hills practice, and can help determine which would best fit your aesthetic needs. Please call to schedule an appointment today!