White smiles are often associated with health, youth, and vitality. Brightening one’s smile is as easy as visiting our cosmetic dentist for a professional teeth whitening treatment. Our practice utilizes Zoom! teeth whitening, which is a system that involves applying a clinical bleaching solution over the front of teeth and then using a laser to deepen and speed up the whitening process. When it comes to whitening teeth during pregnancy or nursing, there has not been enough research to determine if professional whitening is completely safe. Some doctors believe that using whitening toothpastes is OK, but these toothpastes may contain harsh abrasives that can damage tooth enamel over time. Many women who are pregnant or nursing prefer to err on the side of caution and forego professional whitening treatments until after pregnancy and/or breastfeeding. Fortunately, scheduling an appointment for a cosmetic treatment at any time is easy. And reserving a professional whitening treatment after pregnancy or nursing is a great way to pamper new mothers.
How Zoom! Teeth Whitening Works
When it comes to achieving a dramatically whiter smile, Zoom! is one of the best methods available. This whitening system can lighten a patient’s smile about ten shades. Zoom! is effective for two reasons. The first component to receiving this professional treatment is the application of prescription strength bleaching gel that is very potent—even if used alone. Then, the light beam from a laser will hover over a patient’s open mouth to not only deepen but also accelerate the whitening process. Receiving this treatment takes less than an hour and for most of the treatment, our patients can relax in our lush examination chairs and take a quick nap or read their favorite magazines or books.
Before the treatment begins, protective gauze and liquid dam will be applied over soft oral tissues so that the whitening solution stays on the teeth and does not migrate to the gums. These steps are beneficial to preventing irritation to sensitive tissues as well.
For questions or to schedule an appointment with our cosmetic dentist, call our friendly team at the office of Dr. Sousa today.