As we approach the longest day of the year and head toward summer, we are noticing more patients asking about whitening their teeth. There are lots of reasons to want a bright white smile – graduations, weddings, summer gatherings and other special events. Or, maybe you just need a smile makeover.
Whatever the reason, professional teeth whitening is one of the most simple and affordable ways to transform your smile. If you’re looking for the best teeth whitening dentist in Lorton and Northern Virginia you’ve found it with Dr. Reyes. This summer, at Reyes Dental Group, we are pleased to offer $150 OFF Zoom Professional Teeth Whitening.
The Zoom Whitening Procedure: Whiter Brighter Teeth in Just 3 Easy Steps!
There are a few common professional teeth whitening systems. At Reyes Dental Group we offer Zoom® laser teeth whitening treatment. So what is Zoom teeth whitening, and how does it work?
Step 1: Preparation
Zoom teeth whitening is an in-office procedure. The Zoom whitening procedure itself takes about an hour, but expect the entire appointment, including the exam, to take about 90 minutes, give or take. Before the Zoom procedure, you’ll need to fill out a few pages of paperwork about the Zoom procedure. If you’re a new patient you will also be asked to complete new patient paperwork. Next, Dr. Reyes will exam your mouth to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy enough for whitening, and to check if you have any dental restorations like bridges or crowns. If you haven’t had a cleaning recently, you may need to get one to make sure stains and calculus are removed as much as possible. Once everything is in order, we’ll make a note of your current tooth shade so that we can track your progress through your whitening sessions.
Step 2: Teeth Whitening
The actual Zoom teeth whitening procedure starts with protecting your gums and soft tissue. Dr. Reyes will put in cheek retractors and enough cotton rolls to keep your top and bottom teeth from touching each other. Next, we paint a protective layer on your gums. The whitening agent used in Zoom is powerful, so it’s important to be thorough in this step.
Once that’s done, Dr. Reyes will put a layer of the Zoom whitening agent on your teeth (front surfaces only), and set the laser light in front of your teeth. We’ll make you wear some orange glasses for this portion of the program. Once the whitening starts, we set the clock for 15 minutes and hand you the remote to enjoy your favorite programming. A full Zoom whitening procedure consists of 4, 15-minute sessions. Don’t worry, we’ll be around to check on you regularly, in case you need anything.
Zoom is powerful and the whitening agent temporarily dissolves a very thin layer that covers your enamel, called the “pellicle.” That layer is what protects your teeth from being overly sensitive to everyday activities. Some people experience “zingers” during their whitening sessions. Zingers are aptly named, and can feel like small electric shocks around your teeth and gums. They bother some folks more than others, and the effect of zingers can usually be muted. Dr. Reyes may prescribe you an over the counter pain killer before your appointment. Step 3: Show off your new smile!
After each session, we may add more whitening agent, or adjust the light. We’ll check the progress to see how your teeth are doing. Some sessions go so well that some folks choose to end early so their teeth don’t get blindingly white. Others will go the full hour. When your time is up, we’ll wash all of the gunk out of your mouth, give your lips some time to rest. While we can’t guarantee a particular result or shade, but Zoom can make your teeth up to 8 shades whiter!
Before you leave, we’ll be sure to give you a list of food and drink to avoid over the next 48 hours and absolutely no smoking. That pellicle we mentioned earlier also protects your teeth from surface staining, and it takes about 48 hours to grow it back. We suggest getting your teeth whitened early in the week, so that you won’t be tempted over the weekend.
Zoom teeth whitening won’t last forever, but it can last for years, and the best way to get the most out of your investment is to keep up with your regular dental check-up and cleaning visits, as well as your at home routine.
If you would like a whiter and brighter smile schedule an appointment today.