Patients considering Zoom! teeth whitening in Fairfax VA often have questions about the professional treatment and its results. How long do the results from teeth whitening last? How to prepare for in-office whitening? And what can you expect from the procedure? The team at Mosaic Smiles has compiled the answers to these and other common teeth whitening questions in this Zoom! Whitening FAQ — keep reading to learn more!
Q: How long do teeth whitening results last?
A: It depends. Most people enjoy their results for months before needing to use the touch-up kit, which includes custom trays to return teeth to their maximum whiteness. Your cosmetic dentist in Fairfax VA will give you some tips on how to maximize your results post-whitening, which include the following:
- Avoiding highly pigmented foods and beverages
- Switching from coffee to white or green tea
- Quitting tobacco use
- Improving dental hygiene
Switching to a whitening toothpaste can also help to maintain the results of your Zoom! Whitening.
Q: How can I prepare for in-office whitening?
One great thing about professional, in-office whitening is that it’s completed quickly, in one visit, without any prior effort from you. However, it’s a good idea for patients to undergo a professional dental cleaning and checkup before any elective dental procedure. This step will ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy enough to undergo the in-office whitening treatment.
One additional thing to note is that if you are prone to tooth sensitivity, it may be a good idea to brush your teeth with an anti-sensitivity toothpaste in the days leading up to your whitening treatment. These toothpaste formulas have agents that strengthen tooth enamel for reduced sensitivity to whitening (as well as to hot and cold).
Q: What can I expect from the Zoom! in-office procedure?
A: Zoom! Whitening is completed in one, one-hour procedure at Mosaic Smiles. To begin the treatment, we’ll place a shield over your lips, gums, and tongue to make sure only your tooth enamel is exposed. Then we’ll cover the teeth that show when you smile with the bleaching gel, and activate the substance under the special Zoom! light. Together, the formula penetrates below the surface of teeth to break up even the most persistent stains and discoloration.
After three 15-minute exposures to the Zoom! light, the results are in — and your smile has never looked brighter. To finish the treatment, we’ll apply a strengthening fluoride treatment for reduced sensitivity.
Q: How can I get started with teeth whitening in Fairfax VA?
A: It’s easy! Schedule a consultation at Mosaic Smiles to discuss teeth whitening and learn whether or not you may be a perfect candidate for the treatment. Dr. Elgeddawi and Dr. Barakat are the dentist Fairfax VA chooses for better smiles — request your appointment today!