The Preferred Whitening Method Amongst Top Cosmetic Dentists
At Arthur Glosman, DDS, we believe that Zoom! laser teeth whitening is the best choice for customers looking to lighten the color of their smile. While our laser treatments are designed with a follow-up at-home process, laser is the most popular choice amongst experienced cosmetic dentists. While laser teeth whitening doesn’t work for everyone, and it doesn’t last forever, the results will last far longer than any other whitening method.
In-office teeth whitening treatments have a much better results than any home treatments available over-the-counter. In the office, we are able to use 35% hydrogen peroxide, whereas home treatments can only use up to 10%. Essentially this means that you will get a whiter smile faster, and it will last longer. The Zoom light that we use in the treatment activates the hydrogen peroxide and the bleaching gel so that the light serves as a catalyst to release the oxygen molecules that then go on to break up the stains that are on the surface of your teeth.
In some cases, discoloring can come from other sources than just what you eat and drink. Teeth yellowing can be a sign of a severe medical condition. A dentist can inspect your teeth to ensure that a more serious situation is not present, before moving forward with the whitening procedure.
Zoom Laser Teeth Whitening – Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is laser teeth whitening safe for your teeth?
A: This is a great question. And the answer is a resounding yes. Laser teeth whitening at our office in Beverly Hills is non-invasive, quick and painless, provides immediate results, and is long-lasting. At our office, we take precautions as rubber shields for your gums and neutralizing gels to ensure that your gums, mouth, and tongue will not become negatively impacted from the process.
Further, laser methods have been analyzed and deemed safe by the American Dental Association. In-office whitening treatments are safer for your enamel and tooth health than any at home procedure, due to the experience that the dentist brings to the process.
Q: How much does it cost to get your teeth laser whitened?
A: The average cost for Zoom laser teeth whitening in Beverly Hills and the surrounding areas in Los Angeles is approximately $400 to $500. However, all patients are different and start with different shades and different requirements. To get an accurate estimate of teeth bleaching for you, please contact us for a free assessment. In some cases, it may-be determined that your teeth will not respond well to whitening. If this is the case for you, we may suggest porcelain veneers, which will brighten your smile and provide long-lasting results.
Whether you decide to move forward with teeth lightening or porcelain veneers, we provide dental financing that can make the cost of your care more affordable. If you have any remaining questions about pricing, payment options, or financing after your assessment, please contact us so that we can provide further information.
A: Yes, especially when we use the Zoom!3 method. However, the results can vary from patient to patient, and some patients are better candidates than others. Your final results will depend on the severity of the stains that we are starting with, how deeply set those stains are, and your lifestyle and dietary habits. This information will also determine the number of treatments that you will require.
After the procedure, you should expect to see instantaneous results. To keep your smile white and bright, you will need to follow up with regular whitening as part of the maintenance program that we will discuss with you after your procedure.
Q: What are the most effective teeth bleaching procedures?
A: At Arthur Glosman, DDS, we believe that the Zoom system is best. Though it is a relatively new procedure that’s now being performed by dental professionals throughout all of North America, the two components used to whiten your teeth are highly effective. The ZOOM3! gel is a hydrogen peroxide whitening formula that is applied three times over 45 minutes. With each application, the Zoom light is then used to activate the gel, which breaks up stains and removes discoloration. When the lightening procedure is complete, you should experience results that are up to two shades than what you can experience with an at-home product.
A: Yes, yellowish teeth respond much better to treatment than brownish, grayish, or purplish stained teeth. Blue-gray staining caused by tetracycline can be challenging to lighten and may require additional laser treatments to lighten successfully. Teeth that have dark stains may respond better to another lightening option, such as veneers, bonding, or crowns. We can discuss the options that we feel are best suited for your situation.
With all types of whitening and bleaching procedures, the degree of lightness will vary from person to person depending on the condition of the teeth, depth/ nature of the stain, the concentration of the bleach or the laser treatment used, and the duration of time spent on the procedure.
Q: Is laser teeth whitening permanent?
A: Unfortunately, no. The longevity of your teeth whitening results will somewhat depend on how you care for your teeth after the treatment. If you frequently consumer beverages and foods that are prone to staining, your results will not last nearly as long as for those who avoid those foods and drinks. If you are a smoker, it is important to note that the use of tobacco products can create tooth discoloration and creates a higher risk for you to develop cancers of the gums, mouth, and throat. It is in our best interest here at Arthur Glosman, DDS to advise you to seek assistance to quit smoking (or vaping), or in the least, to switch to non-staining nicotine-based products instead.
If you do drink coffee or dark sodas or enjoy a glass of red wine in moderation, or if you love to eat dark berries, you can help prevent stains by rinsing your mouth or brushing soon after consumption. Also, make sure to keep up with your dental hygiene and professional cleanings every six months for maximum results and dental care.
Whether you elect to have your teeth lightened or not, it is recommended to brush your teeth or rinse with water as soon as possible after enjoying any staining beverages or foods. Also, be sure to follow good oral hygiene practices by brushing your teeth at least two times per day and flossing at least once daily to remove plaque.
A: Yes, at our office, we believe that laser is better and longer lasting than bleaching. While the laser treatment is more expensive, it takes far less time and does not require you to be as dedicated to the process of using trays regularly. The laser process is the process of restoring the natural white color of teeth by removing stains from the surface of the teeth. Bleaching the teeth, however, involves whitening teeth beyond their natural color. Active ingredients like hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide are bleaching agents most often used in teeth bleaching processes.
Q: Is dentist whitening worth it?
A: Yes, you will experience far better results with in-office treatment than you will with an at-home kit. Products that can be purchased at the grocery or your local drug store usually include brush-on whiteners, teeth whitening strips, or whitening trays. These kits can be very convenient to use and will cost far less than professional whitening at a dental clinic per package, but the results usually last for up to six months or less. These at-home whitening kits contain significantly lower concentrations of bleaching agents (hydrogen peroxide), so the shade of white you will ultimately achieve will be less than what you will experience with a professional service.
Having your teeth whitened at our clinic provides the utmost in quality whitening so that you can achieve safe and reliable bleaching results. The process uses higher concentrations of hydrogen peroxide (bleaching agents) is administered by trained dental hygienist and assistants, and at Arthur Glosman, DDS, I supervise every whitening treatment.
A: We have two Zoom treatments available; the QuickPro method and the WhiteSpeed method, though most of our clients select the WhiteSpeed method. With whichever procedure you choose, I supervise every phase of the whitening process to ensure that you get the results that you desire. The QuickPro method takes approximately 30 minutes, and the WhiteSpeed method takes about 45 minutes. With every appointment, you should allow for extra time, in the end, to discuss next steps and maintenance for your newly whitened teeth.
After your in-office whitening, we may ask to see you in a few days to check on the health of your gums and to answer any questions that have come up since the day of your treatment.
Q: What are some Zoom teeth whitening options?
The QuickPro method – This quick process is affordable and offers immediate results.
- We start by prepping your mouth and gums.
- We apply a thin layer of whitening varnish to each tooth. This varnish dries almost immediately.
- We then use a layer of sealant to reduce the likelihood of sensitivity, as sensitivity is a commonly-reported after effect of any whitening procedure.
- Voila! You can head back to work or home. All you need to do is remove the varnish from your teeth after 30 minutes by a quick brushing with a fluoride toothpaste.
The WhiteSpeed method – This process will give you the most noticeable results, and only takes a bit longer than the QuickPro way.
- We’ll start by checking the shade of your teeth before we begin, which will allow us to show you your before and after results later.
- Your mouth will be prepped for the whitening process
- We will apply a layer of teeth whitening gel
- We will shine our blue WhiteSpeed LED lamp onto your teeth to accelerate the whitening.
- We will repeat this process two more times, and once you have reached your preferred shade, we will apply the post-treatment gel to help protect your teeth’s enamel.
- Voila! You’ll be on your way as well.
A: This is an excellent question. In-office whitening usually keeps your smile white for about 12 months. Teeth whitening with take-home products from a dental clinic usually lasts four to six months, and people will then need a touch-up. Over-the-counter (OTC) products that can be purchased from a drugstore or grocery store usually lasts for a couple of months before you need a touch-up. With any whitening treatment, the length that your white smile will last depending on your care and maintenance habits after the treatment. There is no official limit to the amount of time that you can get your teeth whitened. In most cases, this is a personal preference due to budget, desired results, and your likelihood to experience tooth sensitivity.
In general, there are three signs that you may be whitening too frequently: tooth sensitivity (in particular to cold air, beverages, or foods), inflamed or bleeding gums, and teeth that appear see-through along the edge. If you experience these symptoms and let them go untreated, it can lead to nerve damage in your teeth, thinning of tooth enamel, or burning of your gums. If the damage gets too severe, we may not have the ability to reverse the damage is yet another reason why in-office is typically recommended, as a trained dentist can be looking for warning signs and can provide you with suggestions on the best way to maintain your smile, and protect the longevity of your teeth and gums. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact us.