If you’ve done any research on tooth whitening, you’ve most likely read about Zoom. This in-office whitening system is a fast and effective way to get a brighter, whiter smile. It’s especially popular among those who are preparing for a special event, like a wedding, or maybe an important photo session where you want to look your best.
Dr. Marianna Farber is familiar with Zoom, but she prefers another method that gets your teeth just as white—if not whiter—in the same amount of time and without discomfort. This method is called Boost.
How Does Zoom Work?
The whitening agent in Zoom and Boost is peroxide. With both methods, a peroxide gel gently penetrates the enamel and releases oxygen to break up stains and discolorations, leaving your smile permanently whiter. Not only does this remove stains that have been absorbed by your teeth over the years, but it also whitens the natural pigment in your teeth to a shade that is brighter than the whitest natural color—whiter than they have ever been.
So Why Is Boost Better?
Zoom (often referred to as “laser teeth whitening”) is unique in that it uses a special light to activate the whitening gel and increase its effectiveness. But many cosmetic dentists have found that this light dries out the teeth, making them more sensitive than usual post-treatment.
Dr. Farber prefers Opalescence Boost as an alternative to Zoom. Boost is more effective and does not require the use of light, because the whitening gel it uses is chemically activated. You can rest assured that the Boost process won’t leave your teeth dried out or extra sensitive.
Before you receive a Boost whitening treatment, Dr. Farber will first determine if you are a candidate for it. If so, she will examine your teeth to see if they are clean and free of decay. After that, the process is simple:
- Your cheeks will be retracted, and your teeth, rinsed and dried.
- Dr. Farber will give you protective eyewear to wear during the procedure.
- A special gel will be applied to your teeth to protect your gums, and your saliva will be removed by suction.
- Next, Dr. Farber will mix the gels at your chairside. This is where the chemical activation happens. Unlike Zoom, no light is needed.
- The gel is then carefully applied to the surfaces of your teeth, where it will remain for 20 minutes, in order to penetrate the surface and break down stains.
- Dr. Farber may stir the gel on your teeth periodically for optimal effectiveness.
- After 20 minutes, the gel will be suctioned off, and one or two additional sessions can be completed to achieve the shade you want.
- Last, your mouth is rinsed and then, you’re ready to go!
A Dazzling Smile without the Downsides of Zoom
If you’re interested in getting a beautiful smile without the drying and sensitivity in your teeth that Zoom causes, contact our office. Simply give us a call or request an appointment online.