Zoom! Whitening Post Op Instructions

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Zoom! Whitening is a popular cosmetic dental treatment that can help you achieve a brighter and healthier smile. This fast and effective procedure involves the application of a special whitening gel to your teeth, which is activated by a special light to remove surface stains and discoloration. To get the best possible results from your Zoom! Whitening treatment, it is crucial to follow post-operative instructions recommended by your Fairview cosmetic dentist.

In this article, we will provide some tips and recommendations on maximizing your Zoom! dental whitening results. We will discuss various ways to manage tooth sensitivity, maintain your newly whitened teeth, and examples of dark staining substances to avoid. By following these guidelines for the next 48 hours after treatment, you can enhance the effects of your Zoom! Whitening treatment and enjoy a brighter and more beautiful smile for years to come

Aftercare Instructions

Patients are advised to avoid dark staining substances such as red wine, cola, coffee, tea, any fruit with colors such as berries, tobacco products, red sauces, steak sauce, mustard or ketchup, soy sauce, salsa, colored lipstick, sticky foods, and colored mouthwash. These substances can re-stain the teeth and reduce the efficacy of the whitening treatment.

In addition, patients are recommended to maintain hydration by drinking plenty of water, especially during the first 48 hours after the procedure. This helps to keep the teeth hydrated and prevent color spotting.

What Can You Eat After The Whitening Process?

After a Zoom! teeth whitening treatment, it is recommended to stick to soft foods that are easy to chew and won’t cause discomfort, as your teeth may be sensitive. It is important to avoid foods with tannins, staining agents, and acids during the critical 48-hour waiting period after whitening your teeth. Some suggested foods to eat after the treatment include:

  • White rice
  • White cheese or yogurt
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Cooked vegetables
  • Milk
  • Plain pasta
  • White rice
  • Baked Potato

Managing Sensitivity

To manage sensitivity following the Zoom! whitening procedure, it is recommended to use a desensitizing toothpaste such as Crest Sensitivity, Pro-Relife, or Sensoydne. This type of toothpaste helps to reduce sensitivity that may occur after the treatment. Mild sensitivity, such as ‘zingers‘ or thermal sensitivity, may occur 12 to 24 hours after the Zoom! whitening treatment. This is usually mild and subsides within 24 hours but can persist for longer periods of time in rare cases.

Over-the-counter pain relievers may be taken, and Relief ACP gel can be used to reduce symptoms of sensitivity. Relief ACP gel contains amorphous calcium phosphate, which helps to reduce sensitivity by occluding the dentinal tubules and blocking the transmission of pain signals to the nerve. This gel should be applied to the teeth using a cotton swab or finger and left on for 10-30 minutes, 2-4 times a day, or as directed by your dentist.

If you experience gum sensitivity or sensitivity in the teeth, using a soft-bristled toothbrush and gentle brushing technique can help to minimize the discomfort.

Maintaining Results

Maintaining the results of your white smile can be achieved through practicing good oral hygiene and avoiding dark staining substances such as red wine, coffee, and tobacco products. Brushing teeth with fluoride toothpaste and using recommended products can help maintain the bright and healthy smile obtained through the whitening process. Additionally, at-home touch-ups using teeth whitening trays can help maintain the desired level of whiteness. 

Interested in Zoom Whitening? Contact Your Fairview Dentist Today

If you’re in the Fairview Allen, TX area and have questions about professional teeth whitening, want whiter teeth, or want to schedule an appointment, then contact Sloan Creek Dental in Fairview, TX. You can reach us at our Fairview, TX dental office to schedule an appointment online or call us at  972-468-1440.