Do you believe that the color of a person’s teeth can completely change the way they look? Having a whiter smile can instantly change the way you look by making your entire face appear sharper and brighter. Outward looks aren’t everything, but confidence is! When it comes to beauty, I live under the belief that you should do whatever is going to make YOU feel more confident.
I recently had my teeth Zoom whitened at Stone Creek Dental in Hoover, AL. When I told my husband I was going to do this, he warned me against it! He told me that it hurt pretty badly back when he did it in high school. But you have to take a male’s pain with a grain of salt, am I right? After all, I can handle a little pain for beauty!
I scheduled a consultation with the dentist, Dr. Jordan at Stone Creek Dental and had the most wonderful experience. He and his staff were so warm and welcoming and answered all the questions I had anticipated asking.
Here are some of the most common questions asked about professional teeth whitening:
Where can you get Zoom whitening done?
At a certified dental office
Does insurance cover the cost of Zoom whitening?
What is the cost of Zoom whitening?
How long do the results of professional teeth whitening last?
Teeth whitening is not permanent. If you expose your teeth to foods and beverages that cause staining (coffee & wine) you may see the whiteness start to fade in as little as one month. However, you will get personalized trays and touch up gel to boost your whitening at home after you finish the in-patient Zoom procedure.
Does Zoom teeth whitening hurt?
Okay so here’s the deal: Zoom whitening isn’t completely comfortable. Most people’s teeth are naturally sensitive and when you bleach them it can intensify sensitivity. However, there are ways to reduce pain when having your teeth professionally whitened. Thankfully, Dr. Jordan at Stone Creek Dental knows his stuff. They’ve been professionally whitening their patients for years with Zoom and have found a few tips and tricks to lessen the pain during the whitening process as well as.
*I personally used a prescription toothpaste that they gave me for 2 weeks prior to my whitening and then the day of, I took 4 ibuprofen 30 minutes before I went in. My second time around (2 years after my first procedure), I had little to no sensitivity during the procedure.
How Long Does it Take?
The entire Zoom whitening process takes about 2 hours. After they take your impressions (to make your take-home trays), they will start prepping your mouth with spacers, gauze, and special gel to protect your gums from the bleach. Then, the first round of bleach goes on and you sit under the light for 15 minutes. They do provide glasses to protect your eyes from the light. The standard Zoom whitening treatment is four 15 minute sessions under the light. However, I only completed 2.5 – 3 rounds during my first time doing ZOOM in 2019.
My second time doing it in 2022, I completed all 4 rounds. I think the ibuprofen helped a lot!
After talking with a handful of other people who had done Zoom whitening, they said they had the exact same experience and couldn’t make it all four rounds, so I think that is really normal.
The photo on this blog post is my results after my 2019 Zoom procedure and I didn’t complete all 4 rounds, so you still get amazing results if you can’t make it through all 4 rounds!
What are Zingers?
Unfortunately, the “zingers” or shooting sensations can keep coming in waves after your procedure. Thankfully, mine lasted for about 4 hours prior and then seized completely. I drank room temperature water for a few days but was able to drink cold liquids normally about 3 days after my Zoom procedure.
Note: You cannot have any coffee or red wine for at least 48 hours after your Zoom whitening. The pores of your teeth are open and very porous, making it extremely easy for stains to get on your teeth during this time period.
I love my results and enjoy them in the mirror every day! If you are in the Birmingham area, I highly recommend visiting Diamond Smiles in Hoover. Dr. Jordan and his team are super detail-oriented and tailor each procedure to the patient. Tell them I sent you!