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Is Zoom Teeth Whitening Safe?

Zoom teeth whitening AustinZoom teeth whitening is a dental procedure where the patient can enjoy whiter, brighter teeth in one brief dental appointment.

The process generally involves teeth being clinically cleaned to remove topical stain and dental plaque. The dentist will complete an exam to make sure the patient meets the minimal requirements for teeth whitening. It is usually recommended the patient be eighteen years of age; there is no active dental decay; there are no broken teeth or hairline cracks; excessive gum recession is not present … these dental conditions can mean the patient will experience sensitivity during the teeth whitening procedure.

Once the patient meets dental qualifications, it will be determined that any desired cosmetic dentistry will be completed after teeth whitening so your new cosmetic restoration will be color matched to your newly whitened biological teeth.

With Zoom teeth whitening, the patient can go from dull and drab to Hollywood WOW by lightening teeth up to eight shades.

The patient will get their new look underway with their dental professional placing protection on the soft mouth tissues to prevent burns (Zoom teeth whitening contains the most powerful whitening agents available, which is why it must be distributed by your dentist). The whitening gel is applied and teeth are subjected to a laser or curing light to expedite the process.

For many patients, one application will achieve the desired result; however, if needed a second application can be completed during the same session.

With Zoom teeth whitening, teeth can continue to lighten for up to two weeks following this in-office treatment so final results may not be immediately realized.

Zoom teeth whitening is completely safe. In addition to oral protection during application, eyewear is provided. In addition, your in-office treatment is administered by a trained dental professional … this means any concerns or questions you may have are addressed immediately. This benefit is not available with whitening products purchased online or at the drugstore.

Zoom also offers take-home whitening for individuals who wish to lighten their teeth at their own pace in the privacy of home. Guidance from your dentist is still available as this product is only distributed by a dental professional.

Touch up kits are available for both in-office and take home Zoom whitening that can be used as needed to keep your new smile bright.

Contact our cosmetic dentistry team at Balcones Family Dental for more information about teeth whitening today.

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Snap-On Smile: Am I a candidate?

cosmetic dentistry Round RockOne of the leading aesthetic enhancements individuals desire is a way to improve their smile. There is a solution that does not involve years of treatment, does not require permanent modifications to your own biological dentition, and is not harmful or painful to complete. Cosmetic dentistry offers many opportunities to improve appearance, but Snap-On-Smile is a quick and very economical method that appeals to many patients.

What is Snap-On Smile? Your dentist will take a dental impression of your upper, lower, or both arches. The impression(s) will be sent to the Snap-On Smile lab where your new smile will be fabricated using a strong resin material that will provide the user a final restoration that is strong and lifelike.

In a matter of a few weeks, the patient will visit their dentist to have their new smile fitted. Snap-On Smile literally slips onto your own natural teeth and is fitted snugly requiring no wires, clasps, cement, or glue to stay in place. 

Cosmetic dentistry offers many opportunities to improve appearance, but Snap-On-Smile is a quick and very economical method that appeals to many patients.

There are no age requirements … patients with missing teeth, a malocclusion, gum recession, chipped teeth, dental stain, or gaps between teeth can benefit from Snap-On Smile technology. Your Snap-On Smile dentist is qualified to make the determination of your candidacy for this cosmetic dentistry. Most patients will meet qualifications, but for teeth that are grossly misshapen or out of place, wearing Snap-On Smile might mean correction before completion can be done.

Your new smile merely fits over your existing dentition … is strong, yet flexible; is stain resistant; stays in place during meals and snacking; and is easy to maintain. Before going to bed, your smile appliance is removed and cleaned with the special product designed specifically for this purpose … it is important that normal tooth paste or gel not be used as it can damage the sheen on your new smile.

There are very few restrictions … chewing gum and eating sticky foods like caramel are discouraged. There is a brief adjustment period where sound pronunciation may be affected, as well as increased salivation may be experienced.

Even though your natural teeth are covered with your Snap-On Smile, it is imperative to maintain your dental health by brushing and flossing your biological teeth daily and visiting your dentist every six months for a clinical cleaning and dental exam.

Call our office at 512-200-7422 to reserve your appointment today.

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