Patients in Los Angeles, California, seeking a way to brighten their smile without over-the-counter whitening methods are welcome to book an appointment at Downtown Dental.Dr. Don Mungcal and his team of professionals provide teeth whitening options that are safe, effective, long-lasting, and reasonable, including the in-office solution known as Zoom! whitening.
Zoom! whitening is a solution for dull or discolored teeth. Zoom! is a specialized system utilized right in the office to achieve same-day results for brighter teeth. This treatment is performed using high-quality solutions and is administered by our experienced dental staff. Unlike over-the-counter treatment options, this method offers a solution that can brighten the teeth up to eight shades whiter in just one dental visit at Downtown Dental. Professional teeth whitening is no longer just for the Hollywood elite but can be used by everyday patients looking to enhance their smiles.
The process begins with an evaluation appointment. This allows Dr. Don Mungcal to determine if patients are appropriate candidates for treatment. Not everyone is well-suited for whitening with this method. Patients with restorations, including bridges, crowns, and veneers, will want to consider replacing them before having their teeth brightened. This can add to the overall cost.
Once patients are determined to be appropriate candidates for the Zoom! teeth whitening program only, an appointment is made. At the start of the visit, the dental hygienists will thoroughly clean the teeth, just as they do during routine dental visits. Once plaque and tartar have been removed from the teeth and gums, the whitening process begins. Barrier gel is applied to the gum tissue to prevent burning, and then the bleaching gel is applied to all the visible surfaces of the natural teeth. The whitening gel on the teeth is activated with a dedicated whitening light aimed at the mouth. After approximately 45 minutes, the gels are removed from the teeth and gums, and the dentist provides a thorough cleaning. When patients leave the office, they are able to share their newly brightened smiles with others!
The best candidates for Zoom! teeth whitening are patients who do not have restorations in their smile. This may include:
If these are in place and match the current smile, they may be problematic when patients undergo Zoom! whitening. This is because the bleaching gel does not lift stains or change the color of these restorations. This means that after the whitening process, these restorations will look dark and discolored compared to the rest of the smile. Patients serious about whitening their smile and maintaining the results may want to ask about using Zoom! and then having their restorations removed and replaced. This adds to the cost, and patients should consider this after being fully educated on the process of maintaining their whiter smile over time to keep the natural teeth in line in terms of color with their restorations. However, when done correctly and when patients maintain their whitening results, this can be a wise investment in the smile overall.
The cost of Zoom! whitening varies on several factors, including whether or not patients are having other restorations replaced. Patients should book a consultation appointment with Dr. Don Mungcal of Downtown Dental before pursuing professional whitening. Several things need to be considered before moving forward with treatment. Additionally, some patients may be better suited for more “spot whitening” with porcelain veneers, which can cover individual teeth that may be permanently discolored.
Los Angeles, CA area patients who are ready to brighten their smile are welcome to ask about professional treatments that are not available over-the-counter for more amazing results! Call Dr. Don Mungcal and his staff to learn about Zoom! whitening for teeth by calling the office at 255 South Grand Avenue, Suite 204, at 213-863-9464.
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