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What is Zoom Teeth Whitening? 

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What is Zoom Teeth Whitening?

Do you notice stains or discolouration on your teeth? Are you self-conscious about your teeth not being as bright as you’d like them to be when you smile? Teeth whitening can be an ideal solution to help you rediscover the joy of smiling while seeing quick results. 

The Zoom teeth whitening system is highly customizable and is supervised by highly trained dental professionals to give you a personalized path to a brighter smile.

Why Do You Need Teeth Whitening?

There are a few different layers that make up the structure of your teeth. The outermost layer is called the enamel. It’s the part of your teeth that is supposed to be white. Enamel is the hardest tissue in the human body and protects the inner layers of your teeth, where blood vessels and nerves sit. 

When you eat or drink, your enamel constantly comes into contact with different substances. The enamel becomes susceptible to staining and discolouration as you chew food or swallow liquids. Some examples of stain-causing food and drinks include:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Red wine
  • Berries
  • Potatoes
  • Pasta
  • Tomato sauce
  • Candy

The main thing in common between these examples is they are dark in colour or contain high amounts of sugar, which can break down your tooth enamel and lead to discolouration. Smoking cigarettes or chewing tobacco can also cause tooth staining from nicotine (and can cause other serious oral health issues like gum disease).

Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic Tooth Stains

Extrinsic tooth stains are preventable with good oral hygiene, like brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing regularly. These stains are likely due to external factors such as eating tooth-staining foods or smoking cigarettes. As these substances build up on the tooth enamel, plaque accumulates and hardens the substance on the tooth surface.

Trauma or disease can cause intrinsic tooth stains. Intrinsic tooth stains occur due to discolouration of the dentin instead of the enamel. The dentin is the second layer of your teeth found below the enamel, containing nerves and blood vessels. It’s usually a yellow colour, which is why your teeth appear yellow when the enamel decays.

Written by Dr. Kostas Papadopoulos

Dr. Kostas Papadopoulos received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Toronto in 1992 after completing 3 years of biochemistry and the 4-year program in dentistry. He enjoys continuing education and has attended numerous rehabilitative and cosmetic dentistry programs, including courses taught by Dr. John Kois.

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