The Smile Enhancement Studio | Zoom! Whitening

Zoom! Whitening

Tooth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel, and it is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.

Because having whiter teeth has become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth.  In the past, Take-home tooth whitening systems were used to whiten teeth most frequently.  More recently, in-office dental whitening systems like ZOOM! have been developed to offer a more immediate whiter look to your smile.  Since tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc.  Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.  Severely stained teeth may have veneers placed over them to hide their dark appearance.

Tooth whitening is not permanent.  A touch-up may be needed periodically; more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.

Reasons for tooth whitening:

  • Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development);
  • Normal wear of outer tooth layer;
  • Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.);
  • Yellow, brown stained teeth.


What does home tooth whitening involve?

This type of tooth whitening usually requires two visits.  At the first appointment, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth so that custom, clear plastic trays can be fabricated.

At your second appointment, you will try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments will be made if necessary.  The trays are worn with special whitening solution either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a couple of weeks, depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening. It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching.

You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays, and you will be encouraged to visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.

Questions? Contact us at (250) 492-2608 or by email at and we’d be happy to answer them.

Penticton Dentists - The Smile Enhancement Studio is one of Penticton's most sought after oral health facilities in Penticton, British Columbia.