In-Office Teeth Whitening in Locust Valley
Does your smile feel dull or have you noticed your teeth gradually becoming more and more yellow? If you have concerns about the brilliance of your smile, an in-office teeth whitening can restore a strong, white shine to help you express yourself with confidence.
What Tool Does Dr. Koster Use to Whiten Teeth in her Office?
At Locust Valley Dentistry, our in-office whitening treatment utilizes the ZOOM system for teeth whitening. This treatment consists of three applications of a 25% hydrogen peroxide gel every 15 minutes for a total treatment time of 45 minutes. In addition to the gel, a chairside ZOOM activating light helps speed up treatment time and increase its effectiveness.
After the whitening procedure is complete, Dr. Koster will apply a sensitivity-reducing fluoride gel to help protect against any sensitive side effects.
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How Does the Zoom Whitening Treatment Work?
The active ingredient in the ZOOM whitening system is hydrogen peroxide, which reacts with oxygen to break up stains into smaller pieces that can then be brushed or washed off more easily. It is able to penetrate into the tooth itself, since the enamel coating on teeth is slightly porous, for deep de-staining results that will be even and dramatic.
In addition to three applications of the highly effective hydrogen peroxide gel, ZOOM incorporates an intense light aimed at the teeth to speed up the process. The light is a precise wavelength that interacts with the whitening gel to catalyze and speed up the reactions taking place between the hydrogen peroxide and the staining compounds. This not only makes the procedure more effective but also reduces the amount of time you spend in the chair.
What Are the Benefits of Zoom Teeth Whitening Treatment?
Simply put, the benefits of in-office professional teeth whitening are dramatically whiter teeth! The procedure is safe, effective, and convenient, requiring only one visit to our office for long-lasting results.
Dr. Koster will first perform a thorough examination and shade analysis to determine if ZOOM whitening is right for your unique tooth condition and concerns. In some cases, whitening using this method may not be recommended, and another tooth whitening system may be prescribed.
Results may vary from patient to patient depending on the degree of staining and cause of discoloration. Some types of tooth darkening are not caused by surface stains and may need to be addressed with other cosmetic dentistry procedures.
Are There Any Risks in Teeth Whitening?
The risks associated with this extra-strength teeth whitening procedure are tooth sensitivity and a stinging sensation. Hydrogen peroxide is safe and can be naturally absorbed by the body, but it can cause irritation to the sensitive gum tissue.
For some people, the intense light used to accelerate the whitening process can cause discomfort as it may heat up the mouth over time. Any discomfort dissipates shortly after the procedure is complete.
Laser Teeth Whitening FAQs
Can you get yellow teeth back to white?
Professional teeth whitening treatments, including laser teeth whitening, can help remove stains and improve yellowing.
Does Zoom whitening last?
Results from ZOOM whitening should last at least 1-2 years. Dr. Koster can explain what you can expect during a consultation.
Does laser teeth whitening work on crowns?
Laser teeth whitening does not affect the color of crowns.
Does Zoom whitening work?
ZOOM whitening is an effective way to whiten your teeth safely.
Does laser whitening hurt?
ZOOM whitening should not be painful. However, you may feel tooth sensitivity or stinging during the procedure.
How long does laser whitening of teeth last?
On average, laser teeth whitening results will last six months or more. Some patients see results that last a year or longer.
Does Zoom whitening hurt?
Zoom whitening is not painful, however, you may feel some tooth sensitivity or similar discomfort.
How much is professional teeth whitening?
The average teeth whitening procedure costs about $650 for each visit. This cost will vary depending on several factors, and your dentist can give you a more accurate cost estimate during a consultation.
How often can you do laser teeth whitening?
You can repeat laser teeth whitening when your results begin to subside. For most patients, this occurs after about six months.
What can I eat after Zoom whitening?
After Zoom whitening, you should only eat foods that pose no risk of discoloration. This white diet consists of foods such as white rice, bananas, pasta, or plain chicken.
Meet Dr. Koster
Thanks to her work at many of Manhattan’s top cosmetic dental practices, Dr. Adrianne Koster has seen how a whiter smile can improve her patients’ appearance and self-confidence. She helps her patients achieve outstanding results and smiles that are healthy and beautiful.
Dr. Koster has been named a “Top New York Dentist” every year since 2016 based on her:
- Attention to detail and skill
- Warm, caring, and attentive rapport with patients
- Emphasis on her patients’ happiness and comfort
- Continued study of the latest dental technology
- Passion for changing lives through cosmetic dentistry
How Long Will My Results Last?
With proper maintenance and dental hygiene, your results of ZOOM teeth whitening can last many years. Some tooth discoloration is caused through the aging process, however, so the teeth may eventually darken for this or other reasons in the future. When you have concerns about the whiteness of your teeth, it’s always best to see a certified dentist like Dr. Koster, who can diagnose the cause of the dimming appearance and give you options for teeth whitening and other cosmetic procedures.
How Can I Maintain & Care for Whitened Teeth?
In addition to the in-office treatment, which provides a dramatic increase in teeth brightness, Dr. Koster will also send you home with a ZOOM touch-up and maintenance kit, should you ever need to re-whiten your teeth in the future.
In most cases, patients can simply maintain their bright smiles with a diligent dental routine, including brushing, flossing, and using a gentle mouthwash. In addition, regular dental cleanings at Locust Valley Dentistry are key to maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile.
Activities such as drinking lots of coffee or smoking can contribute to teeth staining, so Dr. Koster may advise you to refrain from or reduce these habits in order to help keep your teeth bright and white.
If you’re nervous about visiting the dentist, don’t worry.
At Locust Valley Dentists, we are known for being gentle, warm, and friendly. This will be the most relaxing and comfortable dental experience of your life! To decrease anxiety during treatment we offer our patients:
- Convenient office hours to fit the busiest schedules
- There’s never any stress or judgment here
- Our modern, calm, and relaxing office is one of a kind
- Learn how whiter teeth can improve your appearance and life
No Insurance? No problem.
Even if you don’t have dental insurance, you can still get the bright and white smile you’ve always dreamed about! At Locust Valley Dentists, we provide a variety of financing options. We’re here to answer all of your questions.
Insurance & Financing
For your cosmetic treatment, our office is able to work with many PPO insurances.
Our friendly front office team will help you file your claim and maximize your insurance benefits. If you don’t see your provider listed or if you have questions about payment options, contact our office to learn more.
" The doctors and staff at this office are amazing! Some of the nicest people you can hope to meet, and the dental work that I received was phenomenal. The office is inviting, and the care that is taken to make sure things are done correctly is top tier. Great experience. "
- Roger V.
"Dr. Koster has done extensive dental work for me over the years. She is both kind and caring. She is thorough in her work and takes the time to explain in detail what she is doing. Her compassionate nature has a calming effect during her work. "
" Both my daughter and I have been patients of Dr Koster's and we couldn't be happier. She has a gentle demeanor and is super thorough. She shows genuine concern for our teeth and gives us advice on what to keep doing/do more of to keep them healthy. Her office staff are really nice too. I am grateful to be in their good hands. "
- Dawn C.