My dentist has some big old machine called a “Zoom!” that makes your teeth around 5 shades whiter, which I think would be nice to have done. From what I was told, not necessarily correct, they put some peroxide gel on your gums, and put some shield on your face, to act as sunscreen, then shine ultraviolet light on your teeth for 2 or 3 20-minute sessions. The techs there said the gel stings your gums so you have a sore mouth for a day, but then you’re good.
I have Googled quite a bit to no avail to find out some information before I would feel entirely safe with this. I couldn’t even find the procedure out, I only got various sites that were selling the procedure, and often were not even dentists, which puts me at non-ease.
Why don’t they coat your entire mouth innards with the sunscreen gel? It would sting more I guess, but I wouldn’t want either a sunburn on my tongue, or blistering, or worse.
How long does the whitening last before it has to be done again, if one does not engage in any coffee or cigarette usage, and only about one can of soda pop a day?
I’m guessing this isn’t FDA approved or anything, as this is not medical or anything. I don’t know though. Is it?
Basically the whole idea of submitting to a ‘tanning bed’ for my mouth makes me nervous. I’ve never heard of it before, so I don’t know if it has been around long enough to ensure safety of users.
If anyone knows of a good website about the procedure, or has done it, or anything, information would be appreciated. I tried to ask my dentist but he was too busy, and I am not sure I trust the hygienists’ words (one once told me that using Scope instead of Listerine would give me oral cancer)…since what little I was able to glean online, the gel is put on the TEETH, and the Zoom! light ‘activates’ the gel.