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Your teeth influence your smile, physical appearance, and self-confidence. Regular brushing and flossing are two simple ways to maintain healthy, white, and bright teeth. However, you’re not alone if you feel that your smile has lost some of its lustre or has turned more yellow.

In general, the natural colour of teeth is a light greyish-yellow shade. However, teeth naturally darken as a result of factors such as age, oral health, and lifestyle. It can also be harmed by surface stains caused by the consumption of certain foods or drinks, as well as tobacco products.

When the colour of your teeth changes, it’s referred to as tooth discoloration. Teeth aren’t as bright or white as they should be. It’s natural to want to combat any stains on your teeth that are preventing you from having a beautiful smile.

Though tooth discoloration is natural and affects the majority of people, undergoing a teeth-whitening procedure such as Zoom Teeth Whitening will lift stains and enhance the beauty of your smile.

What Causes Teeth Discolouration?

Nobody is certain just how many of us have stained teeth, but it’s obvious that we care about how white and healthy our teeth are. As a sort of social status symbol these days, a bright smile has made teeth-whitening products and techniques quite popular. Teeth discoloration can be brought on by many different factors.

Food & Drink

Tea, coffee, colas, wines, and some starchy foods like pasta or potatoes can all result in stains.


Tobacco use, whether smoking or chewing, can stain teeth.

Dental Hygiene

Plaque and food stains can accumulate if you forget to brush and floss your teeth. Skipping regular cleanings by a dentist can also cause stains to appear.


Medical treatments, such as high blood pressure medications, chemotherapy, antihistamines, and some antipsychotic medications, can sometimes cause teeth stains.

Zoom Whitening

You can have a whiter smile in as few as four fifteen-minute sessions with the Philips Zoom In-Office Whitening System. Clinically shown to lighten teeth up to 8 shades in a single visit, results typically last for 12 to 24 months with good oral hygiene practices, whitening toothpaste, and use of the Zoom touch-up kit. 

Making minor lifestyle adjustments, such as giving up sodas, coffee, tea, and red wine, can also help you keep your teeth whiter longer.

After determining that you’re a good candidate for teeth whitening, your dentist will evaluate the shade of your natural teeth, work with you to determine your whitening objectives, and take impressions of your teeth. The custom whitening trays you order will be made using these impressions.

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Phillips Zoom Whitespeed

This is the most effective Zoom treatment, which brightens your teeth in less than an hour. It involves the application of a whitening gel as well as the use of a special LED lamp for 45 minutes. It can lighten your teeth by several shades.

Phillips Zoom QuickPro

This procedure takes about 30 minutes, and your dentist can apply the treatment in as little as 10 minutes. It doesn’t whiten your teeth as much as the Zoom WhiteSpeed option, but it takes less time in the office and is less expensive.

Are You a Candidate for Teeth Whitening?

Though the majority of people can successfully go through the teeth whitening process, some factors may exclude you from being able to have a whitening treatment.

Teeth Restorations

You might not be able to get teeth whitening if you currently have porcelain veneers, dental crowns, or dental bonding. These restorative materials are resistant to all types of bleaching agents. 

Intrinsic Stains

Typically, intrinsic stains appear as white or grey spots or discolorations on the teeth. These stains are the result of a tooth that’s “dead.” 

It’s difficult because these stains affect the tooth’s deeper layers. In general, extrinsic stains like yellow or brown stains, which only affect the outer enamel, respond best to tooth whitening.

Extreme Sensitivity

Teeth whitening can worsen dental conditions such as tooth sensitivity or weakened enamel.

How to Keep Teeth White after Zoom Whitening

Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the best ways to ensure that your Zoom treatment lasts up to two years before needing to be redone. To remove traces of bacteria and acid from foods and drinks that cause tooth discoloration, floss and brush your teeth at least twice a day.

Brushing and flossing will not only remove acidic particles that can make enamel susceptible to staining, but it will also prevent tooth decay, which can cause a gray-toned intrinsic discoloration deep within the tooth.

You can also extend the effects of your Zoom Teeth Whitening treatment by avoiding or limiting your intake of tooth-staining foods and beverages. 

Book a Zoom Whitening Appointment Today

While whitening toothpaste can reduce surface stains and at-home tooth whitening kits can be effective in some cases, visiting us at West 85th Dental for Zoom Tooth Whitening is an effective course of action if you want immediate results.

Book your appointment today and let us help you achieve the bright white smile you’ve always dreamed of.


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  • Written by Dr. Raman Minhas

    Dr. Minhas was born and raised in Calgary, and after completing his dental training at the University of Alberta in 2008, returned home to practice. He opened West 85th Dental with Dr. Kaloti in 2013 and has now been practicing dentistry for over ten years.

    Dr. Minhas enjoys all aspects of general dentistry, from pediatric dentistry to surgical dentistry. When he is not working Dr. Minhas enjoys spending time with his wife Laurie and four children.

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