Melissa Tuft, DDS General Dentist

Zoom Whitening Specialist

Melisa Tuft, DDS

General Dentist located in Union Square, San Francisco, CA

When discolored teeth keep you from sharing your smile, you can find an immediate solution with Melissa Tuft, DDS. At her San Francisco, Union Square area office, Dr. Tuft offers Zoom!® whitening treatments. This innovative treatment can whiten your teeth up to eight shades and causes almost no, if any, post-treatment sensitivity. If you live in the Bay Area and are looking for a friendly and competent dentist to whiten your teeth, call Dr. Tuft today. You can even book your appointment online.

Zoom Whitening Q & A

What causes tooth discoloration?

Your teeth can become discolored from a variety of issues, even when you have good oral hygiene habits (although poor dental hygiene can cause stains and discoloration). Some of the common culprits of teeth darkening include:

  • Beverages like coffee, tea, soda, and wine
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • A disease that impacts your tooth’s enamel and dentin (material under your enamel)
  • Radiation and chemotherapy
  • Medications including the antibiotics tetracycline and doxycycline, antihistamines, antipsychotics, and medication for high blood pressure
  • Dental restorations, especially those with silver sulfide-containing materials
  • Excessive exposure to fluoride
  • Tooth trauma

Aging and genetics can also play a role in teeth darkening, and some people may have a predisposition to discoloration.

How does Zoom whitening work?

The Zoom whitening procedure is a bleaching process that lightens and removes discoloration from both your tooth’s enamel and its dentin. It takes about an hour, but to get optimal results, Dr. Tuft recommends having your teeth professionally cleaned beforehand.

With this professional whitening system, Dr. Tuft begins by covering your lips and gums before applying a 25% hydrogen peroxide whitening gel on your teeth. She then uses the Zoom Advanced Power Chairside Lamp to accelerate the whitening process for three, 15-minute sessions. After your 45 minutes, Dr. Tuft or your dental hygienist applies a fluoride paste or gel to help reduce any sensitivity.

As the hydrogen peroxide breaks down, the oxygen seeps into the enamel of your teeth and bleaches the discoloration, creating a lighter and more uniform color.

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After your Zoom whitening treatment, Dr. Tuft gives you a Zoom at-home touch-up kit, which contains custom-fit trays pre-filled with a whitening solution. She explains when and how to use these trays.

She also discusses how to make the results from your whitening treatment last. She may advise you to:

  • Avoid stain-causing drinks
  • Stop smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Brush twice a day and floss daily
  • Schedule dental cleanings every six months

Once your Zoom whitening treatment is over, you’re free to go about your daily activities. If your teeth are sensitive, Dr. Tuft may recommend eating soft, non-acidic foods for a few days.

If you’re ready for whiter teeth, call Dr. Tuft’s office today. You can even book your initial consultation online.