Category Archives: Teeth Whitening

Can a regular dentist do Zoom Whitening

I’ve been hearing about Zoom Whitening. Do I need to go to a cosmetic dentist for that or can my normal dentist do it?

Janet S. – Little Rock, AR


A lot of people don’t realize there isn’t a speciality in cosmetic dentistry. All cosmetic dentists are really just regular general dentists who enjoy doing cosmetic work. So, to answer your question, yes, a general dentist can do Zoom Whitening, though some prefer other brands..

However, that doesn’t meanĀ your dentist can do zoom whitening. Zoom is a brand, that requires special equipment. If your dentist doesn’t have that, then there is no way for him to do the procedure.

That doesn’t mean you can’t have your teeth whitened professionally. In fact, I can’t recall a dentist who doesn’t do take home teeth whitening. It’s a very easy procedure and extremely effective. Plus, you control how much whitening you want done.

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Whitening dental crowns

I’ve got four dental crowns. Two of them are in the back and are not visible. But two of them are my canine teeth which are very visible. They’ve gotten kind of stained over the years. I wanted to whiten my teeth anyway. So would I just be able to whiten my crowns with regular teeth whitening or do crowns need a special type of teeth whitening?

Alethia- Bartlett, TX


You have asked a great question. Professional teeth whitening will do a great job in giving you brilliantly white teeth, however it will not whiten your dental crowns (or any type of dental work such as bonding or veneers) at all.

Here is my recommendation. You mentioned that your dental crowns are stained. I don’t know how long you’ve had these crowns, but it may just be time to replace them. BEFORE you replace them, you should whiten your other teeth. Don’t worry about your crowns because the whitening gel will not negatively affect them.

Give the whitening about two weeks to settle, then you can have your crowns replaced. When you do replace them, I highly suggest you get all porcelain crowns. I don’t know what kind of crowns you currently have, but the porcelain will absorb and reflect light the way your natural teeth do. They also are more natural looking. A good cosmetic dentist will be able to match your crowns to your new white teeth with ease.

Please let me know if your dental crowns are not very old. If that is the case then it means the glazing on them was damaged, which is why they are stained. With the proper glazing, dental crowns will last for many years and retain their brilliant color without picking up any stains.

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