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If you’ve been thinking about getting your teeth whitened lately, you probably have a lot of questions. Whether you’ve done over-the-counter whitening before or are completely new to whitening, we’re here with the answers!

Teeth whitening is one of the most common cosmetic procedures at Joplin Family Dental. Even the most beautiful smile can appear unhealthy when teeth are stained or yellowed. In as quickly as one professional strength Zoom session in our office, you can lighten your teeth several shades.


There are numerous over-the-counter products but they do not have the same strength of whitening as our in-office ZOOM. Following your in-office Zoom session, you will also receive an at-home bleaching kit to maintain your brighter smile. 

If you prefer, we have professional strength at-home bleaching kits. These kits allow you to whiten your teeth at home, on your own schedule. This is safer and more effective than the strips and pastes you can buy over-the-counter. 


Zoom is a bleaching process widely used throughout the country and around the world to lighten discoloration of enamel and dentin. Tooth discoloration may result from drinking coffee, tea, cola and red wine; or from smoking. The aging process also can stain and darken your teeth. The Zoom in-office tooth whitening procedure uses the Zoom Advanced Power Chairside Lamp – said to accelerate the bleaching process – to activate the 25 percent hydrogen peroxide whitening. As the hydrogen peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin to bleach the stained substances, leaving the structure of the tooth unchanged.

Before deciding whether Zoom in-office teeth whitening is right for you, Dr. Fitterling will conduct a comprehensive examination of your teeth and gums to ensure proper health, as well as talk with you about your oral hygiene and lifestyle habits to determine if you will benefit from whitening. This will help you and your dentist agree on the whitening product or technique that’s best for you.

During your consultation and evaluation, Dr. Fitterling also will note existing dental work, such as crowns and veneers, which will not respond to conventional whitening agents.

The complete procedure takes less than an hour, but a regular teeth cleaning is recommended prior to the actual Zoom teeth whitening session. The procedure begins with a short preparation to cover the lips and gums, leaving the teeth exposed. Dr. Fitterling or a dental assistant will then apply the Zoom hydrogen peroxide whitening gel, which works together with the Zoom light to penetrate the teeth and break up the stains and discoloration. The gel remains in place for 15 minutes while the light is activated. During this time, you can relax, watch TV or listen to music.

Ready to schedule your teeth whitening session in Joplin MO? Schedule your appointment with the best dentist in Joplin at https://joplindental.com/contact-us/.