When you smile, your teeth are one of the very first things that others notice. Discolored, dull teeth leave the wrong impression. Not only do they insinuate that you don’t take care of your mouth, but discolored teeth can also add years to your appearance. Moreover, if you try to hide your smile, those around you might think you unfriendly. At National Dental East Meadow, we can brighten your smile with Zoom! Whitening.


Your teeth have two layers. The outer layer, the enamel, is hard, heavily mineralized, and bright white. Over time, however, the enamel begins to break down. Tiny microfractures occur on the surface. As a result, your teeth become more prone to picking up stains, pigments and debris. There are several different factors that can contribute to discoloration:

  • Foods and beverages. Coffee, tea, red wine, dark berries, and curries all have one thing in common. They contain high levels of pigments. When you eat or drink these things, the pigments are more likely to stick around, dulling the color of your teeth.
  • Smoking and other tobacco-related products. The tar and nicotine contained in cigarettes and other tobacco products can lead to deep stains.
  • Medications like doxycycline and tetracycline. Certain allergy medications can also cause discoloration.
ZOOM at National Dental East Meadow


Zoom! Whitening is a professional whitening procedure designed to whiten not just your enamel, but your dentin as well. We use a specialized whitening gel that contains hydrogen peroxide, which is light activated. The light source we expose your teeth to causes the hydrogen peroxide to break down. As it breaks down it enters your enamel and the dentin, clings to the stains, and bleaches them away.

Our in-office Zoom! Whitening procedure is simple and takes only about an hour of your time. Before we begin whitening, we first clean your teeth. Next, a special protective gel is placed on your gums. We then apply the bleaching agent to your teeth and expose them to a special light source. In just one hour, your teeth are noticeably whiter and brighter. In many instances, Zoom! can get your teeth up to 8 shades whiter.


Zoom! is also available in take-home trays, which allows you to whiten your teeth on your own time. We provide you with custom-made trays, created from molds of your mouth, and the bleaching agent. The trays are designed to be worn between 4 and 8 hours a day for a set number of days (we will help to determine the exact amount). In about three days, you will begin to notice a difference. The take-home trays can help you get your teeth up to 6 shades whiter.


Whitening is not a permanent solution. However, there are things you can do to ensure the results last as long as possible. Limiting foods and drinks that contain dark pigments can help. You can also drink dark beverages through a straw, bypassing your teeth. Quitting smoking can also be a great help. It is also essential to maintain a regular brushing and flossing routine every day.

If discolored teeth have you hiding your smile, Zoom! Whitening can help. Contact National Dental East Meadow at (516) 962-2292 to find out more and schedule your consultation.