Meet The Doctors

Q: What is Zoom! tooth whitening?
A: Zoom! is a bleaching process that lightens discoloration of enamel and dentin.

Q: What causes tooth discoloration?
A: There are many causes. The most common include aging and consumption of staining substances such as coffee, tea, colas, tobacco, red wine, etc. During tooth formation, consumption of tetracycline, certain antibiotics or excessive fluoride may also cause tooth discoloration.

Q: Who may benefit from tooth whitening?
A: Almost anyone. However, treatment may not be as effective for some as it is for others. Dr. Ebbs can determine if you are a viable candidate for this procedure through a thorough oral exam, including a shade assessment.

Q: Do many people whiten their teeth?
A: More people than you might imagine. A bright sparkling smile can make a big difference for everyone. The Zoom! chairside Whitening System make it easier and faster than ever before.

Q: Is whitening safe?
A: Yes, Extensive research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of Dr. Ebbs is safe. In fact, many dentists consider whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure available. As with any tooth whitening product, Zoom! is not recommended for children under 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.

Q: How long do the results last?
A: By following some simple post whitening care instructions, your teeth will always be lighter than they were before. To keep your teeth looking their best, we recommend flossing, brushing twice daily, and occasional touch-ups with Zoom! Take-Home gel. These are professional formula products designed specifically to keep your teeth their brightest. They are available only through Dr. Ebbs’s office.

Q: How does the Zoom! in-office system work?
A: The Zoom! light activated whitening gel's active ingredient is Hydrogen Peroxide. As the Hydrogen Peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin, bleaching colored substances while the structure of the tooth is unchanged. The Zoom! light aids in activating the hydrogen peroxide and helps it penetrate the surface of the tooth. A study has shown that use of the Zoom! lamp increases the effectiveness of the Zoom@ gel by 33% or more, giving an average improvement of eight shades.

Q: What does a patient experience during the Zoom! in-office procedure?
A: During the procedure, patients may comfortably watch television or listen to music. Many actually fall asleep. Individuals with a strong gag reflex or anxiety may have difficulty undergoing the entire procedure.

Q: How do I know which procedure I need?
A: It is impossible to know which procedures will be most beneficial until we have the opportunity to assess each individual patient. We are happy to schedule a complimentary cosmetic consultation.

Q: How much do the different procedures cost?
A: We prefer not to quote fees for cosmetic dentistry without a patient exam. When you schedule a complimentary cosmetic consultation, we determine the types of procedures that may benefit you and achieve the smile you desire. We then share with you a comprehensive cost assessment and explore fees and financial programs available to you.

Q: What are the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures?
A: Bleaching – Chemical or laser treatment of natural teeth for a whitening effect.
Laminate Veneers – A porcelain facing placed on a tooth to change the color, shape or size of the tooth.
Bonding – An adhesive dental restoration technique using a tooth colored resin to change the color or shape of a tooth.
Crown – A Cap put on a tooth, which may be made of gold, inert metals, porcelain or a combination of these materials. The type of material used to make a crown can determine the cosmetic appearance of the crown.
Bridge – A non-removable, tooth-supported, framework that replaces one or more missing or damaged teeth with lab fabricated teeth.
Laser Gum Contouring – A relatively quick and painless procedure in which small amounts of gum tissue are removed or reshaped in order to treat unhealthy tissue, or to change the appearance of the length or shape of the adjacent tooth.

Q: How long will it my treatment take to complete?
A: Treatment plans vary with each patient and are formulated once Dr. Ebbs has determined which procedures will most benefit the patient. Simple procedures may take only one visit. However, treatment plans that include a variety of procedures may take several visits over an extended period of time.
Q: Will the procedures hurt?
A: Generally no. At Dr. Ebbs’s office, we use a broad spectrum of methods to keep our patients comfortable during dental procedures. We use Conscious Sedation/Sleep Dentistry to help people who have fears about undergoing dental treatment. Conscious sedation refers to a state in which you are totally relaxed without fear, yet conscious. Several types of sedatives including Nitrous Oxide and oral medications may be used. If you will be receiving nitrous oxide, eat lightly before and after your appointment. After your dental procedure is over, you will receive oxygen for several minutes to clear the nitrous oxide from your system. In some cases, when certain oral medications are used, you may need to have a driver to assist in your return home.

Q: Do you have financing?
A: Yes. In addition to accepting cash, checks and most major credit cards, we have a number of financing options we offer our patients that provide the ability to pay for your procedures over a period of time.

Q: How can I set up my consultation?
A: If you would like to set up a complimentary cosmetic consultation or dental appointment, simply call our office at (202) 822-0700 or e-mail us at We look forward to scheduling your appointment.