so thankful.

by kacia on 27 Nov ’14 · 0 comments


so much to be thankful for this year. 

Happy Thanksgiving!




Aren’t these photos Rachel took absolutely amazing?  More to come soon….and pssst! Another giveaway from Minted! <– use that link to receive $25 off your first order!Rachel-Rowland-Photography




All my life I’ve dreaded going to the dentist.  I am meticulous about taking care of my teeth, yet they always seemed to be stained and yellowed.  I’m always terrified about what news will await me at the dentist’s office.  Blame genetics, blame poor enamel, blame whatever you will, I began bleaching my teeth after high school.  I bleached them like crazy and at first it was fine, but my teeth and gums became pretty sensitive, so I stopped bleaching all together.  

I’d always used at-home bleach kits — either over the counter strips or trays from my dentist with bleach gel.  And honestly, I will make plans to bleach them and then procrastinate like crazy because of the goop and mess and days required to actually see a difference.  

When I had the chance to try Zoom whitening at a Polished Dental, a local Pittsburgh dental office, I didn’t have to think twice!  

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I’ve heard of Zoom whitening before, but I’d never quite known what all it entailed!  I’ve now become a walking spokesperson for Dr. Joey Troupe and his team at Polished Dental!  Let me tell you a bit about it — it might be the perfect thing to put on your wishlist this year — or a Christmas-Birthday-Valentine’s Day combo gift!  You know, whatever works. ;)

Zoom whitening is an in-office whitening process that takes about 2 hours from start to finish.  I love that there is not homework required for a white smile — Dr. Troupe’s office does bundle their Zoom Whitening with take home trays for touching up your teeth as needed!  You set aside two hours to lay in a chair…and that’s it!

One thing I hate about at home bleaching is the goop of the bleach — especially given the sensitive spots I have on some of my teeth.  The hygienist painted a blocking material on my gums and those sensitive areas, allowing them to cure and harden before applying the bleach. 

The Zoom process is made up of 4, 15 minute sessions.  The bleach is combined with another agent as it is applied to your teeth.  Combined, they open the pores of your enamel and lighten them.  After the bleach is applied, the Zoom light is focused on your teeth for 15 minutes.  Each time, I was asked if I was feeling any sensitivity….I was feeling like a rockstar until the 4th round.  I began having a few nerve pangs and asked them to lower the light intensity just a bit — and the 15 minutes passed quickly!

I cannot believe how white my teeth were walking out of Polished Dental that morning — and they’ve remained beautifully white as well.  I’ll be honest: you might feel like you want to scratch off your teeth the rest of the day, but a few ibuprofen help with the pain as well.  I woke up the next morning feeling great, and I haven’t noticed much sensitivity since!  

If you decide to get Zoom Whitening, a few ibuprofen the day of and brushing with Sensodyne toothpaste can help immensely.  You also don’t want to eat anything that could stain a white t-shirt for 48 hour following the treatment.  So basically, you want to eat mashed potatoes.  Just kidding!  But stay away from the red wine and tea for sure.  

And if you’re a coffee drinker like me, learn to drink it with a straw.  :)  In case you were wondering why I always have a straw in my cup of coffee, now you know why!

I haven’t received my before and after photos yet, but I wanted to share my friend Nicole’s.  Seriously awesome.  

Want to see the glamorous process?


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Thank you Dr. Troupe and the entire Polished Dental team for welcoming me into your offices!  If you are local and looking for a dentist, I definitely recommend giving them a call!  If you work downtown, you can schedule an appointment over your lunch break!   

You can also connect with them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

How about you?  Have you tried any whitening products?  Have you thought about trying Zoom whitening?  


I was provided Zoom Whitening free of charge — all opinions are my own.  

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