• The entire Zoom Teeth Whitening treatment takes less than an hour when performed by a qualified professional.
  • Some people report it was the most painful experience of their entire lives, however dentists familiar with the procedure will tell you these claims are wildly exaggerated
  • The results of the procedure far outweigh the side effects

What is Zoom Teeth Whitening?

Zoom Teeth Whitening is a bleaching system designed to lighten the discoloration of enamel and dentin. The treatment is performed in-office, and combines the application of a hydrogen-peroxide based gel with the “Zoom Advanced Power Chairside Lamp,” a UV device which accelerates the bleaching process of the peroxide.

How does Zoom Teeth Whitening work?

The idea is that as the hydrogen peroxide gel is broken down by the rays of the Zoom lamp, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin of the tooth to bleach any stains while leaving the structure of the tooth intact. The entire process takes less than an hour when performed by a qualified professional.

Where can I get Zoom Teeth Whitening?

In many jurisdictions the only people authorized to perform teeth bleaching are dentists and other licensed medical professionals, however some states have non-dentists feuding to be able to perform the treatment. As with the vast majority of cosmetic procedures, you should always stick with a board-certified professional.

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Who is the ideal candidate for Zoom Teeth Whitening?

The first thing that your dentist will want to do is conduct a comprehensive examination of your teeth and gums to ensure everything is in relatively good health.

They will then ask a few questions about your lifestyle and oral hygiene habits in order to determine if you will actually benefit from the procedure. For example, if you already have a lot of existing dental work, like crowns and veneers, your dentist will want to know in advance, and might recommend a different whitening treatment that is better suited to your situation.

Should you agree to move forward with the Zoom treatment, to ensure optimal results your dentist will likely insist that you have a regular teeth cleaning in advance of your bleaching and whitening session.

Zoom Teeth Whitening procedure

On the day of your treatment, your dental professional will begin by covering your lips and gums with a protective material, leaving only your teeth exposed. Next, they will apply the Zoom hydrogen peroxide whitening gel to your teeth which, with help from the Zoom UV light, penetrates the teeth and breaks up the stains and discoloration.

For the next 15 minutes, while the Zoom laser stimulates the properties of the whitening gel on your teeth, you can just sit back in your dentist chair and relax, look at your phone, or listen to music — whatever suits you. It should be noted, however, that people with a strong gag reflex might not find the procedure quite as comfortable.

This process is repeated three times for a grand total of 45 minutes. Upon completion, a sensitivity-reducing fluoride paste or gel is applied to your teeth. Once applied, the procedure is finished. At first, your teeth will be almost unnaturally white, but within a couple of days a more natural shade of white will take hold.

Zoom before and after

Before heading home with your now new blindingly white teeth, you’ll be given a Zoom home-use touch-up kit, which consists of a few custom-fitted whitening trays.

You’ll also be further reminded that if you resume smoking or continue to consume foods and beverages that are conducive to staining teeth, eventually your teeth will yellow again and you could find yourself in need of more whitening session in the future.

To partially offset this, it’s recommended that you always try to brush your teeth with toothpastes that contain whitening agents.

Is Zoom Teeth Whitening painful?

There is a portion of the population for whom a whitening session feels like torture – although dentist familiar with the procedure will tell you these claims are wildly exaggerated.

Nevertheless, some people report it was the most painful experience of their entire lives. While it’s probably best to trust the professionals and take these testimonials with a grain of salt, if you believe you have particularly sensitive teeth, you should definitely mention it to your dentist in advance of your teeth whitening treatment.

Are there side effects with Zoom Teeth Whitening?

Dr. David Peck, who has a busy dentistry practice in Springfield, MA, explains that around 10-15% of his patients experience some discomfort with teeth bleaching.

“We handle any possible side effects at the visit and always tell patients exactly what to expect, reminding them that the effects of the whitening will far outweigh any discomfort,” says Peck. “We also give our patients pain medications. At worst, any pain is over within 24 hours.”

A good dentist should immediately recognize if you’re likely to experience serious discomfort from teeth bleaching while they are conducting your initial, pre-treatment dental exam. If so, when the time comes your dental professional will take the appropriate measures to ensure that you remain comfortable throughout the entire procedure.

“We always ask if the patient is cold or hot sensitive,” says Peck. “If they are then we definitely inform them that they will experience some degree of discomfort. With the most sensitive patients, we provide topical fluoride gel for five to seven days prior to the procedure.

The most susceptible to discomfort are people who grind or clench their teeth, which causes what’s known as “cervical erosion.”

“For those patients we just block out their sensitive areas,” says Peck. “It’s all in the handling of the individual patient. If there is cervical erosion or prior sensitivity, these patients experience more pain because the process does open the dentinal tubules and enamel rods, which are sensitive.”

What is the cost of Zoom Teeth Whitening?

The cost of the procedure on average is $500.


Finally, it’s important to remember that a whitening treatment may not be as effective for some people as it is for others. Your dentist will be able to determine if teeth whitening is right for you after performing a thorough oral examination.


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