Zoom Teeth Whitening Reviews — Will It Work for You
The Zoom teeth whitening procedure is an increasingly popular teeth whitening system that is getting a lot of press and mention online.
Problem is, it’s hard to separate the truth from the hype.
Don’t worry, we’re here to help. In this article, we take a look at some of the Zoom teeth whitening reviews and give you the information you need to tell if it will work for you.
What Is Zoom?
Zoom is one of a handful of teeth whitening procedures and systems available in the dental market today.
Developed by Dutch electronics manufacturer Philips, it uses a combination of whitening gel applied directly to the teeth and an ultraviolet lamp to achieve greater and faster results than can be done on your own at home.
Usually the gel is applied and the lamp used for fifteen minute sessions. Often three or four sessions back-to-back will comprise one treatment session, depending on the level of whiteness desired or the darkness of the teeth.
Once done, the effects can last up to three years, which in the teeth whitening world is an astoundingly long time.
Phillips also has some at-home products to ‘touch up’ one’s teeth at home after having the Zoom procedure performed.
How Does It Work?
The most common ingredients in teeth whitening systems are hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide, and Zoom is no different.
When you visit the dentist’s office, they will evaluate your teeth to see if Zoom is an appropriate treatment for you.
People with highly sensitive teeth will likely not be able to have the Zoom treatment because the 25% hydrogen peroxide gel can cause some patients sharp stabs of pain, usually referred to as ‘zingers’.
This is why Zoom, as well as every reputable place you hear mention Zoom, will recommend you have the procedure performed only at licensed dental practitioners.
Aesthetic and beauty salons don’t have the experience or the know-how to perform the procedure. They may do an okay job, but if there are any complications, they aren’t prepared to take care of you other than sending you home and telling you to take some painkillers. So seriously, use a professional.
So why hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide?
Because they are the most effective at bleaching out the deep-down stains in a person’s teeth that are the toughest to get out.
That’s why these two peroxides are the active ingredients in nearly all over-the-counter and dental office whitening systems.
However, Zoom takes it a step further with the UV light. While most home whitening systems use a low concentration of hydrogen or carbamide peroxide applied daily over a period of time, the gel in the Zoom system is more powerful than what is in most home systems.
Then the UV light, when applied to the gel, activates it and makes it work with far greater intensity and speed than any home system can.
As mentioned before, the dentist will evaluate your teeth to see if they are a good match for the Zoom procedure. If the dentist determines they are all right, the procedure will go ahead.
If not, they will be sent on their way or, more likely, shown some other teeth whitening options that will not be as painful as the Zoom system.
Sensitive teeth can react badly to the Zoom procedure, resulting in pain for the client. No reliable dentist wants that for their patient or their business.
Many online reviews of Zoom discuss the pain of the procedure. Some have such great pain they have to stop the procedure and spend the next day or two popping Advil to make it stop.
One common and recommended way to reduce the sensitivity is to use Sensodyne or another sensitivity-reducing toothpaste. Studies have shown that it reduces the pain common after many teeth whitening procedures like Zoom.
If you are interested in the Zoom whitening procedure, it is highly recommended you visit a reputable, trusted dentist for an evaluation to reduce the possibility of pain both during and after the procedure.
This can lessen the chances of wasting your money because you have to stop mid-way through the procedure as a result of the pain.
What the heck are zingers?
Zingers are the shooting pains in a patient’s teeth that are sometimes experienced during or after the Zoom treatment.
They are painful and shocking and if they become too frequent some patients will stop the procedures. Unfortunately, it’s kind of too late at that point: the teeth are just gonna flat-out hurt for a while.
That being said, some patients experience no such pain. Others experience a few zingers and then they are fine. Each person will vary in their reactions to and tolerance for pain.
How can you help prepare your teeth (and yourself) for the treatment?
Dentists recommend a thorough cleaning, descaling and polishing at least six months before the procedure to ensure your teeth are as ready for the treatment as possible.
Since it is recommended to wait at least 8 to 12 months between treatments, it’s just smart to make sure your teeth clean and plaque-free before the procedure.
Some dentists and former patients recommend using Sensodyne or other sensitivity-reducing toothpaste for several months before the treatment.
Teeth whitening treatments are known to increase sensitivity in teeth, and the zingers sometimes experienced by the Zoom procedure are one example. Working to decrease sensitivity beforehand is simply a good idea.
How Much Does It Cost?
Simply enough, prices will vary. But a word of warning — you’re going to get what you pay for.
But isn't the procedure always the same?
Yes, it is. But part of the procedure includes applying a gel to your gums and the soft tissue in your mouth to insure they are not harmed by the bleaching gel or the UV lights.
Improper application of this gel can cause lasting damage to your mouth. Also, properly trained and experienced dental assistants and dentists are more likely to tell a patient ‘no’ when they come in for an evaluation.
People who are poorly trained, inexperienced or are just looking to make money might let someone have the procedure who shouldn’t. Worse yet, they won’t know what to do if anything goes wrong.
That being said, the procedure can run anywhere from $300–$1300. It all depends on the place offering it and what kind of deals they have. Another factor in the price is the extras.
Most places will send you home with custom-fitted tooth trays and at-home ‘touch-up’ gel treatments. By going for the cheapest option, you may miss out on this valuable perk.
We’ll say it again — go with a trusted dental provider. Yes, saving money is always good. But something like this? A qualified, experienced office is better than a cut-rate outfit.
Alright. You’ve read everything out there, but you’re just not sure about it. Below we’re going to show you four people who have had the procedure done.
Case Study One — PositivelyPanicked.com
Hilarie, a mostly stay-at-home mom and former teacher, decided to have the Zoom treatment done before her wedding. It was one of a handful of goals she had and she took the plunge about a week and a half before her big day.
A huge coffee drinker, she was in the middle of caffeine withdrawals during the treatment. Luckily for her, the dental assistant told her she could drink one iced coffee per day, through a straw, right after the treatment.
It’s something to keep in mind — the more coffee you drink, the more your teeth will darken.
For Hilarie, the treatment itself wasn’t that bad.
Afterwards is when her pain started. She started popping Advil but nothing seemed to help.
She could definitely tell her teeth were whiter but at the time of her writing she said it was not worth the pain. She didn’t post any follow-up articles about her experience, but the pain after her procedure is something to keep in mind.
Case Study Two — TheReasonableBlonde on YouTube
Kelly had great results when she went in with her husband. While Kelly started using Sensodyne toothpaste as well as a fluoride rinse about six weeks before her Zoom procedure, her husband did not.
She experienced some mild discomfort during the procedure while her husband’s pain was so great he nearly stopped the treatment before it was finished.
Of course, this is in no way scientific, but using sensitivity-reducing toothpaste is something most offices that perform the procedure recommend.
Regardless, Kelly and her husband were quite pleased with the results of their Zoom whitening treatment.
Case Study Three — PopSugar.com.au
Alison Rice had her teeth whitened by Dr. Mark Levi at The Smile Shop in Sydney.
Although she was nervous about it after hearing about a friend’s pain-filled experience, she bravely went through it. She had one zinger near the beginning, but nothing afterwards.
As you can see by the ‘after’ picture in the article, Alison’s teeth got super-duper white. She said she was very happy with the result and after looking at her teeth, I can see why.
Case Study 4 – AustinTXGirl at RealSelf.com
The reviewer had the typical three rounds done on her teeth at a dental office. She did not mention if she had used Sensodyne toothpaste before her treatment, but she said she was fine until the last treatment.
During the third treatment her teeth became sensitive and experienced some zingers. After the treatment, her teeth were sensitive for the next 12 hours or so.
And the verdict?
The Bottom Line
The Zoom teeth whitening procedure can achieve great results as long as you go in with reasonable expectations and preparation. Philips claims the treatment can lighten a patient’s teeth up to eight shades. Some get a little more, some get a little less.
But make sure you’re prepared ahead of time, or all the Zoom teeth whitening reviews you read espousing the greatness of the results will be a waste of time.