Which is better, at home or Zoom whitening?
Many cosmetic dental offices have a power (laser bleaching) light and other equipment available to do this treatment in the office. These include the Brite Smile and Zoom bleaching treatments. While these techniques are faster and more convenient for some patients, the at-home tooth whitening treatments are simpler, less expensive, and just as effective. The advantages of the Zoom whitening are speed and convenience. You won’t ultimately get your teeth any whiter with Zoom than you will with at home bleaching treatments.
Brite Smile, Zoom, and other power whitening treatments are probably equal in effectiveness. One thing that people like about Zoom is that at the end of the appointment your teeth are dramatically whiter. This whiteness will fade and you will either need to come back for repeated treatments or supplement the treatment with trays at home, but many people like the convenience and the quickness of the results.
There also may be a little more sensitivity afterward with this laser or power bleaching than with regular at-home tooth whitening, but that sensitivity typically lasts only a couple of hours.
Zoom whitening technique:
During this time many offices will provide facilities for you to relax, watch TV, or listen to music.
Some offices will have you come back for another one or two sessions. Others will provide a tray that you can wear at home to boost the whitening power of the session.
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This content was written by Dr. David Hall.