While everybody wants a smile to be proud of, the options for creating a brighter, whiter smile can vary drastically in price and results. We look at the different teeth whitening treatments to find out which ones deliver the goods.
DIY over-the-counter teeth whitening
To-DIY or not-to-DIY? It’s a common question for dentists when it comes to teeth whitening.
While it’s tempting to grab an over-the-counter whitening kit (eg whitening strips or mouthguard kits like HiSmile), patients need to be aware that results can vary drastically when using these cheaper, low or no concentration kits.
DIY kits sold over-the-counter and used without dentist supervision often don’t contain the active ingredients that actually whiten teeth. And their use can actually be dangerous – causing tooth sensitivity, gum irritation or uneven results.
DIY dentist-dispensed whitening kits
A second option for patients keen to try DIY teeth whitening is professionally dispensed take home whitening kits.
While these dentist kits do include active ingredients, they are applied in much lower concentrations than in-chair treatment to make them safe to use on the teeth for longer periods, usually in trays worn overnight. The lower concentration of active ingredient generally means results take much longer to achieve.
Zoom teeth whitening
For patients who want to avoid the messy at-home teeth whitening treatments and see a more immediate improvement in the appearance of their teeth, Zoom whitening is a great option.
How does Zoom work?
The Zoom!® Chairside Whitening System has been clinically proven to work better and last longer than standard bleaching trays. The key difference is that Zoom uses light to activate the gel that whitens teeth – making it faster and more effective.
In the dentist chair, Zoom whitening gel is applied to your teeth before the Zoom light is positioned over your mouth. The total process takes between 60-90 minutes, including preparation time.
The Zoom lamp generates minimal heat, making it an excellent option for patients with sensitive teeth who normally wouldn't be able to tolerate teeth whitening.
How much does Zoom cost?
The average treatment cost for Zoom whitening is between $600-$900 depending on location of your dentist.
For a longer lasting, whiter smile, find a dentist using Zoom whitening near you. Search www.ineedadentist.com