Is Zoom whitening the strongest kind of teeth whitening?
I’ve heard great thing about Zoom whitening for brilliant, white teeth. I’ve heard it’s done in one office visit, which is very convenient. However, I keep envisioning that once episode from Friends, where Ross’ teeth literally glow in dark. What is the strongest kind of teeth whitening that won’t make me look like a fool?
-Andrew in North Carolina
There are many teeth whitening methods that will brighten your smile. If you are looking for noticeable, long-lasting results, professional teeth whitening is the way to go. You likely will not get the results you are after by using over-the-counter whitening toothpaste or strips.
Any method of teeth bleaching should be done by a trained dental professional. Teeth bleaching can cause gum irritation and increased sensitivity if it is not overseen by a dentist. Also, it is wise to consult with a dentist prior to whitening in case there are any treatments required prior to whitening.
Common professional teeth whitening options include:
- Take home whitening trays – This method requires an exam to make sure there aren’t any immediate concerns. Then, an impression is taken so the whitening trays fit snugly over your teeth. The dentist will send you home with specific whitening instructions and a powerful bleaching gel. The trays are most commonly worn overnight. This method provides gradual results and you can touch up your smile anytime.
- Zoom bleaching at the dentist – This technique is quick, convenient and delivers results in only one sitting. The hydrogen peroxide gel is activated by a special light and it penetrates deeply so that years of stains are removed. The process is repeated multiple times until the desired whiteness is achieved. Sometimes patients deal with sensitivity when using Zoom.
- Kor whitening – Kor deep bleaching system is one of the most powerful whitening treatments available on the market today. Be sure you see a dentist that is experienced in using Kor. It even works on severe tetracycline stains. The products aren’t mixed until your appointment so they are highly potent.
That is a quick rundown of your options. You will end up with a beautiful, white smile while avoiding the “Ross” look when you see a dentist to administer and monitor your teeth whitening experience. Good luck!
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