Zoom Whitening Pain

I plan to go on zoom 2 treatment and I was looking forward until I read some comments that stated the after effects are painful. What can I honestly expect from this treatment? I have healthy and nice teeth, only naturally yellowish and don't want to make a big mistake.

Doctor Answers (7)

The Truth About Zoom Whitening Pain

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Sensitivity is the #1 risk when getting your teeth whitened. Whether you choose to whiten at home using Crest White Strips of have your dentist do it professionally in his office, there is always the possibility that you will experience some discomfort. My orthodontic patients have had varied reactions ranging from absolutely no pain or sensitivity whatsoever to a few who are in so much pain that they cannot eat or sleep for the rest of the day and into the night. The problem is that you never know ahead of time how a given patient will respond. I decided that if I was going to offer whitening to my patients, I was going to take every precaution available to keep their sensitivity to a minimum. Here are the steps I take with my patients (as suggested by the Zoom company itself):

1. Two weeks brushing with Floridex (which is included in my fee) prior to the procedure
2. 600 mg Advil 1 hour before whitening
3. 1 hour wearing bleaching trays filled with APC desensitizing gel before whitening
4. Complete isolation of gums, lips, and spaces between the teeth during whitening
5. 1 hour wearing bleaching trays filled with APC desensitizing gel after whitening
6. 200 mg Advil as needed during the next 24 hours after procedure

One thing is consistent with my patients, having taken these precautions, I've never had anyone who still had sensitivity the next day. You should plan on sensitivity, take every precaution to prevent it or minimize it, and then be patient the rest of the day and through the night knowing that the sun will come up tomorrow and you'll have whiter teeth. (Can you see how our precautions distinguish us from the bleaching kiosks in malls and at Costco?)


Albuquerque Orthodontist

Enhance & Brighten Your Smile with Zoom

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Zoom is great for anyone looking to brighten there smile, before getting started with any whitening systems you want to make sure that you discuss treatment with  your dentist to  make sure you would be a good candidate, keep in mind that if you have any bonding material on your teeth you may need to change them whitening does not change the bonding.  We put all our patients on fluoridex for about 2 weeks prior to doing zoom to help with sensitivity we also recommend using flouridex as part of  patients dental routine.  sensitivity after Zoom is temporary & usually last a few days.   We've had great results with Zoom 2.

Lawrence Gilbert, DDS
Woodbury Cosmetic Dentist
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Zoom Whitening Expectations

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Sensitivity is something you should discuss with your dentist before proceeding with treatment.  In our office sensitivity with Zoom hasn’t been an issue.  We take a lot of steps to make sure thfere’s no sensitivity.  Every patient uses Sensodyne toothpaste and ACT for 2 weeks prior to treatment.  We then administer 400mg Ibuprofen prior to the procedure.  We also provide a 20 minute fluoride treatment before the patient leaves our office.

It’s impossible to predict your results without examining you first.   Zoom does a great job in removing stain.  But if your teeth are “naturally yellowish” you may not see much of a difference.  Ask your dentist about what results you can expect. Good Luck!

Peter Mann, DDS
Manhattan Cosmetic Dentist
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

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All teeth whitening CAN cause sensitivity

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While there may be some discomfort, it is always temporary and nothing permanent is done. Most discomfort can be easily managed with OTC Ibuprofen or fluoride application prior to whitening.

Lance Timmerman, DMD
Seattle Cosmetic Dentist
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Pain after zoom teeth whitening procedure

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I researched many whitening sytems from deep bleaching to Sapphire Whitening. Along the way, i happened to read a blog called rebecca's pocket. If you are not sure the best route to go, i would look at this blog. After reading stories on this blog  and other comments from patients and friends, I decided not to go with Zoom. Sometimes the best comments are the testimonials of patients who have experienced this procedure. You need to hear the pros and cons from patients as well as what the dentist prefers to do in his practice. We now use a number of whitening gels and we do use the sapphire whitening system with the sapphire light that emits no UV rays and we seem to have a happy group of whitening patients that leave our office!  Hope this was helpful!

Robert Fields, DDS
Los Angeles Cosmetic Dentist
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Zoom Teeth Whitening is fairly painless

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In my experience, there have not been complaints of pain or sensitivity during or after treatment. Patients should always be screened for and treat any dental problems prior to whitening treatment to prevent painful incidences. Furthermore, the procedure includes a step to protect gums from the active whitening solution which may burn.

With the proper precautions and management, the in-office Zoom whitening procedure should be fairly painless. And in the event of pain or sensitivity involvement, it can be immediately relieved on the spot. Post treatment sensitivity may occur but are less severe and can be managed with post-op material and instructions.

Henry Fung, DDS
Los Angeles Cosmetic Dentist

A useful tip for tooth whitening

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ZOOM 2 is a great product. I have all my patients use fluoridex before and after their whitening sessions to help prevent and reduce sensitivity that can be a direct result of whitening. The sensitivity you may experience after any whitening is always temporary.

Fluroidex is a toothpaste that should be used in place of your regular toothpaste. I usually recommend to start 2 weeks before use until at least 2 weeks after your whitening treatment. Ask your dentist if they carry this product, if not I'm sure you can purchase it online. Good luck!

Jacqueline Fulop-Goodling, DMD
New York Orthodontist
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