Zoom whitening is usually a great option for lightening the shade of your teeth! The main advantage of Zoom whitening is... instant gratification! You have your results right when you leave your appointment! This procedure is perfect for patients who may be in a hurry to whiten for a special occasion. Zoom also works well for patients who feel that they will not be able to comply with a two-week or more whitening regimen. This in-office, one-hour whitening is a very efficient procedure that then lets patients move forward with maintenance only. Zoom is the most expensive whitening option, but offers great rewards! The end results offered by Zoom are also available with other more cost efficient systems, given that the patient will comply with the process and has the available time to do so.
Tray whitening is a procedure in which professional custom made trays are designed for your mouth. These trays are then loaded with professional, prescription strength bleach and worn at home. A typical prescription would be to wear these for seven to ten days for at least 3-4 hours, (This depends on the strength of bleach that is prescribed for your best outcome.) Trays will also be used for whitening maintenance. All whitening procedures, whether Zoom whitening or custom tray whitening require maintenance and the best option for this is to use the trays for touch up whitening as needed. You will be able to use the trays as needed at home to stay your desired shade of white. Most people bleach a few days every 6-8 months to maintain an optimum shade.
Over-The- Counter Products
If you decide not to invest in a professional whitening system, then you may choose to experiment with some of the over-the-counter products that are available. In our experience, the best one on the market currently is probably the Crest Whitestrips.
We normally do not encourage the use of whitening type toothpastes. Most of these products are not effective at truly effective at whitening peoples teeth and can actually cause sensitivity and wear.