Zoom! Whitening Versus Over-the-Counter Whitening

When your teeth are bright and white, it's much easier to feel confident about smiling. While there are many tooth-whitening products available over-the-counter at your pharmacy, professional treatments such as Zoom! whitening provide you with a superior result, much more quickly. How does Zoom! compare to over-the-counter products?

Ease of Use

To use over-the-counter whitening products, you’ll apply whitening solution to plastic mouth trays, and then wear the trays for a short period of time, once or twice a day. Often this means mixing products to get a solution of the right strength, which can be tricky depending on the product. It can be difficult, and messy, and unpleasant.

This isn’t an issue with Zoom! whitening, as your dentist will perform the treatment in their office. There’s no need to worry about whether you’re using the product correctly, and no mess to clean up afterward.

Comfort and Safety

If you have sensitive teeth, using over-the-counter whitening products can be uncomfortable and even downright painful. Zoom! whitening as provided by your dentist is definitely a big improvement, as most people who have this whitening treatment don’t experience any pain or discomfort at all, even if their teeth are sensitive.

Zoom! whitening is safer, too. With over-the-counter products, there’s the risk of gum damage if they come into contact with the bleaching solution, and even tooth damage if over-bleaching occurs.

Treatment Time

Over-the-counter products typically require several weeks of use to get the best results. Zoom! professional whitening doesn’t just provide a superior result with less discomfort, it does it amazingly quickly, too. Zoom! treatment takes less than an hour to complete, from start to finish.


There’s absolutely no question that professional Zoom! teeth-whitening from your dentist is more effective than any over-the-counter product you can buy. Zoom! uses UV light to accelerate and enhance the whitening process, making it possible to lighten your teeth up to 8 shades in just 45 minutes.

Contact Us About Tooth Whitening Today

If you're interested in having your teeth professionally whitened or are interested in learning more about the procedure, call us to schedule an appointment with Kelly Waggener, D.M.D.


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