sub_menu product2 submenu2 naviBg naviBg naviBg smily smily naviBg
View other whiteners by Philips Dental (10 items total)

Zoom Whitening System

About This Brand »Visit the Philips Dental Brand Page

Product ratings (1 review )

Rated: 3.3 out of 5
Agreeability:
Rated: 2.6 out of 5
     
Affordability:
Rated: 2.8 out of 5
     

63% of reviewers recommend

Write your own review
IN-OFFICE
Light Activated System
32% Hydrogen Peroxide
Average Price: $321
Zoom Whitening System image

The Zoom Teeth Whitening System by Discus Dental Inc (recently acquired by Philips) is one of the most popular teeth whitening systems available on the market today. In fact, it is the most widely used light activated system by dentists worldwide. The product comes in an all-inclusive pack. This means that the dentist is provided with all the necessary materials required for professional tooth bleaching in a single ready to use kit. The product includes the tooth whitener, the bleaching light and a number of disposable and single use items to be used on the patient while performing Zoom! Whitening treatments.

What type of tooth whitener is used with the Zoom Teeth Whitening System?

The Zoom! Teeth Whitening System uses a unique hydrogen peroxide based whitening gel. The produc has two different components, a 32% hydrogen peroxide gel and an activator. The two components have to be mixed together in the right proportion to form a working gel with a 25% concentration of hydrogen peroxide, with a pH level between 7.5 and 8.5.

Does the Zoom Teeth Whitening System require a bleaching light?

As a part of the procedure, the Zoom! Teeth Whitening System requires the use of a mercury metal halide light for bleaching. According to Discus Dental Inc, the wavelength of the light emitted from its units is in the range of 350-400 nm. The light is violet in color. The manufacturer claims that the mercury metal halide light with this wavelength activates the Zoom Whitening System, speeding up the bleaching process and enhances its performance.

The light unit in the Zoom! System comes with a built-in infrared filter. The filter helps in minimizing the amount of heat generated at the surface of the teeth from the light during the bleaching process by filtering the emissions. The Zoom! Teeth Whitening System is capable of whitening both the top and bottom teeth simultaneously with a strategically placed light.

Discus Dental developed a newer bleaching lamp in 2007, called the Zoom Advanced Power Lamp. It’s advertised to dentists as a more powerful tool - whitening teeth by as much as 2 shades more than the previous Zoom lamp product. Clinical studies conducted by The Dental Advisor in November of 07 seem to confirm this lamp’s claims - with results showing whitening improvement in the 1.9 range over the previous protocol.

Does the Zoom bleaching light produce a heating effect on the teeth being whitened?

The existing Zoom protocol and lamp have been used on the market for a long time. While the majority of patients report no heating effect during the bleaching treatment, some patients have experienced lip burns or tooth dehydration as illustrated in the user comments below. The new Advanced Power Light, however, has been shown to cause less sensitivity in sensitivity-prone or almost-sensitivity prone patients.

How much does the Zoom! bleaching light cost?

The exact price of the Zoom bleaching light is difficult to predict, but your dentist might have paid in excess of about $1,500 USD for the original lamp. The newer Advanced Power Lamp can run in the $1900 - $2000 range. These prices will help you estimate what you’ll have to pay for your treatment.

How long does it take your dentist to perform a Zoom Chairside Teeth Whitening System treatment?

The Zoom! Teeth Whitening treatments usually take about 90 minutes for the entire procedure. The treatment process is divided in three individual applications of the Zoom! Teeth Whitening System. Each application is of approximately 20 minutes. The patient’s teeth are exposed to the Zoom! Teeth Whitening System for a total of 60 minutes. The pre and post treatment procedures account for the remaining 30 minutes.

Does the Zoom! Teeth whitening system make use of at-home teeth whitening treatments?

Yes. The patients are provided with an additional whitener (a tray-based teeth whitening product) after the completion of the Zoom! Teeth Whitening treatment. The patients are also given instructions on using the product so that they can continue with the bleaching at home.

What are the individual steps of the Zoom Chairside teeth whitening system?

The Zoom! Teeth Whitening System has several steps. First, the doctor evaluates the patient’s pre-whitening tooth shade. The dentist then isolates the teeth that need to be whitened with the use of a dental dam. The patient is protected with a bib. The dentist then applies the hydrogen peroxide whitening gel on the surface of the teeth. After the application of the whitening gel, the activating light is used on the teeth for activating the whitening gel. The tooth whitener is then left for about 20 minutes. The procedure is repeated two more times, with each application lasting for 20 minutes. After the procedure is over, the teeth are washed thoroughly and the whitener is removed completely from the surface. The dentist then applies 1.1% neutral sodium fluoride gel on the teeth surface to reduce or prevent any sensitivity to hot and cold items. Finally, the patient is provided with an at-home tooth whitening system along with instructions for following up.

Should you choose the Zoom Chairside Teeth Whitening System?

The answer to this question depends entirely on your dentist. The dentist can guide you properly after examining your teeth and then suggest the most appropriate product. If you’re interested in teeth whitening with the new Advanced Power Lamp, you may have to ask which whitening lamp the dentist will be using - some dentists will still be utilizing the original Zoom lamp. In general, the Zoom! Teeth Whitening System is a very good product manufactured by a reputed company. The Zoom! Teeth Whitening System gives teeth whitening results that are comparable to other similar laser whitening products.

Note: Zoom has now released a third generation system called "Zoom 3". Since there seems to be many iterations of this system, and consumers do not know which is which, user reviews below may be for any one of the systems Philips has produced.

 
Bill, Santa Clarita, CA
Jul 28 '11
How well it works
Agreeability
Affordability
     
Paid $300.00

I had very yellow teeth. They are now white.

The zingers got to be too much right at the end of the third round. I skipped the fourth.

From 2 hours to about 6 hours after, the zinging was pretty intense. I was very uncomfortable. I took ibuprofen at 2:00 PM, had the work done at 4:00. Took acetaminophen at 6:00 PM. Neither of these helped much. At 8:00 I took an ativan and at 9:00 a jigger of rum. Went to bed at 10:00 feeling a little better. Woke up at 6:00 AM and the zingers were gone. My usually sensitive teeth were their usual level of sensitivity.

I did a before and after photo and it is dramatic. I hate tooth pain and the zingers were pretty distressing. Even so, I would do it again. I haven't tried the home follow up stuff yet.

Recommended by Bill

    Was this review helpful?
Add Reply
Arsen, Los Angeles, CA
May 09 '12
How well it works
Agreeability
Affordability
     
Paid $160.00

I just want to add that the people who didn't have any pain and are satisfied wit their results are less likely to post reviews than whoever had a bad experience. As for my experience: I work in a dental office and probably 1 out of every 10 patients feels any sensitivity at all. And probably 5 out of 100 feel real pain.

Recommended by Arsen

    0 of 1 found this helpful
Add Reply
Hollywood Smile, Portland, Or
Jul 19 '12
How well it works
Agreeability
Affordability
     
Paid $150.00

I just had Zoom done today and LOVE the results. My teeth were white before but now they are brilliant white. I read these reviews last night and was freaked out because of all the reviews about severe pain. I experienced zingers at the end of the 3rd pass and they definitely were not plesant, however not horrific as many of the reviews expressed.

I have healthy teeth with no cavities and think that a lot of the people who review may not have the healthiest teeth so the procedure is more complicated and painful.

Don't let these reviews scare you if you are going in for the procedure it is WORTH a little discomfort. Be sure to get the after care it has helped me a lot already with sensitivity and occasional zingers.

I think the worst part for me will be 48 hours without coffee haha

Ps Picture was taken today after Zoom

Recommended by Hollywood Smile

    Was this review helpful?
Add Reply
Mike Calia, Queens, New York
Jul 09 '13
How well it works
Agreeability
Affordability
     
Paid $350.00

I have tried all the whitening products.. OTC at CVS, RiteAide, Walgreens, etc.. and at the dentist. I'vr had sensitivity with most of the products. Zingers and overall pain in my teeth. I feel like I lucked out because I moved and my new dentist was very personable, had crazy flat screens everywhere (I felt like I wanted to hang out and watch TV). I told the Dr everytime I whiten I get pain. I also smoke cigarettes, drink coffe, red wine, soda.. all the bad stuff so my teeth never stay white. anyway he tells me he has the new Zoom, and ranted an raving about it. all i remember is he said it no longer UV, its LED, and no more sensitivity and better results. When to my shook, after only 3 sessions, my teeth where shining white and not one zing! It was great because I was distrated by the TV instead of someone getting drilled next door and crying. Great experience and I think Philips now owns Zoom which is a good company.

Recommended by Mike Calia

    6 of 6 found this helpful
Add Reply
Ton, Chicago
Jul 14 '09
How well it works
Agreeability
Affordability

Very pleased with results. Did have a few zingers the day of the procedure after I left the office. I was in a car accident involving my teeth which has involved 2 root canals, a bridge, 2 implants and now 5 crowns. The zingers weren't comfortable by any means, but given my dental history they were nothing I couldn't deal with, and they only lasted about 2 seconds and then went away. But I'm sure every case is different.

I can say after it being done I would have paid for it but my dentist did provide it free of charge since I was getting 5 crowns at his office, which is certaintly not a small or inexpensive procedure. Have not yet used the whitening trays for touch-ups but have heard they work well from others who have used the system. Overall my teeth are much whiter and I'm very happy with the results. I'd say if you want whiter teeth and have the money or want to spend the money, go for it.

I'm not sure if there's any quick fix whitening that's going to be completely pain or hassle free for anyone after years of drinking wine, coffee, or just simply using your teeth for what we have them for. If you really want whitening and can put up with a little pain, based on my experience I'd say it's worth it.

Essentially my top middle 5 teeth in the picture are crowns, so they came in after the whitening, but all the others were whitened with zoom about a month ago..

Recommended by Ton

    Was this review helpful?
4 Replies
Deb, Melbourne
Apr 13 '11
How well it works
Agreeability
Affordability

Had my teeth done with the Zoom 2 system today and all in all a pretty good experience. I was a bit nervous after reading the reviews but can honestly say there was NO PAIN. Absolutely none. I was quite nervous because I do have sensitive teeth (massive pain eating sweets, cold things etc). Had three 20 minute sessions and it was all surprisingly easy. I'm usually one who does have difficulty keeping my mouth open for long periods at the dentist and I have quite a bit of trouble getting fillings. This was comparatively easy - I had a bite guard to keep the tongue and everything where it should be and was able to swallow fairly easily throughout. Wouldn't say I was going to sleep during treatment but not too far off! Fairly happy with the results - had very yellow teeth all my life and while not "Hollywood" white they are much better than they were and apparently about the second top shade of white on the dental chart. As long as you have realistic expectations of the procedure I think most people would be pretty happy with the results.

Recommended by Deb

    Was this review helpful?
Add Reply
Caroline, Arlington, VA
Jun 19 '12
How well it works
Agreeability
Affordability
     
Paid $395.00

I initially did the take home bleaching for a few weeks but I still wasn't getting the results I wanted so my dentist suggested I try Zoom whitening for really dramatic whitening. I attached before (after the home bleaching but before the Zoom) and after pictures.

My teeth are still not as white as I'd like them to be, but my dentist warned me not to expect movie star white teeth. I don't regret getting the Zoom whitening simply because I really wanted to get my teeth as while as possible, but I would not recommend Zoom whitening if your teeth aren't super discolored like mine.

I lasted through the entire series of four 30-minuted sessions but I experienced a lot of pain during the last two sessions. The zingers were quite painful for me, despite popping a few Motrin and using a prescription desensitizing toothpaste for 2 months before the procedure. At times, it seemed like all my teeth were zinging one after the other. It hurt a lot but I stuck with it because I wanted to get my money's worth. I don't understand how some people can experience no pain at all but I guess it really varies. I was still experiencing pain 4 hours later and the rest of that night into the next morning. The desensitizing gel did nothing and seemed to make the pain worse so I didn't even bother using it after the first couple tries that night.

I personally do not recommend Zoom whitening unless you are desperate to whiten your teeth dramatically. It can be quite painful for some people, and the pain and expense are not worth getting your teeth whitened 4 or 5 shades.

Not Recommended by Caroline

    Was this review helpful?
Add Reply
Ashley, Copley, OH
Jul 09 '12
How well it works
Agreeability
Affordability
     
Paid $400.00

I had the Zoom whitening treatment done this past Thursday, July 5th and love the results! My dentist offered 4 - 15 minute sessions but because of sensitivity I was only able to do 3. They told me that the at-home whitening trays/gel that they will give me will definitely lighten up my teeth even more, which is nice to know. My teeth were extremely yellow as I have never done any kind of whitening and recently had my braces taken off after 27 months of wearing them. There is a definite difference from before and after with the color of my teeth.

The process itself wasn't as bad as I was expecting from all the reviews I had read. I did use Sensodyne toothpaste and a fluoride mouthwash for approximately a month before having the procedure done. The dentist had advised to do this and I definitely think it helped/decreased the zingers I experienced. I would recommend using both as long as you can before getting the procedure done, because over time Sensodyne builds up on your teeth to decrease sensitivity.

The hygenist blocked off my gums with a special gel, and then also blocked my lips so they did not get burnt during the procedure. She did an excellent job with this as I did not feel any discomfort on my gums, and would come back in between sessions to check on me and reapply the gel. Once the procedure started, I did not experience any sensitivity in the first 15 minute session - the light just felt a little warm on my teeth. By about 5 minutes into the second session I experienced my first zinger (sharp intense pain deep in my back tooth) but it only lasted about 15 seconds. I did experience about 5 more of these throughout the rest of the second session and the third as well. For me it was mostly on my bottom back teeth, but towards the end I did feel one near my front top teeth as well. The zingers aren't fun, but definitely not painful enough to say that the procedure wasn't worth it.

After I was finished with the three sessions the hygenist took the molds of my teeth to make my at-home whitening trays. After I left the office I did experience zingers here and there for about the next 5 hours. They weren't continuous but would come in spurts. I did take some ibuprofen and by the time I woke up the next morning I didn't have any more zingers and haven't felt any since (procedure was done 4 days ago).

The one downside I have found is that you have to be very careful what you eat for the next several days after the procedure. The dentist told me your teeth are most suseptible to staining about 2-3 days afterwards since the whitening procedure pulls all the moisture out of your teeth. It is a minor inconvenience, but I found it a little tricky to find foods to eat that would not stain in those first couple of days. They also tell you not to drink coffee, pop or red wine; luckily I do not drink any of the three so that was not a problem for me.

Even though there was a little discomfort, I felt the Zoom whitening was well worth the money and I am happy with the result. I also went to a dentist that made me feel comfortable and answered all of my questions. If you are considering Zoom, definitely do your research ahead of time and find a dentist you trust.

Recommended by Ashley

    Was this review helpful?
Add Reply
W. A., Canada
Jul 09 '09
How well it works
Agreeability
Affordability

I had Zoom whitening done 8 days ago. During the procedure the solution leaked onto the inside lower lip during the second of three 15 minute sessions. I indicated that my lip was burning but the technician recommended we continue rather than stopping the whole procedure. The chemical burn on my lip continued for approximately 40 minutes. The pain in my teeth was excruciating for the rest of the day following the treatment, but subsided. The lip, however, became swollen to 3 to 4 times its normal size by the next morning. The sore became white and quite disgusting looking (see attached) and was slightly greater than the size of a quarter. It has been constantly hurting ever since. Every meal has been painful. I have woken up at least twice every night since in pain, I think because the lip must dry out. I apply vitamin E cream to soothe it. Had I known that this would or could happen I would never have done this procedure. It is not safe and the risk of suffering a severe burn is too great. I would not recommend it and say, "Buyer beware."

Recommended by W. A.

    Was this review helpful?
1 Reply
 
 

Write your own review