ZOOM!® Teeth Whitening Vs. Over the Counter Treatments
Millions of people seek to improve their smile with cosmetic dental services every day. One of simplest treatments to make a significant impact is having your teeth whitened.
Over-the-counter whitening is readily available and most dentists offer chairside whitening and take-home treatment with professional quality products.
Over the Counter Teeth Whiteners
There’s an array of options that restore brightness to your smile, many of which you can buy for a fraction of the price of professional whitening at your local pharmacy. Whether it be whitening strips, gels, toothpaste, or rinses, these products are available as a convenient and cost effective method to whiten your teeth up to several shades.
ZOOM! Teeth Whitening
ZOOM! whitening is applied in a dental office by a trained dentist. This whitener is then activated using a specially designed light.
ZOOM! can whiten your teeth by multiple shades in under an hour, and those with extra sensitive teeth can take preventive steps like applying fluoride or a gel to help desensitize the teeth prior to the bleaching. Products such as toothpaste for sensitive teeth can help ease any pain following the treatment.
Which option is right for you?
Several factors help determine if you can benefit from over the counter teeth whitener, or if you need a stronger, more professional approach like ZOOM! teeth whitening.
Choosing to have a professionally applied treatment like ZOOM! can help make severely stained teeth significantly brighter by whitening up to seven shades, whereas even the best over the counter methods rarely lift three.
For many patients, though, the price of the product is the determining factor. While over the counter options tend to cost less, the effectiveness in both their strength and their longevity tends to require continued treatment that eventually will cost as much as a one-time professional treatment.
An excellent option is to have the one-time chairside ZOOM! treatment and then maintain that new bright smile with one of the highest quality over the counter brand whiteners. You may want to compare the price of OTC whiteners with a professional strength home whitening system that our dentist can supply to preserve your new smile.
Contact Us Today
Whitening your teeth can help bring a confidence to your smile you never knew you could have. Call Columbia Gateway Dentistry today for help in determining your best treatment path.