From the category archives:

Tooth Whitening

Side Effects of Zoom Tooth Whitening System

by admin on October 8, 2008

Zoom Whitening System is an effective laser tooth whitening procedure. Nevertheless, there is no dearth of complaints from dissatisfied patients. Besides the conventional complaints like increased sensitivity, gum irritation, not as effective as expected, there are some complaints only specific to the Zoom Whitening procedure.

These patients are complaining about prolonged teeth sensitivity, burnt and swollen lips, pain and burns in gum and even throat. They claim the UV light (laser light) has damaged their oral tissues and many are considering filing a lawsuit. So, let’s find out if zoom whitening system is to be held responsible for their swollen, painful lips and gums

First, let me clear a misconception most people have regarding the ultra-violet light used in the Zoom Whitening System. It is NOT UV rays but visible light of the blue spectrum and hence there is no chance of it causing cancer. There are numerous satisfied customers too with Zoom Whitening procedure. So whose fault is it?

The product or the patient?


I personally believe it is the fault of the dentist. There is a strict methodology associated with any teeth bleaching procedure and dentists often do not strictly adhere to that which is reason for all the pain and suffering of the patient undergoing the whitening procedure. This does not imply that the dentist is at fault always. Some people are naturally sensitive to Zoom Whitening gel and even after all precautions experience many problems.

It is hence essential not to run after the best tooth whitening system but the best dental professional for the job. I am not implying quality of the product is not important but even an amazing product can be damaging if not employed correctly.

Here are some things that you should keep in mind while undergoing Zoom Whitening Treatment

  • The dentist uses a protective gel on your lips, gums and oral tissues.
  • That you do not undertake the procedure in single 1 hour session. Rather, go for 15 minute sessions with breaks in between them.

After every session, the protective gel should be wiped off and a new layer must be added

It should be noted that I neither endorse, support Zoom Whitening System nor an affiliate for them. I just expressed my views on the complications experienced by patients undertaking the procedure.

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

Types of Tooth Whitening

by admin on October 8, 2008

Tooth Whitening is just one of man’s many innovations to fulfill his cosmetic desires. No wonder, it is the most sought after cosmetic dental procedure. Tooth whitening has dawned in various forms and procedures (infact every possible form you can think of).

This article outlines the various methods of tooth whitening that are commonly used by people.

Tooth Whitening Gums: This has been extensively seen via advertising media in recent times. They contain bicarb soda which is also employed in the commercial tooth whitening toothpastes. However, they do not containing any bleaching agent which are regularly employed in most commercial tooth whitening systems which are effective.

You need to be chewing these gums for 20 minutes each four times a day for it to show any affect. Any visible whitening signs can take up to four weeks to appear.

Tooth Whitening Pastes: These are available over the counter and cost slightly above your normal toothpaste. They are to be use just like normal toothpaste and claim to have whitening effects.

However, many dentists have pointed out that they do not have any significant whitening and are just as good as normal toothpastes. People brushing with whitening pastes many times a day might be doing more damage than good to their teeth.

Tooth Whitening Strips: Most of these are available over the counter (except a few) and they contain peroxide (bleaching agent) in low concentrations (generally around 6-15%).

You have to wear these in your mouth for about an hour once/twice a day for a specified number of days. Different brands produce different results. Achieving 3 shades improvement is generally seen.

They are comfortable to wear, produce only slight discomfort upon talking and a good economical option for those who wish to achieve whiter teeth.

Tooth Whitening Trays: These come as the one-size-fits all whitening trays or custom fitted trays for the patient. The custom fitted trays are preferable since they tend to be more effective and easier to work with. This method requires wearing of the trays with whitening gel in the mouth for a fixed period and number of times each day. The gel contains a Carbamide Peroxide concentration of around 10%-15%. They have been shown to be reasonably effective in many cases although the one-size-fits-all has been often shown to be ineffective due to the improper contact of whitening gel and teeth.

In-Office Tooth Whitening: This is the most sought after cosmetic treatment for whitening teeth and also the most effective. In-office tooth whitening is carried out by professional dentists and includes popular procedures such as Zoom Whitening System and Britesmile. The dentist cleans the mouth and applies a protective gel around your mouth. A special gel containing peroxide is then applied on your teeth. A special light is used to activate this gel and it penetrates enamel and bleaches it turning your teeth white and hence this is also known as laser teeth whitening. There might be initial side effects which subside in a few days.

(Continue Reading: Pros and Cons of Tooth Whitening)

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

10 Random Facts about Tooth Whitening

September 17, 2008

Tooth Whitening only affects your natural teeth by bleaching them white. It does not work for any artificial supports or enhancements like crowns, veneers, implants etc. -The best results are seen for yellow teeth, medium results for brownish discoloration and least affective against gray teeth. –Pregnant and lactating mothers should not undergo teeth whitening. -People […]

Read the full article →

Teeth Whitening:Pros and Cons

September 17, 2008

Teeth Whitening Products : Pros and Cons Tooth Whitening is effectively the most sought after treatment in Cosmetic Dentistry and why not? It claims to whiten your teeth with out having any implications or health hazards. Before, you run to your nearest Dentist to get your teeth whitened let us examine the pros and cons […]

Read the full article →

Is Tooth Whitening for Me?

September 6, 2008

Tooth whitening has been the best thing to have happened to many people. People have rediscovered themselves with improved self confidence through tooth bleaching procedure. It is a miracle of modern cosmetic dentistry that helps people achieve this dream. When done in correct way, teeth whitening is a safer procedure than most other current dental […]

Read the full article →