Zoom! Teeth Whitening vs. At-Home Whitening Kits: What is the Difference?

I’m sure you’ve been at the store to pick up some toothpaste and noticed an aisle full of teeth whitening products that promise you the moon.

Leading brands like Crest, Colgate, Listerine, etc. all have teeth whitening products you can buy over the counter that promise to whiten your teeth significantly in just a few weeks.

Sounds great, doesn’t it?


The question is…will these products actually work the way you want them to?

In this article, we’re going to discuss how at-home whitening kits compare with our professional, in-office Zoom! Whitening solution.

This is going to be an honest, unbiased review. For some people, at-home whitening kits will help them accomplish their teeth whitening goals. For others, professional whitening will be more appropriate.

Let’s continue…


What are my at-home teeth whitening options?

A quick stroll down the grocery aisle (or search on Amazon) will show you just how many products you have to choose from. While we’re not going to list out every single product (because we’d be here until midnight), here are a few of the most common categories of teeth whiteners:


Teeth whitening strips:

Whitening strips are probably the most common and best-selling over-the-counter products. You’ll typically pay $30 and up for a box of whitening strips from a leading company (such as Crest).

While these products can certainly whiten your teeth, they can take weeks to show any noticeable difference. They also do not have the “dental grade” strength that in-office whitening procedures have.


Teeth whitening gels:

When you hear someone talking about an “at home whitening kit” this is what they are commonly referring to.

These kits start around $20 and go up substantially from there. Basically, you are given whitening “trays” where you insert a special whitening gel into the trays.

Teeth whitening trays can be very effective, but some of the most common complaints are: the whitening treatment gave “uneven” results; or the teeth trays didn’t fit correctly.

If you would just like to whiten your teeth a shade or two and are on a strict budget, you may want to give over-the-counter whitening kits (trays + gel) a shot.


Charcoal powders:

Charcoal powders have become a popular over-the-counter option primarily for millennials.

While professional teeth whitening has proven to be a safe, effective treatment, some people are still leary of chemicals that are used during Zoom! Whitening and other similar procedures.

While you have nothing to worry about (here is the ADA’s stance on teeth whitening ), using activated charcoal as a whitening paste is an option available to you.


Teeth whitening pens:

Whitening pens work exactly like you think they would. They are simply pens that allow you to conveniently apply whitening gel to your teeth. The problem with whitening pens is that they tend to be more of a temporary fix, as consistent compliance is often an issue.


Why Zoom! Whitening?

According to the Zoom! Whitening website, it has been used by over 10 million people.

While the effectiveness of Zoom! is widely documented, here are its three primary advantages:

Speed: Having your teeth whitened using the Zoom! procedure can whiten your teeth 8 shades in just 45 minutes. You simply won’t get results that quickly with any at-home product.

Experience: While at-home whitening kits can be effective, they can be difficult to use, and compliance is often an issue (people tend to get frustrated after 3-4 days and quit). At Longleaf Dental, our experienced team has overseen hundreds, if not thousands of whitening procedures, and we know how to ensure your experience is quick and easy.

Results: Whitening your teeth 8 shades in less than an hour speaks for itself. You simply can’t get results like that with any other (safe) whitening procedure on the planet.

To read more about Zoom! Whitening and to see if it is right for you, read this short article.


What’s the Verdict on At-home Whitening vs Zoom! Whitening?

There is no right or wrong answer. At home whitening isn’t “bad for you” or anything like that; it just takes longer and the results vary greatly depending on the individual.

If you are looking to whiten your teeth just a shade or two, you’re on a budget, and you don’t mind waiting a few weeks for results, then using over-the-counter whitening products may be the best path for you.

However let’s face it…most of us want results yesterday.

If you want a teeth whitening treatment that works great, is approved by dentists, and takes less than one hour to see results (as opposed to 2-4 weeks), then Zoom! Whitening from Longleaf Dental is perfect for you.

As we mentioned earlier, Zoom! Whitening can whiten your teeth up to 8 shades in just one hour. If you want a bright, white smile and you want it fast, then Zoom! Whitening is just what the doctor (or dentist) ordered!

Give our office in Albany, GA a call today to schedule your professional, in-office Zoom! teeth whitening treatment.