I admit, I am incredibly vain. I worry about wrinkles and sun damage, I like having pretty hair, and I’m especially vain about my teeth. My dentist suggests any cosmetic thing and I’m all “sign me up!”
This is how I ended up with Zoom whitening.
I have stains on my teeth from fluorosis, from swallowing toothpaste as a kid. If you’re around my age, you might remember those AquaFresh commercials where they did this big triple layer swirl of toothpaste on the brush, and it was my goal in life to make the perfect toothpaste swirl. And then I swallowed the toothpaste. That combined with fluoridated water stained my adult teeth as they were forming. They’re kind of grey with white spots. Traditional bleaching with trays has always just made the white spots brighter and more noticeable.
My dentist tells me Zoom whitening can help even out the coloring. Zoom is where they paint the bleaching solution on your teeth and then activate it with it a light. It is supposed to lighten eight shades in one office visit.
The good part? It works. My teeth lightened a lot and they did even out quite a bit. The bad part? It HURT.
Before my visit, they told me to use Sensodyne toothpaste and take ibuprofen for sensitivity. I thought sensitivity would be a manageable thing, not bad at all. I did not expect to have “zingers” shooting into my jaws on my drive home. I swallowed one of my giant headache pills without water on the drive because it was all I had and I could not take it.
Obviously, this is a rare reaction, or Zoom whitening wouldn’t be a thing. But I don’t know if I would recommend it because I’m not sure there is a way to tell if you’re a person that is going to have a bad reaction to it or not.
I’ll put it this way: I’d have another baby, if I could. I would not do Zoom whitening again.
Should you decide to try it, I would definitely recommend using Sensodyne for two weeks before. I kept using my usual Sensi-namel or whatever it’s called, but go with the actual Sensodyne. Use ACT fluoride rinse for a couple of weeks also. I’d get the kids version because it is just fluoride, no alcohol. Definitely take ibuprofen before your appointment, 800 mg. And if your teeth start feeling zingy during the treatment, it’s time to stop, don’t tough it out!
Obviously, this is not medical advice. But, I’ll answer any questions I can as someone that’s tried it!