(Closed) Whitening Teeth Zoom vs over the counter

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I vote for the old crest white strips. I’ve used them for years and they really do work!

The best part is not even to need using the entire pack at once so it lasts a really long time!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I worked as a dental assistant for several years and I can attest that Crest White strips work just a good! I’ve used them several times in the past decade– ( I drink a lot of coffee), and as the last bee said, you don’t even need the whole pack to reach desired results.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Zoom is faster. You go in once and then you’re done. That being said, if you have sensitive teeth, it’ll hurt a lot more and it’s generally pricier. I tend to shy away from Groupon deals for anything remotely medical as I feel a doctor that does it well and has a healthy amount of clients wouldn’t need to do Groupon. However, Groupon people tend to be Yelper reviewers too so if the dentist gets good reviews from the Groupon people, then it’s likely okay.

The strips do work but it takes longer and you have to be more diligent about applying them daily. However, they don’t hurt as much as Zoom and unless you are buying a ton of boxes, it’s signficantly cheaper than Zoom.

Another alternative would be Day White or Night White. This is also purchased through the dentist’s office. The dentist makes two trays (one upper one lower) and you add the gel product into the tray and wear the trays for a set amount of time. It’s a bit stronger and faster than the strips. Plus, you don’t have to worry about these sliding around since they’re made to fit your teeth (unlike strips). If you hang onto the casts the dentist made of your teeth, you can get need trays made again in the future, if you lose or damage them.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard

from what I understand, if you only need to remove stains, then whitestrips should work ok. but if your teeth are very stained or naturally yellow, you’ll need professional whitening.

not 100% sure though, you might want to ask your dentist.  

I had some stains that you could see in the crevices between my teeth, and the whitestrips could not reach that deep. I had the dentist make me trays and prescribe me whitening stuff, and that worked much better. from what I remember, it cost about 1/2 what zoom did.  what was nice is that I only had to leave them in for 5 minutes at a time. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I did Zoom for my wedding.

I did it like 12 days before my wedding. My teeth were really yellow (I am like the coffee queen). It was I think like a 1 hour process in the dentist office, I listened to my music to pass the time, and the dentist had a TV in the room if I had wanted it. Only slight discomfort is that weird thing they put in your mouth to keep it open.. I didn’t have any sensitivity or anything. My teeth were totally white, I was totally pleased with it.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Just bought the intensive 3D Crest on amazon 🙂 saved myself $20

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

I tried Zoom whitening and let me warn you…

I got some pretty painful zingers and could not even go past the first round! OMG…And, my teeth aren’t particularly sensitive.  I have heard that many people cannot go through all the rounds necessary to get the level of whitening in the claim.  So, while it works, those zingers to me, felt worse than having a baby.  I wasted my money because I just couldnt do it.

Crest whitening strips? I had excellent results.

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’ve been using the Crest strips but not really seeing any results. My teeth are pretty yellow from years of coffee/soda drinking and smoking so I know I may need a 2nd box. I used the Advanced Seal Level 3 box. I can only use it 2 or 3 days in a row, otherwise my teeth gets too sensative. And I’m too chicken to try the Level 4 or 5 as I’m sure my teeth will get really sensative with just one use.

 

Now I’m looking into the Zoom but it is expensive. And from what I hear, Asians are more sensative. Not sure how true this is…I was told that Zoom is around $400 something. Does that sound about right?

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Olive-Popeye:  so I see why you would be chicken I tried the level 5 crest strips … left it on for 2 hrs i didn’t experience any sensitivity until later on in the day and only on my bottom teeth … all i have to say is I cried a little b/c it hurt that bad … but it did work and i’ll prob do it once a week than the 7 day treatment they say you’re suppose to do…

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@BeautyBox:  How long did you experience the pain? That is exactly what I’m so afraid of! I’ve asked around a bit more and heard the Zoom doesn’t work on everyone. And I heard it can be REALLY painful. Now I’m considering doing the trays at the dentist office. A little cheaper than the Zoom and pretty good results from what I’m reading. Probably a little better than the Crest strips.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I’m currently on day 5 of KOR whitening. It’s pricier, but hopefully it will be worth it. 

And I have incredibly sensitive teeth, so it’s been a little uncomfortable.  

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Olive-Popeye:  pretty much from early eve lets say 6pm until i went to bed … next morning i was fine … the trays will prob be better b/c its at a dentist office … i guess try that and use the strips to maintain

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