(Closed) Zoom whitening – when will this excruciating pain end!?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 18
10020 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@brideybean:  ((HUGS))   Even the strips are too strong for me.  I’m so sorry you’re in pain!  I really hope you feel better soon.

Post # 20
2066 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@Sunfire:  I’m really surprised by what your dentist told you. I’m a dental hygienist and have read a lot of studies on whitening. Everything I have researched/been told has said that all side effects from whitening are transient. Yes, you have to be reasonable and shouldn’t do zoom monthly but within reason… I tell my patient’s not to whiten more than once a year. I’ve never heard a dentist tell a patient that and I have worked for a lot of dentists.


Enamel is super strong. Whitening works by dehydrating the teeth and opening up the tubules or pores of the teeth, hence the sensitivity – the tubules are open to the nerve. Drinking lots of (room temperature) water will rehydrate the teeth and close up those tubules. I have never heard of long lasting negative effects from whitening. At my old office, however, I refused to do Zoom on patients that have never had it because despite telling them they will experience pain, most are surprised by the amount of pain. But it’s fairly normal and always goes away.

Post # 21
10020 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@mu_t:   Maybe it was because I wanted to whiten more than once a year (at that time).  When I mentioned it he said the truth is that no whitening is ever good for teeth and can damage enamel.  He didn’t refuse to do it, he just wanted to warn me.  He does whiten people’s teeth if they want it; he told me my teeth are naturally white enough already, though.  

Post # 22
1548 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I don’t have any advice on the pain. I just wanted to say I would not get the whitening treatment done again. I can’t even handle Crest White Strips so there’s no way I would do professional whitening. I will mention though that I just started using Sensodyne Repair and Protect toothpaste and even though it doesn’t say it has any whitening benefits I have found my teeth to be at least 1-2 shades whiter. Kind of a bonus, and my teeth aren’t yellow or bad to begin with, my teeth are actually one of my fav features!

Post # 23
140 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I don’t wanna threadjack, but I definitely want to get this done.  Does anyone have advice for how close to the wedding I should do it?  I guess I had thought I could do it right before, but from the OPs experience, this is a BAD idea!!!

Post # 25
594 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I did ZOOM my Junior year in high school with my mom, and she had some pain, but I actually thought I was going to die. I went back to school right after (so I skipped a few classes, I still did very well in college and that’s what matters, right? RIGHT?! Wink) I couldn’t stay in school for more than two periods after that because every time I opened my lips, it was like my head was being electrocuted. That first day was completely intolerable, and I ended up just taking sleeping aid to escape the pain because I couldn’t stop crying. And I have an incredible pain tolerance, I once had my foot broken by a horse at a competition, but still shoved my swollen foot into a riding boot and competed (and WON, yay go me), for three days. Probably not a smart idea, but I was a crazy kid and it didn’t hurt enough for me to justify missing an event.

Regardless, the zoom pain was significantly better the next day, and I am pretty sure all sensitivity was gone within 2-3 days. Good luck and enjoy those pearly whites!

Post # 26
4431 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I had zoom when I was like 17, and I don’t remember experiencing any pain like you mentioned and that was 10 years ago!

I had very small spots of sensitivity…didn’t need any medication or anything!  So weird!  Gums only tingled and burned when I had the solution on during the process.

Post # 27
263 posts
Helper bee

I have professional trays/gel, and when I do back to back treatments, my teeth get VERY sensitive, so much as the AIR causes them to be sensitive!! This goes away for me after 1-2 days or so. I feel your pain!! I hope it goes away for you soon!!

Post # 28
168 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@brideybean:  Try Sensodine toothpaste and Orajel. Hope that helps! Never done Zoom whitening though…

Post # 29
2 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

I just had Zoom done yesterday, and I wish I had looked up this post, or really understood the pain disclaimer my dentist gave me… I have NEVER experienced this type of pain before! For 12 hours afterwards it felt like someone was probing my mouth with live wires! I am usually good at zoning out when pain occurs, but this was unbearable. By the third 15 min session the pain wasn’t intermittent, but instead became constant in every tooth. While i’m glad my teeth look whiter, if i could go back in time I would stop myself from doing it. In NO WAY was it worth it. My teeth would have to be black for me to even consider again, and even then I’d probably rather just pull all my teeth out rather than go through that again!

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