Zoom Laser Tooth Whitening and Bleaching

Do over the counter tooth whitening gels work? That’s the number one question I get about Zoom laser tooth whitening vs. over the counter products. The honest answer is they do, but not very well.

There are two reasons they don’t work well; they’re not prescription strength and they don’t give you a medical laser to activate the whitening gel. Without these features products like Crest Whitening Strips produce marginal results.

Is laser tooth whitening safe?

Yes. Zoom laser whitening uses a proven safe peroxide based gel solution to remove unwanted stains from your teeth. The laser simply activates it by helping the enamel absorb the peroxide.

What are the side effects of laser tooth whitening?

Most of the time there are no side effects of bleaching your teeth. However, some patients have temporary sensitivity or tingling sensation in their teeth for a day or so.


Does laser tooth whitening hurt?

No. Whitening your teeth using a Zoom laser is a painless procedure. In our office you can sit back, relax and watch TV while we whiten your smile.

How long does Zoom bleaching take?

We only bleach your teeth for about an hour, depending upon how white you want them. However, first we isolate your gums from the laser. This usually takes about twenty minutes. So start to finish takes about two hours.

How long does teeth whitening last?

This is a tough question to answer as everyone eats and drinks different foods. The more you drink coffee, red wine, etc. the sooner your teeth will discolor. Most people see the effects of laser whitening start to fade after a year. The good news is we will also give you take-home whitening trays and gel so you can “touch up” your white smile at home.

How much does Zoom whitening cost?

Our normal fee for Zoom laser whitening is $525. However, we frequently have specials and discounts for new patients that can bring the price down. The best thing to do is call our office and see if we have any Zoom whitening specials going.

Does dental insurance cover laser tooth whitening?

Unfortunately dental insurance does not cover laser whitening. However, some flex spending accounts and health savings accounts will allow you to use your tax free money for laser whitening. It is best to contact your HSA or flex spending account administrator to ask.

Here is a brief Zoom laser whitening video that tells you a bit more about the procedure and results:

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Dr. Sherry Tsai provides Zoom laser teeth whitening near Millbrae, San Bruno, Burlingame, San Mateo and the Bay Area

88 Capuchino Dr.  
Millbrae CA 94030

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