VividBrite vs Others

Professional light-activated whitening has become a popular choice due to it's speed and effectiveness. Published studies indicate that it produces significantly fewer problems with post-treatment discomfort than dentist-administered take home treatments.

The original Zoom! method has been replaced by an improved Zoom 2. Some dentists still use the original Zoom.. Be sure to ask what your dentist use.

Zoom 2
Other Dentist Whitening
# of shades whitened 5-10 shades (average) on standard dental 16-shade Shade Guide. Up to a maximum of 14 shades. 5-10 shades (average) on standard dental 16-shade Shade Guide.  4-10 shades (average) on standard 16-shade Shade Guide
How long does it take? 1 hour 1 hour ranges from 1 hr to weeks (multiple visits)

How long does it last?

Can last years depending on personal habits. Use of after care products is advised for maximum effect. Can last years depending on personal habits. Use of after care products is advised for maximum effect. Can last years depending on personal habits.
Solution ingredients 16% Hydrogen Peroxide pH engineered to respond to the blue wavelength. 15% - 20% Hydrogen Peroxide gel depending on dentist. ranges from 8% - 25% Hydrogen Peroxide. Some use carbamide which whitens slower, but is a good choice for those with sensitive teeth. Carbamide Peroxide is mostly used when mouth trays are used.

VividBrite uses iBrite blue wavelength light which emits virtually no heat, no harmful UV (ultraviolet) light and is clinically proven safe for tooth enamel, skin, gums, and other soft tissues.

The light is specially shaped to evenly shine on just your smile line (teeth visible when you smile).

A mercury, metal halide lamp which is filtered to emit light in the 350nm to 450nm range. The light uses an infrared filter to reduce heat at the tooth surface, and, per a study by the University Health Research Group Inc., Zoom's light emits small but not significant amounts of UVB (ultra-violet).

Guides placed in your mouth insure that the light is aligned properly.

Most use LED blue wavelength light for in-office whitening. Some dentists only offer take home kits which involve custom trays and whitening is done at your home, usually for 1 week.

The experience

The procedure is self-administered with close supervision of a qualified trained technician.

First you are given a bib and teeth wipe to dry your teeth and prepare for whitening. A cheek retractor is used to isolate your cheek, mouth and lips. A gel pen is used to apply whitening gel directly to the teeth. You will be given a protective eyewear and the lamp is positioned and turned on for 20 minutes. During this time, you need to remain still but can listen to music, watch TV or sleep.

The application of the whitener followed by the light is repeated 2 more times if a 60-minute procedure is requested.

At the end of the process, vitamin-e is applied to lips and gums and you're done.

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First, a clinician applies protective substances to insure that all soft tissue in and around your mouth (gums, lips, etc.) are isolated and protected.You are also given a face bib to protect your skin and protective eyewear to wear. Guides are placed in the mouth in order to precisely align the Zoom light.

Following the preparation period, the bleaching solution is applied, the light is turned on, and the actual whitening occurs. This is done 3 times for 20 minutes each. During this time the patient can listen to music, some even fall asleep.

A 5 minute flouride treatment follows the procedure.

Varies depending on procedure.

Many dentists only offer customized home whitening for patients. It is self-administered and is done at the convenience of your own home. It may take as long as 1-2 weeks of daily whitening.

Many denstists also use in-office tray system, using carbamide peroxide. Although not as fast/strong as hydrogen peroxide, it is great for patients with tooth sensitivity.

Others use laser whitening similar to Zoom whitening procedure. The most common being BriteSmile which uses 15% Hydrogen Peroxide with blue LED non-UV (ultra -violet) lamp.



Not intended for: Children age 13 and under, pregnant or lactating women. Children age 13 and under, pregnant or lactating women. Children age 13 and under, pregnant or lactating women.
Touch-up whitening

FREE touch up pen with 60-min procedure at regular price or $20 for 20min in-office touch-up.


ranges from $100-$200 cost varies from $100-$300
Additional Precautions None.

Light sensitive individuals including those undergoing PUVA (Psoralen+UV Radiation) therapy or other photo-chemotherapy, as well as patients with melanoma, should not have the Zoom! In-Office procedure.

Additionally, if you are taking any drugs which can cause light-sensitivity (over the counter, herbal or prescription) you should first consult with your physician.

varies depending on procedure.

About 20% of those undergoing the procedure experience a temporary increase in tooth sensitivity. This only lasts 1-2 days, and most people find relief using over-the-counter medications (Advil®, Tylenol® ...). Your dentist can prescribe stronger medication if necessary.


About 20% of those undergoing this process will experience increased tooth sensitivity, including sharp pains or a persistant mild to moderate ache, which can last for a couple of days. Your dentist can prescribe medication if needed.

Zoom2 claims to produce 67% less sensitivity in patients than those treated with the original Zoom! system

Tray/Mouthpiece procedures generally causes more prolonged tooth sensitivity.

Cost (Approximate)


$199, can be less during seasonal sales and promos.

$400-$600. No price is given on the manufacturer's website, price quotes we found on participating dentist's sites were around $500. $300-$1000. Some promos available usually combined with cleaning, xrays and other added procedures which cost more and requires multiple visits.