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Finding a teeth whitening product that actually works is a bit of a holy grail in oral health care. It’s truly a needle in a haystack search for something that provides noticeable whitening.
Moreover, it’s difficult to find at home or over the counter remedies which provide definite improvement. There’s a dizzying array of powders, pastes and gels to choose from.
Zoom Nite White is one of the whitening gels which stand out from the pack. It comes with a gentler, unique formula which is easier on the teeth than most. Before I delve into the specifics of this product, it’s worth talking about tooth stains in general and the various types of whitening products. Then we’ll move on to our full Zoom Whitening review.
Teeth Stains 101
There are two primary kinds of tooth stains: extrinsic and intrinsic.
- Extrinsic: These are stains that occur on the enamel or outermost layer of the teeth. This is by far the most common cause of tooth discoloration, and this is the one treated by Nite White. Some of the causes of extrinsic stains include the following:
- Coffee and other acidic beverages
- Built up plaque
- Various medications.
- Intrinsic: Intrinsic stains are deeper down, actually penetrating down into the dentin. These are typically caused by nerve damage or other more severe dental problems like cavities. If you have stains that won’t go away no matter what, these you either already know about or should see a dentist about. They won’t be helped by Nite Brite or any other over the counter treatment.
It’s helpful to know about why teeth discoloration occurs in the first place and how it’s treated before looking at Nite White. Also, it’s worth noting the different types of whitening options out there before deciding if Nite White is the one for you.
Teeth Whitening Options
These are a list of some of the different types of whitening products and their levels of effectiveness
- Pens/Swabs: There are a few whitening products out on the market which come in the form of a swab or pen. These are non invasive but vary widely in their effectiveness.
- Strips: Whitening strips are probably one of the more convenient options out on the market. They are pretty easy to find and are cost effective.
- Powders and Toothpastes: The least effective and reliable whitening products, these are numerous and common. Like pens, their effectiveness ranges from total placebo to only marginal effectiveness.
- Trays: The most invasive and costly teeth whitening method, trays are the only method which will provide definite whitening improvement. Trays are, however, pretty harsh on sensitive teeth. Zoom’s gel comes in syringes and is applied into dental these trays.
Again, it’s worth taking into account the options out there before diving into the specifics of one product and one specific method of teeth whitening.
Nite White: The Ingredients
Taking a look at Nite White “under the hood,” so to speak, reveals a unique formula of two specific whitening ingredients. Their particular combination is what makes Nite White such a worthwhile and effective gel. There are two main active ingredients in Nite White: amorphous calcium phosphate (22%) and potassium nitrate.
- Amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP): This is the primary whitener in Nite White. It’s unique because it’s one of the only whiteners which also works to reduce sensitivity at the same time. It also reduces enamel decay and remineralizes teeth.
- Potassium Nitrate: While not a whitening ingredient per se, potassium nitrate has been shown to have promising tooth sensitivity reducing properties. This is important as trays are particularly harsh on teeth and will cause great discomfort to those with sensitive teeth.
This is what makes Nite White unique. Unlike most gels, it’s designed with sensitive teeth in mind. How does it’s ingredients measure up to the actual effects?
Nite White: The Experience
For me, Nite White lived up to its claim. While I don’t suffer from particularly sensitive teeth, it’s gentler than most other gels I’ve tried out.
It comes packs of three 2.4 gram syringes. They are tipped with double tips which combine both the ingredients and a bleaching agent to make whitening teeth easier. This is nice because some whitening regimens require separate syringes.
Also, unlike most whitening gel regimens, you don’t have to wear these overnight. Despite the “Nite” in the same, you only have to wear your trays for one to two hours before removal. This is a lot shorter than most whitening gels.
It took about one month for me to notice the effects of Nite White. It appeared to have increased the whiteness of my teeth by at least a couple of shades. This is a definite improvement over other gels and most non-tray whitening products.
Another plus is that buying this product separate from the dentist’s office is much cheaper. I’m talking about potentially saving a few hundred dollars cheaper.
While Nite White does work and is certainly cost effective, it still isn’t perfect and comes with some disadvantages.
Nite White has a few cons in my mind. First, it doesn’t come in a kit with trays. This means one of two things. If you are comfortable with trying a over the counter tray, you will have to buy one separately. You will, however, still run the risk of getting a tray which doesn’t fit properly. Then, you will have to go to the dentist to get a custom fit tray for a proper whitening.
For me, the lack of a tray isn’t directly a complaint about the product itself but more of an inconvenience than anything. Most other whitening gels come at least with a full kit with trays option.
Another problem some users noticed is that it is still harsh for those with really sensitive teeth. As I said before, stains live in the enamel. In order for teeth whitening to occur, some scrubbing and abrasion is needed to remove the stains. Trays as a whole might not be the best option if you suffer from super sensitive teeth.
Zoom Teeth Whitening Review Wrap Up
Trying to find a working teeth whitening product is truly a challenge. There are hundreds of options to choose from. Many of these products simply won’t work for some people.
Out of the many whitening products out there, trays are the most effective. They use powerful but harsh gels to scrub away the extrinsic stains on the teeth.
Nite White is one of the few that truly works. It’s ingredient formula is balanced to simultaneously whiten teeth while minimizing pain due to sensitivity. Their combination of ACP and potassium nitrate is designed to be used for only an hour or two as well. This is a definite improvement over the usual overnight trays.
Once more, the only downsides I found with Nite White were with the general method itself. Trays are invasive and rather expensive, especially if you don’t find ones that properly fit you or feel comfortable. The bottom line is this; if you have overly sensitive teeth, trays and maybe most other whitening methods will not be comfortable for you.
Aside from those with particular tooth sensitivities, I would recommend Nite White to anyone who wants a faster, more balanced and effective whitening method.