In office whitening has always been appealing to both dentists and their patients. For years, we used halogen lights causing significant side effects including soft tissue burns, pulpal heating, and tooth dehydration. I wrote an article published in the July 2012 issue of Dentaltown discussing the significant drawbacks of the Zoom in office whitening procedure utilizing their halogen light. My preference had always been to steer my patients toward a take home tray technique and my halogen light was collecting dust in the corner.
Shortly after it was published, I had a visit from my local Zoom rep. They explained that Zoom was now owned by Phillips which was also a lighting company. Aware of the drawbacks of the halogen light, a redesigned light was fitted with LEDs. They left me a demo and asked me to give it a try. I was skeptical and had the rep present to observe what I was sure would be no different than the previous 3 Zoom lights: a painful, sensitive procedure that many patients could not tolerate. I was completely surprised when the patient breezed through the procedure with no discomfort. The results looked great, but I was sure that that patient would have significant post op sensitivity. Wrong again, the patient reported very mild sensitivity that resolved in a day. I kept the light and after multiple procedures with similar outcomes, I purchased the light. Phillips got it right and I am happy to say that we are using it on a daily basis. I Have Seen the Light!