Difference Between Zoom & Opalescence Boost

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Teeth-whitening is a option for people who have stained their teeth from one of any number of sources. Teeth staining can come from drinking coffee, tea or soda or smoking tobacco. Two methods of teeth whitening are the Zoom teeth whitening system and Opalescence Boost system. In some respects, such as application time, which is typically about one hour for each, the methods are very similar. But the systems also have many differences.

Whitening method

Zoom uses a high-powered laser to whiten teeth. Opalescence boost uses a combination of chemicals to achieve whiter teeth.


While both systems are generally successful and only require about an hour, Boost's results are normally more permanent. Both treatments generally leave teeth whiter, but it is common for Zoom users to have two regularly scheduled follow-up appointments to get teeth touched up.


Boost has the tendency to cause extreme tooth sensitivity if the chemical mixture is applied for too long. Zoom users run the risk of encountering discomfort, burns and tissue damage because of the laser.

Other benefits

Opalescence Boost's chemical formula includes fluoride and potassium nitrate so it strengthens enamel and increases cavity resistance while whitening. The Zoom laser system does not include chemicals so users still need to apply fluoride and potassium nitrate in order to gain those benefits.


The average cost of an Opalescence Boost application at a dentist's office is 250-500 dollars. The average cost of a Zoom application using the signature "Zoom light" costs about 100-600 dollars.