Candid Zoom Whitening Review

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Candid — Philips Zoom Whitening Kit (DayWhite) Review

Candid is a brand of remote aligners, also called DTC or at-home aligners. They offer a convenient, discreet, and affordable way to straighten your teeth without having to visit an orthodontist. 

Candid also offers a professional-grade whitening kit, Philips Zoom DayWhite, at a discounted cost. The kit is used before you begin aligner treatment. You can also buy it as a standalone service if you aren’t straightening your teeth. 

Philips Zoom Whitening is the #1 requested whitening product. In the past, you could only buy Philips Zoom through your dentist. The treatment is typically completed in-office and costs up to $1,000. 

Thanks to Candid, Philips Zoom Whitening is available to anyone without having to leave their homes — for the first time.

You can purchase the kit alone or with your aligner treatment for up to 30% less than in-office treatment. 

More About Candid

Candid stands out in the remote aligner industry for a few reasons:

  1. They provide patients with Invisalign-level care at a more affordable price ($1,895 vs. $5,000).
  2. They work exclusively with orthodontists (teeth straightening experts). The same orthodontist who designs your treatment plan will monitor your progress via CandidMonitoring. 
  3. They offer professional-grade whitening (Philips Zoom) before you begin your aligner treatment. This service is unique to Candid; no other aligner company offers it.
  4. They have a stricter but safer diagnosis process than any other at-home aligner brand. Candid requires more intraoral photographs and details about your medical and dental history.
  5. To begin treatment, order an impression kit online OR visit one of their 30+ Candid Studio locations. 

We recommend in-person consultations because you’ll get an in-depth 3D scan from a trained professional. You’ll also have the option to buy the Philips Zoom Whitening Kit to brighten your teeth before treatment begins. 

Note: If an at-home impression kit is more convenient, you can still purchase the Philips Zoom Whitening add-on. 

More About Philips Zoom Whitening

Philips Zoom is a popular professional teeth whitening product. This chairside treatment can whiten teeth up to 8 shades after 1 session. It’s also FDA-approved and takes 1 hour to complete. 

Professional whitening treatments like Zoom are more effective than over-the-counter products regarding speed and degree of whitening achieved. This is due to their higher peroxide concentrations. 

The take-home version of Zoom offered by Candid is also effective. Over 10 million people have experienced a healthy, white smile with Zoom DayWhite and NiteWhite. Results are noticeable in as little as 3 days. 

How Does the Philips Zoom Whitening Kit Offered by Candid Work? 

The primary bleaching agent in Zoom is hydrogen peroxide.

The original Philips Zoom chairside treatment formulation has 25% hydrogen peroxide

The Philips Zoom kit offered by Candid has a 6% hydrogen peroxide solution with fluoride, ACP, and potassium nitrate. This means you’ll have to use the at-home kit more often to see professional results.

There are two ways to order the kit. You can buy it alone or with your aligner treatment. 

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To buy Philips Zoom DayWhite by itself, follow these steps:

  1. Order a whitening starter kit online via Candid’s website.
  2. Take your teeth impressions and photos at home. Or, set up an appointment at one of their 30+ studios around the country. 
  3. Candid will make your custom-fitted whitening trays. These trays are designed to help the gel stay on your teeth. This reduces the risk of gum irritation and general discomfort.   
  4. The whitening kit, trays, and carrying case are delivered straight to your door. 
  5. Apply the gel from the syringe into the trays. Place on your teeth for 30 to 90 minutes daily. Use as often as you’d like until your desired whitening level is achieved. Most people see optimal results in two weeks or less.

To buy Philips Zoom DayWhite with your aligners, follow these steps:

  1. Order an aligner starter kit online or set up an appointment at a Candid Studio
  2. Once approved for treatment, you’ll receive the aligners within 3 weeks of taking the impressions. 
  3. Before you purchase the aligners, you’ll also have the option to buy the Zoom Whitening Kit. If you do, you’ll receive a separate custom tray to use with the gel. 
  4. Follow steps 4 and 5 above. 
  5. Then, once you’re desired tooth shade is achieved, begin your aligner treatment. The whitening treatment must be completed before you start wearing the aligners. 

Pros and Cons of Philips Zoom DayWhite

Is Philips Zoom right for you? 

PROS

  • Philips Zoom is the #1 patient requested professional whitening brand
  • Candid is the only aligner company that offers this unique service at home 
  • See results in as little as 3 days (full results in two weeks)
  • Less sensitivity whitening formula
  • Custom trays ensure full gel contact with the teeth for safe and professional whitening results
  • Custom trays also reduce the risk of gum irritation and leakage
  • Dual barrel technology provides maximum potency at time of use, without refrigeration
  • Over 10 million people have achieved a noticeably whiter smile
  • Superior whitening formula with added enamel protection
  • Cheaper than Zoom chairside treatments 
  • Results can last up to a year (avoiding foods and liquids that contribute to staining will help the effects last longer)

CONS

  • Have to use for 30 to 90 minutes a day, which is longer than most other treatments
  • More expensive than other at-home whitening kits
  • Requires teeth impressions before treatment, making the process less convenient (keep in mind: other at-home brands use universal trays, which can be messy)
  • Higher risk for sensitivity due to the hydrogen peroxide content and how long the gel stays on your teeth per session

Candid’s Whitening Foam vs. Philips Zoom Whitening  

Philips Zoom Whitening DayWhite is a professional, clinical-grade whitening formula with 6% hydrogen peroxide, fluoride, ACP, and potassium nitrate. 

The complimentary whitening foam Candid offers during aligner treatment has 3.8% hydrogen peroxide. It’s a milder formula that can be used to disinfect and whiten your aligners (and teeth) throughout treatment. 

How Much Does The Whitening Kit Cost? 

Candid offers Philips Zoom Whitening for $349 (vs. $599 in-office). 

You can purchase this whitening treatment on its own or in combination with your aligner treatment. However, it must be completed beforehand. The custom trays fit your original tooth positioning.

Is it Worth the Cost? 

Philips Zoom is the #1 patient requested professional whitening brand. For the first time, you can get professional-grade whitening without having to leave your home. 

The main standout of this product is that you’ll receive custom trays, which reduce the risk of gum irritation. The trays also help the gel stay on your teeth better, resulting in more even whitening and less leakage. 

Although effective, Philips DayWhite is more expensive than other at-home brands. It costs close to $400, while most LED whitening kits cost $150 or less. 

If you’re looking for professional-grade results and don’t mind the higher cost, choose Philips. The results will last much longer than other brands (up to a year, depending on your lifestyle). 

Other at-home options are available, but these typically require more upkeep and don’t offer custom trays. 

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