Laser Teeth Whitening
Laser teeth whitening is a dental procedure that garners the heat energy from lasers as opposed to the light energy from LED to whiten a greyed or yellowed smile. Laser teeth whitening is considered the most effective method for rapid results, although it is also the most expensive treatment to achieve a brighter smile.
Laser Teeth Whitening
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About the Procedure
Laser teeth whitening utilizes the bleaching power of a hydrogen peroxide gel that ranges from 25 to 40 percent in concentration levels. This is a much more powerful solution when compared to other dental bleaching options such as BriteSmile, which also employs the use of a hydrogen peroxide gel but at a much lower concentration, typically 15 to 25 percent. Since laser teeth whitening is more aggressive than over-the-counter treatments, precautions are made to protect the lips and gums to prevent unnecessary irritation. First, a gel is applied to the gums which will harden into a rubber-like barrier. Next, bleach is applied to each tooth and heat generated by a laser enhances the whitening power of the hydrogen peroxide solution. Treatments typically last one hour with same-day results.
The goal of laser teeth whitening is to whiten teeth to a more aesthetically pleasing shade of white.
What to Expect
Laser teeth whitening is considered the most effective method for rapid teeth whitening results. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after laser teeth whitening.
- Schedule a professional dental cleaning before treatment
- A retractor is placed inside the mouth
- A hardening resin is applied to the gums
- Bleach is applied to each tooth
- Laser heat enhances the whitening process
- Retractors are removed
- Mouth is rinsed
No recovery is needed after a laser whitening treatment. Your teeth and gums may feel sensitive following the procedure however this will subside within one day. If discomfort is unable to be controlled by OTC medications, contact your provider.
The ideal candidate for laser teeth whitening has greying or yellowing of the teeth and has good dental health.
Not Recommended For
Laser teeth whitening is not recommended for patients with poor dental health or whose teeth discoloration is beneath the tooth enamel. Laser teeth whitening is only effective for treating external stains caused by smoking, eating, or drinking.
Side effects from laser teeth whitening may include tooth and gum sensitivity which is common and to be expected. Increased sensitivity will most likely fade within a few days of treatment.