Laser Teeth Whitening
Nowadays there are more and more ways to have your teeth whitened, all at different prices, different time windows and different procedures and approaches used. You can have the dentist bleach them, or buy kits to do at home, or even try with teeth whitening toothpaste. Well, now it’s time to add to this list laser teeth whitening. Now your dentist can whiten your teeth using a laser. Welcome to the future.
Although you may be surprised to hear that laser teeth whitening has been around for almost 20 years now. Why would you want to risk having lasers fired into your mouth? Well don’t worry it’s actually very well regulated now, and the best thing about it? You can have your teeth whitening in JUST ONE VISIT to your dentist! Just one visit and you can have your teeth whitened by up to 5 or 10 shades. Sounds almost too good to be true? Let’s read on.
How Does Laser Teeth Whitening Work?
The main benefit of laser whitening is obviously the quick time in which results can be achieved. But easily the next benefit is just how precise the laser treatment can be. Rather than a bleaching gel, which has little choice but to go all over your teeth, laser can hit exact, precise spots. Many people turn to laser style teeth whitening because they have found bleaching gels uncomfortable, painful and causing too much sensitivity or inflammation.
The first part of a laser teeth whitening procedure is having your teeth prepared before the laser. The areas of your teeth that you and your dentist have decided need whitened will be coated with the active ingredient, that will respond to the laser. The areas of your teeth and gums that you wish to have protected from the procedure become covered up with beeswax. This protects them against the active ingredient. This adds a lot of time to the procedure, which can end up taking several hours as a result.
The next part of the process is activating the ingredients on the tooth. This is what the laser does, and your dentist will take great care at this stage. The laser activates the ingredients and can really lighten the shade of your teeth by quite a few numbers. The light form the laser causes a chemical reaction in the chemicals, causing them to brighten. There are actually a number of different laser types that can be used. Your dentist will discuss this with you and make his choice, or else the dental practice will already have a standard laser they use. The laser most often used for laser teeth whitening is an argon laser.
The final part of the entire procedure comes after the laser is finished. Your dentist will apply a layer of fluoride treatment on your teeth. This will serve to protect your new, shiny white teeth, and make them strong and bright.
Unsurprisingly, laser whitening is one of the more expensive teeth whitening procedures that you can opt for. But it costs a lot for a good reason. It leads to excellent results and you can have the procedure finished in a single day. If you are looking for a brighter smile, you should definitely investigate this!