Laser Teeth Whitening
Your lifestyle and the aging process can stain and darken your teeth. Many things we do on a regular basis can contribute to stained teeth, such as drinking coffee, tea, cola and red wine or smoking.
LaserTeeth Whitening can get your smile looking its best.
You should look for a whitening procedure that is:
• Fast and convenient
• Long lasting
• Low sensitivity
• Proven to be safe and effective
• Performed by a Dental Professional
Laser Teeth Whitening FAQ’s
- What is laser teeth whitening?
Laser teeth whitening is a bleaching process that lightens discoloration of enamel and dentin.
- What causes tooth discoloration?
There are many causes. The most common include aging and consumption of staining substances such as coffee, tea, colas, tobacco, red wine, etc. During tooth formation, consumption of tetracycline, certain antibiotics or excessive fluoride may also cause tooth discoloration.
- Who may benefit from teeth whitening?
Almost anyone. However, treatment may not be as effective for some as it is for others. We’ll determine if you are a viable candidate for this procedure through a thorough oral exam, including a shade assessment.
- Do many people whiten their teeth?
More people than you might imagine. A bright, sparkling smile can make a big difference for everyone. The laser teeth whitening system makes it easier and faster than ever before.
- Is whitening safe?
Yes, extensive research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. In fact, many dentists consider whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure available. As with any tooth whitening product, laser teeth whitening is not recommended for children under 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.
- How long do the results last?
By following some simple post whitening care instructions, your teeth will always be lighter than they were before. To keep your teeth looking their best, we recommend flossing, brushing twice daily with whitening toothpaste, and occasional touch-ups with take-home gel. These are professional formula products designed specifically to keep your teeth their brightest. They are available only through your dental professional.
- How does the laser teeth whitening system works?
The laser teeth whitening light-activated whitening gel’s active ingredient is Hydrogen Peroxide. As the Hydrogen Peroxide gel is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin, bleaching colored substances while the structure of the tooth is unchanged. The laser teeth whitening light aids in activating the Hydrogen Peroxide and helps it penetrate the surface of the tooth. A study has shown that use of the laser teeth whitening lamp increases the effectiveness of the gel by 33% or more, giving an average improvement of eight shades*.
- What does a patient experience during the laser teeth whitening procedure?
During the procedure, patients may comfortably watch television or listen to music. Many actually fall asleep. Individuals with a strong gag reflex or anxiety may have difficulty undergoing the entire procedure.
- How is exposure to the laser teeth whitening light controlled?
The laser teeth whitening procedure requires that all soft tissue in and around the mouth be protected. The clinician is required to monitor the procedure to insure any exposed skin or tissue is isolated and protected. Protective eyewear is required during the procedure. Light sensitive individuals including those undergoing PUVA (Psoralen+UV Radiation) therapy or other photochemotherapy, or patients with melanoma, should not undergo the laser teeth whitening! In-Office procedure. Also patients taking any light sensitive drugs or substances, whether over-the-counter, prescription or homeopathic, should consult their primary care physician prior to procedure. Anyone who is not eligible for laser teeth whitening! Chairside for these reasons may be an excellent candidate for laser teeth whitening take-home.
- How long does laser teeth whitening chairside whitening take?
The complete procedure takes less then an hour. The procedure begins with a preparation period followed by 45 minutes of bleaching. (a cleaning is recommended prior to the actual teeth Whitening session).
- Are there any side effects?
Some people experience temporary increased tooth sensitivity to cold during treatment. These symptoms disappear within 1-3 days after interruption or completion of the treatment.