Teeth whitening is one of the quickest ways to make a dramatic improvement in your smile. A whiter smile is an attractive and a relatively simple procedure that doesn’t involve invasive measures. How does laser teeth whitening work, and is it any different than the at-home whitening kits?
How Does Laser Teeth Whitening Work?
Teeth whitening uses a solution to help bleach or remove stains from the surface. All forms of teeth whitening gently removes stains from teeth by releasing oxygen ions from the paste or solution. The oxygen ions help “lift” stains. The use of a laser in the whitening procedure can help speed up the process. Instead of taking weeks, you can be enjoying a whiter smile within one to three sessions.
Another other helpful aspect of laser teeth whitening, is that if one tooth is more mis-colored than the others surrounding it, laser whitening can be used to focus on specific area of your smile.
What’s Involved with Laser Teeth Whitening?
Laser teeth whitening is performed in the office by trained dental staff. A dentist or hygienist will first clean your teeth and make sure that any repair work that needs to be done is taken care of.
You may be given an over-the counter NSAID for tooth sensitivity prior to your procedure, as the whitening process may cause initial tooth sensitivity. A protective barrier is then placed over your gums before a compound is applied to your teeth, followed by exposure to the laser which activates the compound to extract the stains. After a few minutes, the whitening compound is then removed and reapplied up to three times.
How Long Does Laser Teeth Whitening Work / Last?
Laser teeth whitening is not permanent and may last anywhere from six months to several years depending on care and maintenance.
Looking for a dramatic improvement in your smile? Contact the office of Dr. Reem Kidess for more information or to schedule a consultation for teeth whitening options and other restorative services.