Quick Guide to Laser Teeth Whitening

This in office whitening procedure is not the cheapest, but it is definitely the one offering the best and most lasting results.

When laser teeth whitening is performed, the dentist will apply a special gel onto the teeth and then activate it with a special light. Typically the procedure takes about 1 to 2 hours maximum and your teeth will get several shades whiter. The greatest majority of dentists recommend that the patients should perform professional home whitening at home after the laser whitening to maintain the results for a much longer time.

Before laser teeth whitening the dentist will perform the following:
-a thorough dental checkup to see if your teeth are “healthy”. In case there is dental decay existent, he will suggest first getting dental fillings, or maybe dental bonding. This way, the laser teeth whitening will offer a uniform color of all your teeth, with fillings included
-he is going to remove all the tartar and calculus that has built up on your teeth (dental scaling & polishing)
-next, the dentist is going to take a digital photography of the current condition/color of your teeth

For laser teeth whitening, the dentist will use a peroxide gel with a higher concentration (6%) than the concentration found in home kits. Your gums are going to be protected by placing special rolls of cotton plus a material that will harden when applied onto the gums, and the cheeks will be pulled away from the dental area with the help of a retractor. Your oral cavity tissues, gums and lips should be properly protected.

The dental whitening kits that you can find for home use contain a much weaker concentration of peroxide, in order to avoid potential damages to the tissues such as burning. You need to be extremely careful, because there are many home dental kits advertised with a higher concentration of peroxide, and you should never buy these, because they can be potentially dangerous.

Following the laser dental whitening procedure, your teeth might get sensitive, this is why you should avoid consuming too hot or too cold foods for a period of a week or so. This sensitivity is generally temporary. However, people who tend to get in office dental whitening more than twice a year will put up with permanent dental sensitivity.

After the treatment, your dentist is going to show you the before and after results. Laser teeth whitening can brighten your teeth with up to 9 or 10 shades, but remember that sparkling, immaculate white teeth might actually look artificial. You should always opt for a natural shade of white (white with a very slight blend of yellow-which is ivory).

When whitening your teeth in office it is also important to consider your natural complexion. Someone with a darker skin tone and neon white teeth will simply not look natural. Consider the suggestions of the cosmetic dentist when it comes to selecting the perfect shade of white in your case.