What is laser teeth whitening?

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Laser teeth whitening is the safest and easiest dental cosmetic procedure available. If you are one of those people who feel obliged to cover your mouth with your hand when you laugh, and smile with your lips firmly closed, you are an ideal candidate for teeth whitening. Laser teeth whitening treatment involves the usage of a gel that contains hydrogen peroxide and an LED special light that activates the gel to shorten the treatment time in approximately 45 minutes. Gel’s primary target is to remove the stain located inside the tooth structure.

Why are my teeth stained?

There are many reasons why people have stained teeth, sometimes through no fault of their own. The most common source of  tooth stain of course is through food and drinks consumption. Over the years you may have consumed coffee or tea frequently or perhaps red wine, which all stain your teeth. Nicotine is another reason for having stained teeth, and even if you no longer smoke, the effects may be clearly seen on the surface of your teeth. Such stains are not removed by flossing and brushing your teeth. These types of teeth stains are called extrinsic stains and are relatively easier to remove compared to intrinsic stains which are embedded deep in the tooth structure. Intrinsic stains are caused by excessive fluoride and tetracycline intake while your teeth develop up to thirteen years of age. Other genetic factors can contribute to stubborn intrinsic stain formation. However, laser teeth whitening treatment has shown great success in removing these types of stains. In some cases multiple tooth whitening treatments are required to achieve desired whitening results.

Smoking Stain -Extrinsic Stain

Intrinsic Stain – Fluorosis

How effective is tooth whitening?

Teeth whitening results vary from one individual to another. Some factors that will determine the degree of whitening are: Type of stain, Enamel density and your tolerance to sensitivity.  Our dental hygienists will perform an oral examination to assess whether or not you are a good candidate for teeth whitening. This examination is necessary to diagnose the extent of the staining and to determine the natural shade of your teeth and to what degree they can be whitened. Not everyone is a good candidate for teeth whitening. Present cavities or gum disease will postpone the whitening treatment. A dental cleaning is suggested for better whitening results. In general the tooth whitening process is very effective especially on extrinsic stains such as nicotine stain, green tea stain, coffee stain, red wine stains etc.

How long does it take?

The actual process takes approximately forty-five minutes, but there is also the time taken for the initial oral examination, so you should be able to leave the dental office in about an hour.

How does the tooth whitening process work?

Most professional teeth whitening products use teeth whitening gels that contain hydrogen peroxide. Oxygen molecules found in the whitening gel will gently penetrate the surface of the tooth, break down the stain particles and remove them through a process called dehydration. An LED special light is required to speed up the process of whitening. Three sessions of fifteen minutes each are required to achieve good whitening results. After each session teeth whitening gel is replaced with fresh one.  Whitening results are so effective that after the treatment no one will ever know that you used to smoke heavily, or that you have, over the years, consumed quantities of tea, coffee or red wine. It is relatively painless and not as intrusive as dental surgery as you may remember it in the “bad old days.” It is much better than the old dental cleaning techniques when your teeth were set on edge by the scraping and rasping of the dental hygienist. Watch Video

Will my teeth stay white?

There are professionally designed at home teeth whitening formulas which you can purchase from your dentist and you can use on a daily basis to keep your glowing smile. The brand name of the product should matter as long as the whitening system is comfortable and the concentration of the gel is not higher than 22% CP. Keep in mind that at home whitening products are suggested to be used as a maintenance method, after the professional teeth whitening treatment. Professional in office whitening systems are not sold over the counter and are safe to use only by a dental professional.

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