by Frannie Cotton
(Naples, Florida, USA)
Laser whitening is designed to lift a wide range of stains from your teeth. Over the years, everything we take in has an impact on the color of our teeth, from cigarette smoke, to coffee, red wine, and food.
Tooth whitening generally makes use of bleach to whiten stains beneath the tooth’s surface, whether performed at home or by a professional. Laser whitening simply means the addition of a laser light to help the process along.
Is Professional Treatment Really Necessary?
Many people opt for professional treatment simply for peace of mind. When you choose a reputable clinic, you can be sure that they are well trained and using the very best equipment to whiten your teeth.
The addition of the laser means that the teeth whitening process can be completed a lot faster, and you’ll also get the benefit of an expert consultation for the best advice about the whitening procedure and the results you can expect.
However, it is possible to whiten your teeth at home. There are a number of kits that make use of hydrogen peroxide – the same ingredient a professional will use – to whiten your teeth.
The main differences are that kits generally contain a lower concentration of the ingredient to ensure safe use, and that they don’t usually have the added benefit of the laser.
There may be more risks if you perform the treatment yourself. It’s important to follow instructions carefully, and never to leave the gel on for longer than recommended.
If your teeth start to hurt, you should always stop the procedure. However, most people find that home whitening kits can be both effective and affordable at lightening teeth by many shades.
What Can You Expect After Whitening Your Teeth?
Tooth laser whitening can come with its side effects. Some people find that their teeth are more sensitive to cold food and drink after they’ve had the procedure – even when performed by a professional.
More rarely, you can experience sore gums or a general discomfort. The good news is that the symptoms are nearly always temporary.
When you whiten your teeth, they can stay whiter for years. However, it all depends on what you eat and drink, and whether you smoke.
Your dentist can help to advise you of certain measures you can take to prolong the effects of tooth laser whitening.