What is laser teeth whitening?
In the cosmetic dentistry, one of the commonly chosen teeth whitening procedure is the laser teeth whitening. This method uses a laser light for activating the crystals present in the whitening solution or whitening gel.
Is laser teeth whitening effective?
Laser teeth whitening can whiten your teeth 10 times compared to your original teeth. Here are the 2 types of teeth whitening procedure:
- In-home teeth whitening – You must use home bleaching products such as mouth trays and whitening solutions.
- In-office teeth whitening – A laser light is focused on the teeth to make it white by a professional dentist.
How does laser teeth whitening work?
A professional dentist does the laser teeth whitening procedure using a laser light beam. The laser teeth whitening process is as follows:
(1) The doctor will clean and remove any tartar or plaque from your mouth. The process to remove tartar is called scaling. Once your teeth and the mouth are thoroughly cleaned, you must rinse the mouth using some antiseptic mouthwashes.
(2) Next, a whitening gel having 15 to 30 percent hydrogen peroxide is put in your teeth. The gums and lips are protected against any burning using a protective gel.
(3) Then, a laser light is pointed at your tooth in order to activate the whitening crystals. The laser light makes your teeth whiter and brighter by penetrating the tooth enamel.
(4) The eyes are also protected against the LED laser light using the goggles.
What are the laser teeth whitening side effects?
Teeth whitening laser treatment are an immediate and simple teeth whitening procedure. However, it also has certain side effects. Here are the laser teeth cleaning side effects:
(1) It offers fast teeth whitening results in about an hour, but the procedure has a limited life. You may have to undergo the treatment again after 1 or 2 years.
(2) The side effects of laser whitening may include increased tooth sensitivity to cold and hot fluids during or after the treatment due to the effect of the whitening agent.
(3) One of the side effects of laser treatment is that the whitening agents carry a risk of harming the tooth enamel and soft tissues of the mouth, the tooth enamel resulting in gum irritation.
(4) The cost of laser teeth whitening treatment is expensive when compared to other bleaching methods. The extra cost may be needed if you require additional bleaching treatments.
(5) Laser teeth whitening procedures are not appropriate for people having Periodontitis (gum disease) and any related dental problems. Laser treatment doesn’t whiten the crowns, veneers or fillings. Hence, you may need to replace your dental appliances to match the whitened teeth color.
(6) The laser whitening treatment can thin the tooth enamel. Enamel is the thin layer that protects and covers the tooth. The thinned tooth enamel causes tooth sensitivity, which is a common side effect of teeth whitening. The tooth enamel also protects the teeth from tooth decay and bacterial infections. Hence, thinned tooth enamel can increase the possibilities of tooth decay.
(7) Laser teeth whitening can also cause gum diseases such as gingivitis because when the gums are exposed to the laser light, it increases tooth sensitivity, ulcerations, and gum soreness.
There can be laser whitening teeth side effects. But, a positive effect is, it provides you brighter, white teeth in just an hour.