Laser Teeth Whitening

by Charlotte Wood
(last updated June 27, 2014)

Most people don't have dazzlingly white teeth. In fact, many people don't have white teeth at all. Through everyday wear and tear, your teeth may progressively lose their white gleam and dull down to a yellowy color. You may have calcium deposits on your teeth, giving your teeth dark yellow spots—not too attractive.

Thanks to modern technology and dentistry, there are several options for teeth whitening. The most common technique, probably, is teeth whitening strips, but those results may not be as guaranteed as those from other, more professional sources. If you're looking for a more professional and more guaranteed method of whitening, then perhaps you should look into laser teeth whitening.

Laser teeth whitening isn't actually done with a laser; technically it should be called light activated teeth whitening. If you want laser teeth whitening performed on your teeth, you need to consult with your dentist. If you've been confirmed for the procedure, you'll have your teeth cleaned (not as in-depth as when you usually go to the dentist, though) and then coated with a special peroxide gel. The gel, however gross, will enable the laser (or "light activation") to achieve the best possible results.

Usually the treatment takes up to an hour, and depending on how white you want your teeth (or how stained they were to begin with) you might have to go back for subsequent treatments. Part of the magic of laser teeth whitening is that it can succeed in whitening your teeth up to ten shades of whiteness. The cost of the procedure varies, so consult your dentist as far as that goes.

One thing to keep in mind, though, is that laser teeth whitening can make your teeth especially sensitive. Any whitening procedure will make you a little sensitive, but because of the intensity of laser whitening, the sensitivity of your teeth could be severe. Again, consult your dentist with these concerns, because he or she will be able to best address your personal needs. Looking on the bright side, though, the sensitivity will wear off, and you likely won't have to go in for additional treatments. With whitening strips and do-it-yourself gels, the whitening time is longer (usually one to two weeks), and so the sensitivity time frame is longer as well. If you have sensitive teeth, weigh these options before making a final choice.

White teeth is something that everyone wants, and if you're willing to put in the time, money, and sometimes temporary pain, you can have white teeth, thanks to today's forward-thinking technology. You deserve to smile bright and white!

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