How Does Laser Whitening Work?

laser whitening Tavares, FL

Laser whitening is one of the popular whitening treatments dentists provide. Historically, whitening solutions that contain carbamide peroxide have been the norm when it comes to improving the color of teeth, but lasers can now be used to speed up the chemical reaction that takes place during teeth whitening treatments.

Understanding laser whitening

Bleaching agents whiten teeth by releasing oxygen ions which gently take off stains from the surface and inner layers of teeth. By adding a laser to the equation, the entire process takes less time, leading to faster results for patients. The high precision that comes with lasers allows the dentist to use it to whiten a single tooth if necessary.

Here are the steps patients should expect to undergo when they receive a laser whitening treatment:

1. Screening

This stage determines if the patient is a good candidate for the treatment. Generally speaking, teenagers and pregnant women are advised to put off teeth whitening until a later date. In some cases, whitening procedures are performed on teenagers, but only in-office so it can be closely monitored by a dentist.

During the appointment, the dentist will inspect the patient's gums, looking for exposed teeth roots and other signs of gum disease. In many cases, the dentist will opt to treat any underlying dental issues the patient is dealing with before proceeding with whitening treatments.

2. Pre-treatment

The dentist will then prepare the patient for the procedure by cleaning their teeth. Any cavities detected will also be treated at this point since the whitening solution can get into the inner structures of a tooth through them, leading to tooth sensitivity.

3. Medication

Some patients who get teeth whitening treatments experience temporary tooth sensitivity. The dentist might decide to prescribe anti-inflammatory medication to reduce the sensitivity experienced. The patient is instructed to take the medicine prior to their first whitening treatment.

4. Treatment

The patient will be told to lean back, and a plastic or rubber guard will be used to keep their mouth open. A protective gel is applied to the patient's gums to protect them from the whitening solution. The gel will quickly harden and form a rubbery protective layer.

Once the gel has hardened, the dentist will use a syringe to apply the whitening solution to the patient's teeth. A pen-like laser is then used to agitate the compound, which turns into foam as it removes stains and discoloration.

The dentist will leave the compound on the patient's teeth for a few minutes after all of the patient's teeth have been whitened with the laser. It is then removed with a small vacuum. The process might be repeated up to three times during a single whitening session. The color of the person's teeth can be improved by up to ten shades after the first treatment. Once the dentist is pleased with the results, the patient's mouth will be rinsed and the protective barrier removed.

Want whiter teeth?

Contact our Tavares office today to learn more about how we can make your teeth whiter with fast laser teeth whitening treatments.

Request an appointment here: https://lifetimedental.us or call LifeTime Dental at (352) 414-2061 for an appointment in our Tavares office.

Check out what others are saying about our services on Yelp: Read our Yelp reviews.

Recent Posts

How Long Will Invisalign Take To Work

If you are one of the many people with misaligned teeth, you can get Invisalign® to straighten them within months. The results are often noticeable within the first few months, and the entire treatment duration takes an average of 12 months, followed by a period of wearing retainers to stop the teeth from moving out…

FAQs: Removing An Amalgam (Metal) Dental Filling

Decades ago, dentists used amalgam dental fillings. An amalgam was formulated with other metals like mercury. People believed that amalgam was a durable way to fill cavities. Modern dentistry has changed that concept. Because of the various health problems that patients with amalgam fillings exhibit, amalgam dental filling removal has been an urgent matter. If…

Addressing Dry Mouth To Solve Bad Breath Problems

Bad breath is a serious oral health problem that many people have to deal with. Bad breath can be caused by dry mouth. Some people suffer from halitosis due to dry mouth issues, which has little to do with poor hygiene. Fortunately, you can take steps to identify, treat and prevent your dry mouth from…

What To Expect From A Professional Teeth Whitening Procedure

Teeth whitening treatments are non-invasive ways to significantly improve the way that your teeth look. These treatments involve using bleaching agents, like hydrogen peroxide and hydrogen carbamide, to oxidate and remove stains from teeth surfaces. These chemicals remove stains from the inner and outer layers of teeth.Professional teeth whitening treatments can lead to significantly whiter…

Recent Posts

How Long Will Invisalign Take To Work

How Long Will Invisalign Take To Work

If you are one of the many people with misaligned teeth, you can get Invisalign® to straighten them within months. The results are often noticeable within the first few months, and the entire treatment duration takes an average of 12 months, followed by a period of wearing retainers to stop the teeth from moving out…

FAQs: Removing An Amalgam (Metal) Dental Filling

FAQs: Removing An Amalgam (Metal) Dental Filling

Decades ago, dentists used amalgam dental fillings. An amalgam was formulated with other metals like mercury. People believed that amalgam was a durable way to fill cavities. Modern dentistry has changed that concept. Because of the various health problems that patients with amalgam fillings exhibit, amalgam dental filling removal has been an urgent matter. If…