Laser teeth whitening conjures up images of a painful process that might be carried out by a James Bond villain. The real-life procedure pales in comparison to the process envisioned by the overactive
imagination. Repeated applications and expensive equipment that may or may not work, the process can be done in a single session. It also, unlike many other dental procedures does not result in a great deal of pain.
The patient comfortable chair. The esthetician applies a teeth whitening gel and he points the laser at the teeth and the light removes yellow stains. The laser light is used to enhance the penetration of the whitening gel into your teeth enamel, thus improving the result of the tooth bleaching. The stains could come from coffee, nicotine or simply from years of eating certain foods. When the process ends, the patient leaves and does not need any further treatments in most cases.
This procedure offers another advantage over standard tooth whitening as well. The patient who undergoes this process does not need the extensive hardware used by other teeth whitening products. Porcelain strengthening products can be done at home, but the process is time consuming and requires the user to place items in his mouth. The comfort of these items varies greatly. Mouth trays and strips are the most commonly used teeth whitening devices.
Laser Teeth whitening offers another advantage over other types of tooth whitening procedures. A person with sensitive teeth may find it painful to use teeth whitening trays, tooth whitening toothpastes or other similar products. The laser process works well for people with sensitive teeth.
The procedure has one drawback over other systems, the initial treatment costs more than the tooth whitening trays, but it does not require follow-up treatment. The overall cost tends to be less than trays or strips. The procedure is still a relatively new technology and costs are a little on the high side, but the cost of the treatment comes down as the technology becomes more commonly available.
Laser teeth whitening is an ideal procedure for a person with a busy schedule. The procedure has indirect benefits for people who misplace small objects or are likely to forget where they put the needed equipment for other whitening procedures. The patient does not leave the esthetician office with any additional equipment.
There are a few teeth whitening procedures available that correct discoloration of the teeth by removing the brown and yellow staining. While each work effectively, there are advantages and disadvantages to each procedure dependent upon your objectives and commitment to the processes. The type of procedures available should be discussed with your cosmetic esthetician, and a they will recommend the most appropriate teeth whitening procedure for you.
As with any whitening procedure, the esthetician will first do a scaling or polishing before the Power Tooth Whitening procedure, which means thoroughly cleaning the teeth and removing any surface stains and tartar. The next step is for the esthetician to make a record of the shade/colour of the teeth before the procedure to show the patient the difference achieved after the whitening. This is either recorded using a tooth coloured shade guide/chart or by taking a digital photograph of the teeth. Next, the area is prepared for the procedure. Since the bleaching compound usually contains a high concentration of hydrogen peroxide (15-50%), the esthetician will usually place some form of protection around the gums so that only the teeth is exposed to the compound. This may involve covering the gums with rolls of cotton or a protective gel material that hardens once applied to the gums. It is highly important that your gums and lips are protected so that any burning of the soft tissue or any other damage won’t occur. Eye protection is also provided to prevent any damage to the eyes from the laser used or any accidental splashes of the peroxide. Many cosmetic practices now offer DVD glasses so that the patient can watch a movie during their treatment!
The whitening gel will then be applied directly to your teeth before being activated by the laser which allows the crystals contained in the gel to penetrate stains quickly and effectively. Some systems do not use an activating laser however, and many estheticians argue that the laser is not required for activation of the bleaching compound. The esthetician will finally wash off the whitening gel and remove any gum protection before evaluating the final result by taking a photograph or using a shade chart. The results are rather dramatic – you should notice visible results straight away; and many patients have successfully used laser whitening to achieve a tooth shade, which is six shades lighter than their natural tooth colour. A kit for whitening at home is also provided which is supplied with custom trays and whitening gel. The gel used in the home kits tend to have a lower concentration of peroxide (3-10%) than that used in the dental clinic.
20 minutes: Brighter Teeth No Sensitivity, No Pain.
COMFORT: Simply position the mouthpiece so it is pressed firmly against upper and lower teeth then SIT BACK AND RELAX. Our spectrum blue LED light focuses its energy directly onto the mouthpiece. The mouthpiece acts as a lens which activates the whitening agent and brightens your smile.
CONVENIENCE: The Bleachbright process takes JUST 20 MINUTES and is more effective than any other teeth whitening system available. Using a combination of LED light, a whitening formula and a whitening accelerator, it safely and immediately whitens your teeth.
BRIGHTER SMILE: A typical Bleachbright treatment will brighten your teeth up to eight shades and is even safe on crowns and veneers. The Bleachbright process is SAFE, EFFECTIVE AND PAINLESS.
What is Laser Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening is the process of removing stains and discolouration from teeth and improving the colour through a bleaching process to make them look “whiter”. And Laser Teeth Whitening or Power Tooth Whitening is any teeth whitening procedure, which essentially uses a laser or a bright light to activate the tooth whitening gel. The use of Laser Teeth Whitening has become one of the most-often requested dental cosmetic treatments.
Studies indicate that the Laser Teeth Whitening process is effective in more than 80% of patients. The treatment session lasts about an hour and the results are very noticeable – teeth can be up to five or six shades lighter, immediately after the procedure. However, if your teeth are badly stained by coffee or smoking, you may have to go for additional laser whitening treatment before you can achieve the shade of white that you will be satisfied with.
Why Laser Teeth Whitening?
One of the main goals of every person is to improve appearance. And one of the steps to achieving this is to get his or her teeth whitened. A whiter teeth is always associated with beauty and healthy lifestyle, and brighter set of teeth is highly coveted; especially amongst Hollywood A-listers. People who have whiter teeth tend to smile more often because it tends to give them more confidence.
The greatest advantage of using Laser Teeth Whitening is that, while people have to wait for weeks before seeing the results from most at-home whitening systems, it is not so with laser teeth whitening treatment. And the fact that the procedure lasts only an hour added to the advantage of this treatment.
Conventional Teeth Whitening Versus Laser Teeth Whitening
The conventional teeth whitening treatment involves the wearing of custom fitted mouth trays containing bleaching gel for 30 minutes to several hours and sometimes overnight, for a period of five to fourteen days. Most of these at-home teeth whitening kits using the tray-based system have the slow-acting carbamide peroxide as base ingredient. It needs to stay on the teeth longer before it can start oxidising the stains and discolouration. Therefore, it takes several weeks to work before any difference is noticed. In contrast, laser teeth whitening treatment uses the highly reactive hydrogen peroxide applied on the surface of each tooth and the laser light is beamed on the bleaching compound to hasten the oxidation process.
Most estheticians and manufacturers say that these conventional professional gels are too powerful for the untrained general public to handle. Whereas, it is possible to be more accurate if the teeth whitening gel has to be activated by a narrow beam of light.
However, take-home tooth whitening kits provide more permanent results over a longer time scale, while laser tooth whitening offers immediate results. A combination of the two provides the perfect solution to both immediate and long-term whitening needs.
Is there a minimum age for Laser teeth Whitening?
Yes, 16 is the minimum age. Children under sixteen must have parents’ consent and be accompanied by a parent during treatment.
What is laser teeth whitening?
Laser teeth whitening is a bleaching pocess that lightens discoloration of enamel and dentin.
What causes tooth discoloration?
There are many causes. The most common include aging and consumption of staining substances such as coffee, tea, colas, tobacco, red wine, etc. During tooth formation, consumption of tetracycline, certain antibiotics or excessive fluoride may also cause tooth discoloration
Who may benefit from teeth whitening?
Almost anyone. However, treatment may not be as effective for some as it is for others. We’ll determine if you are a viable candidate for this procedure through a thorough oral exam, including a shade assessment.
Do many people whiten their teeth?
More people than you might imagine. A bright, sparkling smile can make a big difference for everyone. The laser teeth whitening system makes it easier and faster than ever before.
Is whitening safe?
Yes, extensive research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a esthetician is safe. In fact, many estheticians consider whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure available. As with any tooth whitening product, laser teeth whitening is not recommended for children under 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.
How long do the results last?
By following some simple post whitening care instructions, your teeth will always be lighter than they were before. To keep your teeth looking their best, we recommend flossing, brushing twice daily with whitening toothpaste, and occasional touch-ups with take-home gel. These are professional formula products designed specifically to keep your teeth their brightest. They are available only through your dental professional.
How does the laser teeth whitening system works?
The laser teeth whitening light-activated whitening gel’s active ingredient is Hydrogen Peroxide. As the Hydrogen Peroxide gel is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin, bleaching colored substances while the structure of the tooth is unchanged. The laser teeth whitening light aids in activating the Hydrogen Peroxide and helps it penetrate the surface of the tooth. A study has shown that use of the laser teeth whitening lamp increases the effectiveness of the gel by 33% or more, giving an average improvement of eight shades*.
What does a patient experience during the laser teeth whitening procedure?
During the procedure, patients may comfortably watch television or listen to music. Many actually fall asleep. Individuals with a strong gag reflex or anxiety may have difficulty undergoing the entire procedure.
How is exposure to the laser teeth whitening light controlled?
The laser teeth whitening procedure requires that all soft tissue in and around the mouth be protected. The clinician is required to monitor the procedure to insure any exposed skin or tissue is isolated and protected. Protective eyewear is required during the procedure. Light sensitive individuals including those undergoing PUVA (Psoralen+UV Radiation) therapy or other photochemotherapy, or patients with melanoma, should not undergo the laser teeth whitening! In-Office procedure. Also patients taking any light sensitive drugs or substances, whether over-the-counter, prescription or homeopathic, should consult their primary care estheticians prior to procedure. Anyone who is not eligible for laser teeth whitening! Chairside for these reasons may be an excellent candidate for laser teeth whitening take-home.
Are there any side effects?
Some people experience temporary increased tooth sensitivity to cold during treatment. These symptoms disappear within 1-3 days after interruption or completion of the treatment