Teeth whitening is an easy process, which includes removal of plaque and tartar that has accumulated on the teeth. It can either be done by a dentist or even by oneself at home with the right products. The most solution to teeth whitening is soaking the teeth in a solution of hydrogen peroxide. However, in recent times, laser teeth whitening is being extensively used as an alternative to the conventional method. It is a highly effective way of whitening teeth. Unlike hydrogen peroxide whitening, laser whitening can't be performed at home. It has to be done by a trained dentist.
Screening:In this process, the patient is assessed for any vulnerabilities. In most cases, young children and pregnant women have kept away from laser whitening. It is also checked if the gums have receded too low that a significant part of the root is exposed. If laser whitening is performed in such a case, there would be uneven whitening on the root and crown.
Pre-treatment: If there are any cavities or cracks in the teeth, they are covered with the help of a filling material. This prevents the seeping of the whitening solution into the interior of the teeth.
Preparation:A plastic guard is used to hold the mouth open. A gel is applied to the gums, which hardens after a while. This is done in order to prevent the whitening solution from reaching the gums.
Whitening:A whitening solution is applied to the teeth with the help of a syringe. A laser is used to activate the compound, which develops foam. This foam helps lift the stains from the surface of the teeth. It is allowed to stay on the teeth for a few minutes
Removal of the compound: A vacuum tool is used to suck out the whitening compound from the mouth. The process is repeated a few times to remove the stains and get whiter teeth.
After treatment follow-up
Laser whitening isn't permanent. It may last anywhere from six months to a few years. Smoking cigarettes, drinking beverages such as tea, coffee, and soft drinks tend to stain the teeth sooner. Laser whitening makes the teeth more sensitive. It varies from person to person. Some say that the sensitivity experienced is so bad that the pain is very sharp. In rare cases, the gums may swell up or bleed.
All forms of teeth whitening processes use the principle of releasing oxygen ions from a whitening gel in order to lift the stains. In the case of laser whitening, the process happens faster. Proper care has to be taken after laser whitening, such as regular brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist regularly. In a monetary point of view, laser whitening is the more expensive procedure compared to other methods. It may cost around $1000. One important advantage of this method is the time involved. It only takes about an hour to complete the entire process. Ones having a busy schedule can go for this method, despite the high cost.