Laser teeth whitening is one of the commonly opted procedure in the cosmetic dentistry. This procedure uses a laser light to activate the crystals present in the bleaching gel or bleaching solution. Laser teeth whitening can make your teeth whiter 10 times than the original teeth. There are 2 types of teeth whitening- in-home teeth whitening where you have to use home whitening kits (mouth trays and bleaching solutions) and in-office teeth whitening where laser light is used to whiten the teeth by a professional dentist.
Laser teeth whitening procedure-
Laser teeth whitening is performed by a professional dentist using a beam of laser light. The procedure involve in the laser teeth whitening is as follows-
- The dentist will remove or clean any plague or tarter from the mouth called as scaling. After thorough cleaning of the mouth and the teeth you may have to rinse your mouth with some antiseptic mouth washes.
- Then a bleaching gel containing 15 to 30 % peroxide is applied to the teeth. The lips and gums are protected from any burning with a protective gel.
- Next the laser light is focused on the tooth, which in turn activates the bleaching crystals. The laser light penetrates the tooth enamel to make it brighter and whiter.
- Eyes are also protected from the laser light by goggles.
What are the laser teeth whitening side effects?
Laser teeth whitening are a simple and fast teeth whitening method but it also carries some side effects. These may include-
- Laser teeth whitening offers immediate whitening results in about 1 hour but the treatment has a limited life. You may need to repeat the treatment after 1 -2 years.
- Laser teeth whitening side effects may include tooth sensitivity during or after the procedure. Some patients experience increased tooth sensitivity (to hot and cold fluids) after the treatment because of the effect of bleaching agent.
- One of the Laser teeth whitening side effects is bleaching compounds have a risk of damaging the tooth enamel, soft tissues of the mouth and causes irritation of the gums.
- The procedure is expensive when compared to other whitening procedures. Additional cost may be required if you need extra whitening treatments.
- Laser teeth whitening are not suitable for people having gum disease or related dental problems. Laser whitening does not whiten the veneers, crowns or fillings. Therefore, you might need to change your dental appliances to go with the color of the whitened teeth.
- Laser teeth whitening can thin the layer of tooth enamel. This results in tooth sensitivity which is the common laser teeth whitening side effects.
- Laser treatment causes thinning of the enamel which protects the teeth from bacterial infection like tooth decay. So thinned enamel can increase the chance of tooth decay.
- Laser teeth whitening can also result in gum diseases like gingivitis since the gums are exposed to the laser light this increases ulcerations, sensitivity and soreness of the gums.
There may be Laser teeth whitening side effects but a positive effect is it gives you whiten, brighter teeth in an hour.