When seeking whitening options, sometimes people prefer their teeth just a shade or two lighter. Laser whitening is a good rapid option because it works simply, without damaging the natural tooth. This page answers some common questions about laser whitening.
How does laser whitening work?
To prepare your mouth for the whitening procedure, the dentist will first protect your gums with a barrier material layer. Then whitening product will be applied to your teeth, and activated with heat or a combination of heat with light. Afterward, the barrier material is easily removed. If you have had a root canal, that tooth may be treated specially with the product put directly into the tooth through the original opening. This type of whitening is called Internal bleaching.
Will it take a long time?
While the length of the visit may vary slightly depending on your specific situation, you can generally expect your appointment to last a little beyond an hour. Don’t worry if your teeth feel extra sensitive right after treatment, this sensation will wear off quickly. There may also be some products to help resolve this sooner.
Am I sure to get the shade I want?
The starting colour of your teeth may determine the ultimate shade you are able to achieve. Your teeth may just be naturally more yellow than they were years ago. If you are looking to change the colour of your teeth more significantly, you may wish to investigate veneering.
Your teeth will at least be whiter after whitening treatment, and should stay that way for at least one to three years.
Additionally, this procedure will only work on your natural teeth, not on ones that have previously received special treatment such as veneer, crowns or dentures. Dentures can be deep cleaned by the dentist. Sometimes staining on these dental treatments indicates it is time to replace them. Ask your dentist to recommend a solution to your concerns.
How can I help the laser whitening last as long as possible?
A variety of products, including whitening toothpaste and whitening mouthwash, are available to help maintain your new brilliant smile. Be sure to practice good oral care each day, and visit the hygienist for regularly scheduled checkups.