First impressions are everything. One of the initial things people will notice about you is your smile. That’s why it’s so important to project a smile that’s not only friendly and sincere but also bright, white and healthy-looking.
One of the most effective ways to achieve this look is through laser teeth whitening. This innovative treatment can give you the smile you’ve always wanted. Traditional whitening methods use inconvenient trays and harsh chemicals that can damage the enamel. Laser-based methods, however, use the powerful yet gentle effects of light to safely whiten teeth. If you’re interested in this treatment, here are 6 things you need to know about laser teeth whitening.
1. Best for moderately-stained teeth
This popular treatment is ideal for patients with moderately-stained teeth. Professional teeth whitening can only remove surface stains that make your teeth appear yellow. Laser whitening though is still strong enough to target deep stains that over-the-counter products can’t handle.
Your dentist will be able to tailor your treatment to achieve the result you want. Over the years, teeth may have become stained by ageing, inadequate diets or poor hygiene. Laser whitening can treat a variety of stains, transforming your smile and making you look years younger.
2. Sessions usually take less than an hour
Laser whitening sessions typically take less than an hour. Your dentist will apply a hydrogen peroxide gel to each tooth. This gel then reacts with the heat from the laser to quickly and effectively whiten teeth. Most patients usually notice results right after the first session, but additional sessions may be required in some situations.
3. Avoid foods with colour afterwards
Following your laser procedure, coffee, matcha teas, berries, and green juices are off-limits. Patients should avoid eating or drinking any foods with colour for at least five to seven days post-treatment. After laser whitening, your teeth are more sensitive to staining. It’s only after a week that the new colour of your teeth will finally be ‘locked in’. During this period, it’s also best to avoid foods and drinks with a lot of sugar. If you do have juice, wine or cocktails, be sure to rinse your mouth with water immediately afterwards.
4. Laser whitening is not a pricier option anymore
This revolutionary method is slightly expensive compared to zoom whitening. . Although the procedure is generally not covered by insurance plans, the investment is still well worth it. Not only are the results effective but appointments are also very quick, which is particularly beneficial for those who don’t have a lot of time to spend going back and forth to the clinic. If you’re interested in laser whitening let the price factor not stop you.
5. May cause slight sensitivity
For a day or two following the procedure, your teeth may feel more sensitive than usual. That’s because laser whitening uses a special bleaching solution to obtain optimal results. You may feel slight pain when teeth are exposed to hot or cold foods. But this discomfort is usually minor and should go away on its own with a couple of days or with a dose or two of advil. If you’ve already been dealing with sensitive teeth, speak to your dentist beforehand about what measures you can take to prevent this.
6. Zoom is another alternative
Similar to laser whitening, Zoom is a popular alternative. This method uses a special ultraviolet light that quickly sinks a whitening gel deep into the tooth enamel. Many people choose Zoom over regular laser whitening because of the cost. If you’re interested in this alternative, a dentist can assess whether you’re a good candidate for this procedure.
To find out more about laser teeth whitening, call Bristol Dental at 905-712-3409 or contact us here.