Laser Teeth Whitening
Causes of Tooth Discoloration
Your smile is the world’s first impression of you, and first impressions go a long way. Weather you’re at a job interview, a first date or simply speaking to someone, you want to look your absolute best. If your teeth aren’t as white as you’d like, then you’re constantly aware and self-conscious. Teeth can become discolored by the surface of the teeth having stains or by the tooth material naturally changing. When the enamel or outer layer of the tooth becomes stained, it’s called extrinsic discoloration. This can be caused by drinking things such as coffee, wine, cola or other food or drinks. Smoking is also a leading factor to the discoloration of teeth. Intrinsic discoloration happens when the dentin, or inner structure of the tooth, gets a yellow tint or darkens. Many factors can lead to the dentin becoming yellow such as too much fluoride as a kid, antibiotics used during mother’s pregnancy, trauma that affected the tooth or you were born with dentinogenesis imperfecta that causes purple, gray or amber discolorations.
What Is Laser Teeth Whitening
Laser teeth whitening is one of the recommended ways to remove discoloration from teeth and is done by a professional Dentist using light energy. The best results are had with halogen light, which is the most commonly used, although, plasma arc and LED can also be used. The use of halogen light is a good source due to its effectiveness in creating a reaction of the hydrogen peroxide and the fact that it does not overheat the pulp of the teeth.
First the soft tissue of the gums is Isolated and painted with a composite for protection. Then a gel that is anywhere from twenty-five to thirty-eight percent dental grade hydrogen peroxide is applied to the teeth. The teeth are then exposed to the light for anywhere from six to fifteen minutes. The entire procedure should take no more than thirty minutes to an hour and is usually done in one visit to the dentist.
The Difference Between “At Home” Methods and Professional Methods
Teeth whitening at home requires the patient to wear a mouthpiece filled with the bleaching agent for several hours at a time and must be done over several weeks. Professional teeth whitening that is done in a dentist’s office uses much stronger concentrations of the bleaching agent. This means the results are achieved much faster and the teeth are whiter.
If you have sensitive teeth, at-home teeth whitening may be uncomfortable or painful by having to use the trays or toothpastes. Professional methods work well on people whose teeth are sensitive.
The Cost Of Professional Laser Teeth Whitening
The cost of a laser teeth whitening by a professional may initially be more expensive than doing it yourself at home. However, remember that you only need one treatment and it does not require a follow-up. While a whitening visit may cost approximately $650, it is still the best choice since it will guarantee that you will have a full set of white teeth. Remember, time is money, and professional teeth whitening is not only convenient but time-saving.
You can expect to pay anywhere from $10 to $100 on a kit to whiten your teeth at home. The results may not be dependable since some teeth can become whiter than others and any whitening process will only work on your natural teeth. They will not whiten crowns, bridges, or veneers and, besides, continually purchasing trays, strips or other products will soon overcome the cost of one whitening visit.
Professional teeth whitening should last anywhere from six to nine months, with the difference depending upon the person and their habits. If staining foods and drinks or smoking are avoided, the time can be lengthened. If a person has good teeth hygiene the whitening can last quite a long time. Yellowish teeth will whiten the best; brownish teeth will whiten a bit less and gray teeth will whiten even less.
Some dentists suggest a combination of the in-office treatment and the at-home system. This provides a quick whitening with the effect of continuing to keep the teeth white without the need for further in-office treatment if the teeth cannot be lightened any further by the peroxide.
Studies comparing the effectiveness of a variety of tooth bleaching systems have shown that all methods observed that some teeth whitening occurred. Therefore, it is important for you to decide which type will benefit you most and fit into your lifestyle. If you have a lot of time and little money, the home treatment may be a good choice. However, if you want to transform your smile into a radiant one in a short time, the office treatment is most likely the best solution.