In the very recent past, the only way to whiten teeth was to soak them in a solution of hydrogen peroxide or similar. It was possible to perform the procedure either at a dentist’s visit or at home. Either way, it could take several weeks for the teeth to completely whiten.
As teeth whitening became more and more popular, some dental aesthetics have started to use laser and similar light technologies to accelerate the chemical reaction of the whitening solution. In this way, teeth whiten much faster and require much less visits to the dentist. Unlike peroxide whitening, laser teeth whitening is a method that cannot be done at home and should be performed by a specialist dentist.
What is Laser Teeth Whitening?
As in every tooth whitening method, the oxygen ions extracted from the tooth whitening gel play a major role in the laser teeth whitening method. These ions gently remove stains from your teeth over time. The laser plays an accelerating role in removing stains.
Laser teeth whitening, which works especially when a single tooth is in a different shade than the surrounding teeth, is among the most popular tooth whitening methods.
Laser-assisted teeth whitening is known as one of the most effective methods you can choose among teeth whitening methods. This method, which is a whitening method that has become increasingly popular in recent years, is also very efficient in terms of time saving since it is a procedure that takes up to 1 hour in total.
How is Laser Teeth Whitening Done?
If you decide to have laser teeth whitening, as a conscious patient, it is useful to get some preliminary information about how the procedure is done before the procedure. The answer to the question of how to do laser teeth whitening is hidden in the details of the treatment process consisting of multiple stages.
Stage 1: Initial Inspection and Evaluation
First of all, it is worth noting that pregnant women and adolescents should preferably postpone laser teeth whitening. If the discoloration of the teeth has become an extremely big problem for people in this position, it is recommended that an orthodontist and a dental aesthetician be examined during the laser teeth whitening session. Thus, in case of undesirable situations, the orthodontist will be able to intervene immediately.
During the initial evaluation, the dentist will check your gums and try to determine whether the tooth roots are significantly exposed. If the roots of the teeth are really exposed more than they should, your teeth may not be evenly whitened during bleaching and imbalances may occur. The reason for this is that the roots of the teeth are resistant to tooth whitening gels. In such cases, your dentist may suggest an alternative whitening method to laser teeth whitening.
Stage 2: Pre-Treatment Preparation
After the first examination and evaluations are made and it is determined that you are a suitable candidate for laser teeth whitening, it is the pre-treatment preparation stage. At this stage, the dentist cleans your teeth. During cleaning, it must ensure that all caries and cavities are treated and filled, otherwise the tooth whitening solution may enter the interior of the tooth by moving from the decay.
Step 3: Medication Application
After the tooth cleaning process and general care of the teeth are completed, it is time to apply medication. Regardless of the type of teeth whitening used, treatment may cause sensitivity in the first place. This sensitivity can be more evident especially in people who already have sensitive teeth. For exactly this reason, your dentist can prescribe a steroid-free, anti-inflammatory drug before laser teeth whitening.
Step 4: Bleaching Process
When it’s time to start the laser teeth whitening session, you sit in the dentist’s chair and lie down as you would before any dental procedure or orthodontic treatment. Your dentist keeps your mouth open all the time, using a rubber or plastic mouthpiece. Then, the dentist puts a special barrier on your gums and protects them against the burning effects of the tooth whitening solution.
After the gums are completely protected, a tooth whitening component is placed in the front of your teeth with the help of a syringe. A pen-shaped laser is used to activate the component. This laser may cause slight foaming on the component as it removes the spots.
After all teeth have undergone laser teeth whitening, the dentist asks them to remain for a few minutes before removing the bleaching solution from your teeth completely. This is a small clue that leads to a more permanent teeth whitening.
Then, using a small vacuum tool, all of the teeth whitening component is removed from the teeth. In order for the laser teeth whitening process to work properly, four stages can be repeated up to three times.
At the end of the session, you are asked to rinse your mouth completely and the gum protector is removed from your teeth.
How Should Be Care After Laser Teeth Whitening?
Those who have laser teeth whitening give feedback that they do not feel any pain or pain during the procedure. It is a very comfortable and painless process since no intervention is made to the inner part of the tooth, gums or tooth roots during the procedure.
However, keeping the mouth open for 1 hour during the procedure can sometimes cause symptoms of numbness in the mouth or discomfort in patients. It is worth noting that such situations also disappear on their own within a few minutes at the end of the session.
What kinds of foods and drinks you consume after laser teeth whitening are directly related to the permanence of whitening? It should not be forgotten that laser teeth whitening is not a lifelong permanent procedure. When cigarettes, coffee, tea, acidic drinks or sugary foods are consumed, it is quite possible to re-stain and yellowing on the teeth.
In order for your teeth to stay white and clean for as long as possible after laser teeth whitening, you should stay away from such foods. If you wish, you can schedule a whitening session again after the first session; because the whiteness after laser teeth whitening can last from 6 months to a few years.
After your laser-assisted tooth whitening session is completed, you may feel a lot of sensitivity in your teeth in the first place. This is quite normal, because a chemical has been continuously applied to your teeth for about 1 hour. Although this situation varies from patient to patient, it loses its effect within a few days even in patients with the most sensitive teeth.
If you feel extremely uncomfortable, you can ask your dentist to prescribe a relaxing medicine for you. If you experience side effects such as whitening or scarring, especially on your gums, you should contact your dentist and correct this situation as soon as possible.
If you think you are ready for laser teeth whitening, you can contact our clinic. Laser teeth whitening prices may vary depending on the technique to be applied, the staining and yellowing nature of the person’s teeth and the amount of material to be used.
You can reach the best laser teeth whitening experts by contacting our clinic, and you can get laser teeth whitening comments from patients who have had this procedure.
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