Laser teeth whitening can be a frightening thought for those not familiar with this cosmetic procedure. After all, the use of lasers has normally been associated with military, medical and scientific applications. The one used for laser tooth whitening is different than those used to cut through sheet metal or used during surgery. It is a great technique used to attain whiter teeth and is a common application in the field of cosmetic dentistry. This form of whitening treatment can yield immediate results and may be cheaper than you imagined.
How Does Laser Teeth Whitening Work
Most laser teeth whitening procedures work through the use of a specially designed laser that emits ultraviolet light. A thin gel made up of either hydrogen peroxide or bleach is placed on the teeth. A mouthpiece is used to keep the lips pushed back and the laser helps activate the gel. It also helps speed up the process of the whitening gel and most patients see immediate results.
Pros and Cons of Laser Teeth Whitening
Obviously the pro’s of professional teeth whitening is that your smile, now whiter and brighter, will give you a more youthful appearance. The con’s range from an allergic reaction to the bleaching gel, to the cost. The procedure can cost well over $1000 and can take more than one visit to yield the desired results. Also, dental condition plays a tremendous factor in whether or not the procedure will work for you. Extensive damage or discoloration may only be corrected through dental veneers or crowns.
Something many people consider a plus, but may actually be a minus where you are concerned, is how obvious the results will be. Some people are uncomfortable with other people knowing they have had “work” done and do not want to seem vain. There is nothing wrong with wanting a brighter smile and to look younger. If you do not want a dramatic change you may want to consider a home tooth whitening kit that will gradually lighten the color of your teeth.
Laser teeth whitening procedures work and are well worth the money. No, your insurance may not pay for the procedure and it may be a little uncomfortable, but you will have a great smile very quickly. Whiter teeth diminish the appearance of wrinkles so consider that an added bonus. People will notice your bright smile instead of those tiny lines. All in all, the pluses outweigh the minuses.