What is Laser Dental Whitening?
Laser teeth whitening or laser dental whitening is a non-intrusive treatment in which a high concentration of hydrogen peroxide and a zoom light is used to create a visibly white smile.
This treatment whitens your teeth and removes stains from coffee, tea, or red vine. It using different whitening gels, that are applied to each tooth, and as a result, the laser whitening treatments remove stains from food and beverages.
This is a cosmetic dentistry procedure and often uses hydrogen peroxide gel to remove stains. Moreover, it helps remove stains from beverages like coffee, tea, or red wine and different food items.
However, it could not be done on pregnant women and on children who are under 16.
How Does it Work?
As compared to the other method, it is professional teeth whitening process, which is shorter because it lasts only about 20 minutes. During this method, your dentist will use hydrogen peroxide gel that is applied to each tooth.
After applying the gel, they will use a device on your teeth with a laser, these lasers start a chemical reaction due to which the whitening process starts. It removes stains from coffee, tea, red wine and different food items.
Due to this chemical reaction and hydrogen peroxide gel, it whitens your teeth.
Teeth sensitivity is not so prominent after the treatment; that’s why this treatment is so famous in comparison with other cosmetic dentistry procedures.
It shows the visible immediate result and makes teeth normally 4-6 grades lighter with no side effects.
How Are Laser Treatments Performed?
The two main types of procedures used for laser dentistry are hard tissue and soft tissue procedures. Hard tissue refers to the teeth, and soft tissue refers to the gums.
Hard Tissue Procedures
Lasers can detect cavities early by finding evidence of tooth decay.
Tooth preparations and dental fillings
Local anesthesia and traditional drills are often not needed with laser treatments. Lasers can kill bacteria in a cavity, which can aid in the long-term health of a tooth.
Treating tooth sensitivity
Teeth that have sensitivity to hot and cold can be treated with dental lasers that seal tubules on the tooth’s root.
Soft Tissue Procedures
Treating a “gummy smile.”
Lasers are used to reshape gum tissue associated with a “gummy smile,” in which the gums’ length covers much of the tooth.
This procedure reshapes both gum tissue and bone for healthier tooth structure, which helps with placing restorations on the teeth.
Treating tongue frenulum attachment
Those with a thick or tight frenulum (the fold of skin under the front part of the tongue that anchors to the mouth floor) may benefit from a laser frenectomy.
This treatment helps children whose restricted frenulum causes them to be tongue-tied, have difficulty breastfeeding, or have a speech impediment.
Removing soft tissue folds
Lasers can remove soft tissue folds from ill-fitting dentures without pain or sutures.
Other Laser Procedures
Optical coherence tomography allows a doctor to safely see inside a tooth or gum tissue.
Removing benign tumors
Lasers can remove tumors from the palate, gums, and sides of the lips and cheeks through pain- and suture-free methods.
Treating obstructive sleep apnea
Lasers can reshape the throat and relieve associated breathing problems when sleep apnea is caused by tissue overgrowth in the throat.
TMJ (temporomandibular joint) treatment
Lasers can help reduce pain and inflammation in the joint.
Lasers can help regenerate damaged blood vessels, nerves, and scars.
Treating cold sores
Lasers can minimize healing time and reduce pain from cold sores.
Lasers speed up the bleaching process during teeth whitening sessions.
Laser treatments such as these can vary in price, depending on the procedure and the laser equipment in use.
In comparison to the non-laser treatment, they may be less expensive because the laser treatment usually takes fewer sessions.
Additionally, dental insurance usually determines reimbursement costs based on the treatment itself and not on what method is used.
Therefore, your compensation is likely to be the same as it would with drilling and other procedures.
However, it’s always important to ask about your specific policy beforehand to get the most accurate information.
What Happens During Laser Gum Surgery or Other Dentistry?
When you come for your laser dentistry appointment, you might be surprised to discover that the process is very similar to other dentistry appointments, like tooth fillings.
You receive anesthesia, though it might not be as much as you’re used to receiving.
Some patients who experience anxiety might receive a sedative, too. During the procedure, you won’t feel any vibrations or discomfort from the laser-like you do from the drill.
Any bleeding that occurs wipes away, just like before. Your mouth will be propped open as the dentist works with the laser to treat your issues.
There are no side effects of laser whitening treatments.
If you’ve ever had gum surgery done without a laser, you can expect that your post-operative experience after laser dentistry will likely be smoother.
Because a laser causes far less bleeding than a scalpel, don’t expect the site of your surgery to bleed very much when you get home.
You won’t have an open, bleeding wound the way you would with a scalpel procedure.
While you should still follow cleaning and care instructions to the letter, you’re less likely to get an infection.
You also won’t typically experience the pain and discomfort with scalpel surgery because your post-op irritation is likely to be minor.
Types of Lasers
Dental professionals use either hard tissue or soft tissue lasers, depending on the treatment.
Some will use both types if the treatment allows.
Hard tissue lasers can cut through tooth structures.
These lasers are most often help in the prep or shape of teeth for composite bonding, to repair dental fillings that have worn down, and to remove some tooth structure.
What are The Benefits of Laser Dental Whitening Treatment?
There is no use of that equipment which can cause irritation and cause gum bleeding.
It usually takes place under expert supervision. A professional dental specialist should perform this treatment.
Immediate Visible Results
In the very first session, there will be an immediately noticeable difference in your teeth.
While in extreme cases, it may take multiple sessions to have whiter teeth.
This treatment has a long-term impact that its whitening effect can relatively last for years.
It depends on your daily routine of oral care.
The key to longevity results is to brush your teeth twice a day and use mouthwash, recommended by the dentist.
Quick and Painless Procedure
This treatment procedure takes place in the clinic of Dr. Amal AlQedrah Medical Center Sharjah, which takes up to an hour to complete the process.
Moreover, it is painless and quick with guaranteed results.
The result you will achieve with laser dental whitening in the Dr. Amal AlQedrah Medical Center Sharjah will be more impressive and livable.
Very Effective Method
Laser dental whitening is a very effective method that helps to improve the appearance of discolored teeth.
Moreover, it reduces the yellow effect of your teeth and makes your teeth’ appearance numerous shades whiter than previously.
Furthermore, the laser dental whitening treatment intrudes deep into the core for removing the stains.
Laser Dental Whitening is Safe
This procedure is completely secure.
It ensures that your gums, mouth, and tongue will not be affected by this procedure.
It provides a safe, faster, and softer approach to teeth whitening and removes pigments for a charming smile.
There are certain home remedies to whiten your teeth at home. However, these are different from professional teeth whitening as it is quick and a short cosmetic dentistry procedure.
You can use the following remedies at home to whiten your teeth.
Whitening Toothpaste: There are different whitening kinds of toothpaste available in the market that whitens your teeth, however, they will take time.
Whitening Gels: Certain whiten gels that contain a mild amount of hydrogen peroxide gels can also be used at home.
Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide: 1 tbs of baking soda and 2 tbs of hydrogen peroxide can be used to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth.
Zoom Teeth Whitening vs. Laser
At first glance you might think that zoom teeth whitening and laser are the same professional teeth whitening systems, however, the procedure is slightly different.
Both of these involve hydrogen peroxide gel that is applied to each tooth, however, the Zoom teeth whitening procedure involves using a devise Zoom that helps activate the gel.
A chemical reaction, i.e. oxidation starts allowing the bleaching agent to work wonders on your teeth.
A session of laser typically lasts for an hour, but oom whitening treatment involves the application of hydrogen peroxide gel 3 times with a 15 minute wait time.
Examining the Facts
It is a misconception that laser whitening can always brighten your teeth in a single visit.
It is not uncommon for customers to report seeing little difference in tooth whiteness after just one session [Haywood, 1999].
That said, even with multiple whitening sessions at an average of 30 minutes apiece, the process is still substantially faster than whitening trays, which generally involve the customer adopting a lifestyle change for the few weeks he or she is undergoing the process.
A big debate issue is safety. While laser usage appears reasonably safe, issues surrounding sensitivity, the peroxide amounts, and chemical combination have been argued in the past.
Some believe that the laser’s heat can permanently weaken teeth pulp, whereas others worry about eroding the patients’ enamel.
Because most ADA-approved peroxide formulas float around 10 percent for slower whitening procedures, to work with a peroxide mixture more intense than that–meaning 35 to 44 percent hydrogen peroxide, as is the case with lasers–is, in a few situations, dealing with products not approved by the ADA.
That doesn’t necessarily mean they’re unsafe, though. The Canadian Dental Association notes that laser procedures have simply “undergone little scientific assessment” [CDA, 2014] and ought to be more thoroughly examined before judgments are made, while the ADA has noted that most of their studies “reported no additional long-term benefit” to using lasers for whitening [ADA, 2012].
So, book an appointment with us at Dr. Amal AlQedrah Medical Center.
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