The aesthetics of the teeth can be improved by eliminating discolouration and all the stuff that makes teeth go yellow or fade out. This can be simply done via Laser teeth whitening. It is a progressive treatment. Admittedly, white teeth are one great facial feature that creates a feeling of youthfulness and increased attraction.
There are plenty of options for teeth whitening in recent years, and laser teeth whitening is one among the many common expert options.
What is laser teeth whitening?
This is a cosmetic treatment that involves the use of a laser in whitening teeth. It is performed as an in-office procedure by a dentist. Here, a concentrated whitening gel is placed on your teeth, and a stream of heat is released on it with a laser. This makes your teeth go white in no time.
Causes of tooth discolouration
What makes a tooth change its colour is categorised into two: extrinsic and intrinsic. Let’s discuss them briefly.
- Extrinsic tooth discolouration: This type of discolouration appears on the outer part of the teeth. And it is triggered by some kind of foods and drinks, including dark berries, red wine, coffee, soda and tea. Using at-home teeth whitening products, this type of stain can be taken out.
- Intrinsic tooth discolouration: As the name implies, the stains are found on the inside of the teeth. Some of the causes include ageing, medication, trauma, genetics, certain types of health conditions and treatments such as chemotherapy. Usually, one will need professional help to remove intrinsic teeth stains as they are not easy to deal with.
What is the difference between laser teeth whitening and other dentist-performed whitening treatments?
There is this confusion most people have about laser teeth whitening and the other whitening procedures carried out in the dentist’s office.
But the major difference is what is used to activate the whitening gel. While laser teeth procedure uses a laser, the others like Sapphire and Zoom use light to activate the chemical that makes the teeth white. The procedure may look similar, but the function is not the same.
In a strict laser whitening, the chemicals contained in the whitening product is turned on by the laser. This makes teeth whitening faster with optimal results. The other dental office techniques for whitening, including at-home whitening kits, utilise light to heat up the whitener. A faster result is seen when peroxide-based whitening gel is heated up.
What are the steps involved in laser teeth whitening?
For a cosmetic dentistry procedure like laser teeth whitening, it is done in the office of the dentist. They will perform the procedure in a number of steps.
- The dentist will begin by holding your mouth open with a plastic guard.
- Your gums will be covered with a protective layer, so they are not affected by the action of the whitener. Usually, this layer of protection will become hard and create a plastic layer covering over your gums. This is what prevents the gums from getting irritated and sore.
- After the layer of protection has hardened, your dentist will proceed to apply the bleaching gel carefully on to your teeth. A laser resembling a pencil will be used to work the gel into action. This will cause the gel to start foaming – a sign that is actively removing stains from your teeth.
- The dentist will allow the gel to sit on your teeth for a couple of minutes. Using a small vacuum, the gel will be wiped off by your dentist. These steps will be repeated about 3 or 4 times until the desired whiteness is achieved.
- Finally, the dentist will have your mouth rinsed out and take the protective layer off your gums.
Although the procedure of whitening the teeth with laser is safe and functional, patients may experience non-permanent side effects – it rarely triggers severe implications.
Most commonly, a laser teeth whitening will cause slight gum irritation and teeth sensitivity. Usually, these effects are less serious and temporary; however, some patients can experience them as serious discomfort. The treatment is likely to have an allergic reaction as a side effect too.
Just so you don’t have these problems, do not take anything that is hot or cold for a number of days following the treatment. If you are a pregnant or nursing mother, please avoid laser teeth whitening or any other teeth whitening treatment.
You should drink only clear beverages for at least two hours after getting laser teeth whitening treatment in Harley Street,
When the two hours have passed, go on and eat foods that will not stain your teeth. For 24 hours, do stay away from dark-coloured foods like tea, coffee and soda.
What are the benefits of laser teeth whitening?
- In just one session of laser whitening, the outcome will be obvious.
- The entire procedure is performed by the dentist in their office. This means the patient is not to go through the hassle of any at-home teeth whitening procedures.
- This procedure brings faster results compared to whitening products used at home.
- When a good dentist performs this treatment, there is less risk of developing complications, including teeth nerve damage and soft tissue burns.
What are the disadvantages of laser teeth whitening?
There are some drawbacks to the laser whitening procedure, which includes:
- The treatment is usually very expensive compared to other methods of teeth whitening.
- Patients have to visit the dental office to have it done within one hour or longer.
- Just like every other teeth whitening treatment, the outcome is not permanent. Coffee lovers, those who drink coloured beverages like red wine, tea, and tobacco users will have those teeth discoloured after whitening. A repeat of the procedure will be required.
- Results are not guaranteed with laser teeth whitening. Granted, it gives amazing results compared to other whitening techniques. However there are some deep stains that whitening may be unable to clear up.
What makes laser teeth whitening different from at-home whitening procedures?
While the regular teeth whitening done at home uses over-the-counter or professional whitening products, laser whitening is not like that. And here are some distinctions:
- Since the whitening gel used in laser teeth whitening contains ingredients that are highly concentrated, it would require the services of a trained dentist who can effectively manage possible issues like soft tissue burns that may arise.
- Laser teeth whitening is completed in a very short time. Many appointments for the procedure are done within one hour. Throughout the entire time your teeth are being whitened, the dentist will be present to see what’s happening.
- The more popular teeth whitening becomes, the greater the number of professional teeth whitening options. Since there are different types of laser applications, the condition under which a particular laser is used, the concentration and type of bleaching gel used makes it impossible to specifically say how effective laser teeth whitening is. Following this, there is a need for further studies. Based on this, it is not with certainty that it can be said that laser teeth whitening offers results better than those provided by other whitening techniques.
What is the cost of laser teeth whitening?
It is hard to give a specific price for which one can have laser teeth whitening done. The reason is that it is a cosmetic procedure without any dental insurance and so it doesn’t have a standard price. However, you may get this procedure done for between £288 to £1,081, depending on where you live.
Surprisingly, the price of laser whitening is slightly high in rural areas where dental competition isn’t so great. But in the towns where the number of practices is high, the cost of dental procedures not covered by dental insurance may be more competitive.
One may likely get laser teeth whitening at a good price ranging from £432 to £576. This price is commensurate with the cost of materials needed for the treatment and one or more hours put in by the dentist.
Alternatives to laser teeth whitening
You can choose from any of the inexpensive at-home whitening solutions should you decide not to have laser teeth whitening. This includes:
- LED teeth whitening kits
- Whitening strips
- Whitening toothpaste and mouthwash
- Whitening pens
- Teeth whitening gels
- Natural teeth whitening products
People may achieve faster results with laser teeth whitening, but it doesn’t mean the procedure is significantly better than other whitening techniques.
Patients that need quick results and do not want to get caught up in the fuss of whitening their teeth at home are most likely going to pay for the pricey laser teeth whitening.
If you are in need of this kind of whitening, reach out to us. We perform a wide range of cosmetic dentistry in Harley street. You should book an appointment with our team of friendly dentists today.