When it comes to brightening your smile, you’ve got dozens of options, but while whitening products may be numerous, they’re not all effective. Some old wives’ tales (such as scrubbing your teeth with just baking soda) can even harm your teeth, and it’s not approved by the American Dental Association.
The good news is that there are plenty of safe, effective options available. Here at Dr. Darj Dental in El Paso, Texas, we offer laser teeth whitening to safely and quickly brighten your smile. But how does a laser lift stains? That’s the question that Mehrnoosh Darj, DDS, answers today.
How do lasers whiten teeth?
To understand how lasers work, it’s important to remember that lasers emit light energy. The word “laser” is an acronym for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. Medical lasers have many uses. Even in dentistry, lasers can serve many purposes, including cosmetic ones.
Lasers can whiten teeth because they increase the reactivity of the bleaching agent. This means that the professional-grade whitening agent — which works well on its own — is more effective more quickly.
Normally, bleaching agents work to whiten your teeth by releasing oxygen ions. The oxygen ions then gently lift the stains off of your teeth. When the laser activates the whitening agent, this entire process takes less time. Although everyone’s results vary, laser whitening treatments can brighten your smile by up to eight shades in just one appointment.
What to expect during laser whitening treatments
Because any whitening agent — even the at-home versions — can create temporary sensitivity, we first carefully protect your gums and lips to reduce sensitivity. Then we:
- Coat your teeth the whitening agent
- Precisely aim the laser to heat each tooth, which activates the chemicals in the whitening gel
- Apply a post-treatment gel to reduce sensitivity
From start to finish, the procedure takes about two hours.
Is laser tooth whitening right for you?
If you’ve been unhappy with at-home whitening options, consider the perks of laser teeth whitening. It’s beautifully effective, and it fits easily into your schedule. No more messy strips that slide off of your teeth, and no more whitening toothpastes that barely lift a stain.
If laser whitening isn’t right for you, you have other options for a brighter smile. We also offer an in-office procedure that uses LED light to enhance whitening as well as professional take-home trays that allow you to gradually whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home over a couple of weeks.
When you want a whiter smile, call Dr. Darj Dental to experience the power of laser whitening for yourself. Call today at 915-213-4097 or book a consultation online.