Use of Lasers for Whitening Teeth

Attraction

Our staff here can attest to the fact that teeth whitening is more popular than ever. We frequently see patients looking for information about the latest techniques and newest developments to get the whitest. Fortunately, we stay at the forefront of technology and treatments, so our patients get the best treatment possible.

Many patients ask our cosmetic dentist in San Francisco about laser whitening for their teeth. While the United States Food and Drug Association approved lasers for use in dentistry a little less than a decade ago, there are still common misconceptions about the process and how it works.

One of the most common points that confuse people is which treatments use lasers. There are several different whitening procedures that involve the use of light to speed the whitening process, but all of these are not using laser light. If you are not sure which treatment you are having, ask us.

The laser whitening treatment is different from regular whitening procedures that involve light. A laser whitening uses a solution specifically formulated to work with the laser to lift stains from your teeth. This happens when the laser light reacts with the whitener and releases oxygen ions from the solution; these ions create bubbles as they remove stains on the tooth’s surface. The laser whitening process is generally faster than other whitening treatment; some patients spend just 20 minutes while others may need 30 or 40 minutes to achieve their goal. Patients see results after a single treatment, and laser whitening makes teeth up to nine shades lighter.

Laser whitening is a safe alternative to other types of whitening procedures, many of which are known to cause sensitivity in patients. Because the whitening solution used in the laser procedure spends less time in contact with teeth, sensitivity is minimal. Most patients report feeling no post-treatment sensitivity.

If you think laser teeth whitening could be right for you, please contact our office. Our staff can set up a no-obligation consultation with our dentists to help you decide the best path to your dream smile.

How are Lasers Used in Dentistry?

Dental assistant smiling at camera

Lasers use narrow, concentrated beams of light energy, which can be used to shape, remove or vaporize tissue. Since 1990, they have been used in a variety of dental treatments. When used in place of traditional dental drills, lasers can reduce pain, anxiety and the need for anesthesia. They can also quickly cauterize tissues, which helps reduce bleeding and swelling.

You might be a candidate for laser dentistry if you have:

1. Tooth decay
The decayed tissue can be removed using a laser, and the enamel can be prepared for the filling placement.

2. Periodontal disease
Lasers can be used to destroy the bacteria that cause gum disease and reshape the gum tissue around the teeth.

3. Oral sores
Lasers can be used to reduce the pain of canker sores and cold sores and speed healing.

4. Dental fillings
The composite resin of dental fillings or bonding can be cured using dental lasers.

5. Teeth whitening
A dental laser can activate teeth whitening ingredients and speed teeth whitening procedures.

While dental lasers are a versatile and effective tool in modern dentistry, they are not necessarily appropriate for every procedure. We can help you decide if they are right for you.

Call our office today to schedule your next appointment with our dentist in Northridge.

Benefits of Laser Periodontal Therapy

Dental assistant smiling at camera

Laser periodontal therapy is a brand-new therapy for periodontal disease and offers promising results for many patients. If you have periodontal disease, our expert in periodontics in Los Angeles may recommend laser periodontal therapy.

Conventional gum disease treatment involves cleaning the plaque and tartar buildup responsible for the gum inflammation and smoothing the surface of the exposed root. Periodontal surgery can be used in later stages. With laser therapy, a special dental laser is used to remove tartar, plaque, and bacteria and help the gum tissue heal and regenerate. The laser can also be used to smooth the root of the tooth. Lasers reduce bleeding, speed healing, and minimize swelling and pain. They also allow for more precise and accurate targeting of diseased tissue for easier, faster recovery and healing.

After undergoing laser therapy, proper post-therapy dental care is critical. You may need to adjust your at-home dental hygiene routine and the products you use. You may also need more frequent professional cleanings to reduce the risk of dental infections. Call our expert in laser periodontal therapy in Los Angeles today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our team.