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.