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Laser Teeth Whitening – Your smile has long been party of your cosmetic routine, with you not only wanting to keep your teeth healthy, but also wanting them to have that sparkling white shine so often seen on celebrities. Although not a modern concept (the ancient Romans used goats’ mild to whiten their teeth), the quest for whiter teeth is growing in popularity and many people are opting for cheap and simple solutions, such as whitening toothpaste and over-the-counter home bleaching kits.

Despite what the packaging promises, over-the-counter home bleaching kits often don’t work, with added risks that can cause damage to teeth and gums if used incorrectly, and many brands of whitening toothpaste are proven to be ineffective. The safest and quickest way to get proven whiter teeth is to visit your dentist for laser teeth whitening.

Problems with Home Bleaching – Laser Teeth Whitening

The quality of shop-bought kits is less than par with that of the tooth whitening service your dentist provides. Not only is the strength of the chemicals used weaker than those used by your dentist (meaning that it might not work), the mould won’t fit your teeth perfectly, which could cause the bleach to leak onto your gums and potentially cause painful blisters.

With shop-bought kits often not working, the temptation is to use them more than recommended rather than consult a professional for help, which could cause permanent damage to your enamel.

Most dentists offer home whitening kits that are prescription strength and will show you how to use one correctly during a consultation. Although getting it done professionally may cost more, it is more likely to work and will be healthier for your teeth.

Laser Teeth Whitening : The Laser Procedure

Cosmetic tooth whitening is the one of the most popular requests from dental patients and laser whitening works on a high percentage of patients.

Unlike at-home bleaching, laser tooth whitening is carried out at your dentist’s surgery with the procedure itself usually taking no more than an hour. A protective barrier is applied to protect gums and lips and whitening gel is applied to the teeth. Then, the laser (an intense energy light) is shone on the teeth. The use of a laser helps speed up and intensify the whitening process.

Are Your Teeth Suitable? Most people are suitable for tooth whitening, but those with extra-sensitivity to hot and cold food and drink may not be as bleaching can sometimes lead to increased sensitivity. If you are pregnant of breastfeeding, your dentist will not perform bleaching procedures due to lack of information about the effect the chemicals has on the baby.

How Effective is Laser Teeth Whitening?

Many patients notice the effects of laser whitening immediately, but some may need further sessions to achieve their desired shade, depending on how discoloured their teeth are.

There are some cases that whitening procedures have no effect on, such as severely tetracycline stained teeth, but this is rare and talking with your dentist can help you find out if you fit into this margin. If laser whitening is not suitable for you, you may want to consider veneers to achieve a dazzling white smile.

About the Author: Beth Stubbings works for Smilecare Cosmetic Centre, a provider of teeth whitening in Plymouth Devon. She reccomends Laser Teeth Whitening as the safest way to get a brighter smile.

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