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We All Need The Laser Teeth Whitening Treatment

A laser teeth whitening treatment is performed by a cosmetic dentist that provide a brighter smile in as little as an hour. Although there are over the counter treatments available to improve the whiteness of one's teeth, they are not as effective as a professional treatment. Patients that have a professional teeth whitening treatment can expect to improve their brightness by at least eight shades in a single treatment.

A teeth whitening treatment consists first with the cosmetic dentist making sure the teeth are clean. They would first apply a protective coating on the patient's gums, which is not harmful to the gums just a safety precaution from the laser light. A potent teeth whitening gel, Zoom, is applied to the teeth and then the laser light is used to activate the gel. The laser light allows for the whitening agent to deeply penetrate the dentin of the patient's teeth in order to lift and remove stains to provide a bright white smile. At intervals the specialist may utilize the laser light in order to remove deep tough stains or may request a patient to return for a subsequent treatment.

Laser whitening is a fairly new process that originated from the land of the celebrities and cosmetic surgery in LA.

Every person in LA is blessed with that perfect white smile, or so you are lead to believe in newspapers, magazines and movies. Those perfect bright white smiles are not natural they are all achieved with laser teeth whitening giving them their dazzling pearly whites, in some cases they are not even whitening their own teeth but their cosmetically enhanced crowns or veneers.

What's Involved in Laser Teeth Whitening?

Aside from the initial screening by the dentist, what is involved in getting your teeth whitened by a laser? Here are the most common steps in the laser teeth whitening procedure:

Cleaning - The dentist will first clean the patient's teeth. The dentist will also make certain that there are no dental concerns in the mouth, such as untreated cavities. If there are, these will need to be fixed prior to the bleaching.

Anti-Inflammatory - Some dentists may prescribe some form of anti-inflammatory prior to the whitening procedure, especially if the patient is known for sensitivity since tooth whitening can cause short-term sensitivity.

Whitening - The dentist will ensure that your gums are protected from the solution before doing anything else. The dentist will then likely use a syringe (or other preferred method) to apply the whitening solution to the facet of the teeth. Dentists will then generally use a laser, similar to the shape of pen or

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, to activate the solution. The dentist will then remove the solution before applying it again, possibly several times in one session. At the end of the procedure, your mouth will be rinsed and the gum protection that was put into place will be removed.

Follow-up - While everyone wishes it was, teeth whitening is not permanent by any means. Teeth can become stained again after the procedure, especially when the patient does not limit themselves on the amount of soda, tea, coffee, certain foods and cigarettes that they have. A follow-up is recommended every six months or so if you consume teeth-staining beverages and foods or take part in teeth-staining habits. Otherwise, you may be able to go as long as a few years before your next session.

If you are ready to have your teeth whitened by a laser or

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, contact your local dentist and schedule an appointment. If you aren't ready to take the plunge, feel free to schedule a consultation to request additional information regarding laser teeth whitening from the dentist himself.