How Does Laser Teeth Whitening Work?

How Does Laser Teeth Whitening Work?

Despite your best efforts, it can be incredibly difficult to avoid tooth stains and discolorations. Everything from diet and genetics to lifestyle choices, medications, and even the aging process can dull and stain your teeth. So if you’re unhappy with the way your teeth look, rest assured that you’re not alone! Even healthy teeth can lose their brightness over time.

The good news is that there have never been more solutions to safely and effectively whiten your teeth. At Manhasset Dental Arts, our dentists Dr. Elizabeth Abrams, Dr. Michael Abrams, and our team offer family dentistry solutions at our office in Manhasset, New York.

How does laser teeth whitening work?

Laser teeth whitening is a non-invasive professional teeth whitening treatment. While there are many clinical and over-the-counter teeth whitening products and treatments available, professional treatments are the safest and most effective. 

When you make an appointment for laser teeth whitening or any cosmetic or restorative dentistry procedure at Manhasset Dental Arts, our dentists will start with a comprehensive dental exam to ensure you receive the most effective treatment possible.

If you have any oral health issues like cavities or signs of gum disease, our dentists may recommend treating them first. If you have any issues like tooth sensitivity or take medication, let us know before your treatment.

Laser teeth whitening treatments are simple and straightforward. After a thorough cleaning, a bleaching gel is applied to the affected teeth. (Unlike other whitening treatments, laser teeth whitening can be applied selectively to specific teeth. You don’t need to treat all of your teeth if you don’t want to.)

The bleaching gel is then heat-activated with the laser, which breaks apart the stains and discolorations on the selected teeth. Depending on the type and degree of staining, you may only need one laser teeth whitening session. If you have deep or significant tooth stains, we may recommend additional sessions as needed.

Once your treatment is applied, you can get right back to your normal routine without any downtime or after-effects like pain or swelling. Just remember that as with other whitening treatments, your teeth will still be susceptible to future staining and discoloration from tobacco use and your diet. 

Factors like your genetics, age, health, and family history can also play a role in everything from how white your teeth are to your risk for developing gum disease. If it has been more than six months since your last dental exam and cleaning, we recommend that you schedule an appointment as soon as possible to get your oral health on track.

For more information about laser teeth whitening and other general and cosmetic dentistry services available at Manhasset Dental Arts, contact us today to schedule an appointment at our office in Manhasset, New York.

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