Over-the-counter teeth whitening products like toothpaste, gels, and whitening strips have become a staple in many American homes over the last few years. While they do provide some benefits, they can only go so far in removing stains and discolorations. If you want to safely whiten your teeth by several shades and remove intrinsic stains, professional teeth whitening treatments are your best option.
At Manhasset Dental Arts, our dentists offer a range of general and cosmetic dentistry services, including laser teeth whitening treatments, at our office in Manhasset, New York.
The benefits of laser teeth whitening treatments
Professional teeth whitening treatments are always more effective than over-the-counter products, and they also protect your teeth from potentially abrasive ingredients that can strip away tooth enamel and actually make your teeth more vulnerable to staining in the long run.
Think of it this way: if an over-the-counter product can whiten your teeth by a shade or two (which isn’t bad, obviously), a traditional professional teeth whitening treatment can generally brighten your smile by up to eight shades depending on your situation. When you add in the enhancing effects of laser treatment, you can expect even better results than with a standard teeth whitening treatment.
During your laser teeth whitening procedure, one of our dentists will apply a professional grade hydrogen peroxide gel solution to your teeth, which is then heat set with a laser to enhance the overall effect in as little as 15 minutes for each treatment (you may need more than one application, but a single appointment usually takes about an hour).
Your gums and soft tissue are covered and protected during the treatment, and once it’s complete you can go about your day without worrying about side effects or taking any downtime to heal.
After your laser teeth whitening treatment, you may experience brief tooth sensitivity, and you will have to avoid certain foods and drinks in the days following the procedure. If you have any existing dental issues like cavities or gum disease, our dentists will recommend addressing those issues first before undergoing laser teeth whitening.
Everyone is different, but with good oral hygiene, follow up dental exams, cleanings every six months, and avoiding things that can stain your teeth like tobacco and certain food and drinks, you can expect your laser teeth whitening results to last anywhere from six months to a year or even longer.
For more information about our laser teeth whitening treatments and other cosmetic dentistry services, contact Manhasset Dental Arts today to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists at our practice in Manhasset, New York.