Teeth Whitening In Melbourne
Teeth laser whitening for a perfect white smile
Over the years teeth can become discoloured due to factors such as aging, illness, certain foods, smoking, and poor oral hygiene.
What kind of laser is used with the laser teeth whitening process?
The laser teeth whitening system requires the use of diode laser. As you might expect, the emission spectrum of this light unit is very precise. Its emissions lie in the 798 to 815nm range, which is part of the near infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum. The requirement that this laser teeth whitening must be used implies that the emissions of this specific wavelength increases the efficiency of the Laser Teeth Whitening process.
The elegant, small and extremely light-weight handpiece is ergonomically designed to treat teeth simultaneously, consistently, comfortably, and safely with laser white tooth results. This is helpful for people who need laser teeth whitening for sensitive teeth.
Advantages of laser teeth whitening system:
- One laser teeth whitening session treatment, results are seen within 60 minutes treatment.
- Laser teeth whitening is safe and gentle: The shorter treatment avoids excess heat and sensitivity common to other teeth whitening devices.
What type of tooth whitener gel is used with the laser tooth whitening system?
The laser tooth whitening system uses hydrogen peroxide-based bleaching gel. This whitener comes pre-packaged and ready to use. It has a 37% hydrogen peroxide concentration and a pH of around 7
The laser tooth whitening gel is specially formulated to work effectively with the specific wavelength of the tooth whitening laser, increasing the efficiency of the laser whitening process.
The dramatically shorter tooth whitening time avoids excess heat and sensitivity, promoting patient comfort, safety, and self-confidence.
Does the laser teeth whitening produce a heating effect on the teeth being whitened?
Since the emissions of the laser tooth whitening lie in the infrared portion of the electromagnetic spectrum there certainly could be concern that a heating effect might be produced. As it turns out, however, during the laser tooth whitening process a heating effect is avoided because the laser tooth whitening is only exposed to a few teeth at a time and even then only briefly (about 15 seconds). During the entire laser tooth whitening process (about 24 minutes), it is likely that each tooth will only receive about 2 to 4 minutes of exposure to the laser's output.
Does the laser teeth whitening system make use of at-home teeth whitening treatments?
Continued bleaching with an at-home teeth whitening product after the completion of the laser tooth whitening treatment is an option left up to the discretion of the dentist and the patient but is not a formal part of the system's protocol.
What are the individual steps of the laser teeth whitening system?
The laser whitening procedure your dentist follows when performing laser tooth whitening system treatments does not vary greatly from the general steps done in other professional teeth whitening systems.
- Teeth isolation: Teeth are isolated to hold the lips away from your teeth.
- Eye protection: The primary tooth whitening safety measure necessary during laser tooth whitening treatment is proper protective glasses.
- Gum protection: The peroxide bleaching agents that are used with professional tooth whitening systems are caustic and can irritate or damage soft oral tissues. We will need to isolate the teeth to be bleached by placing a “dental dam” on the gum.
- Application of Laser Tooth Whitening gel
- Laser activation: The tooth whitening bleaching compound is activated using a laser light source. This "activation" shortens the needed treatment time and/or makes the tooth whitening more effective.
- Protection removal:Teeth are thoroughly washed and then the dental dam and any other isolating materials or devices are removed.
How long does it take to perform a laser teeth whitening treatment?
Biolase Technology, Inc.'s promotional materials suggest that laser whitening treatments usually take less than an hour from start to finish. Each bleaching session is broken down into two individual applications of the laser whitening, with the duration of the:
- First application being 16 minutes.
- And the second 8 minutes.
This means that the cumulative exposure of the patient's teeth to the laser tooth whitening gel is 24 minutes. Pre and post treatment preparations and activities round the total treatment time up to about an hour or slightly less.
How white will my teeth get?
Laser tooth whitening has been able to achieve dramatic results in most patients.Contact us to find how whiter your teeth can be.
Will it hurt?
The laser tooth whitening procedure is completely painless in general.
A very small percentage of people may experience minor sensitivities following the procedure.
Avoid very hot or very cold drinks for the first 24 hours if any tooth sensitivity exist.
Does it work on caps, veneers or bonds?
Laser tooth whitening procedures are generally not designed for caps, veneers, or bonds.
Contact us to determine your treatment expectation.
How long does it last?
Laser tooth whitening results can last for years assuming good hygiene and reasonable exposure to staining foods and beverages.
However, actual results may vary due to individual differences in tooth structure and personal habits
Is this procedure for everyone?
Anyone can benefit from the laser tooth whitening procedure, except:
- People who are allergic to the ingredients in the gel.
- If you are under 16
- Or have any extraordinary conditions.
Please let us know ahead of time.
The world always looks brighter from behind a smile...
Should you choose the laser teeth whitening system?
This is a question that should be directed to the dentist performing the tooth whitening treatment.
In regards to the system itself, laser tooth whitening should be able to provide results similar in nature to those achieved with other professional teeth whitening systems.
In addition to tooth whitening, the LaserSmile™ has numerous other cosmetic and soft tissue applications - including cosmetic gingival contouring, crown lengthening, treatment of periodontal pockets, and gingival troughing.
The LaserSmile™ tooth whitening system is manufactured by Biolase Technology, Inc. In dental circles this company is probably best known for manufacturing the Waterlase® dental laser.