It’s just a fact of life for most people: teeth become discolored over time. One of the best ways to regain your pearly whites is to have laser teeth whitening professionally done at your dentist’s office. It uses special light to effectively brighten your tooth enamel and give you a brilliant smile.
There are two main categories of tooth discoloration. Extrinsic staining occurs when the enamel or outer layer of your teeth becomes discolored. It commonly results from consuming foods and drinks prone to staining, such as coffee, red wine, cola, dark sauces, and berries. Another leading cause of extrinsic staining is tobacco use. Intrinsic staining happens when the inner part of your teeth, or dentin, darkens or turns a yellow color. It usually occurs from things like trauma, excessive fluoride exposure as a child, certain medication use, or a genetic predisposition.
First, your gums are protected using a special coating substance to help prevent sensitivity. Then a gel containing hydrogen peroxide ingredients is applied to your teeth, followed by light exposure for a certain time period. The entire process takes about an hour and is performed in your dentist’s office.
Laser teeth whitening is a professional method that employs stronger levels of whitening agents than you can use at home. Teeth whitening is possible at home using a variety of over-the-counter methods, but takes longer and doesn’t produce as significant levels of change. Since a longer period of consistent use is required at home, people with highly sensitive teeth may find home whitening uncomfortable. Laser teeth whitening performed in just an hour and using preventive techniques may be more appealing for sensitive patients.