Laser Teeth Whitening and How It Works

Close-up portrait of a female patient getting a bleach treatment in clinic

 

We all want whiter teeth, and a dazzling smile, and teeth whitening using laser light is a great way to get it.

Teeth whitening is incredibly popular right now, as your teeth are one of the first things that people notice about you, and these days, many of us are doing all we can to make sure our teeth are as clean and white as possible, including getting laser and other treatments that will remove stains and give us a dazzling smile. But how does laser teeth whitening work, and is it something you could consider so that you get those amazing pearly whites you so desire?

Before teeth whitening in Ireland and many other places came along, people used a weak solution containing hydrogen peroxide to remove stains caused by foods like curries and drinks such as tea, coffee and red wine, and especially heavily staining cigarettes. Or they went to the dentist, where a stronger hydrogen peroxide solution was available. 

And indeed, today, you can get a professional teeth whitening kit from your dentist, such as that which The James Clinic provides, and use it at home with a mould that’s been specially aligned with your teeth and gums so that the fit is perfect and you get maximum results. If you have your teeth whitened at the dentist, they may use a special laser light to speed up the whitening process and achieve longer-lasting results. 

The Benefits of Laser Teeth Whitening

One of the primary benefits of laser teeth whitening is that, despite the name, it’s actually incredibly non-invasive, and apart from the whitening gel or other type of solution and the laser, nothing else is required and it doesn’t result in any irritation to the teeth or gums, or any bleeding. It’s a teeth whitening treatment that, with a qualified and experienced dentist, is both effective and incredibly safe to have done. 

The results of teeth whitening using a laser are almost immediate and noticeable after just one session, especially when compared to strips (which can be hazardous) or other methods that might take several weeks before you notice the whitening effect. If the teeth are badly stained and yellow, however, especially from years of heavy smoking that has left them coated with lots of tar, several sessions with a teeth whitening specialist may be required so they turn to a shade of white you’re happy with. 

Quick and Easy Teeth Whitening

Laser teeth whitening is also a painless procedure, and you won’t feel anything much while it’s being done. Plus, it’s quick, so you won’t be in the dentist’s chair all that long — most likely less than an hour. And because the laser light interacts with the hydrogen peroxide at the molecular level, making the process more powerful, it’s also a great way to deal with teeth that have yellowed due to age, making them much whiter and brighter and helping you to look younger. 

Once your teeth whitening specialist examines you after the procedure, to make sure your teeth and gums are fine, you’re ready to go and no special care or attention is needed — apart from your usual oral hygiene routine, which should include brushing your teeth at least twice a day and using mouthwash to prevent the buildup of plaque. You may have some mild sensitivity in the days after your teeth whitening session, but it’s also possible that you’ll have none at all. 

The results of your laser teeth whitening will be long-lasting compared to other methods — up to several years in some cases, if you look after your teeth well — and you can enjoy a great smile and increased self-confidence from knowing you look amazing. 

If you’re after a dazzling smile and would like to have much whiter teeth, contact The James Clinic today and we will be happy to discuss options that might be suitable for you.