Laser Teeth Whitening Professionals
Laser teeth whitening from Northern Rockies Dental Clinic has been helping patients in Fort Nelson brighten their smiles for years! The term “laser” is a bit incorrect as no lasers are involved in the treatment. “Lasers” refer to the lights used to accelerate the process of bleaching, which provides the real whitening action involved in the treatment.
The friendly and experienced cosmetic dentists at Northern Rockies Dental Clinic use concentrated lights, often from LED or halogen bulbs, to dry the bleaching agents used in the treatment. The bleaching agent used in laser teeth whitening is typically a special dental-grade hydrogen peroxide gel. Let’s take a closer look into the different types of stains whitening can be used to treat as well as the different treatment options available to Fort Nelson patients.
Types of Tooth Stains
Over time, our teeth become stained. Staining is fairly difficult to avoid and may be due to a variety of habits, or dietary and lifestyle choices. Staining from dietary choices often come from the consumption of certain food and drinks. These typically include sodas, red wine, coffee, and tea. Discoloration and decay may also be the product of drug use. This may be as simple as smoking cigarettes and drinking red wine to harder drugs which may accelerate the rate of tooth decay.
Neglecting to perform routine dental hygiene tasks such as brushing or flossing your teeth may increase the rate at which stains and discolorations build up over time. Grinding your teeth can also contribute to discoloration. The nature and intensity of the stain or discoloration is largely dependent on its source. Fortunately, most stains and discolorations can be easily treated with laser teeth whitening treatment from the professionals at Northern Rockies Dental Clinic.
Professional Teeth-Whitening Options
There are a variety of options available for Fort Nelson patients to whiten their teeth. When it comes to laser teeth whitening, the variety comes mostly from the duration of treatment and the bleaching agents involved. The duration of treatment and the bleaching agent can determine the extent to which your teeth are whitened. Your cosmetic dentist will be able to provide you with more details about the different laser whitening options available to you.
When you come in for laser teeth whitening treatment, your dentist will place a shield around your gums to protect them from coming into contact with the bleaching agent. Then a whitening paste or gel (the bleaching agent) will be carefully applied to your teeth. Without the application of concentrated light (or “lasers”), the bleaching process will take far longer to run its course. The lights help dry up the gel and complete the bleaching process. This can take several minutes depending on the treatment plan, but often lasts no longer than an hour to an hour and a half.
Once the whitening process is complete, you will likely be given a set of instructions for post-treatment care. These instructions often include avoiding potential sources of stains and discolorations for a short time following your treatment. They often also include using a whitening toothpaste and scheduling a follow-up appointment with your dentist.
If you’re ready to brighten your smile with laser teeth whitening, schedule an appointment with the cosmetic dentists at Northern Rockies Dental Clinic today! Our friendly and professional staff have been helping residents of Fort Nelson achieve brighter smiles with laser teeth whitening for years. Call Northern Rockies Dental Clinic at (250) 774-4484 or request an appointment online to schedule your appointment today!
Frequently Asked Questions
Laser teeth whitening can vary in cost based on a number of factors. These factors may include your location, your insurance coverage or provider, and the extent to which your teeth are stained. However, laser teeth whitening solutions are reported, on average, to cost around $1000. The amount of this cost you are responsible for paying will depend on your insurance coverage and provider.
The duration of the treatment will depend on the type of light and bleaching agent used as well as the amount of staining or discoloration on your teeth. Some treatments may be as short as half an hour to 45 minutes while others may go for an hour to 90 minutes. In some cases, multiple treatments may be required. Your dentist will be able to provide you with a more specific estimate during your consultation.
With today’s technology, the dangers and hazards of laser teeth whitening are minimal. The bleaching agent is carefully applied so that it only comes into contact with the areas in need of treatment. The lighting technology used during laser teeth whitening treatments has developed over time to minimize your exposure to potentially harmful UV rays. The staff at Strive Dental will be able to answer any questions you may have on the safety of your treatment.
Laser whitening treatment from Strive Dental should not cause you any pain or discomfort. If you experience any discomfort throughout the course of your treatment, be sure to notify your dentist.