With many of us venturing further into adulthood, we find less time for things we really shouldn’t slack on to make time for other things. You know, things like work, getting enough sleep, arriving on time, work, parenting, meetings, work (have I mentioned work?) and the list goes on. With this, it’s fair to assume our daily routine is never really set, and our oral health may just be one of those items we slack on. Thing is, yellowing of the teeth has more to do with aging than it has to do with skipping brushing. But both play an equal part as the years stack on. Now, how to fix that…

Dr. Marc Lazare is the President/Founder of the Lazare Institute for Biomimetics and Smile Design, as well as New York’s dental specialist, teacher and a dentist to the stars. He states that a white smile is not just reserved for the prominent class of society, but it is a healthy option for every hard-working individual no matter how old they are. 

It is understood that laser teeth whitening is harmless and there are no side effects. According to the American Dental Association (ADA) stains can form on teeth both intrinsically (below the tooth surface) and extrinsically (on tooth enamel). The ADA states that only a dental specialist can determine which teeth whitening procedure is best. 

As stated by Dr. Lazare, before a person considers a teeth whitening laser procedure, their dentists should ensure that their oral health can undergo this procedure for the patients’ safety and health.

At-Home Whitening Procedures

Approved by the National Institute of Health there are a variety of in-office and at-home whitening procedures that have become very popular. However, certain whitening procedures are not ideal for everyone. First whitening coloring will be different and each teeth whitening hue may not blend and these procedures may be too abrasive. These at-home treatments can include the following:

  • whitening toothpaste
  • whitening chewing gum
  • whitening flosses
  • over-the-counter whitening kits that can include gels and/or strips
  • over-the-counter whitening rinses

Granted that one or two of these options can work under the succinct guidance of a professional dentist. For example, if a patient experiences too much sensitivity in their teeth or gums to undergo a whitening treatment, they can be introduced to a prescribed gel or toothpaste. Dr. Lazare states that there is no perfect teeth whitening panacea that works for everyone. Caution is required which is why it is important to seek a professional dental specialist. 

Laser Whitening Process

laser teeth whitening can only be accomplished in a dentist’s office where screening, pre-treatment options, and medication if needed can be performed. Also, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry considers teeth whitening using a laser procedure should only be performed by experienced dental professionals in order to avoid any unnecessary dental issues. 

Hydrogen peroxide in varied dosage is the main bleaching ingredient for whitening and with the addition of light sources, your teeth can look so bright that they seem to gleam in the night. Common light sources that help to activate the peroxide compound, include:

  • Argon lasers

highly energized electrical current

  • ion plasma lamps

right after gases, solids, and liquids, there is the powerful plasma state. Ion plasma lamps use ion plasma molecules to lighten teeth surfaces

  • curling lights

curling lights is the intense wave-length blue LED light that emanates from a dentist’s whitening equipment

Additional Benefits

What are additional benefits from teeth whitening treatments? Let’s look at a few:

  • laser whitening for your teeth lasts longer than any other treatment. Bright, shiny teeth accomplished through the laser method that will last for years if good oral health habits are observed. 
  • laser whitening is the safest procedure in the hands of a dentist and the whitening treatments are non-invasive.
  • laser teeth whitening in many instances can be accomplished with one treatment. Using a laser methodology to whitening your teeth is fast and painless. At home, treatments could take several applications and you must remain dedicated. 
  • the results are an award-winning smile!
  • well worth the investment with varying cost factors but with financing options

Can Anyone Undergo Laser teeth Whitening Treatment?

One key factor involved in the laser teeth whitening process is that it must start with healthy teeth. Laser whitening will not work on your teeth if you are experiencing gum disease, cavities, crooked teeth, recessive gum problems, root problems, crowns, filings, or other issues. Also, pregnancy or breastfeeding is not a conducive friend to teeth whitening laser treatments. 

Unfortunately, there are individuals who believe that having their teeth whitened is the end-all to their oral health. Keeping regular dental appointments and watching your daily oral health activities is what will help keep your teeth in good shape to treat yourself to laser whitening treatments. 

So now you are asking me if I will go to the dentist for a laser whitening treatment? If my dentist gives a free consultation like Dr. Lazare offers, yes I will. Despite the fact that the Food and Drug Administration is not very informative about laser whitening because it does not consider the procedure, its ingredients or its process a part of the drug industry. I will still look into it because there are many reputable organizations that do support this treatment under certain circumstances. I’ll see if I fall under this category. I hope so because I can go back to smiling wide and confidently.