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Laser Teeth Whitening - Is it Safe, Is it Effective
If you are considering having laser teeth whitening treatment performed you are probably already convinced of its benefits. But, you may be delaying your treatment because you are concerned about potential discomfort and your safety. Here we will address whether laser teeth whitening is in fact safe and if you are likely to experience any pain during the procedure.
Is Laser Teeth Whitening Painful?Unfortunately one of the things most closely associated with the dentist is pain. Naturally, when people think of having laser teeth whitening treatment they are concerned about how much pain they will experience.
Most people who have laser teeth whitening performed will experience no pain as a result. However, a minority of patients who have sensitive teeth do experience some level of pain. In most cases if you do experience discomfort as a result of teeth whitening it shouldn''t last more than 24 to 48 hours, after which it will disappear.
If you find that the pain persists after 48 hours it will usually be because you have an underlying condition which has been triggered as a result of the treatment. If this occurs you should speak with your dentist as soon as possible.
One way to prevent the pain from occurring in the first place is to take a non-steroidal anti-flammatory drug such as Asprin or Advil before having the treatment. You can take another one before going to sleep after the treatment.
Is Laser Teeth Whitening Safe?When a laser teeth whitening is performed by a qualified professional it is very safe. One concern that people have is that the tooth structure of gums may be damaged as a result of the treatment. The only thing that can cause this kind of damage is acid. The teeth whitening gel used in laser treatment is pH neutral which means it cannot harm your teeth.
In fact laser teeth whitening is not only safe, it may in fact improve the quality of your teeth. When the teeth become free of plaque they naturally re-enamenalize. In addition to whitening your teeth, the procedure makes your teeth cleaner as well. One other benefit is that studies show that the laser used in the teeth whitening treatment actually kills bacteria on the teeth that cause gum disease. Removing this bacteria can help prevent serious dental issues from occurring.
If you still have any concerns about the safety of your laser treatment you should discuss them with your dental professional. They will be able to talk you through the procedure and what you can expect to occur.
ConclusionUnfortunately in some cases people will experience some level of discomfort when they have laser teeth whitening performed. In most cases this discomfort will be mild and can be prevented by taking Asprin, Adril or Ibuprofen. This discomfort should not last longer than two days. While there is a slight discomfort, there is no danger associated with the treatment. In fact in many cases it improves not only the appearance of your teeth but also their health.