A healthy, white smile is a feature that everyone wants, which affects our appearance and promotes self-confidence. Some unwanted stains do occur in time on the teeth. There can be several reasons for these stains; the most distinct include frequent consumption of foods containing dyes (tea, coffee, coca-cola, tobacco, etc.), trauma and antibiotics taken during the developmental ages. Bleaching is the procedure designed to remove these stains that occur in the porous structure of the enamel on the surface of the tooth by bleaching methods. Bleaching is applied to discolorations that penetrate the tooth through the porous enamel and are not removable by brushing. Teeth whitening, consists of making the natural colour of the teeth whiter by using special materials that have a bleaching effect. In addition, it is very important that the gums are healthy.
Today, one of the most widely used techniques in tooth whitening methods is laser tooth whitening technique. This method of treatment is carried out in the clinic under the supervision of a specialist doctor , and the teeth can be significantly whitened. However, it is not recommended for those under the age of 16, those with tooth and gum disease, and for pregnant women. Apart from these, laser teeth whitening treatment can be applied to people who have yellowed teeth for natural reasons, who want to whiten the outer parts of the teeth, whose teeth are congenitally stained or who want to have more aesthetic teeth. It can also be applied in the treatment of discoloration that occurs after some diseases.
How Is It Applied?
Before the treatment, an examination of a doctor is absolutely necessary. The doctor may also require a panoramic X-ray shooting. After determining that the teeth and gums are suitable for treatment, photographs can be taken before and after to see the difference. First, teeth should be brushed using a fluoride-free toothpaste if possible. After that teeth should be cleaned before bleaching. In some cases, it may be necessary to carry out a scaling process to ged rid of bacterial plaques and tartars. A special protective device is attached to protect the lips. In order to protect the gums, a protective gel is applied. These measures are taken to protect sensitive tissues from laser beams. In order to whiten the teeth, a special whitening gel containing hydrogen peroxide is applied to the teeth. While the ratio of whitening agents in the content of gels in home bleaching kits is around 3%, in the clinical setting, the content of gels applied under the control of specialists can contain much more (15% – 45%).
Which Brand Do You Use for Laser Teeth Whitening?
We use, the PHILIPS ZOOM device, which is the most advanced technology worldwide. All the protective and whitening gels used for teeth whitening procedure belong to this brand .
How Long Does it Take ?
With the PHILIPS ZOOM brand laser teeth whitening equipment that we use in our polyclinic, the first laser treatment is performed for 15 minutes after applying the whitening gel on your teeth. Then the whitening gel is applied carefully again and a second 15 minute laser is applied. Finally, the whitening gel is applied again and the third and last 15 minutes of laser application is done. After these 45-minute procedures, the protective and whitening gels on the teeth are cleaned and the session is completed. The total session is approximately 1 hour.
Is Laser Teeth Whitening Harmful and/or Painful?
There are no problems or harms with teeth whitening performed under the supervision of a specialist doctor. However, it can become quite harmful in unauthorized and inexperienced hands. Therefore, teeth whitening should be done in a specialized clinic on this issue. No pain occurs due to the fact that your gums are covered with a protective, but there may be very low-level sensitivities.
Teeth Are Whitened Up To How Many Shades ?
Teeth can be whitened up to 2 to 3 shades by laser teeth whitening. The shades of whitening of the teeth varies from person to person, primarily depending on the initial color and the structure of the teeth. Patients are advised to avoid from drinks such as tea and coffee and smoking or alcohol that may stain teeth especially for 24 hours after the procedure.
How Long Does The Effect Of Laser Whitening Teeth Last?
The duration of the effect of laser whitening can vary from person to person. It is envisaged to last for one to two years, but proper tooth care is very important in this period. The amount of consumption of food and beverages (tea, coffee, etc.) that may stain the teeth or smoking affect this period negatively.