Laser tooth whitening has a satisfaction rate of about 93%. The long-term results depend primarily on the individual. Certain habits, such as using tobacco products, drinking coffee, tea, dark soft drinks, and infrequent visits to the dentist may lessen results. As long as you receive regular professional care and use professional after care products (whitening paste, etc.) you should be able to maintain results for a period of 1-2 years.
Laser tooth whitening is safe and will not soften enamel or existing fillings. The main ingredient in the gel that's used during the process is hydrogen peroxide. Dentists have used hydrogen peroxide solutions to whiten teeth for years. The percentage of hydrogen peroxide used in laser tooth whitening is 15%. This mixture is considered safe for all gum types and does not produce sensitivity.
Is the process safe?
Yes, tooth whitening with the Crystal laser is today the safest procedure. The special Opalescence Tooth Whitening system has been specifically developed and tested to ensure that no harm is done to either enamel or dentine and that the PH level is neutral and will not produce any acidic effect associated with some other whitening products.
Will the procedure hurt?
In general this a very simple procedure where no anesthesia is needed as no pain is experienced. However, serveral patients may experince minor sensitivity during or following the procedure. This sensitivity lasts no more than a couple of hours and it can be resolved by taking an analgesic.
What causes discolored teeth?
There are many causes of tooth discoloration such as hereditary factors, external causes, such as consumption of staining substances, or internal causes such as trauma, fluorosis and tetracycline discoloration.
Is the treatment suitable for everyone?
Basically Laser Tooth Whitening treatment is suitable for anyone who wishes to lighten his/her tooth color. Nevertheless, prior to the treatment, a dental examination will determine whether or not there is any condition that might prevent the treatment from working as it should. In such an event the dentist will recommend to undergo the relevant procedure before beginning the tooth whitening treatment.
How white will the teeth get?
Tooth whitening with the Opalescence Crystal Laser have achieved better results than any other procedure effected with argon and CO2 lasers. However, during consultation the dentist will go over the patient's personal expectations and individual clinical situation in order to achieve the optimum natural whiteness. In most cases you will experience 5-10 shades whiter.
How long will the process take?
The whitening process with the Opalescence Crystal Whitening system will take 1 hour
How long will the teeth remain white?
The long-term effect of the treatment varies from one person to another. Clearly, Certain habits such as smoking, drinking coffee, tea and wine, or neglect of regular cleansing could once again quicken the darkening process of the teeth.
Assuming regular care is provided (including dental check-ups), teeth can remain white for as long as 1-2 years or more.
Will the treatment have any effect on existing crowns/veneers/bonds?
Generally speaking it is impossible to change the color of the caps, veneers or bonds with tooth whitening treatment. However, the treatment may remove stains from crowns, veneers and bonded teeth.