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What Is Laser Whitening?

Monday, 29 Nov 2010 09:39 AM

Laser teeth whitening is gaining popularity. Many people prefer this method of instantly brightening their teeth, rather than using veneers and laminates that take slightly longer. The entire laser teeth whitening process can take anywhere from one to two hours, and the teeth whitener used can lighten teeth up to two to three shades.

In the last few years, two brands of light-activated or laser teeth whitening procedures have become extremely popular; the BRITEWHITE and the ZOOM instant teeth whiteners. Both of these systems bleach teeth in an hour.

Before undergoing laser teeth whitening procedures, the dentist will evaluate your teeth and inform you of the pros and cons of the process.

Most specially formulated dental teeth whitener agents are made with bleaching agents that are activated by white or blue light or laser lights. The actual strength of the light can vary from 320-420 nanometers to 700-1200 nanometers. These lights supply optical energy and heat that activates the bleaching agent while reducing the side effects normally caused during teeth whitening. The rationale of using these lights is that they cause quicker degradation of the bleaching agents, which enhances the bleaching process.

Due to the popularity of the laser teeth whitening process, manufacturers have launched newer and better products that work on the same principle. A few of the most popular dental teeth whitening agents on the market include:

  •   BriteSmile teeth whitening system uses gas plasma or a light emitting diode to activate the bleaching agent.
  •   WhiteLight Teeth Whitening system works on a dual-gel system that is activated by an advanced light.
  •   Zoom laser teeth whitening systems use special light technology to give you whiter and brighter teeth in one hour.
  •   Rembrandt Virtuoso Systems also carry out plasma arc light-based dental whitening in one hour.

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