In-chair teeth whitening procedures refer to tooth whitening that is done at a dentist's office. These methods are very effective and fast. This article discusses the steps that will be followed by a cosmetic dentist to whiten your teeth using lasers. Use this information to make an informed decision about your preferred method of tooth whitening.
Step 1: Cleaning the Teeth
The cosmetic dentist will use a variety of methods to ensure that your teeth are thoroughly clean before laser rays are used to whiten them. For instance, he or she may scrape the surface of the teeth in order to remove any plaque sticking on them. He or she may also apply a hydrogen peroxide solution (or any other bleaching agent) in the areas close to your gums. This is because gums are very delicate and may be damaged by laser rays.
Step 2: Application of a Peroxide Gel
This gel differs from the one that was used to clean the areas close to the gums. The gel used here is much stronger than the one used to clean the parts of your teeth that are in contact with your gums. This strong hydrogen peroxide gel will be helpful in making the laser rays have a maximum effect in whitening your teeth.
Step 3: Activation of Laser Rays
The cosmetic dentist will then direct laser rays onto the surface of your teeth. Those rays will remove any discolouration within your teeth. The hydrogen peroxide gel also helps in this deep cleaning/whitening process. The dentist takes great care to avoid directing the laser rays anywhere close to your gums to avoid damaging them.
Step 4: Cleaning Your Teeth
The final step of the procedure involves cleaning your teeth and mouth. This removes all the bleaching agents that were used during the tooth whitening process. The dentist may ask you to rinse your mouth several times with clean water.
As you can see, laser tooth whitening is as simple as that. You will be in and out of the cosmetic dentist's office in a short time. However, it is important for you to note that laser tooth whitening may not be suitable for you if you have certain conditions that may make the process unsafe for you. For instance, you may have cracks in your teeth. Bleaching agents can leak into the inner structures of your teeth and cause additional damage once the laser light activates that chemical. You should allow the dentist to examine you so that he or she confirms that you are eligible to undergo laser tooth whitening.