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Laser Tooth Whitening
Laser Tooth Whitening FAQ
Difference between laser on non-laser teeth whitening
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Laser Tooth Whitening FAQ
     
  Q: Is the process safe?  
   
  A: Yes, tooth whitening with the Crystal laser is today the safest procedure. The special 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.

 
     
     
  Q: Will the procedure hurt?  
     
  A: 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.

 
     
     
  Q: What causes discolored teeth?  
     
  A: 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.  
     
     
  Q: Is the treatment suitable for everyone?  
     
  A: 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.

 
     
     
  Q: How white will the teeth get?  
     
  A: Tooth whitening with the 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.

 
     
     
  Q: How long will the process take?  
     
  A: The whitening process with the Crystal Whitening system will take 1-2 hours.  
     
     
  Q: How long will the teeth remain white?  
     
  A: 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.
 
     
     
  Q: Will the treatment have any effect on existing crowns/veneers/bonds?  
     
  A: 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.
 
Difference Between Laser and Non-Laser Tooth Whitening
  Differentiate Between Laser and Non-Laser Tooth Whitening  
       
  Laser  
  The laser wavelength output is synchronized to the proprietary whitening gel, which increases efficiency and minimizes the amount of energy required to produce maximum whitening. This results in shortened treatment time and increases effectiveness while eliminating the heating of teeth that can result in post-operative sensitivity
 
     
  Non-Laser  
  Ordinary non-laser whitening systems require longer treatment times and higher energy output because of their inefficiencies. Non-laser whitening devices use just a tiny percentage of the polychromatic light's energy. The rest of the energy is wasted as heat and light, which is absorbed by the teeth and adjacent tissues, which often results in intra-operative and post-operative sensitivity.
 
     
  Average chair time for Laser Whitening Systems treatment versus lamp whitening systems  
  Laser Whitening Systems 1-2 hour average chair time
Ordinary Non-Laser Whitening systems average chair time 2-3 hours

 
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