A smile is a beautiful thing. When people smile they seem friendlier and are more approachable. In addition, a person who smiles can exude confidence.
However, there are some people who are self-conscious about their smile. Often the self-consciousness is due to the fact that they may be embarrassed at the way that their teeth look. Often a major reason why people don’t smile or are afraid to fully show their teeth is due to discoloration.
This discoloration can be due to a number of reasons. Some of those reasons can include tobacco or coffee stains, poor dental hygiene, use of antibiotics, drinking coffee, etc.
To restore an individual’s confidence through the removal of teeth stains there are a number of options. Some of those options include capping the teeth, use of whitening tooth strips or laser teeth whitening. If considering laser teeth whitening it is important to know what this process is, how it is accomplished and what one may expect when it comes to cost.
What Is Laser Teeth Whitening
Laser teeth whitening is a procedure that is performed by a dentist or member of the denistry staff. The process entails the use of a bleaching agent and the use of a laser light.
The process is generally classified as a cosmetic procedure. Additionally, the patient can expect to see a lightening of the discolored teeth that is measured in shades. Often the degrees of shade differences can range from two to five shade lighter.
The actual process of laser teeth whitening begins with the application of the bleaching gel. This gel is directly applied to the teeth as the technician avoids placing the gel on the gums and lips.
Once the gel has been applied the laser light is directed towards the teeth. This dual process helps to whiten the teeth.
Also, it is important to know that there are some side effects associated with this procedure. One of those side effects is that the teeth, following this procedure, are extremely sensitive to hot and cold food and liquid.
The cost of laser teeth whitening can very from denist to dentist. Generally, the cost, in a dentist’s office can range anywhere from $100 to $800 or more. Of course this price varies in range depending on geographical location.
In addition, dental insurance may be a factor in covering the cost of this procedure. Specifically, because it is a cosmetic procedure, many individual dental policies may not cover any related expenses. However, it is best to check the individual policy to see if any of the expenses are covered.