Is laser teeth whitening worth the costs?
Today more and more people are succumbing to the belief that having a whiter and brighter smile makes you look and feel happy, fresh and young. There are already dozens of products in the market that give you instant teeth whitening results.
The latest trend in tooth whitening which has caught the fancy of many is the laser teeth whitening treatment. But is laser teeth whitening worth the costs?
How does it work?
Let us first understand what laser teeth whitening involves. This procedure uses a peroxide based gel that removes those unwanted stains from your teeth. The laser is used to help the tooth enamel absorb the peroxide gel. It is a fairly straightforward procedure and is not painful. All you have to do is sit in the dentist’s chair while he or she works on your teeth and you watch the TV. Sounds good, but is it?
How much does it cost?
Simple as it sounds, this treatment for whitening your teeth does not come cheap. It is in fact the costliest method of getting shinier, whiter teeth and could cost you anywhere from $500 – $700 depending on your doctor. Laser teeth whitening is not covered under your dental insurance, so it’s a real pocket pincher. Also, laser teeth whitening does not ensure that your teeth will continue to look white and bright throughout your lifetime.
Does teeth whitening last?
The laser and peroxide gel do work very well to whiten your teeth, but eating tobacco, drinking wine, tea, coffee and so on can very easily stain your laser treated teeth. This means that to keep your teeth looking white you need to abstain or at least reduce the consumption of these items. It’s up to you to decide whether it is worth the sacrifice.
What about pain?
People who have undergone the laser teeth whitening treatment also complain of extreme sensitivity in their teeth. Dentists confirm this by saying that there may be some sensitivity for a day or two. However, some people say that the sensitivity stays on for much longer.
Moreover, laser teeth whitening does not work on stained teeth that have had implants and enamel caps. Having gone through the above points, it is now up to you to decide whether laser teeth whitening is worth the costs, both monetary and otherwise.