What's the difference between laser teeth whitening and bleaching?
Kamini Talati (Port Saint Lucie, FL) on Sep 21, 2011
Laser teeth whitening is an in office procedure, while bleaching is usually is done with take home trays that hold the bleaching chemical.
Debra Glassman (New York, NY) on Sep 21, 2011
Some of the in office bleaching agents claim a component that is activated by light. Whether a Laser or other strong light components and involving a high concentration of Hydrogen Peroxide. The scientific evidence to support this is mixed at best. The best systems seem to mix and in-office procedure as well as take home trays that are worn a minimum of an hour to full evening time.
Steven Bader (Newton Centre, MA) on Sep 21, 2011
Some types of professional in office dental whitening include a laser lamp that supposedly improves the bleaching process. Most professional in office whitening brands show the same level of total whitening - with or without a laser. ZOOM whitening is the most popular brand and it uses a light that is not a laser. I hope this helps. Best of luck.
Amanda Seay (Mount Pleasant, SC) on Sep 21, 2011
Laser whitening is an in-office treatment that utilizes a light source to activate the whitening gel that is applied to the teeth. It is typically a higher strength of whitening gel and care must be taken to protect the gum tissues, lip and tongue from any exposure to the gel. It usually takes about 45 minutes to an hour under the laser but procedure setup from start to finish can take about an hour and a half. Custom made whitening trays are made by your dentist to fit your teeth specifically and a professional strength whitening gel if often included with the cost. The gel is then applied to the inside of the custom tray and you wear the tray for about one hour for a few days or until you achieve the results you want. Once you are as white as you need to be then you can touch up your whitening about once every 3 months. Custom trays offer better predictability for results since you can control the amount of whiteness. You can also maintain the color of your teeth easily as well. Many people have a few teeth that are darker than their other teeth so the trays allow you to apply the gel only to the teeth that need to brighten up some more.
Michael Apa (New York, NY) on Sep 21, 2011
Nothing, they're synonomous. Laser teeth whitening is a way to activate the bleach on the teeth for bleaching.
Ramin Tabib (New York, NY) on Oct 25, 2011
They both essentially use the same ingredients to whiten the teeth. The only difference is that laser whitening has an added ingredient in the gel that gets activated by laser.
Christopher Baer (Aurora, CO) on Oct 31, 2011
These are the same- just marketing terms used to make you think that one is better than another. Everyone thinks that ";lasers"; are cool and technologically advanced. All the laser part means is that laser light should be activating the whitening gel. Please don't be fooled by this.