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What is Laser Teeth Whitening?

Even if we don’t admit it, people spend more for aesthetic reasons nowadays than ever. And the teeth are not an exception. In fact, it’s fast catching up with the top beauty enhancements on the list. We cannot just ignore our teeth because of its functional and aesthetic purposes that serve us well. Its function can never be denied. The reason why we enjoy eating our favorite food is greatly because of our teeth.

Aesthetically, our teeth play a major role with our smile. If your smile is your best asset or is the key factor in your chosen career, then it’s never too late to invest in it. After all, it will not only make you feel happier, but more beautiful than before. And who does not want to interact with someone who not only possesses the sweetest smile, but also the perfect white teeth? No matter where you look at it, having good teeth is always an advantage and with the advent of technology and technological products, good teeth can become even better.

Definition

Perhaps one of the most effective ways to whiten the teeth is the laser teeth whitening. So what is laser teeth whitening procedure? It is also called professional teeth whitening, wherein a dental specialist does the job in his clinic. This is the alternative for most people who want the convenience offered by this treatment due to their hectic schedules, as compared to the at-home teeth whitening system. This may generally cost higher than at-home treatments, but the results are fast and guaranteed.

How is laser teeth whitening performed?

Before starting, you should have a general dental cleaning done. The dentist will then determine your tooth shade before the treatment by polishing your teeth well. You can always request to document this so you’ll have a basis for evaluation after the treatment. Second, a dental dam will be placed on your teeth to makes sure that the bleaching agent will only be directed on your teeth to prevent spillage that can otherwise irritate or harm your oral tissues. To protect your eyes and your clothes from both the bleaching agents and the laser, you’ll be required to use an eyes shield and a bib.

After drying your teeth, the bleaching agent usually in the form of peroxide gel, will be painted or dabbed on your teeth. The teeth shall then be exposed to a laser to activate the tooth whitener, making the whitening process more effective than those that do not use a light source. For about an hour or so, the tooth whitener will be left alone. After the prescribed time, your mouth will be washed and cleaned thoroughly. Lastly, your teeth will be evaluated for their post treatment shade. And voila, you can now go home with a whiter and brighter smile for only less than two hours!

Wisdom Tooth Surgery

Everybody must be aware of what a wisdom tooth is. It refers to the last teeth to erupt during the late adolescent years. It actually refers to our third molars. Ever wonder why is it called a wisdom tooth? Does having one mean you’re wiser than ever? People long ago believe that when you start to grow your wisdom tooth, it means that you already acquire a certain level of maturity. It may also add to the fact that this tooth only grows when we are nearing the end of puberty and approaching the years of young adulthood. But the correlation between these two is still to be proven and tested. Nonetheless, the wisdom tooth signifies a new beginning, something to be embraced and cherished.

Generally speaking, our jaw was created to be large enough to accumulate the growth of the wisdom teeth. But then again, this is not the usual case. Most people have four wisdom tooth, but others may have more than that. Still, others may not have any wisdom tooth at all. Although the very significance of the wisdom tooth is yet to be establish, its ability to affect the whole teeth cannot be underestimated. Because of the additional growth and the often smaller jaw, our mouth cannot very well compensate to align the wisdom tooth.

As a result, these third molars overlap with the existing teeth. Overcrowding of the teeth also tends to develop. Hence, the wisdom tooth becomes an impacted tooth or has the potential to be impacted. Having an impacted tooth can be painful and uncomfortable, which leads to a poor appetite and eating habits. Also, the mouth is placed at risk of developing infection because the area behind the wisdom tooth is seldom thoroughly brushed and flossed. When this happens, the only option is wisdom tooth surgery or extraction.

To diagnose an impacted tooth, an x-ray of the teeth must be accomplished. This would also help the dentist determine the type of impaction you have and what kind of extraction you will need. Post surgery, expect a bloody and swelling mouth. Most likely, you’ll be placed on anti-inflammatory painkillers, and if you’re prone to develop infection, prophylactic antibiotics as well. And of course, do not forget to thoroughly brush and clean your remaining teeth. Good dental hygiene habit must be maintained at all times.

It may seem that you’ll have to go through a painful process of removing the wisdom tooth that has become potentially impacted. But keep in mind that it’s always better to remove something that will only cause you further problems than to have remain untouched because of fear of pain.