Laser teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure known for its quick and impressive results. It offers a rapid solution for those seeking to brighten their smiles quickly. However, a common concern among many considering this treatment is whether the procedure is painful.
It may help for you to understand the laser teeth whitening process – at Harley Street Laser Speciailists, our fully trained dentist will carry out your treatment by applying a high-concentration peroxide-based whitening gel to your teeth, which is then activated by our advantage laser technology (PHILIPS Zoom laser light). The laser is used to accelerate the process, removing the build-up of stains which discolour the teeth over time. Our procedure typically takes about an hour and is known for producing results several shades lighter than the original tooth colour.
During the procedure, most patients report ‘basically cannot feel anything’. This is because the process is non-invasive, with no drilling or scraping involved. Our fully trained dentists also take precautions to minimise any discomfort.
However, depending on the individual, you may feel a little discomfort arising from sensitivity. This sensitivity is usually temporary and can range from mild to moderate. It occurs because the bleaching agent used in the process can penetrate the enamel and irritate the nerves in the teeth. This sensation is typically most pronounced in the first 24 to 48 hours following the treatment and gradually subsides. To manage post-whitening sensitivity, we often recommend using toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth and avoiding extremely hot or cold foods and beverages for a few days after the treatment. Over-the-counter pain relievers can also be used to alleviate any discomfort, if needed.
It’s worth noting that not everyone experiences the same level of sensitivity. Factors such as the condition of the teeth, the concentration of the whitening agent, and the individual’s pain threshold play significant roles in determining the level of discomfort. In very rare cases, some individuals might experience minor gum irritation. This usually occurs due to the bleaching agent coming into contact with the gums, but it is typically short-lived and resolves without intervention.
Our laser teeth whitening treatments are generally not painful during the procedure at all, but after the procedure, this can vary depending on the individual’s teeth conditions and sensitivity. With proper care and following our dentist’s instructions, these side effects can be effectively managed. Get in touch with us if you’re considering a laser teeth whitening treatment and would like a free consultation!