While these methods do work, there is much in today’s literature to indicate that the lights do little to nothing. So why even use them?
There are, I believe, a couple of reasons that these lights are used. First, they give the impression to the patient of a high tech approach to tooth bleaching. They use terms like “laser whitening” or similar. In short, they are a sales tool or gimmicks.
Second, they allow the manufacturer of the bleaching process a second income stream. You have to not only buy and stock the bleaching materials, but purchase and use the lights which are also charged on a per use basis. This means more money to the manufacturer, or more specifically, to the marketer of the bleaching products.
I speak from experience. We have provided Zoom® bleaching services in our office. As I said, while they work, I truly don’t see the light as being anything but a discomfort to the patient, and, given current information, functionally a useless part of the process.
So what types of bleaching do we recommend? Suffice it to say that virtually all bleaching methods today do work to some extent, it depends largely on you and what your goals are.
Those who seek a greater degree of whitening might be better served by the more traditional at home bleaching programs using bleaching trays. These trays, which are custom made to fit your teeth, are worn with bleach for so many hours a day or at night to achieve the desired result.
Finally, for those who have serious color issues or are looking for upping white teeth, there is Deep Bleaching®. Developed by a dentist in California, Deep Bleaching® provides a combination of in office and at home treatment that can whiten even some of the toughest cases.
Zoom® is a registered trademark of Discus Dental. BriteSmile® is a registered trademark of Britesmile Inc..
At a young age, our teeth are healthy and white but over time the enamel slowly coating the tooth is worn down causing our teeth to become stained and yellow which is why teeth whitening are becoming increasingly popular today. There are a few methods for whitening – they include at home and in office.
With in-office treatments you will see faster results and you will receive the safest treatments for bleaching the teeth and yield the whitest smile. So don’t settle for teeth that have become stained from years of coffee drinking, tobacco use or just ageing. Ask your dentist about whitening options that maybe right for you.
Dr. Dean Dietrich founded Pleasant Dental® with the vision of serving his community by providing high-value comfortable care. Dr. D. has over 30 years of expertise and continues to be very passionate about his work. He and team enjoy caring for fearful patients and providing care in a unique upbeat, even fun way.