How Your Dentist Can Help Make Laser Teeth Whitening More Comfortable

Laser Dentistry Gilbert, AZ

For people who want shining white teeth, laser teeth whitening is an effective procedure to make the smile noticeably brighter. During the process, patients may experience dryness of the lips as the mouth is held open for long periods of time during whitening sessions, and they may additionally be bothered by the amount of saliva in the mouth. These patients can ask the dentist to help alleviate these effects. Several in-office options can enhance the comfort of the patient during the whitening experience. 

What happens during laser teeth whitening?

Patients' teeth are whitened with a special laser that is not available for general public use. This means that to receive professional-level whitening results, a patient must visit a dentist to take advantage of this laser and the dentist’s years of training for a white smile that can last for up to six months if maintained with a good at-home oral hygiene routine.

This procedure can take a few sessions to reach the desired result if the patient’s teeth are very stained, but the brightness of the smile at the end can be worth the time spent in the dentist’s chair. Some lucky patients can whiten the teeth to the preferred shade in just one session. Patients are advised not to drink or eat liquids or foods that may stain the teeth such as red wine, coffee, dark teas, and soy sauce for a few days as the final color of the newly whitened teeth sets.

How can the dentist make the experience more comfortable?

During the laser teeth whitening sessions, patients may experience slight discomfort due to the fact that the mouth and lips must be held in a certain position for up to 15 minutes at a time. A few items can help make the patient’s sessions more comfortable.

Moisturizers applied to the patient’s lips

Anyone who holds the mouth open for a few minutes will attest to lip dryness. The dentist may be able to alleviate some of this discomfort by applying moisturizers to the patient’s lips at regular intervals. Patients may wish to bring a favorite moisturizer from home.

Cotton rolls placed under the patient’s lips

Dental cotton rolls can be placed between the lips and the teeth so that the lips and surrounding tissues do not rub against the whitening devices. Some patients feel uncomfortable when they are not able to swallow and move the tongue around as usual. Putting in a few rolls of cotton can additionally help with moisture control for patients who are bothered by the amount of saliva in the mouth.

Conclusion

Patients may feel uncomfortable due to the stationary position of the mouth, lips, and teeth during a laser teeth whitening session and may also notice dry lips and an excess of saliva in the mouth. Though these side effects may be uncomfortable, rest assured that these symptoms are temporary and can be alleviated easily by the dentist and staff.

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