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Laser Whitening Frequently asked questions

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Is laser tooth whitening safe and does it hurt?

Yes, tooth whitening with a laser is very safe.  Research has shown that no harm is ever done to the enamel or the dentin. On top of that the procedure causes little to no discomfort. It is a very simple process that requires no anesthesia (i.e. shots) since it is tolerated so well by patients.  Occasionally, however, some patients may experience minor sensitivity during or following the procedure. This sensitivity lasts no more than a couple of hours and can be resolved by taking an over-the-counter pain reliever.

What causes discolored teeth?

There are a variety of causes of tooth discoloration.   Heredity is a big factor.  The genes passed on from prior generations can influence our tooth color.  Also, outside factors play a part.  Examples are consumption of staining substances such as wine, tea, some fruit, etc. Other factors which can affect tooth color are trauma to the teeth, taking too much fluoride as a child, or consumption of tetracycline early in life. Tetracycline is an antibiotic that can darken teeth if taken while the teeth are being formed.

Is laser whitening available to anyone desiring whiter teeth?

Laser tooth whitening is suitable for nearly anyone who wishes to lighten his/her tooth color. Nevertheless, prior to treatment, a dental examination is necessary to determine whether or not there is any condition in your mouth that might prevent the treatment from being as effective as possible. In such an event, Dr. Bartolome will recommend the appropriate treatment to allow you to continue with the tooth whitening.

How white will my teeth actually get?

In most cases, your teeth will become 5-10 shades whiter after having laser tooth whitening.

How long does the whitening process take with a laser?

The whitening process takes about two hours including paperwork, photos and set-up.

How long will my teeth stay white?

The longevity of the treatment varies from one person to another. Clearly, certain habits such as smoking, drinking coffee, tea and wine, or neglect of regular cleansing can quicken the darkening process of the teeth.  Assuming regular care is provided (including dental check-ups), teeth can remain white for as long as 1-2 years or more.

If you would like to try laser tooth whitening at Dr. Bartolome’s office in Citrus Heights, California, please contact the office today to schedule your initial appointment.





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Michelle C. Bartolome D.M.D. William H. Swearingen D.D.S.


Cosmetic and General Dentistry
7916 Pebble Beach Drive
Citrus Heights, CA 95610