If you have been looking into tooth whitening services, then you may understand that there are a few different types of whitening treatments that can be completed by your cosmetic dentist. Laser whitening is one of the options you can choose from, and it is often sought by individuals. However, you may notice that laser whitening treatments are quite a bit more expensive than traditional tray whitening. If you want to know why this is, keep reading.

It Requires Advanced Technology

If you opt for laser whitening, then your dentist will use a special laser tool to complete the treatment. This laser is a UV light that is shone on the teeth for the entire treatment period. The laser does two different things. It activates the bleaching solution, and it creates heat to quicken the whitening process. 

The laser light used during the procedure is typically a multiple LED light device that releases high intensity and broad spectrum light. The light can be adjusted for intensity and time, and both UV and blue light can be emitted from the machine. Blue light can be used during treatments as well if a less powerful whitening experience is needed.

Not only is the dental laser equipment expensive, but it can be dangerous in the wrong hands. When you decide on laser whitening, you are paying for the cost of equipment as well as the expertise of the dental professional who is trained to use it.

Whitening Is Much Quicker

Laser whitening treatments produce optimal results in a much shorter period of time. You may need two to three treatments depending on the length of each treatment. While some dental professionals suggest 15 or 30 minute treatments, others will allow for a 60 minute appointment. After each treatment, you should expect to see your teeth multiple shades whiter. 

If you decide on traditional whitening, then you may need to see your dentist once every two weeks so that gel whitening agents can be applied to the teeth. Each appointment may take 30 to 60 minutes and you may need to see your dentist five times or more to see the desired results. This can take up a lot of time and you will need to pay a fee to see your dentist for each treatment. The time and cost investment may not be worth it to you if you simply want whiter teeth without having to see your dentist so often.

If you want to know more about laser whitening and its benefits over traditional tray and gel whitening treatments, speak with your cosmetic dentist.