Laser Teeth Whitening – How does it work?

Have you ever considered getting your teeth professionally whitened? Many live with smiles that are not as ‘pearly white’ as they would like. The good news is… with laser teeth whitening, it has never been easier to brighten your smile.

What is professional Laser Teeth Whitening?

Laser teeth whitening is a non-invasive treatment that is completed in-office. We use light and high concentrations of hydrogen peroxide, to whiten your teeth during four 15-minute sessions.

In-office treatments are superior to home whitening systems because they produce more dramatic results, in less time.  In about 90 minutes you can have a visibly whiter smile. At-home treatments require significant time dedication, typically 30-60 minutes for 1-2 weeks. Also, at-home results can be underwhelming. 

What is the best way to whiten my teeth?

Laser teeth whitening offers the most reliable opportunity for success when whitening your teeth. The final result depends on your teeth.  Teeth can be stained either on the surface or deeper within the tooth structure. Laser whitening works on both types of stains.

The first two 15-minute sessions focus on surface stains. The real magic is in those last two sessions when the hydrogen peroxide and light penetrate the deeper stains that are embedded in the dentin (the layer under the enamel). 

What can I expect during the laser teeth whitening process?

The whitening process takes about 90 minutes. At BOCO Dental & Prosthodontics, we’ll send you home with trays for touch-ups after your treatment. The process begins with the creation of molds for those trays.

Next, we note your starting shade, so that we have a baseline to determine the degree of color change.  Then we isolate your teeth to protect your gums.  And finally, we’re ready to initiate the whitening process.  We apply hydrogen peroxide to each tooth’s surface. The peroxide, combined with light, is what breaks up the stains on your teeth. 

After four 15-minute sessions, your treatment is complete!

How can I maintain my new whiter smile?

The most important thing you can do to keep your smile white is to avoid consuming anything that could stain a white shirt for 48 hours.

  • Coffee/tea
  • Red wine
  • Tomato sauce
  • Spinach
  • Berries
  • Chocolate


For the week following your whitening, use a straw (a reusable straw if possible) when drinking colored beverages. If you eat something with intense color, brush your teeth as soon as possible after you are finished eating.

All in all, the whitening process is very simple, and the results can be profound.

Are you ready for a new, brighter smile? Call BOCO Dental at 303-530-1212 so we can determine the best whitening option for you! 

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