There are many teeth whitening options available today, from over-the-counter whitening strips and gels, to dental clinic whitening treatments, and everything in between. You can also choose LED teeth whitening, a relatively comfortable whitening option that can provide great results. Find out if it’s right for you.
Is LED Teeth Whitening Right For You?
LED stands for Light Emitting Diode, a type of light that's used alongside some whitening treatments. The whitening solution may be placed in a tray that fits over your teeth, or a serum is painted directly on the teeth and then the LED device is used to activate the whitening agents within the gel or serum.
The whitening agents commonly used with LED whitening devices are bleaches. Bleach-based solutions remove stains on and below your teeth’s surface. The strength of these whitening agents will vary depending on the product, with stronger solutions only available as dental clinic treatments applied by your dental professional.
If you opt for an at-home LED whitening treatment, the product will typically come with everything you need for multiple whitening sessions over a course of several days: vials of whitening solution or a whitening pen, applicators and trays (if required), and of course, the LED device.
For the most part, yes, LED teeth whitening is considered safe. Some people experience temporary sensitivity after a whitening treatment, but the risk and severity depends on the type of whitening agent, the strength, and proper usage. When it comes to tooth sensitivity, everyone is unique in how they are affected, so it’s important to follow directions and only use your LED whitening system as instructed.
That depends on several factors. The natural shade of your teeth, the type and strength of whitening gel or serum used, and your treatment duration can all affect the end result.
It seems that people get the fastest results from in-clinic LED whitening rather than at-home treatments. If you’re thinking about trying an at-home treatment, keep in mind that over-the-counter whitening products, such as whitening strips and home bleaching kits, may take longer to acheive a result and whitening toothpaste, only lightens the surface of your teeth.
It’s important to remember that LED whitening treatments are not teeth-cleaning systems. Continue with your home oral care routine of brushing and interdental cleaning (e.g. flossing), and be sure to get regular check-ups and professional cleanings.
If you’re thinking about brightening up your smile, one thing is for sure: there are many options available. LED teeth whitening is one that provides great results, and it can be done at your home or in the dental clinic. Talk to your dental professional about what system is best for you.
This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.