Teeth Whitening in America

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With all the possible dental procedures available, teeth whitening is the most popular one in the United States. Over $1.4 billion dollars are spent every year on whitening products and procedures, from whitening chewing gums all the way to porcelain veneers.

Laser teeth whitening, for example, is an advanced approach to chemical whitening, where a bleaching agent (usually carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide) is applied to the enamel and then exposed to a high-intensity light source. Contrary to the common name, a “laser teeth whitening” procedure doesn’t actually use the laser to whiten the teeth—rather, the light source activates the bleaching agent, which oxidizes stains and discolorations from the Continue reading