Dr. Monica Boniadi has over 20 years of clinical experience in general dentistry, dental surgery, and cosmetic dentistry. At her practice, Laser and Cosmetic Dental Institute of Orange County, Monica Boniadi, DDS, offers patients regular dental procedures and surgeries like crowns, fillings, root canals, dentures, and teeth straightening, and she also specializes in laser dentistry procedures such as laser whitening.
There are a number of teeth whitening options available to consumers, but the fastest and most effective whitening treatment is the laser-activated procedure administered in dental offices. For this in-office procedure, a bleaching agent is applied to the teeth, and over 30 to 60 minutes, a special laser is used to enhance the chemical whitening process. Laser whitening extends beyond surface stains to remove stains deep within teeth. While self-administered whitening products such as whitening toothpastes generally only lighten the color of teeth by one shade, laser whitening can make a difference of up to eight shades after a few treatments.
People with cavities and dental repairs such as fillings and crowns who undergo whitening treatments may experience tooth sensitivity or uneven whitening. Additionally, most dentists do not recommend whitening for pregnant women or children under the age of 16.