In-Office Laser vs Gel Whitening

What is the hype about Laser whitening? Is it really that much better than the gel whitening? Even if the gel is the in-office kind?

Laser whitening is a combination of the gel + laser/light. What the laser does is it activates or catalyzes the gel to start the whitening process.

Gel whitening, like the name, uses gel. A gel is applied just like how you would with the laser type, and the gel whitens the teeth. This type of gel just does not require a light to start the whitening process.

I have tried Zoom with zoom gel, Pola gel with a blue curing light, and just regular gel Boost by Opalescence. Results? All three had good results. These results may vary in degree by individual. But if you trust your dentist uses good products, then the system they use for in-office whitening should give you results.


Dr. Hyun S. Bang, D.D.S. Doctor of Dental Surgery Loma Linda University 2008

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