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how safe is laser teeth whitening? i've read that laser teeth whitening is the fastest way to get teeth white, but i've also heard that people have sore teeth after having it done. so, how safe is it?

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Dr. Jonathan Scharf
Cosmetic Dentistry 49 years experience
Light : Light activated (uv or laser) in the dental office will give you the most intense, fastest and longest lasting result. Done properly it is extremely safe. Some patients will experience a temporary sensitivity which rarely lasts more than 24 hours. This is easily managed by otc pain meds.
Dr. R Thomas
Dr. R Thomasanswered
Dentistry 32 years experience
The : The energy from the light (uv or laser) "activates" the bleaching solution. There is little chance of long term damage. In fact the sensitivity youay feel is generally believed to be from dehydration of the tooth and goes away after about a day. Some people feel little post treatment sensitivity while others feel considerable post treatment sensitivity. Again. It reverses. I've personally had it done and use zoom in my office with great success.
Dr. Michael Dolby
Cosmetic Surgery 28 years experience
Very Safe!: You are correct, this is the quickest way to get your teeth whiter, however the side effect can be sensitivity that should resolve in 24-36 hours with no damage to your teeth. Over the counter products can achieve the same results, it will just take you longer.
Dr. Victor Zeines
Dentistry 51 years experience
Very safe: Its the best way to get your teeth white again you may have sensitivity for a day or so. Its the best and a very safe way to whiten teeth.
Dr. Don Millner
Cosmetic Dentistry 43 years experience
Lasers do not bleach: While many practitioners still incorporate lights or lasers as part off their tooth whitening process most will tell you they do such not for enhanced results but to satisfy patient's expectations. Most clinical studies state that the whitening effect is directly related to the strength (and freshness) of the peroxide combined with the length (20 min max) and amount of times it is applied.

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Is it true that fluoride can cause tooth discoloration in children?

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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Yes: Fluoride, which occurs naturally in some city water supplies, is incorporated into children's developing teeth and helps to prevent tooth decay. Many municipalities have carefully added Fluoride to their water. Unfortunately, too much Fluoride may cause discoloration of the enamel. You should speak to your pedodontist or pediatrician about the proper amount of Fluoride for your child.
Dr. Andrew Killgore
Cosmetic Dentistry 16 years experience
The potential systemic health consequences to our pediatric population far outweigh the benefits of strengthening enamel and caries prevention. I have attached a brief Harvard overview to reference one of many potential concerns. http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/fluoride-childrens-health-grandjean-choi/
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Dr. Anthony D'Amico
Dentistry 54 years experience
In addition there can be potential consequences to the adult population. Some areas have naturally ocurring very heavy concentrations of fluoride in their water and flourosis or dark discoloration is common in these localities. I am a dentist but have never been in favor of medicating a total population to treat one segment-especially when they can receive the benefits of flouride in other ways.
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Dr. Michael Wexler
Cosmetic Dentistry 23 years experience
I agree to some extent with Drs. D'Amico & Coogan, but want to add that injested (drops, pills, drinks high in fluoride, swallowed toothpaste) is difficult to control dosage that could lead to discoloration of developing adult teeth for a specific child. Discolored baby teeth is usually caused from something injested or illness of mother during pregnancy. See: http://www.888-smile.com/Ask_Dr.html
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How can I soothe sore breasts after giving birth?

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A member asked:

Can I get braces with bone loss.Think my overbite could be causing front teeth to be loose?

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Dr. David Schneider
Dentistry 38 years experience
Yes: However, it is imperative that the periodontal disease (bone loss) be treated so that you are in good periodontal health and in a maintainable level of periodontal health. See a periodontist before beginning the orthodontic therapy. I can provide you with a local good periodontist via e-mail (dhschneid@gmail.Com).
A 27-year-old male asked:

My lip is still partly swollen 6 weeks after I had a wisdom tooth extracted. Is this normal?

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Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 15 years experience
Wisdom teeth: No. This is not typical. You should get it evaluated by the doctor that extracted the wisdom tooth.
A 24-year-old male asked:

I am facing problem of mouth blister from last 3 days it's happened under toung. So what shoud I do.?

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Dr. Gutti Rao
Hospital-based practice 46 years experience
Mouth sores: Sores in the mouth do occur from time to time, can be due to vit b deficiencies illnesses, smoking, i'll fitting dentures, hiv, certain autoimmune diseases, stress etc. Suggest take some b complex tablets for a few days, if does not resolve, see your doctor.

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