Laser teeth whitening is an economical route to enhancing your smile. Here we will look at the make up of a tooth and how it relates to laser teeth whitening:

1) Enamel – The outer layer of the tooth – During the laser teeth whitening process the laser itself is used to open the dentin tubules in the enamel of the tooth.

2) Dentin – Inner layer directly under the enamel – As the dentin tubules in the enamel of the teeth are open due to the laser light, the whitening gels penetrate through these tubules to whiten any intrinsic staying in the dentin.

3) The Pulp – The inner most part that contains the nerve – The pulp is not affected during the laser teeth whitening process.

4) The Root – The part of the tooth that secures it to the jaw – Again this is not affected during the whitening process.

The Life Cycle Of The Tooth

1) Bud Stage – Teeth birth six months after conception. A bud will form without any cell arrangement. 10 buds on top and 10 buds on bottom for baby teeth.

2) Cap Stage – Cells start to develop, tooth bud grows forming a cap which is the start of the enamel.

3) Bell Stage – The tooth begins to mature forming a bell shaped dental organ.

4) Crown Stage – Temporary baby teeth form.

5) Permanent Tooth – The permanent teeth put pressure on the roots of the baby teeth breaking them and the baby teeth become loose allowing adult teeth to break through.

6) Older Tooth – Cavities are most likely to occur at this stage when the enamel breaks down to uncover the dentin area.