Laser teeth whitening could be a frightening thought for those not familiar with this procedure. After all, lasers are normally associated with military, medical and scientific procedures. The method used for laser tooth whitening are obviously different to those used to cut through sheet metal. It is a fantastic technique and is used to attain whiter teeth and is quite a common in part of cosmetic dentistry. This treatment can give you immediate results and could be a lot cheaper than you think. Most teeth whitening procedures that use a laser beam that has been specially adapted to emit ultraviolet light. A thin gel is applied to the surface of the teeth. This gel is usually made up of hydrogen peroxide or bleach. Your lips will be pushed back so as not to cover any part of the teeth, and then the laser beam is pointed at the gel to activate it. This accelerates the whitening process, and most patients are very pleased with the results, even after the first visit. As with everything there are pros and cons to having cosmetic teeth whitening. The big advantage is that your smile is now whiter and brighter than ever, giving you a more youthful appearance. The downside is that you might suffer an allergic reaction to the gel that is used. The complete procedure could cost over $1000, and may take a few visits until you get the results you desire. Another problem is that the procedure might not work you. Extensive damage or severe discoloration to the teeth can only be corrected by using dental veneers. Something a lot of people people consider a plus, but could actually be a minus in your opinion, is how obvious the change in your appearance will be. Some people are not very comfortable with other people knowing that they have had "some work" done and they do not want to seem vain. There is not any thing wrong with the desire to have a brighter smile and to appear younger. If you do not want to have such a dramatic change you might want to opt for a home tooth whitening kit that will lighten the color of your teeth gradually. Laser whitening procedures certainly do work and are well worth the cost. It is unlikely that your insurance will pay for it and it could be a little uncomfortable for a time, but you get a great smile extremely quickly. Whiter teeth have the effects of diminishing the appearance of wrinkles, that can be consider an added extra. People will definitely notice your bright smile, and that will remove the focus from those tiny lines. A lot of people have benefited by the use of whitening techniques. They have had the surgery done for many different reasons. It could have been that they were very self-conscious of the poor state of their teeth that they would not smile at all. They would avoid being part of a photograph because of it. Though this procedure is not cheap, compared to other whitening procedures, it is fast and the results are instant.