How to Become a Laser Teeth Whitening Consultant

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Cosmetic dentistry, such as laser teeth whitening, is a growing business, making it a viable long-term career option. As a laser teeth whitening consultant, you can work in a private general dental practice or a business that specializes in teeth whitening procedures. There are different avenues you can take to start your career in professional laser teeth whitening. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, dentists make about $140,000 year, while hygienists make about $65,000 a year.

Become a dental professional such as a dental hygienist or dentist. Cosmetic dentistry, such as laser teeth whitening, is performed by dental professionals in a dental office. To become a dentist you will need a bachelor’s degree in a biological science and then you must graduate from an American Dental Association accredited dental school. To become a dental hygienist, you need a certificate or higher degree from an American Dental Association accredited dental hygienist school.

Get training in laser dentistry. The Academy of Laser Dentistry has an establish curriculum for laser dentistry education and gives a list of approved courses on its website. Through a series of courses that include safety and use of dental lasers for various procedures, including teeth whitening, you can become certified in the use of dentistry lasers.

Become licensed through your state medical licensing board to use dental lasers. Licensing qualifications and procedures will vary from state to state. According to the Food and Drug Administration, since all medical lasers, including those used in dentistry, are considered prescription devices, you must be licensed.

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