Teeth Whitening Options

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We know there is great value in a gleaming white smile. Our patients tell us how confident they feel after teeth whitening and how much more they smile too. Unfortunately, not everyone has a smile they are proud to show to the world. Our dentist has options for teeth whitening which could help create your perfect smile.

There are two categories of teeth whitening, at-home whitening, and professional whitening. While our Torrance cosmetic dentist does not oppose an attempt at whitening your teeth at home, you should note that the results from a professional whitening are faster, more uniform, and longer lasting than results from an over the counter kit.

Our office offers two options for tooth whitening, by a dentist or with a professional whitening kit in your home while supervised by a dentist.

• TEETH WHITENING BY A DENTIST- When you choose in-office whitening, a single visit is typically all that is necessary to get the results you want. Occasionally, a patient needs more treatments if their teeth are severely stained or if they want a specific shade of white.

Whitening in our office needs no anesthetics because it is painless. We will protect your gums with a gel or a plastic shield to prevent any gum sensitivity if the whitening solution touches your gums.
Next, our dentist spreads a solution of hydrogen peroxide onto your teeth. We then shine a light or use heat on your teeth to speed the whitening process. The length of time for the treatment depends on the health of your teeth and the level of whiteness you desire.

• WHITENING THAT IS SUPERVISED BY A DENTIST- Supervised whitening is carried out in your home. It is a good option those who do not want to devote much time to whitening at our office.

For at home supervised whitening, our dentist takes impressions of your teeth and makes a customized mouth tray to hold whitening gel. To use the system put the gel in the tray, place it on your teeth, and leave it in place for a few hours each day. The results are slower than an in-office whitening, but our patients are pleased with their results.

Both options for teeth whitening give you a beautiful smile, contact our office if you would like more information.

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How Teeth Whitening Can Affect Your Teeth

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Patients who visit our office often want our help getting a brilliant white smile. There are two basic options for tooth whitening available through our office, intrinsic whitening, and extrinsic whitening. The two treatments work in different ways, so it is necessary to know how each treatment will affect your teeth.

INTRINSIC WHITENING- The intrinsic whitening treatment is very popular in the field of cosmetic dentistry. When you receive an intrinsic whitening, our dentist is essentially whitening your teeth from the inside out. To do this, we apply a hydrogen peroxide gel to your teeth. The gel soaks into your teeth and whitens the inner layer, called the dentin. The dentin in your teeth naturally yellows as a part of the aging process and shows through the enamel. As the gel penetrates the enamel, dentin whitens. This color change reflects through the enamel of your teeth giving you a whiter smile. This process is sometimes erroneously called bleaching. We do not apply bleach to your teeth during this treatment. Your tooth enamel is not affected by the whitening gel. The color change takes place inside of your teeth.

EXTRINSIC WHITENING- When we talk about extrinsic whitening we mean changes to the outside of your teeth that occur when we professionally clean and polish your teeth. External whitening is a good option if your discoloration is because of exposure to things like coffee, tea, or red wine. This type of procedure does not affect the inner layers of your teeth.

Which treatment you choose depends on the type of discoloration is affecting your teeth. Our staff will be happy to help you achieve the smile you dream of and will guide you through the whitening process. When you consult with our teeth whitening dentist in Torrance, you can discuss which treatment will give you the results you want.

Teeth Whitening Expectations 

Group of friendsTeeth whitening is one of our most requested procedures, but a brilliantly white, sparkling smile is not achievable for all of our patients. Having realistic teeth whitening expectations can ensure you are completely happy with your results. Our Northridge cosmetic dentist can help you find the right procedure based on your dental health and habits so that you can achieve your results. 
 
Stains occur for many reasons and often appear as a result of what you eat and drink. Exposure to cola, tea, coffee, wine berries, tomato sauce, curry and other strongly colored foods and drinks will leave teeth discolored. Tobacco use and excessive fluoride exposure can also discolor teeth. Less commonly, trauma and certain medications can discolor teeth. 
 
Most extrinsic stains, or stains caused by external factors like foods and drinks, respond well to conventional teeth whitening treatments. These treatments use peroxide to oxidize the stains in the enamel and dentin and lighten the color of teeth. Intrinsic discolorations, or stains located inside the tooth’s structure, will not usually respond to conventional teeth whitening treatments. We may recommend dental veneers to cover discolored teeth.  
 
Pregnant women, children under 16, people with active gum disease, people with untreated cavities and those with extremely sensitive teeth might not be candidates for teeth whitening. Additionally, teeth whitening treatments will not leave your teeth unnaturally white. Call our dentist today to schedule an appointment for teeth whitening in Northridge.

Teeth Whitening Process

Friends having funOur teeth are supposed to be bright and white. Unfortunately, they can quickly become darkened and yellowed over time. This is often due to certain diet staples, such as berries, red sauce, tea, and coffee. It can also be caused by some lifestyle habits, such as smoking. Our dentist in San Francisco can perform a teeth whitening treatment in order to remove these extrinsic stains.

There are many different types of teeth whitening treatments, however most of them work very similarly. It will begin with a teeth cleaning, in order to remove any plaque, tartar, and food debris. Then they will apply a rubber block in order to protect the gums and other soft tissue of the mouth.

A whitening liquid or gel is then applied directly on to the teeth. It will be activated with a special dental light or laser. For most types of treatments, the liquid and light will stay in place between a few minutes and fifteen minutes. It will then be removed and reapplied one to two more times.

If an in-office treatment is not what you are looking for, we can also offer take-home kits. These provide you with the tools, materials, and instructions you need to brighten your teeth at home.

Teeth Whitening Trends

Friends having funWith the popularity of social media and the celebrities that post content daily, many trends come and go quickly. This is true of cosmetic dentistry DIY practices. Many stars, influencers, and regular users alike have been advertising teeth whitening tricks and products, leaving many followers to believe whether or not they actually work.

Oil pulling, a very popular trend, involves swishing coconut oil through the teeth for thirty minutes a day. While this seems like a very simple and healthy way to brighten the smile, the American Dental Association (ADA), has reported that there is no scientific evidence that oil pulling has any effect on the health or the look of the teeth.

Brushing activated charcoal on to the teeth is also another popular teeth whitening trend. Users have been seen having fun making their smile black all over, and claiming their teeth are immediately brighter afterwards. However, the ADA has not approved this at-home whitening trick, and are not aware of the side effects it may cause.

Our LA whitening expert encourages patients to opt for professional treatment if they would like to brighten their smile. Our dentist uses safe and tested materials and tools to ensure safety and noticeable results.

Different Teeth Whitening Systems

Group of friendsIs your smile looking less than brilliant lately? The natural color of teeth can vary quite a bit, but they can also develop stains over time as a result of exposure to food, drinks and other substances, such as tobacco. If you are not happy with the color of your teeth, our tooth whitening dentist can help you find a solution to brighten your smile.

Several teeth whitening systems are available, including:

1. Professional in-office whitening
If time is an issue and you want your results fast, in-office whitening is the way to go. We do all the work while you sit back and relax, and when you leave our office, your smile can be up to eight to 10 shades brighter than when you entered. Professional in-office treatments usually take about an hour, so you can even squeeze them in on your lunch break.

2. Take-home whitening
Take-home whitening treatments are professional-strength whitening treatments, which means that you get fast, effective results. However, they are designed for you to do in the comfort and privacy of your own home.

3. DIY whitening
Over-the-counter whitening treatments use lower concentrations of the active bleaching ingredient for safety reasons, so results can take longer and are not as dramatic.

Call our dental office today to schedule your consultation.

Teeth Whitening and Sore Teeth

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Teeth have several layers. The hard outer layer is called enamel, and the softer layer inside is called dentin. Inside the dentin are channels called root canals, which contain the nerve, blood vessels and other soft tissues. When your teeth are whitened, the whitening solution penetrates the pores of the teeth and can aggravate the nerve. This can result in sensitive or sore teeth. This is a temporary situation, and it is both treatable and preventable. If you are prone to sore teeth after whitening, our Beverly Hills teeth whitening dentist can help.

1. Be proactive.
If you have sensitive teeth, start using a toothpaste made especially for sensitive teeth before your whitening treatment. These toothpastes are made to block painful sensations and prevent sensitivity, but they do need to be used for a few weeks to achieve maximum effectiveness.

2. Treat promptly.
Some patients will benefit from an immediate fluoride treatment after whitening. Fluoride hardens enamel and can prevent pain.

3. Use NSAIDs as needed.
A non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen can be taken before a whitening session to combat any discomfort you might experience.

We can provide you with more options for combatting discomfort, sensitivity and soreness due to whitening at your consultation. Call our dental office today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our team.