Teeth Whitening Alhambra, CA - Teeth Bleaching
For those who are looking to enhance their smile, Dara Gashparova, DDS is happy to offer teeth whitening in Alhambra. The teeth whitening services at our Alhambra office are designed to remove discoloring from years of stains that have built up on your teeth. Our take-home and chair-side teeth whitening treatments can give you back the fresh, white smile that you’ve been missing. We provide several options for teeth whitening and will make recommendations on a case by case basis.
Teeth whitening or bleaching is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to dramatically change the color of natural tooth enamel. It is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile if there are stains from smoking, aging, or foods (coffee, tea, curry, berries, etc.)
Before any whitening procedure we check the condition of teeth through exam and x-rays and make sure there are no cavities. There are two effective ways commonly used in practice today; In-office teeth whitening, and take- home whitening systems.
In office teeth whitening
Best benefit is significant color change in a short period of time. The results from the in office teeth whitening system are immediately noticeable, so you’ll leave after your appointment with 3-6 shades whiter teeth. Depending on the staining on the teeth, the process can be repeated two more times or continued with a home-use whitening system. In-office whitening can be done in about an hour even during your lunch break.
If you can allow more time for your whitening process then you have another option – home whitening. My experience shows that this system produces better results in long term – being gradually bleached your teeth can reach maximum whitening with less to no discomfort. This is also a better investment for your dollars because you can use it for touch ups every 4-6 months.
The procedure involves impressions from all of your teeth from which custom trays are fabricate – one for the upper and one for the lower. Gel with different concentration of peroxide, but higher than the one you can buy over the counter, is loaded inside and the tray are worn from 30 min to 4 hour. The whole process takes 7 to 10 days and can be repeated in 4 months.
Over the counter
There are strips, apply on liquids, whitening tooth pastes. Being over the counter products none of them exceed 14% peroxide, which makes them less effective. The most popular are probably Crest White strips. Carefully follow the instructions; the gel is strong enough to burn your gum tissue.
Since whitening only works on natural enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings and or crowns. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match your newly bleached teeth.
Reasons for teeth whitening:
Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).
Normal wear of outer tooth layer.
Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.).
Yellow, brown stained teeth.
If you are looking for whiter and brigher teeth, we encourage you to contact our office to schedule a consultation!