Teeth Whitening Dentist in Century City, Beverly Hills & Los Angeles
We all dream of a pearly white smile. Unfortunately, keeping our teeth white is a lot more complicated than it sounds. For those of us who drink coffee, wine and/or smoke, our teeth are getting stained on a daily basis. Even certain foods we eat that are high in acid content can cause discoloration of the enamel over time.Essentially, anything that could stain a T-shirt could also stain your teeth.
Fortunately, teeth whitening is an excellent way to restore the natural color of your teeth or even make them whiter than your natural color. Whitening teeth is one of the simplest and most gratifying procedures we perform in our office.
Below please find some information on our one-hour in office whitening sessions as well as our custom-made home whitening kits.
Tray-Based Tooth Whiteners
Take-home whitening trays are very effective and easy to manage.
- At the first appointment, we take a quick mold/ impression of your teeth.
- We then craft you custom whitening trays that you can use over and over.
- You take the whitening gel and put it in the your customized trays. (time suggested depends on the degree of discoloration and desired level of whitening).
These custom fit trays ensure a comfortable fit and that the whitening gel is placed in the most ideal location on the teeth to achieve fast, reliable and long- lasting results.
In-office whitening provides the quickest and dramatic ways to whiten teeth. Results are often seen in only one, 30 to 60 minute treatment. However, to achieve dramatic results, several appointments may be needed.
- In an effort to remove any plaque from the surface of the tooth, teeth are polished with pumice.
- Then we isolate your mouth with gauze to keep your teeth dry during the procedure. We also sometimes use retractors to keep your cheeks, lips and tongue away from the whitening solution.
- We place a barrier is along your gumline to protect it from the whitening solution.
- The teeth are then coated with the whitening solution on the front surface of the tooth.
- Once the optimum shade has been reached, or the maximum application time has passed, We give you water, rinse and a fluoride application that is used to help ease the sensitivity some people experience with tooth whitening.
Please note that you will be instructed to avoid foods and beverages that have a high level of pigment, such as coffee, tomato sauce or juice, yellow mustard, or red wine, and tobacco use for 24 hours after the procedure to allow the enamel pores to close to prevent re-staining.
Who Should Not Undergo Teeth Whitening?
Whitening is not recommended or will be less successful in the following circumstances:
- Age and pregnancy issues. Bleaching is not recommended in children under the age of 16. This is because the pulp chamber, or nerve of the tooth, is enlarged until this age. Teeth whitening under this condition could irritate the pulp or cause it to become sensitive. Teeth whitening is also not recommended in pregnant or lactating women.
- Sensitive teeth and allergies. Individuals with sensitive teeth and gums, receding gums, and/or defective restorations should consult with their dentist prior to using a tooth-whitening system. Anyone allergic to peroxide (the whitening agent) should not use a bleaching product.
- Gum disease, worn enamel, cavities, and exposed roots. Individuals with gum disease or teeth with worn enamel are generally discouraged from undergoing a tooth-whitening procedure. Cavities need to be treated before undergoing any whitening procedure. This is because the whitening solutions penetrate into any existing decay and the inner areas of the tooth, which can cause sensitivity. Also, whitening procedures will not work on exposed tooth roots because roots do not have an enamel layer.
- Fillings, crowns, and other restorations. Tooth-colored fillings and resin composite materials used in dental restorations (crowns, veneers, bonding, bridges) do not whiten. Therefore, using a whitening agent on teeth that contain restorations will results in uneven whitening — in this case, making the teeth without restorations appear lighter than those with restorations. Any whitening procedure should be done prior to the placement of restorations. Individuals with numerous restorations that would result in uneven whitening may be better off considering bonding, veneers, or crowns rather than a tooth whitening system. Ask your dentist what strategy is best for you.
- Unrealistic expectations. Individuals who expect their teeth to be a new “blinding white” may be disappointed with their results. Smokers need to be aware that their results will be limited unless they refrain from continued smoking, particularly during the bleaching process. A healthy guide as to a reasonable degree of whiteness to achieve with a whitening process that would give a natural appearance to a person’s teeth is a slightly whiter color than the whites of your eyes.
- Darkly stained teeth. Yellowish teeth respond well to bleaching, brownish-colored teeth respond less well and grayish-hue or purple-stained teeth may not respond to bleaching at all. Blue-gray staining caused by the antibiotic tetracycline is more difficult to lighten and may require up to six months of home treatments or several in-office appointments to successfully lighten. Teeth that have dark stains may be better candidates for another lightening option, such as veneers, bonding, or crowns. Your dentist can discuss the options best suited for you.