What is Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening, or tooth bleaching, is the top cosmetic procedure performed in America today. You can have the bright white smile you’ve always wanted, and it only takes about an hour in our Beverly Hills cosmetic dentistry office.
The teeth whitening process offered to our Beverly Hills patients lightens discoloration on your teeth and creates a brighter smile in as little as one hour.
Zendaya visits Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Frey for ZOOM! Whitening
How the Teeth Whitening Process Works
The teeth whitening gel is a peroxide that soaks into the tiny tubules, or pores, in enamel. Here, beneath the surface of your teeth, peroxide releases oxygen. The oxygen breaks apart the molecules that have settled in tubules, much as bleach bleaches your clothes. Stains from coffee, tea, and even smoking can be minimized or even eliminated in just one visit. It is also possible for teeth to be made whiter than their natural shade using professional-grade products and technique.
What causes teeth to become stained?
We all have our own “natural” shade of white. This is based on genetic factors and the thickness of the enamel on our teeth. Thicker enamel may naturally be a darker shade of white. This is usually inconsequential. It is the discoloration that occurs over time that erodes the overall beauty of the smile.
There are several factors that cause teeth to lose radiance over time. Smoking is one of the primary reasons we see for yellowing. The foods and beverages that we consume have a subtler effect, but still alter the vibrancy of the smile, bit by bit. This happens because microscopic particles from food products penetrate the tubules in enamel. Settling of these particles blocks light, which diminishes radiance. The more accumulation that occurs, the darker teeth appear.
Some stains develop within tooth material, creating a challenge for conventional whitening technique. Tetracycline stains are much more stubborn than other types of stains. They are dark gray or brown and are deeply embedded in the dentin of the teeth. While bleaching treatments will make these teeth lighter, the best way to treat tetracycline stains is with porcelain veneers, available at our Beverly Hills dental practice.
Will my teeth become sensitive after tooth whitening?
Some people do experience slight temporary sensitivity when they undergo teeth whitening treatment. This can occur whether whitening is conducted in the office or at home. There are two reasons for sensitivity related to teeth whitening. The outer layer of enamel is coated with a protein pellicle that protects teeth from external stimuli. In order for stain molecules to be reached, it is necessary to diminish this coating. Without it, teeth are naturally more exposed. Additionally, the absorption of peroxide in the tubules of enamel creates pressure within the tooth. This pressure slightly irritates highly responsive nerve-endings in dentin, which lies just beneath the enamel.
Sensitivity does not indicate a problem. Comfort may be managed by using a sensitive-tooth toothpaste during your whitening process, followed by pH balancing oral rinse.
What is Zoom Whitening?
Zoom! is one of the fastest, most effective methods of teeth whitening to be developed. This in-office technique allows you to sit back and relax while we make over your smile. After shielding teeth and gums, we apply professional-grade whitening gel to your teeth. This gel is then activated with light for approximately 15-minutes, stimulating faster action. Depending on how many shades you wish to lift, and how your teeth respond, the process may be repeated a few times.
Are OTC whitening products good for my teeth?
Over-the-counter whitening products such as toothpaste and whitening strips are not necessary “bad” for your teeth. These products are formulated with the minimal active ingredient in order to meet safety standards for non-clinical usage. In some cases, OTC whitening may cause mild gum irritation. The primary concern with these methods is the lack of efficiency and success.
Take-home teeth whitening
We also offer take-home teeth whitening kits for our patients who would prefer to perform the whitening treatments themselves in the privacy of their own homes.
Schedule a consultation
Interested in whitening your teeth? Call (310) 276-4537 to schedule a consultation with Beverly Hills Dentist, Dr. David Frey.