What is Whitening?
Teeth whitening, whether performed professionally in a dentist’s office or in the privacy of your own home, uses a bleaching agent to remove stains from the teeth. The bleaching agent breaks down the stain molecules that are stuck in the enamel or dentin, allowing them to be removed. This works best on certain types of stains. It is excellent at removing stains caused by organic molecules, including tobacco, curry, red wine, coffee, and tea.
However, there are some types of stains that will resist removal by a bleaching agent. Additionally, the bleaching agent cannot change the structure of the enamel or dentin itself, nor can it thicken enamel that has become thin. In patients for whom teeth whitening doesn’t provide the results that they are looking for, one can consider porcelain veneers as an alternative. These veneers will cover your teeth, giving you the bright smile, you desire. Dental Bonding is another option, for those who have minor staining on just one or a few stained teeth.
Teeth Whitening In Irvine, CA
Dr. Levine offers custom take-home whitening kits and provides instruction for their use.
Custom take-home whitening kits are stronger and offer a better fit compared to what you can buy over the counter. The whitening agent is called carbamide peroxide, which has a longer shelf life than hydrogen peroxide. It is offered in a variety of strengths to accommodate those who have sensitive teeth. The trays are used each day for about two weeks, worn for approximately 30 minutes twice a day. Most patients find it convenient to whiten at home.
Keep in mind that the whitening agent will not lighten restorations like crowns, bonding material or veneers. It’s important to consider the color of any restorations as you are considering how bright you would like your teeth to be.
If you choose WhiteSpeed, your treatment starts with your dentist checking your current shade, so you can both see the dramatic difference after your treatment is complete.
Once you’re ready, just sit back as your dental professional handles the next steps:
- Your dentist preps your mouth for whitening and applies a layer of advanced whitening gel to your teeth.
- To speed up the whitening process, they’ll shine our WhiteSpeed blue LED lamp onto your teeth. This accelerates the whitening, plus the lamp’s variable settings ensure you’ll get a comfortable experience.
- This is repeated three times - and is completed in just 45 minutes!
- Once you’ve reached your desired shade, your dentist will apply our post-treatment gel to help protect enamel and reduce sensitivity.
Before you leave your dentist’s office, you’ll receive customized whitening trays and a take home whitening kit, which is included in the price of your treatment. This way, you can top-up the brightness of your smile whenever you want to. Pediatric dentistry involves teaching and reinforcing oral health from a young age, creating good habits that can last a lifetime. Working with children requires a sensitive and gentle touch, as well as compassion and patience. It also requires educating parents and caregivers to ensure the best possible oral health for their children. Dr. Ursula Levine understands the significance of her responsibilities in working with young patients. She is committed to making pediatric dental care fun and rewarding, so that her patients will learn to enjoy rather than fear dental visits.
Professional Teeth Whitening Near Me in Irvine, CA
To learn more about Teeth Whitening, please contact our office to request a free informational consultation with us today!