Teeth Whitening Lomita Torrance Dental Office
Do you wish your smile were whiter or brighter? Is a special event coming up that you want to look your very best for?
Professional teeth whitening is a simple yet effective way to improve the appearance of your teeth and increase the wattage of your smile. Unlike the kits you can find in the drug store, professional kits are completely customized for your smile and your teeth to give you whitening that is made for your mouth.
If you live in Torrance or the local area, you can benefit from a teeth whitening procedure at our local dental office. At Lomita-Torrance Dental Office, we are known for improving the appearance of our patients’ smiles. Dr. Teboul is a cosmetic dentist and has multiple ways for doing so. We often recommend a teeth bleaching procedure because it is by far the easiest way to transform your smile. After cleaning your teeth, we can complete this procedure in time for a special event or as part of your regular oral health routine.
People have their teeth whitened on a regular basis so that they can look and feel great. As people age, it is common for teeth to become dull and yellow. This is in part due to age itself and also due to what a person eats and drinks. Drinking coffee, tea and wine, for example, can stain your teeth. Smoking and eating foods that contain food coloring can also stain your teeth. Brushing immediately after eating and drinking can help to prevent stains but is typically not enough to remove the risk entirely. Fortunately, stained and yellow teeth don’t have to stay that way.
In-office whitening can brighten your smile up to 8 shades lighter. That’s 6 shades lighter than store bought whitening products.
Why Are My Teeth Yellow?
Teeth can become yellow and discolored for a variety of reasons. Smoking is a common culprit, as are certain foods and drinks like curry, red wine, and coffee. Some antibiotics, like tetracycline, can cause a grayish discoloration of the teeth. And sometimes it’s simply a part of your genetic makeup.
Teeth whitening, or bleaching, is effective for most of these types of stains. If your discoloration is caused by extensive fillings, staining from fluorosis, or damage to the tooth, whitening probably won’t be effective. Don’t despair – other options are available, including porcelain veneers, and we can discuss those with you as well.
Types of Teeth Whitening
There are several types of teeth bleaching that you can try. People typically start by using whitening toothpaste at home. This can help to brighten your teeth but is typically not enough to actually whiten them. We recommend toothpaste as part of an overall teeth whitening treatment but not by itself. After professional whitening, the toothpaste can help your teeth stay bright.
Many people may try over the counter solutions like whitening trays or strips. These treatments work but not as well as professional solutions. As with most things, what you buy in the store is simply not as strong as what you can get from a medical professional. Additionally, store bought whitening trays are designed to fit everyone’s teeth, not your teeth specifically. This means that they can become loose, and the solution can leak, leading to gum irritation.
We recommend that people in Torrance, schedule an appointment with Dr. Teboul instead. Our professional tooth whitening solutions can transform the appearance of your teeth in a dynamic way. This is partially due to the strength of the solution that we use. Professional grade whitening gel can whiten teeth by eight shades or more vs. around two shades with store bought solutions. If you are looking for immediate and dramatic results, in-office whitening is a far better option.
Lomita-Torrance Tooth Whitening
At Lomita-Torrance Dental Office, we provide patients with information on two main types of dental whitening. Some dental offices provide whitening services in the office while others focus on treatments that can be completed at home. An in-office treatment can be done at the same time as a teeth cleaning or during a separate appointment. It is typically completed within an hour and produces immediately white teeth. For many people, this is an ideal solution because of how quickly it is finished.
Dentists have coined the term “bleachorexia” for those people who overuse in-store bleaching which can lead to the destruction of enamel and dentin, turning the teeth to mush.
In our dental office, we also recommend whitening trays. This type of procedure is effective and puts patients in control over how white their teeth become and how often they are whitened. Dr. Teboul starts by having an impression taken of a patient’s teeth. This impression is then used to create customized whitening trays in a dental lab. They fit securely around teeth and will not leak solution into the mouth. This is an ideal way for patients to whiten teeth because once they are created, they can be used at any time. Patients are provided with a whitening solution to use at home, and the trays need to be worn for a couple of hours every night for a week or more. Once teeth have reached the perfect shade of white, a patient can stop wearing the trays. This portable solution can be taken anywhere, making it possible for people to whiten teeth while on vacation, business trips or after moving to a new city.
How Teeth Whitening Works at Lomita-Torrance Dental
At Lomita-Torrance Dental, we use Zoom Teeth Whitening. We’ve found that this whitening system is highly effective on even difficult stains while still proving gentle enough that patients can easily tolerate the whitening process. We offer both in-office and at-home whitening options so that you can choose the one that will best fit your needs.
We’ll get started when you call our office to schedule a consultation appointment. Your Lomita-Torrance dentist will perform an examination to make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy and to determine the cause of your discoloration. We’ll talk about your whitening goals and look at pictures to help you decide how white you would like to go. We’ll also typically perform a cleaning to make sure that your results aren’t altered by any plaque or tartar buildup.
During an in-office teeth whitening treatment, the bleaching product is applied to your teeth and then activated with a special light. We’ll monitor your progress the entire time.
For at-home whitening, we’ll take impressions of your teeth to create your customized trays. When your trays are ready, we’ll show you how to use the system and then you’ll be free to go home and whiten your teeth at your convenience. If you have any questions during your whitening, you are always welcome to call our office and we’ll be happy to help you.
What About Over-the-Counter Whitening?
Although these kits make big promises about their ability to whiten teeth, in the real world, they simply are not as effective as professional whitening. They aren’t customized, and the strength of the product is considerably weaker than a professional product. While your teeth may get whiter, you won’t get the same level of whitening as you will with Zoom, and your results may be uneven or spotty.
If you’d like to brighten your smile and improve the appearance of your teeth, call us today to schedule your consultation!
Schedule A Consultation at Lomita Torrance Dental Office
At Lomita-Torrance Dental Office, we also recommend that patients have their teeth whitened before having other dental procedures completed. Most of the materials that are used in dental restorations or for cosmetic purposes are stain resistant and bleach resistant. For example, a dental crown won’t stain or bleach but should maintain its initial coloring with time. When a crown, veneer, bridge, or implant is created in a dental lab, they are created to match the shade of the surrounding teeth. If the surrounding teeth are yellow, these restorations will be created in a yellow shade. If the surrounding teeth are a brilliant white, the restoration will be as well. This makes the timing of teeth whitening procedures important. If you live in the 90505 area and are interested in a dental restoration, schedule your teeth whitening procedure first.
Genetics, aging, and consumption of staining substances (smoking, coffee, tea, and colas) are just a few reasons why teeth appear dark.
The procedure itself should not cause any discomfort and is relatively easy to complete. Before getting started, we simply recommend that patients schedule a dental exam with our Lomita-Torrance dental office. Dr. Teboul will then examine your teeth and gums to ensure that they are healthy enough for whitening. This way if any cavities or infections exist they can be treated first. To learn more or to get started, call (424) 201-2885 and schedule your appointment.
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