Teeth Whitening – San Diego & La Jolla

Having a beautiful smile may be even easier than you think. Many people achieve the look they’ve been dreaming of with our simple “whitening” procedure.

How is teeth whitening done?

It’s safe, quick, and inexpensive. Just let us know at any appointment if you would like to whiten your teeth. You can lighten only your upper teeth or both the upper and lower, depending on how much you show when you talk and smile.

There are multiple ways to whiten your teeth, including in-office whitening, which will give you immediate results, and take-home whitening, which will require multiple applications.

The most dramatic effect is often achieved by combining in-office bleaching with take-home trays afterwards to get your teeth to the perfect shade!

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How Does In-Office Boost Whitening Work?

Opalescence Boost in-office power whitener is a chemically activated gel that provides brighter, whiter teeth after just 40 minutes in the dental chair, during which you are welcome to watch TV, listen to music, or use your phone or tablet! The powerful 40% hydrogen peroxide gel is chemically activated, so it doesn’t require a hot, uncomfortable light to work. Using the unique double-syringe configuration, the clinician activates the 40% hydrogen peroxide formula just prior to application, ensuring every dose of Opalescence Boost whitening is fresh and effective.

  • Chemically activated, so no light is needed
  • Powerful 40% hydrogen peroxide gel
  • Opalescence tooth whitening gel contains PF (potassium nitrate and fluoride)
  • Fresh chemical for each application
  • Precise delivery
  • Easy to see for complete removal
  • Two 20-minute applications for a total of 40 minutes of treatment time​

Since in-office tooth whitening can often increase tooth sensitivity, we recommend our patients use an anti-sensitivity toothpaste such as Sensodyne for 2 weeks prior to an in-office whitening treatment to help reduce future sensitivity.

How Does Take-Home Whitening Work?

Take-home whitening uses custom trays made to fit your teeth with room to place a special bleaching gel. 4-30 applications may be needed to achieve desired results – depending on the starting shade and the desired final shade.

We take an impression of your teeth and in only a day or two your custom bleach trays will be ready for you to pick up.

We provide you with a special bleaching agent that will be chosen based on your needs. The gel is a Carbamide Peroxide with Potassium Nitrate and Fluoride (which help reduce sensitivity). Various concentrations are available, ranging from 30 minute wear to overnight wear. A custom concentration will be picked with you based on your lifestyle and goals.

Our special bleaching agent bubbles stains right out of your enamel in a very short time without altering tooth structure or existing dental work in any way. When your teeth reach the desired brightness, only occasional treatment is needed to maintain your new smile. We’ll want to take “after” photos at your next appointment.

Dental whitening can be used to correct tooth discoloration. Discolorations can be caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth. Using the latest in whitening technology, we can offer a safe method for creating a beautiful “brilliant” smile. In cases of extreme tooth discoloration, crowns or veneers may be the only choice, but because of the low cost of whitening treatments, teeth whitening is nearly always worth a solid try.

Key Benefits of Teeth Whitening

  • Corrects brown, yellow and spotted tooth staining
  • Works on people of any age
  • Is a near-permanent solution for a “dull” smile, restoring brightness and brings a smile alive

Is Over-the-Counter Whitening as Effective as Professional Whitening?

Over-the-counter bleaching agents are available for purchase at our office and at drug stores and pharmacies. Often times products such as whitening strips, which are not custom fit, cause higher sensitivity due to allowing the bleach product to touch the gums. We’ll be happy to discuss the differences between the various products and help you get the white teeth you want!