Brighten your smile with a professional tooth whitening

How does teeth whitening work?

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    Before chair-side teeth whitening with Zoom.

Our teeth turn yellow for many different reasons. This includes our diet, lifestyle, and many other factors. Teeth whitening treatment helps reverse this darkening effect to give you a whiter and brighter smile. Almost all teeth whitening treatments rely on using a high concentration of Carbamide Peroxide or Hydrogen Peroxide. Once the peroxide is applied to your teeth surface, it becomes activated and penetrates deep into your teeth. Peroxide breaks down internal stains deep within your teeth and removes internal stains. As a result, the yellowness from your teeth is removed and you’re left with a whiter and brighter smile.

What are my options for professional teeth whitening?

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There are many different ways to whiten your teeth. Here are some of the most common ways to whiten your smile:

  • Teeth whitening toothpastes
  • Peroxide-based whitening mouthwashes
  • Do-it-yourself bleaching trays, such as Crest Whitestrips
  • Take home custom whitening trays
  • Professional teeth whitening at your dentist

It’s always a good idea to discuss your whitening treatments with your dentist before starting any type of whitening procedure. It’s important to identify what caused your teeth to turn yellow in the first place before seeking any type of treatment. Plus, factors such as tooth sensitivity, teeth stains, gum recession, existing restorations, etc. need to be taken into consideration beforehand.

What’s the advantage of teeth whitening at the dentist?

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Only your dentist is allowed to use the highest concentrations of Peroxide solution

If you want the absolute best results then you should talk to your dentist first. Whitening treatments offered by your dentist are far more effective than over-the-counter alternatives. This is because only your dentist is allowed to use the highest concentration of Peroxide solutions. How come? Highly concentrated Peroxide can be very dangerous if used unsupervised. It can cause your gums to burn or lead to tooth sensitivity, which may be permanent. Talk to your dentist about different teeth whitening options they offer to see if you’re a candidate for in-office teeth whitening.

How does in-office teeth whitening work?

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A barrier is placed to protect your gums from the Peroxide gel prior to starting your whitening treatment

Teeth whitening at your dentist, often referred to as in-office teeth whitening, is the most effective way to bleach your smile. In-office teeth whitening is simple, quick, and extremely effective. The procedure is typically performed during a single hour-long session. Expect your teeth to become several shades whiter during this time. Here’s a brief overview of how in-office teeth whitening is typically performed:

Preparation for teeth whitening procedure

Your dentist will examine your teeth before starting your teeth whitening treatment. If there are fillings, cavities, or crowns on your front teeth, they need to be taken into consideration before starting treatment. Once it is determined that you’re a good candidate for in-office teeth whitening, you’re ready to get started.

Whitening treatment

Teeth whitening is typically performed by the dental assistants under the direct supervision of your dentist. First, your dental team will isolate your gum tissues by placing a barrier on them. This barrier protects your gums against the strong bleaching gel. After isolating your gums, your dentist or dental assistant will carefully apply the whitening gel by making sure it is applied evenly to all teeth surfaces that are scheduled for whitening. The bleaching gel will remain on your teeth for the duration of the whitening procedure. This typically ranges from 30 minutes to one hour. Most bleaching systems also use a UV or LED light. This special light helps accelerate the breakdown of the bleaching gel to make it even more effective.

Teeth whitening post-op

Once your whitening treatment is complete, your dentist or dental team will remove the whitening gel and barrier from your mouth. Rinse and spit and clean up your mouth. You’re now ready to show off your beautiful, pearly whites! Be sure to avoid staining products for the next several days. For more instructions on what to do after in-office teeth whitening click here.

How do take-home custom whitening trays work?

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Custom take-home trays are the second best way to whiten your smile, after in-office professional tooth whitening. Your dentist makes custom bleaching trays to fit your smile. These trays are made so that you can whiten your teeth at the convenience of your own home. Here’s how take-home teeth whitening trays work:

Fabricating custom trays

Custom trays are to fit precisely to your teeth. Your dentist will fabricate custom trays using scans or impressions of your teeth. They have just enough space blocked out to accommodate the bleaching gel. Custom trays sit snug against your teeth and they directly apply the whitening gel to all desired teeth surfaces.

Wearing your custom trays

Start by brushing your teeth thoroughly to clean them. Carefully insert the bleaching gel into your custom trays. Apply the gel evenly onto areas planned for whitening. This includes the front surfaces of your front 6 to 10 teeth. Position the trays gently onto your teeth, making sure not to contaminate with any excess saliva. Gently remove any excess gel that has poured onto your gums to prevent gum irritation. Allow your custom trays to sit in your mouth as per the bleaching gel manufacturers recommendation or until you experience extreme tooth sensitivity. Wear times vary for different whitening gels and they range from 30 minutes to several hours. Talk to your dentist and experiment with different bleaching gels to see which one is going to give you the best results.

Teeth whitening treatment in San Clemente, Orange County

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We offer chair-side and take-home teeth whitening systems including Zoom and Boost bleaching systems

Give us a call today if you are interested in learning more about professional teeth whitening treatments. We offer several in-office and take-home teeth whitening options, including Zoom!, Boost and several other bleaching programs. Call us today at (949) 481-2540 or book your appointment online to get started. All whitening treatments are performed at our San Clemente, CA dental office. During your consultation, Dr. Jazayeri will access your teeth to see if you’re a good candidate for professional teeth whitening. We will help you decide which whitening program is best suited to your needs. If interested, you could start your whitening treatment on the same day. Don’t wait any longer and schedule your consult with us today and be amazed at how much whiter your teeth can become!

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Definition of Cosmetic Dentistry Terminology

Bonding

Bonding is tooth-colored composite resin used to enhance the appearance of your front teeth. Cosmetic dentists use bonding to fix teeth with discoloration, close small gaps and enhance your smile. Porcelain veneers is considered a better alternative to bonding.

Ceramic Crowns

A type of dental crown which is made from zirconia ceramic. Ceramic crowns are stronger than porcelain and do not have any metal in them. Cosmetic dentists favor ceramic crowns as they are the most natural-looking crowns and are also extremely durable.

Clear Aligners

A series of plastic, firm trays used to move your teeth into their desired position. By wearing each clear aligner, your teeth move a tiny bit until they settle into their final position. Clear aligner are an alternative to braces used to straighten your teeth and preferred by cosmetic dentists whenever possible.

Composite Fillings

Please refer to white fillings.

Cosmetic Dentist

A dentist who focuses his or her practice on improving the appearance of your smile. Cosmetic dentists rely on treatments such as porcelain veneers, teeth whitening and clear aligners to fix your smile. In general, cosmetic dentists avoid using silver fillings and crowns with metal in them.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry refers to dentistry which focuses on improving the appearance of your smile. The goal of cosmetic dentistry is to give a better looking smile. Most people seek whiter teeth and a straighter smile with cosmetic dentistry.

Crowns

A dental prosthesis placed on your teeth to bring them back to their original shape. Placing a crown on a tooth restores shape and function of your tooth. Crowns are used to restore teeth which can no longer be fixed with a simple filling. Crowns come in different shapes and are made from gold, porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) or ceramic material.

Fillings

A type of dental restoration used to fix small cavities or broken teeth. Fillings come in different types including gold, silver (Amalgam) and white (composite resin) fillings. Cosmetic dentists only use white fillings as they are safe and aesthetically superior to other options.

Lumineers

A porcelain veneer alternative treatment which involves no tooth removal. However, not everyone qualifies for Lumineer treatment

because there is no tooth structure removed. Talk to your cosmetic dentist to see if you’re a candidate for Lumineers.

Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal (PFM) Crowns

A type of dental crown consisting of metal on the inside and porcelain on the outside. The metal provides strength while the porcelain provides natural tooth-like appearance. PFM crowns don’t look as good as ceramic crowns do and are generally not recommended for restoring your front teeth.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are tiny-porcelain coverings which are placed on your front teeth to enhance their appearance. Porcelain veneers are among the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments used in smile makeover treatment by cosmetic dentists.

Smile Makeover

Improving the appearance of your smile to give you that youthful, perfect smile which you’ve always wanted. Smile makeover addresses your underlying dental conditions and focuses on whitening and straightening your teeth for a dazzling smile.

Teeth Whitening

Any procedure used to brighten your teeth. Teeth whitening usually works by breaking down internal tooth stains. Cosmetic dentists offer two types of teeth whitening procedures: in-office teeth whitening and take-home whitening trays with bleaching gel.

White Fillings (Composite resins)

White fillings are used to repair teeth with cavities or fractures. White fillings are made from composite resin, which does not contain any metals. White fillings come in a variety of colors to best match your existing tooth color.

Oceansight Dental & Implants

General, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry

Office of Ali John Jazayeri

106 S Ola Vista

San Clemente, CA 92672

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