Teeth Whitening in Arcadia, CA
If you have an upcoming special occasion such as a wedding, vacation, class reunion, or holiday and you want a brighter and whiter smile fast, you can experience immediate results that make your smile shine for your special occasion.
As we age, our teeth naturally stain from lifestyle and eating colorful foods. If you have certain habits such as wine and coffee consumption or tobacco use, your teeth will stain more quickly. Stained or yellow teeth can make you feel self-conscious about your smile and make you appear older than you are.
Restoring your smile to a bright white appearance can give you added confidence. Teeth whitening is non-invasive, affordable, and easier than ever. At Maria Kim, DMD, we offer two whitening systems: our custom take-home trays and our in-office professional whitening system.
When it comes to bright smiles, Dr. Kim has helped many patients in Arcadia turn their yellow teeth white!
- Who Can Benefit from Teeth Whitening?
- Guaranteed Results with Our Professional Teeth Whitening System
- Do I Have to Get My Teeth Cleaned before I Whiten?
- Why Can’t I Just Use a Whitening Kit from the Store?
- Post-Whitening Instructions
- Is Teeth Whitening Safe?
- Maintaining Your Bright Smile
- Who Is Not a Good Candidate for Teeth Whitening?
- Would You Like a Whiter Smile?
Who Can Benefit from Teeth Whitening?
While yellow and discolored teeth can be a part of the natural aging process, there are certainly other variables that quicken this process. If you experience any of the following, you should know that these variables are known to stain your teeth:
- Coffee and tea
- Dark-colored berries
- Certain medications
- Tooth injury
At our Arcadia, CA dental office, Dr. Maria Kim can guide you through the various factors that contribute to darkened and stained teeth and if you are a good candidate for professional teeth whitening.
Guaranteed Results with Our Professional Teeth Whitening System
The most effective way to achieve a whiter smile is with our Zoom! professional whitening system. Our system includes two steps to first brighten, then maintain the appearance of your smile.
At your appointment, we will place whitening gel on your teeth and activate it with a special UV light for approximately twenty minutes. We repeat the process several times during your appointment until you reach your desired shade. In many cases, you can achieve up to eight shades of improvement during your appointment. Your personal results will depend upon your teeth and the level of staining present.
We will send you home with custom teeth whitening trays to continue the teeth whitening process and for touch-ups in the future.
This two-step system guarantees the most reliable results for a brighter, whiter smile.
Do I Have to Get My Teeth Cleaned before I Whiten?
Freshly whitened teeth go hand in hand with a clean smile. If you want perfect results, it’s important that your teeth are polished of plaque and tartar build up. Teeth whitening gel cannot penetrate plaque build-up, which is why it’s important to go through a complete exam and cleaning before the dental procedure.
Why Can’t I Just Use a Whitening Kit from the Store?
Teeth whitening popularity has skyrocketed in the last few decades, and many companies are jumping on the bandwagon. Consumers can find whole aisles devoted to products that promise easy and cheap results at any grocery or drug store. The problem with many of these products is that some of them aren’t very effective, while others contain abrasive ingredients that actually damage your enamel – making your teeth even more discolored than before. Unless you understand how to distinguish effective and safe products from harmful ones, you’re better off letting your professional Arcadia, CA dental staff provide you with effective and safe whitening kits.
Once your whitening sessions are complete, Dr. Kim will provide you with your unique, custom-fitted whitening trays along with a whitening gel syringe big enough for three whitening applications to use at home, along with a Relief ACP Oral Care gel syringe in the event of tooth sensitivity.
You don’t need to use more than a small dot of gel in the trays, Dr. Kim will carefully go over instructions for length of time and how often you should use the trays. With just a few, easy treatments in your home, you can achieve the same results as in-office treatments.
Is Teeth Whitening Safe?
Teeth whitening is safe for most healthy patients. Some patients, especially those with gum recession, can experience sensitivity. You can eliminate this problem by reducing the amount of time and frequency with which you whiten your teeth. Fluoride treatments and desensitizing products can help you have a whiter smile – comfortably.
Getting your teeth professionally whitened in our Arcadia, CA dental office is non-invasive and safe. As far as dental procedures go, this is the safest and most convenient.
Maintaining Your Bright Smile
You can keep your teeth white by avoiding staining habits such as tobacco use, coffee consumption, and red wine. Regular brushing and flossing along with professional dental cleanings will also keep your smile looking white. Maintaining your beautiful, bright smile is as easy as basic maintenance.
You can continue to whiten your teeth several times a year to keep your smile looking its best.
Who Is Not a Good Candidate for Teeth Whitening?
While many people are great candidates for this simple dental procedure, there are a few factors that Dr. Kim will pre-screen for. A few factors include:
This procedure is not recommended for children under the age of 16. Teeth are not fully formed at this age, and the procedure could irritate the nerve, making teeth more sensitive
Pregnant or lactating women
Teeth whitening should be deferred until after pregnancy or lactation, as some of the main ingredients may not be safe.
People who have sensitive teeth or gums should consult with their dentist prior to doing this professionally or at home. Any allergies to peroxide should not consider using a bleaching product and should be disclosed during your initial consultation.
If you have gum disease or worn enamel, this procedure may not be right for you. Dr. Kim can work with you to getting your smile back on track to be healthy enough to support further dental procedures.
As with gum disease, cavities need to be fixed before going forward with the whitening dental procedure. Your Arcadia, CA dentist will complete a thorough exam prior to discussing your whitening options.
Fillings and Crowns
Tooth-colored fillings and crowns do not whiten like natural teeth, so using a whitening bleach agent on the surrounding teeth may result in uneven whitening. If possible, it’s best to do your teeth whitening before moving forward with tooth restorations in order to match the shade. Consult with your dental professionals at Maria Kim, DMD to understand your choices.
Would You Like a Whiter Smile?
To find out more about how our take-home or in-office teeth whitening system can improve your smile, contact our Arcadia, CA dental practice today to schedule a teeth whitening consultation.
We look forward to helping you achieve a bright, beautiful smile you feel proud of. You deserve the smile of your dreams!