If you are interested in teeth whitening, you may be overwhelmed with all your options – whitening strips, toothpastes, over-the-counter bleaching gels, whitening rinses, and even at home remedies. With access to all those options, why should you go see Dr. Khodadadi for your teeth whitening? Here are some reasons to consider:
- Not all stained teeth respond well to whitening. In some cases, the whitening gel will make the stains more noticeable. Dr. Khodadadi will give you an honest answer about whether or not teeth whitening is right for you.
- Whitening toothpastes and rinses only remove the surface stains they come into contact with, not the stains embedded in your teeth. Unless the whitening penetrates beneath the tooth’s surface, the results will not make your teeth whiter.
- Over-the-counter whitening strips are much less powerful than a professional dentist’s whitening gel. Using an over-the-counter tray or whitening strip will lead to temporary results, if they work at all.
Teeth whitening is best left to an expert dentist, and Dr. Khodadadi has the experience to tell you which whitening procedure is right for you.
Types of Stains
There are three major types of stains that affect teeth. The type of stain affecting your teeth will determine whether you are a candidate for whitening. Such stains include:
- Surface-level stains. Ordinary or whitening toothpastes will be enough to remove these troublesome stains.
- Embedded stains are stains that have soaked into your enamel. Two common causes are coffee and tobacco, and over time, the stains can become more pronounced. Only professional tooth whitening can remove these built-up stains, because when the powerful bleaching gel soaks into the teeth, the oxygen it releases inside your tooth will break down the stain.
- Structural stains are stains that are present when the tooth was formed. All teeth are different colors, and some patient’s teeth are just naturally more yellow or gray than others. One such structural stain is a tetracycline stain, which causes brown staining, sometimes in horizontal rows. Another type is a fluorosis stain, which causes white or brown spots to appear on the teeth after too much fluoride use. Tetracycline stains are difficult to bleach out, and fluorosis stains require bonding or veneers to cover up in place of bleaching.
Dr. Khodadadi will help you determine which stains you have, and he can form the best treatment plan for you. We offer in-office whitening or take-home options for your convenience. Whichever option you choose will be just as powerful.
In-office Teeth Whitening Options
In our San Pedro office, we offer Zoom! whitening and Opalescence Boost whitening. Zoom whitening uses a light in conjunction with the bleaching gel for precision whitening. More information on Zoom whitening is available on our Zoom whitening page.
If you would prefer to get whiter teeth from the comfort of your own home, Dr. Khodadadi offers take-home bleaching trays. These take-home trays are an affordable way to whiten your teeth. We offer Nite White gel in our bleaching kits. Dr. Khodadadi will send you home with a bleaching tray customized to fit to your mouth.
After you brush your teeth at night, place the gel in the tray. You can keep the tray in your mouth for a few hours, or whiten as you sleep, in accordance with Dr. Khodadadi’s instructions. When you remove the tray, you will notice a dramatic improvement already, but we recommend continuing with the trays for a week or two afterwards. The longer you continue using the trays, the whiter your teeth will be. You will get better results with Nite White than you would with over-the-counter whitening strips.
After your at-home treatment, schedule a follow-up appointment with Dr. Khodadadi, so he can monitor your progress.
You can keep the trays at home and refill them with whitening gel when you need a touch up, usually once a year or so after the initial treatment.