Cosmetic Dentistry in Los Angeles and Valley Area
It’s time to stop hiding your teeth and wake up to the power of a brighter smile. With our professional teeth whitening, you can remove stains caused by coffee, tea, wine, tobacco, aging, and other factors. Dr. Bezad offers in-office teeth whitening solutions that can brighten your smile.
Interested in restoring a more youthful, brilliant smile? Reach out to us at (818) 578-6733 to schedule a cosmetic consultation.
Keeping our teeth their whitest is a lot harder than it sounds. With all the coffee, wine, smoking and other foods that have the ability to stain our teeth on a daily basis. Teeth whitening is an excellent way to restore the natural color of your teeth or even make them whiter than your natural color if you would like.
Teeth can become discolored due to various reasons, some foods and drinks, smoking, too much exposure to fluoride in early childhood, taking tetracycline antibiotic in childhood, aging or some genetic conditions could cause tooth discoloration.
If the patient is not satisfied with his tooth color, we can use a gentle and tooth-protecting method to lighten the teeth.
Before bleaching, we recommend an oral hygiene session to determine the proper color that matches with natural tooth color, as well as checking for any fillings or crowns.
The bleaching methods are divided into “in office” or “home” bleaching. In the first case, patients can lighten the teeth in the dental office in a slightly longer session and can immediately see the result. In “home” bleaching, patients are provided with, custom-made bleaching material to whiten their teeth under instruction. The result can only be seen after several days.
It is important to know that existing fillings, veneers or crowns cannot be lightened. For this reason, you should consult with your dentist before whitening your teeth.
Zoom is a bleaching process widely used throughout the country and around the world to lighten discoloration of enamel and dentin. The Zoom in-office tooth whitening procedure uses a technology that accelerates the bleaching process – to activate the 25 percent hydrogen peroxide whitening. As the hydrogen peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin to bleach the stained substances, leaving the structure of the tooth unchanged.
Please consult with your dentist before deciding whether Zoom in-office teeth whitening is right for you. In our dental center, we will conduct a comprehensive oral examination and also will talk with our patient about his/her oral hygiene and lifestyle to determine if he/she will benefit from teeth whitening. This will help both parties agree on the whitening product or technique that’s best for our patient.
Another scenario that we will require you to undergo teeth whitening would be if you are planning other cosmetic dental procedures, such as composite bonding, or veneers in order to ensure a better match between the restoration and your natural dentition, or after the removal of dental braces.
During your consultation and evaluation, we also will note existing dental work, such as dental crowns and veneers, which will not respond to conventional whitening agents.
Am I a good candidate for ZOOM whitening?
Good candidates for teeth whitening are individuals with mild to moderate discolored teeth that have had a recent dental exam. While those with tooth-colored fillings and crowns can have teeth whitened, the fillings and crowns do not whiten. Fillings and crowns may need to be replaced after whitening to match the other teeth. Any cavities should be fixed before whitening and teeth should be professionally cleaned. Coffee and tea stains do not come off with whitening.
Risks and Complications:
Most people will experience some sensitivity either during and/or after the initial treatment with laser whitening systems. Some people who have laser whitening experience sharp shooting pains in their teeth for up to 48 hours afterward. You may need to get the numbing gel to apply to your teeth to help reduce some of the pain and sensitivity. Those who have sensitive teeth are more likely to experience side effects of teeth whitening. To avoid sensitivity, you should avoid very hot or cold foods for 48 hours after treatment, and maintain the results you should steer clear of cigarettes and teeth-staining food and drinks.
Using professional Home Whitening Kits
Professional in-home whitening kits aren’t something you can pull off the shelf. Custom-made trays must be made by the dental lab to ensure the whitening solution are properly distributed. Without these, a lot of the solution could be wasted or put onto areas of the mouth that may be damaged.
There are several steps to obtaining and using in-home teeth whitening kit:
- Impressions would first be taken of both your upper and lower teeth using non-toxic dental putty. These would be sent to a lab to make the trays. This part of the process takes around one to two weeks from start to finish.
- In the meantime, the initial shade of your teeth would be recorded in your dental chart for comparison when the whitening is completed.
- When the trays are ready, an appointment would be set to show you how to properly dispense and apply the solution to obtain the optimal results.
- Before starting the at-home procedure, you would need to brush, floss, and rinse completely.
The procedure is typically an hour per day for two weeks, Certain brands can be worn overnight. You would need to avoid eating, drinking, or smoking while wearing the trays and continue to do the same for 30 minutes after.
After two weeks of treatment, you need to make a follow-up appointment with your dentist to track your results and see how they compare to your reference shade.
Pros of teeth whitening
- Whiter teeth
- Quick fix
- Low risk of causing harm to your teeth
- Home whitening kits are relatively cheap & affordable
- Lots of choices and options
Cons of teeth whitening
- Can cause tooth sensitivity in short term
- Doesn’t change the color of existing fillings or dental crowns
- Doesn’t work on all teeth
- May affect certain unhealthy conditions and make them worse