Lighten Up Your Smile with Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is a simple, non-invasive cosmetic dental treatment used to change the color of your natural tooth’s enamel. Patients find professional whitening as an ideal, safe way to enhance the beauty of their smile in one easy appointment.
Whiter teeth have become the number one aesthetic concern of many, which is why Dr. Smith and our team offer professional treatment to achieve your goals. We offer in-office whitening and, the most popular method we offer, at-home teeth whitening trays that allow you to whiten your smile conveniently.
See why patients prefer our teeth whitening treatments compared to over-the-counter products.
Why Do Teeth Turn Yellow?
Many people believe that yellow teeth are the result of poor dental hygiene, but that’s usually not the case. Several factors can contribute to the discoloration of your smile, including:
- Staining caused by certain foods and drinks
- A naturally thin layer of enamel
- Tobacco use
- Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development)
- Disease and certain medications
- Natural dulling of the teeth that occurs as we age
Are Whitening Treatments Bad for Your Teeth?
No, our in-office whitening treatments aren’t bad for your teeth. They’re completely safe, fast, and effective. However, there may be a risk of irritation, pain, or damage if treatment isn’t done correctly.
Dr. Smith has the knowledge and experience to provide you with a noticeably whiter, brighter smile in as little as one visit to our Santa Cruz office.
What’s Teeth Whitening Treatment Like?
When you come in for a professional teeth whitening treatment, we’ll first discuss the desired shade for your smile. Once we’ve decided your optimal tooth color, Dr. Smith will begin by applying a whitening gel on your tooth’s surface.
By using a specialized light, we’ll activate the whitening agents and your teeth will begin to lighten. Once he’s done with treatment, your smile may be up to eight shades brighter than before! After treatment, you’ll be able to leave our office with your new pearly whites and keep up with their color with our at-home treatment.
Since tooth whitening only works on natural enamel, it’s important to evaluate the replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they can match your newly white teeth. Just give us a call if you’re worried your restorations no longer match your natural teeth – (831) 462-5600.
How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?
Our in-office whitening treatment shows results immediately after a single treatment. With proper care and scheduling regular whitening treatments, the effects of a brighter smile can last up to three years. This means coming in every few weeks, maintaining good oral hygiene, using at-home whitening trays, and avoiding staining foods and beverages like wine, coffee, and berries.
Getting Your Take-Home Whitening Trays
If you want to whiten your smile in the comfort of your own home, we’ll first need to make impressions of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear trays. After your trays have been made, we’ll ensure they fit properly and make any necessary adjustments before you take them home.
Your trays can be worn with the provided whitening solution either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight over a couple of weeks. You may experience tooth sensitivity during the first few times you’re whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after bleaching.
If you’re ready to whiten your teeth with safe, effective treatments, then our in-house and home teeth whitening are right for you. Dr. Smith and our team want to help you achieve the flawless smile you’ve always wanted. Get started by giving us a call at (831) 462-5600 to schedule an appointment.
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