Teeth Whitening

Tooth discoloration is a natural part of the aging process. However, tobacco use and consumption of tooth-staining food and beverages can worsen it. The most common culprits include smoking, chewing tobacco, red wine, coffee, dark sodas, and blueberries. 

Our team at Ocean View Dental Care helps patients reclaim their youthful smiles with in-office and take-home whitening kits. 

Unlike store-bought kits, our products contain high concentrations of bleaching agents that can whiten teeth by several shades. The cosmetic tooth bleaching treatment is safe and effective. The results can last for years, and undergoing the treatment is relatively quick, convenient, and economical.

How does Teeth Whitening work?

Teeth whitening products use a whitening agent (typically hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide) that lifts stains from teeth. Our whitening gels can be administered at our office through a treatment that usually takes around one hour. 

If you prefer to handle your treatments at home, we offer take-home treatments. This process involves custom-made bleaching trays that patients typically wear for 30 minutes each day over a couple of weeks.

Can’t I just buy something at the store to whiten my teeth?

If you do an internet search, you will likely come across several natural and holistic ways to get whiter teeth. For instance, one common theory involves “oil pulling” with coconut oil. However, the American Dental Association (ADA) reports that this is “ineffective at best.” 

Another common alternative is baking soda. While this can help eliminate mild surface stains through its abrasive properties, it can also damage your tooth enamel. 

Whitening toothpastes are also quite common, but they also use abrasives. Theses abrasives remove surface stains, but they can also damage tooth enamel. 

Store-bought home teeth whiteners usually contain bleaching agent concentrations of two to three percent. Our advanced products, however, contain anywhere from 20 to 40 percent. This is one reason why store-bought products simply cannot match the drastic results that our office can deliver. 

Moreover, the strips and trays bought at the store or online are generic “one size fits all.” At Ocean View Dental Care, we offer custom-made bleaching trays that fit your teeth perfectly. 

Are you a candidate?

Patients who are dissatisfied with the color and luster of their teeth are good candidates for teeth whitening. This cosmetic treatment can be combined with other procedures to deliver even more drastic results. One of our doctors will establish your candidacy during your cosmetic consultation.

Teeth whitening works best for patients with extrinsic stains. This includes stains related to aging, diet, tobacco use, or poor oral hygiene. However, If your discoloration lies deep within the tooth (intrinsic stains), you may be a better candidate for an alternative treatment. At Ocean View Dental Care, we offer dental bonding, dental crowns, and porcelain veneers for patients with intrinsic stains. 

In most cases, patients who have sensitive teeth can still undergo teeth whitening treatments. Simply notify one of our doctors about your sensitivity issue. A special toothpaste that temporarily lowers teeth sensitivity may be prescribed.

Treatment Overview

In-office treatments are conducted under the careful watch of a member of our dental team. First, we will take measures to protect your gums from the bleaching gel. Once the protective barrier is placed, we will apply the whitening gel across the front of your teeth.

Depending on the product, we may utilize a custom mouthguard or special blue light. Most in-office treatments take approximately one hour.

When your treatment is complete, we will remove the protective barrier and any remaining bleaching gel.

For patients who prefer at-home treatments, we will provide custom-made bleaching trays and syringes of our powerful whitening products. We will also supply you with detailed instructions.

If the bleaching agent comes into contact with gum tissue, it can produce an unpleasant burning sensation. Therefore, patients performing at-home whitening should take care to not allow the whitening agent to touch their gums.

At-home teeth whitening generally involves wearing the bleaching trays for 30 minutes a day for approximately two weeks. The benefit is that you can choose to wear the trays during times that are convenient for you.

Both in-office and at-home treatment options may leave your teeth feeling sensitive for a day or two following treatment. It is generally advisable to avoid hot or cold food and drinks until your sensitivity subsides.

Schedule Your Teeth Whitening Treatment Today

With good oral hygiene habits and regular visits for dental cleanings, you can maintain your whiter smile for many years. 

Once you attain the smile you desire, maintaining your results is easy. Simply schedule another whitening treatment or purchase another syringe of our bleaching product to use with your custom-made trays. 

Call (949) 388-0780 today to schedule your teeth whitening treatment.

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905 Calle Amanecer, Suite 265
San Clemente, CA 92673

(949) 388-0780