Teeth whitening in El Segundo is one of the most commonly obtained dental procedures at the offices of Dr. James Chen of The Cosmopolitan Dentist, and it’s not hard to see why. The quality of our smile makes a big difference in our appearance and, if you’re like most people in the Westside and South Bay areas, then you’re appearance might not only be important to your personal life, it’s often important to your career – and we’re not just talking about show business. Whatever line of work you’re in, employers, coworkers, customers, and clients are all influenced by your appearance; white teeth and an attractive smile go a very long way.
That’s not to say it’s easy to maintain an outstanding smile. As we age, teeth may naturally yellow but staining caused by material we consume is an even more common issue. Smoking is one cause of staining, but avid consumers of coffee, tea, wine and other dark beverages may be especially prone to darker teeth. The good news is that we can still whiten our smile…and we don’t have to give up our favorite beverages. While getting in the habit of brushing immediately after eating or drinking can help, but there’s a lot more Dr. Chen and the team at The Cosmopolitan Dentist can do for you.
In-office whitening can brighten your smile up to 8 shades lighter. That’s 6 shades lighter than store bought whitening products.
Types of Whitening
There are numerous methods of whitening teeth that range from simple steps you can take at home that are safe, but not extremely effective on their own, to some truly effective methods offered here at The Cosmopolitan Dentist by Dr. Chen. These include:
- Whitening Toothpastes. Using a good whitening toothpaste can help keep your teeth white once they’ve been whitened by a dentist, and they may help slightly when used on their own. In any case, they are a good first step.
- Over the Counter Whitening Strips and Trays. These should have a significantly larger impact than whitening toothpastes but, because they are purchased over the counter and not by prescription, they are significantly weaker than what you can obtain from a dentist. Also, because you are not using the products under a dentist’s care, there is a danger of overusing these, especially if you’re not satisfied with your results right away. This can very be dangerous to the health of your teeth, weakening dentin and the enamel. Dentists sometimes call this phenomenon “bleachorexia.” One other potential problem is that home whitening trays are not specifically designed to fit your mouth, so they may become loose and leaking can occur. In turn, the leaking can cause gum irritation.
- Do-it-Yourself Solutions: You’ll see numerous articles on the web advocating for some kind of ‘weird trick” to whiten teeth. Since many of these techniques can actually harm teeth and are usually not effective, you are well advised to consult your dentist before considering any of them.
- Whitening with Dr. Chen. A dentist like Dr. Chen is able to provide far more dramatic results with maximum safety and effectiveness. In many cases, these kinds of treatments can whiten teeth by eight shades or more.
El Segundo Tooth Whitening
Dr. Chen has a large number of highly effective tools at his disposal to help your smile become as white and attractive as you’ve been hoping for. As a dentist, he is able to obtain such products as professional grade gels, which are far more effective than anything you can obtain over-the-counter. Patients have a choice of an in-office treatment using the gels and producing immediate results, usually within one hour. They can also opt for take-home trays.
The first step in using the trays is to take an impression of the patient’s teeth. This creates a customized tray that will fit snugly around your teeth. Once the portable tray has been finished, patients are provided with a whitening tray and a special hydrogen peroxide solution. The trays are to be used for a period of two or three hours each night. Once the patient is satisfied that his or her teeth have reached the best shade for them, the patient can discontinue the treatment.
Patients should be aware that, in the event whitening gels or solutions fail to provide adequate results, other options are available to improve the appearance of teeth. For example, dental veneers placed over teeth can be a highly effective cosmetic solution when stains simply won’t go away.
Also, for patients who are planning other procedures, it’s important to finish any whitening treatments beforehand. This is because crowns, veneers and other items used in restoring teeth are made in shades matching the color of the patient’s teeth. If you have the work done first to match your more stained and yellowed teeth, and then have a whitening treatment, the crown or veneer will be a different shade than the rest of your teeth.
Finally, patients can rest assured that these procedures will typically not cause any discomfort. Prior to treatment, however, we prefer to perform a dental exam on patients to check teeth and gums for any possible issues.
To find out more about what Dr. Chen and The Cosmopolitan Dentist can do for you, please call us at the number on this page, or reach out to us via e-mail through our contact page.
El Segundo Teeth Whitening FAQ
Q: Does tooth whitening cause permanent tooth sensitivity?
A: Sensitivity from tooth whitening is always transient. That means if there is any sensitivity caused by the whitening, it goes away within one to two days after the treatment, and the patient returns to the state of sensitivity he or she had prior to starting the whitening process.
Q: Can I get my teeth whitened?
A: Most people are candidates for tooth whitening, but again, each situation is unique and it’s best to contact your dental professional.
Q: How long does tooth whitening last?
A: Typically you can expect whitening to last from six months to two years, although some studies report results lasting up to 10 years. Avoiding red wine, coffee, and smoking—all of which can cause staining—helps preserve the results.
Q: Is tooth bleaching safe?
A: Yes, many studies have proven that tooth whitening is safe. You can protect your tooth enamel by using calcium sulfate and fluoride.
Q: How much does tooth whitening cost?
A: Prices vary widely for tooth whitening. Over-the-counter kits can cost as little as $20, with extensive in-office procedures approaching up to $1,000. If you want professional whitening, expect the price to be around $300 to $800. If you want an at-home bleaching kit from your dentist, expect to pay between $300 and $600. Learn more about dental insurance and financing.
Q: Does tooth whitening affect fillings, veneers, or crowns?
A: Tooth whitening has little or no effect on restorative materials such as porcelain or crowns, but it may temporarily reduce the bond strength between enamel and composite restorations. This is why it’s a good idea to check with your dental professional before beginning any course of tooth whitening.
Q: Is the agent used in tooth whitening toxic?
A: Products developed from carbamide peroxide, hydrogen peroxide, and urea (substances found in every human cell), should be used cautiously to alleviate concern. Those who have issues are the ones who don’t follow instructions and overuse the products for months or years.
There is more residual sensitivity with store bought teeth bleaching kits due to the “one-size fits all” trays that come in the kit vs the custom fit trays from the dentist.
Helpful Related Links
- American Dental Association (ADA). Glossary of Dental Terms. 2015
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® (AACD). Home Page. 2015
- Colgate®. Teeth Whitening Products. 2016
- Crest. 3D White Whitestrips. 2016
- WebMD. Teeth Whitening Strips, Gels, Toothpaste, Bleaching, and More. 2016
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