Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening Specialist
Even with the best oral health care regimen, you may not be completely happy with the color of your teeth. Dr. Idan Snapir can help you achieve whiter, brighter teeth with simple solutions that work for you. Visit The Dental Smile Center in Van Nuys, California, to learn of their many available cosmetic dental treatments, including professional teeth whitening.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

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 Why do teeth change color?

Most people’s teeth tend to become dull and gray as they age. People can suffer from dull, yellow, or gray teeth for many reasons, including

  • Foods: Coffee, tea, wine, sodas
  • Aging: Darkening teeth with a yellow, green, gray, or brown tint
  • Tobacco: All forms of tobacco use


The most popular solution for this problem is a professional teeth whitening treatment from your dentist. After a comprehensive examination by Dr. Snapir will determine if the discoloration of your teeth stems from surface color, or from the core of the tooth.
Some teeth stains are resistant to professional whitening treatments:

  • Dentin that has darkened due to trauma
  • Teeth darkened due to antibiotics taken during tooth formation
  • Overexposure to fluoride

As a casual observer, there is no way to distinguish between the two. Dr. Snapir will identify the issues contributing to your tooth discoloration and recommend treatments that will have realistic results.

 

Am I a good candidate for teeth whitening?

Three primary concerns can eliminate you from a professional whitening.

  1. Hypersensitivity in teeth and gums
  2. Deep staining
  3. Teeth that have become transparent with age

In the case of hypersensitivity, Dr. Snapir may recommend take-home bleaching trays with a lower concentration of a less potent bleaching agent.


What happens in a whitening treatment?

Before anything else, you should have your teeth cleaned to prepare them for whitening. The presence of plaque or tartar could interfere with the whitening process.
If Dr. Snapir detects any cracks, tooth decay, or gum disease you procedure will be delayed until these concerns are corrected.

Once the whitening begins, Dr. Snapir will paint a bleaching gel onto your teeth and keep it there for 15 to 30 minutes. After that time the gel is removed, and another layer is applied. Depending on the treatment you are receiving, Dr. Snapir may use a light on the gel that activated the bleaching properties.

 

What about home whitening treatments?

The biggest problem with over the counter whitening kits is that they are a one-size-fits-all solution. There is always a danger of overuse with home kits.

At The Dental Smile Center you will find a team of caring professionals who know that every patient is different. The strength of your bones and integrity of your gums and teeth is important. Generic whitening kits do not take your past or current dental health into account.

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