Teeth Whitening in Poway

Is Teeth Whitening Right For Me?

Teeth whitening can help restore your smile and remove yellowing, stains, and discoloration. It may be right for you if your smile is stained due to tobacco use, drinking coffee, wine, and other beverages, or just due to aging. With teeth whitening in Poway from Smiles by Dr. Leila, you can feel proud of your smile once again. Contact us for a consultation now, and see if teeth whitening is right for you.

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All professional teeth whitening products use either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide to “bleach” away stains and restore the natural brightness of your enamel.

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The Teeth Whitening Process

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Cosmetic Consultation

First, Dr. Leila will meet with you for a cosmetic consultation. She’ll discuss all of your options for enhancing your smile, including treatments like veneers. She will work with you to find the treatment that’s right for your needs and your budget.

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In-office Whitening

If you choose in-office whitening, Dr. Leila will clean your teeth, then protect your gums and other oral tissue. Then, she will apply a powerful chemical whitener to your teeth and activate it with a UV light or a laser. After a few minutes, she will rinse the whitener away. Then, she’ll repeat this process until your smile reaches your desired level of brightness.

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Take-home Whitening

With take-home whitening, Dr. Leila will fit you for a set of custom whitening trays. You’ll come back to our office in a few weeks. Then, Dr. Leila will give you your trays, a set of whitening products, and instructions on how to use them. This lets you whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home, and still get professional-grade results.

Types Of Teeth Whitening We Offer

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Take-Home Chemical Whitening

Take-home whitening uses powerful, professional-grade chemical whiteners, as well as a set of custom-fitted whitening trays. You’ll whiten your smile in your own home for about an hour per day. Depending on your level of staining, it may take 2-3 results to see maximum results.

Take-home whitening is just as effective as in-office treatment, and it’s easier to fit into your routine if you have a busy schedule. It also has more gradual results, which means it’s less obvious that you’ve had your teeth whitened. Some patients prefer this.

In-Office UV And Laser Whitening

In-office whitening is done by our team at Smiles By Dr. Leila. We’ll apply a powerful whitener to your teeth, then activate it with a UV (ultraviolet) or laser light. This light helps activate the chemicals in the whitener, making them more effective.

In-office whitening is a better choice if you are looking to whiten your teeth quickly for a special event. It’s usually possible to whiten your smile by 5-10 shades in one consultation at our office, so you can get results faster compared to take-home whitening.

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An increase in teeth sensitivity after whitening is normal, but should subside within a few days a few days.

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What Should I Know Before Getting My Teeth Whitened?

First, you should know if you have a healthy mouth. Teeth whitening can only be done on healthy teeth, so it’s a good idea to get a checkup from your Poway dentist and make sure your smile is healthy before you get treatment.

You also may want to know that teeth whitening can’t whiten crowns, veneers, and similar dental work. You should tell Dr. Leila if you have any dental work. That way, she can match your teeth whitening treatment to the shade of your existing dental work, providing you with an even smile.

Finally, you should know that teeth whitening does cause some sensitivity during and right after treatment. If you have sensitive teeth, tell Dr. Leila. She can adjust your treatment accordingly, and provide you with tips on how to deal with tooth sensitivity during the teeth whitening process.

What Are The Benefits Of Teeth Whitening?

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Teeth whitening is affordable, offers fast results, and is completely non-invasive. That means it’s a great way to get started with cosmetic dentistry, even if you’ve never had a cosmetic procedure done before.

It also helps boost your confidence. Stains may make you hide your teeth when you smile, speak, or even eat around other people. With teeth whitening, you can feel confident about your teeth once again. Teeth whitening also helps rejuvenate your appearance, since teeth stains can make you look older than you really are.

How Does Long Teeth Whitening Treatment Last?

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Teeth whitening typically lasts for 2 to 3 years if you practice good oral hygiene, avoid sources of staining, and keep up with regular dental cleanings. However, if you don’t do any of these things and don’t engage in stain prevention, your whitened teeth may become discolored within 6 months.

To prolong the results of your teeth whitening treatment, you must brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss your teeth once daily. This prevents plaque buildup that can discolor your teeth as well as cavities that can darken your teeth.

Avoid smoking and all tobacco products which negatively affect your oral health and stain your teeth. Foods and drinks like coffee, tea, red wine, berries, dark sauces, and beets should be avoided.

They contain chromogens which are discolored molecules that stick to your teeth and stain them over time. Prevention is your best bet to keep your teeth as white as possible. Dental cleanings every 6 months will remove food particles, surface stains, and bacteria that cause discoloration.

How Often Can I Whiten My Teeth?

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Over time, you may want to get another whitening touch-up, especially if it’s too difficult for you to completely avoid staining habits. How often you will need to get whitening touch-ups depends on how well you maintain your whitened teeth through prevention and good oral hygiene.

Since teeth whitening is only a temporary treatment, you will need to keep up with it if you want to maintain the same results. With that being said, over-whitening can damage your tooth enamel, cause irritation, and result in extreme tooth sensitivity. Some dentists recommend whitening every 3 months while others recommend once a year. Ultimately, this depends on the condition of your teeth and how discolored they have become.

Some patients may be able to maintain white teeth through prevention and dental cleanings alone. It’s not advisable to whiten your teeth more than once every 3 months. Dr. Leila will assess your teeth and let you know if your teeth need another touch-up.

Will Teeth Whitening Make My Teeth Sensitive?

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Teeth whitening demineralizes your teeth to help the whitening agent work through the teeth to remove intrinsic stains that are below the enamel. By doing this, microtubules or the dentin layer of the teeth become exposed.

This is where your tooth is connected to its nerves and when they become porous, this leads to hypersensitivity. Don’t worry, the sensitivity should be mild and will only last a few days until the teeth naturally remineralize.

You should brush your teeth with a desensitizing toothpaste or apply a desensitizing gel. Avoid hot and cold foods for a few days. Sensitivity is more common in response to in-office whitening because we apply a higher concentration of peroxide which makes the teeth more porous. Take-home whitening contains a lower concentration of peroxide and this can reduce the sensitivity side effect.

Did you know…

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Most Invisalign patients achieve their desired results in just 1 year.

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