Professional Teeth Whitening in Los Alamitos, CA
Your smile is typically the first thing other people notice, so why not give them a smile that’s as vibrant as you are? As one of the quickest, easiest, and most cost-effective ways to improve your smile, it isn’t surprising that professional teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental services. The top-rated dentist at Volterra Dental in Los Alamitos, California, offers clinical-strength teeth whitening services to help patients in the Orange County area get the white, vibrant smile they want. Call us at (562) 501-3188, or request an appointment online today.
How can you whiten your teeth? Explained by Dr. Richard Blackburn from Volterra Dental
What causes teeth discoloration?
Usually, discoloration of teeth is from liquids that patients drink. It can be coffee, wine, or any other colorful food. I see a lot of staining from tobacco smoke as well.
What are the teeth whitening treatments available at Volterra Dental?
We provide strong in-house whitening and also take-home trays depending on what the patient wants. A quick fix that you could use if you have to go to an event or wedding is the Zoom whitening.
If you want to do something a little more controlled and a longer process, then we make at home bleaching trays specifically for a patient’s mouth.
How is the Zoom whitening procedure done?
The patient would come into our office, we would have him/her sit in the chair, and we would get everything ready. The patient simply has to sit back and enjoy the process.
We put a little gel around each tooth, and a little light shines on these teeth to make sure that it activates the bleaching material.
Teeth Whitening Q & A
Just as hair and skin come in a variety of natural hues, teeth come in various shades of white. Although some people’s teeth are naturally brighter than others, no one wants their teeth to look dull, yellow, gray, or otherwise discolored.
Tooth discoloration often occurs slowly over time, either because of repeated staining, insufficient brushing, and flossing, or a combination of both.
Your teeth may look relatively smooth, but your enamel is actually filled with tiny imperfections where food particles and liquid residues can become trapped. When these stains add up over time, they can make your teeth appear less than white. If you allow plaque to build up at the same time, your teeth may look even more discolored.
Even if you have good oral health habits and maintain regular professional cleanings, you may experience greater degrees of tooth discoloration as you age. That’s because enamel gets thinner with age, allowing the darker dentin layer underneath the enamel to show through and make your teeth look less white.
Other factors that contribute to tooth discoloration include smoking cigarettes, drinking coffee, tea, or red wine, and taking certain prescription medications.
Volterra Dental offers both in-office whitening procedures as well as customized take-home treatments:
- Laser Whitening: This advanced whitening treatment involves the use of a special whitening gel that’s activated by an LED laser. During this treatment, the Volterra Dental staff shields your lips and gums before applying the whitening gel to your teeth. When the laser activates the whitening agent in the gel, it speeds up the process of breaking up stains and removing discoloration. The team at Volterra Dental uses Zoom! in-office laser whitening, which can make your smile up to eight shades brighter in an hour or less.
- In-Home Whitening: Volterra Dental also offers Opalescence® teeth whitening, a chemically activated whitening treatment that uses a penetrating gel to break down discolored molecules deep in your enamel to whiten your teeth quickly and effectively. Because this treatment uses custom-created trays that fit closely against your teeth, you can do it yourself in the comfort of your own home. Your personal treatment recommendations, including treatment time, depending on the degree of staining and your desired level of whitening.
Before you have a professional whitening treatment, you undergo a quick dental exam to make sure that you’re a good candidate for the procedure. That’s because whitening treatments aren’t effective for all types of discoloration — yellowed teeth typically respond very well, brown teeth respond poorly, and grey teeth don’t usually improve at all.
Whitening treatments are also only effective on natural teeth and don’t work well on restorations like veneers, bonding, crowns, or bridges.
If you’re ready for a whiter, brighter smile, call Volterra Dental today at (562) 501-3188 today, or request an appointment today.