Cosmetic Dentistry
Teeth Whitening / Bleaching

Corona Del Mar - Newport Coast - CA Dentist - George Saliba DDS - Cosmetic Dentistry - Teeth Whitening - Bleaching - Laser Whitening

Tooth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.  The result is a bright, white smile that helps you project an image of youthful vitality.  Whiter teeth create a more youthful appearance by brightening your entire face.  People may notice something has changed about you...they're just not sure what it is!

Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth.  The most popular method is the in office 1 hour laser whitening treatment, followed by a home tooth whitening system that will maintain the whitening as needed.  Since tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc.  Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.

Tooth whitening is not permanent.  A touch-up maybe needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.

Reasons for tooth whitening:

  • Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).
  • Normal wear of outer tooth layer.
  • Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.).
  • Yellow, brown stained teeth.

What does tooth whitening involve?

This type of tooth whitening usually requires two visits.  At the first appointment, your teeth will be whitened chairside in one hour using a whitening solution and high intensity light (laser whitening) that activates the agent, Dr. Saliba will make impressions (molds) of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear plastic, trays.

At your second appointment, you will try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments will be made if necessary.  The trays are worn with special whitening solution either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a couple of weeks depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening.  It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching.

You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.