Teeth Whitening Specialist

Fullerton Dental Associates

General Dentistry located in Fullerton, CA

Teeth whitening can remove years of stains and discoloration, restoring your smile to a vibrant, white condition. At Fullerton Dental Associates in Fullerton, California, the expert dentists offer several types of teeth whitening, including chairside whitening and take-home whitening trays. If you dream of having a white, bright smile, book online to schedule an appointment, or call the office today.

Teeth Whitening Q&A

Why aren’t my teeth white?

Teeth become stained and discolored for various reasons, but the leading cause is the natural aging process. As you get older, your tooth enamel wears away, revealing the dentin underneath. Dentin is yellow, so the more visible it becomes, the more yellow your teeth appear.

Other factors that contribute to discolored teeth include:

  • Taking medication that contains tetracycline
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Drinking beverages with tannins, like coffee or red wine
  • Eating bright colored foods like tomatoes or blackberries

You might also experience yellow or discolored teeth due to smoking or chewing tobacco.

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a type of cosmetic dentistry. It uses FDA-approved, medical solutions to safely remove stains from your tooth enamel. There are a variety of teeth whitening systems available, but almost all use carbamide peroxide as their primary ingredient. Carbamide peroxide is completely harmless and provides stunning results that last for several months.

What are the types of teeth whitening?

Fullerton Dental Associates offers two types of teeth whitening treatment:

In-office chairside whitening

In-office chairside whitening can make your teeth up to *eight shades brighter in under an hour. 

Prior to treatment, your provider covers your tongue and gums with a protective dam. The team then applies a whitening solution to your teeth and lets it sit for 10-15 minutes. Afterward, your provider points a blue light at your teeth, triggering a whitening reaction. Your provider repeats these steps multiple times until your teeth are a bright, healthy shade of white.

Take-home whitening trays

If you want to whiten your teeth at your own pace, consider take-home whitening trays. Take-home whitening trays are plastic mouthpieces that snap snugly over your teeth. You fill them with a medical-grade whitening solution and wear them for three to four hours each day. Over time, the solution removes stains and brightens your smile.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Teeth whitening is safe and usually well-tolerated. If the whitening solution comes in contact with your gums or tongue, you might feel a slight tingling sensation, but this should subside quickly. Fullerton Dental Associates takes great care to ensure your comfort. If you elect to whiten your teeth at home, read the instructions carefully, and adhere to them.

Are the results of teeth whitening permanent?

On average, teeth whitening lasts for four to six months. Once stains and discoloration start to reappear, you’ll know it’s time to schedule a touchup appointment. You can extend your results by practicing good oral hygiene, drinking from a straw, and quitting bad habits like smoking.

To request a teeth whitening consultation, contact Fullerton Dental Associates. Book online to schedule an appointment or call the office today. 

*Individual results may vary