If you live in Livermore, CA, you can benefit from a teeth whitening procedure at our local dental office. At Vineyard Hills Dental Care, we are known for improving the appearance of our patients’ smiles. Dr. Hubbs is an expert cosmetic dentist and has multiple ways for doing so. We often recommend a teeth bleaching procedure because it is by far the easiest way to transform your smile. After cleaning your teeth, we can complete this procedure in time for a special event or as part of your regular oral health routine.
People throughout California have their teeth whitened on a regular basis so that they can look and feel great. As people age, it is common for teeth to become dull and yellow. This is in part due to age itself and also due to what a person eats and drinks. Drinking coffee, tea and wine, for example, can stain your teeth. Smoking and eating foods that contain food coloring can also stain your teeth. Brushing immediately after eating and drinking can help to prevent stains but is typically not enough to remove the risk entirely. Fortunately, stained and yellow teeth don’t have to stay that way.
Types of Whitening
There are several types of teeth bleaching that you can try. Many people in Livermore start by using whitening toothpaste at home. This can help to brighten your teeth but is typically not enough to actually whiten them. We recommend toothpaste as part of an overall teeth whitening treatment but not by itself. After professional whitening, the toothpaste can help your teeth stay bright.
Many people throughout the 94550 area try over the counter solutions like whitening trays or strips. These treatments work but not as well as professional solutions. As with most things, what you buy in the store is simply not as strong as what you can get from a medical professional. Additionally, store bought whitening trays are designed to fit everyone’s teeth, not your teeth specifically. This means that they can become loose, and the solution can leak, leading to gum irritation.
We recommend that people in Livermore, CA schedule an appointment with Dr. Hubbs, instead. Our professional tooth whitening solutions can transform the appearance of your teeth in a dynamic way. This is partially due to the strength of the solution that we use. Professional grade whitening gel can whiten teeth by eight shades or more vs. around two shades with store bought solutions. If you are looking for immediate and dramatic results, in-office whitening is a far better option.
Livermore Tooth Whitening
At Vineyard Hills Dental Care, we provide patients with information on two main types of dental whitening. Some dental offices provide whitening services in the office while others focus on treatments that can be completed at home. An in-office treatment can be done at the same time as a teeth cleaning or during a separate appointment. It is typically completed within an hour and produces immediately white teeth. For many people, this is an ideal solution because of how quickly it is finished.
In our dental office, we also recommend whitening trays. This type of procedure is effective and puts patients in control over how white their teeth become and how often they are whitened. Dr. Hubbs starts by having an impression taken of a patient’s teeth. This impression is then used to create customized whitening trays in a dental lab. They fit securely around teeth and will not leak solution into the mouth. This is an ideal way for patients throughout California to whiten teeth because once they are created, they can be used at any time. Patients are provided with a whitening solution to use at home, and the trays need to be worn for a couple of hours every night for a week or more. Once teeth have reached the perfect shade of white, a patient can stop wearing the trays. This portable solution can be taken anywhere, making it possible for people to whiten teeth while on vacation, business trips or after moving to a new city.
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How It Works
When a whitening solution is applied to the teeth, the hydrogen peroxide inside of the solution penetrates through the enamel. It then starts the oxidation process where molecules are transformed to reflect less or no light. This makes them appear colorless, and teeth appear white. This process is typically extremely effective for eliminating stains and can be repeated frequently.
On occasion, the stains are too strong for a teeth bleaching procedure to work. When this happens, Dr. Hubbs can provide an alternative treatment. For example, patients in Livermore can have dental veneers placed on the surface of teeth in order to cover dark stains. This is often preferable for patients that smoke since veneers are stain resistant and won’t yellow quickly like natural teeth. Still, it is wise to try a teeth whitening procedure first, before starting a cosmetic one.
At Vineyard Hills Dental Care, we also recommend that patients have their teeth whitened before having other dental procedures completed. Most of the materials that are used in dental restorations or for cosmetic purposes are stain resistant and bleach resistant. For example, a dental crown won’t stain or bleach but should maintain its initial coloring with time. When a crown, veneer, bridge, or implant is created in a dental lab, they are created to match the shade of the surrounding teeth. If the surrounding teeth are yellow, these restorations will be created in a yellow shade. If the surrounding teeth are a brilliant white, the restoration will be as well. This makes the timing of teeth whitening procedures important. If you live in the 94550 area and know that you need a dental restoration, have your teeth whitening procedure scheduled first.
The procedure itself shouldn’t cause any discomfort and is relatively easy to complete. Before getting started, we simply recommend that patients schedule a dental exam with our Livermore dental office. Dr. Hubbs will then examine your teeth and gums to ensure that they are healthy enough for whitening. This way if any cavities or infections exist they can be treated first. To learn more or to get started, call 925-443-7645 and schedule your appointment.
How Teeth Whitening Works
Patients throughout Livermore can benefit from a teeth whitening procedure. Whether you opt to have a Zoom!® Teeth Whitening or use the whitening trays at home; you will be using professional grade whitening solution, so the process is fairly similar. When the whitening solution is placed onto your teeth the peroxide inside of it will penetrate through the enamel and start a process called oxidation. This changes the molecules inside of your teeth by making them reflect less light and appear colorless or white. The results are dramatic as stains are lifted, and yellow teeth turn white again.
The level of peroxide in dentist grade teeth whitening solution is far stronger than anything you could purchase in a Livermore store. As such, the results are far more significant. Since the at home whitening trays can be used as often or as frequently as you like, you can use them until you have reached your desired shade of white. A dentist teeth whitening can whiten teeth by eight shades or more where a store bought solution typically changes them by two to three shades. This can be disappointing for people looking for dramatic results. This is one of the reasons we recommend patients receive their treatment at our Vineyard Hills Dental Care offices instead. If you are on a tight time frame, it is especially important to work with an experienced cosmetic dentist.
Does it hurt?
Many of our Livermore, CA patients ask if teeth whitening will hurt. The simple answer is, no. When the procedure is completed in our dentist office there should be no discomfort or irritation. That’s because we create a customized teeth whitening tray that is designed to fit each patient’s teeth and gums perfectly. When you use the trays at home there is little to no risk of the solution leaking out and onto your gums. Store bought trays, on the other hand, are designed to fit everyone so the solution will leak out on a regular basis. When it touches the gums, they can become irritated and hurt. This can be avoided entirely, by visiting the dentist.
As a 94550 dentist, we will also examine your teeth and gums prior to whitening them. This is important for ensuring that you don’t have any existing cavities or oral infections. If you do, they need to be treated right away and prior to whitening your teeth. Otherwise, you could be placing peroxide onto teeth that are already irritated due to an infection and create further sensitivity.
Timing is Everything
At Vineyard Hills Dental Care, we recommend that patients have a teeth whitening procedure while having their tooth restored or prior to a cosmetic dentistry procedure. Timing is extremely important if you want to have a white smile. Veneers, crowns, and dental implants are all created out of a porcelain or ceramic material. These materials are an excellent solution because they look natural and are stain resistant. Because they are stain resistant, they are also bleach resistant. This means that you cannot whiten them. Since veneers, crowns and implants are all made to match the shade of your natural teeth, you must whiten them first. Otherwise, they will be created in a yellow shade, and when you whiten your teeth at a later date, they will stand out and stop blending in. Fortunately, a whitening procedure can be completed quickly so it will not interfere with the overall timing of any cosmetic dentistry work that you are having completed. We also recommend that you schedule this procedure for immediately after having braces removed or completing an Invisalign® treatment so that you can complete your smile makeover. For more information on teeth whitening or to learn when you should schedule your appointment, call (925) 443-7645.
Livermore Teeth Whitening FAQ
Q: Does tooth whitening cause permanent tooth sensitivity?
A: Sensitivity from tooth whitening is always transient. That means if there is any sensitivity caused by the whitening, it goes away within one to two days after the treatment, and the patient returns to the state of sensitivity he or she had prior to starting the whitening process.
Q: Can I get my teeth whitened?
A: Most people are candidates for tooth whitening, but again, each situation is unique and it’s best to contact your dental professional.
Q: How long does tooth whitening last?
A: Typically you can expect whitening to last from six months to two years, although some studies report results lasting up to 10 years. Avoiding red wine, coffee, and smoking—all of which can cause staining—helps preserve the results.
Q: Is tooth bleaching safe?
A: Yes, many studies have proven that tooth whitening is safe. You can protect your tooth enamel by using calcium sulfate and fluoride.
Q: How much does tooth whitening cost?
A: Prices vary widely for tooth whitening. Over-the-counter kits can cost as little as $20, with extensive in-office procedures approaching up to $1,000. If you want professional whitening, expect the price to be around $300 to $800. If you want an at-home bleaching kit from your dentist, expect to pay between $300 and $600. Learn more about dental insurance and financing.
Q: Does tooth whitening affect fillings, veneers, or crowns?
A: Tooth whitening has little or no effect on restorative materials such as porcelain or crowns, but it may temporarily reduce the bond strength between enamel and composite restorations. This is why it’s a good idea to check with your dental professional before beginning any course of tooth whitening.
Q: Is the agent used in tooth whitening toxic?
A: Products developed from carbamide peroxide, hydrogen peroxide, and urea (substances found in every human cell), should be used cautiously to alleviate concern. Those who have issues are the ones who don’t follow instructions and overuse the products for months or years.
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