Teeth Whitening

Torrance Dental Center

General Dentists located in Torrance, CA

If you’re unsatisfied with the appearance of your teeth when you look in the mirror, there is help. The dentists at Torrance Dental Center in Torrance, California, offer innovative teeth whitening services to enhance your appearance instantly and brighten your smile. Professional teeth whitening is fast, and the results are immediate. Schedule an evaluation today using the online booking feature or by calling the office.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

Torrance Dental Center

What is teeth whitening?

Professional teeth whitening is an effective and safe cosmetic dental service. In-office teeth whitening lightens the color of your teeth three to eight shades in one treatment and offers longer-lasting results than at-home treatments.

The experienced dentists at Torrance Dental Center protect sensitive teeth and gums during the procedure.

What causes tooth discoloration?

As the enamel on your teeth wears down due to aging or environmental causes, the inner layer of dentin may shine through and give your teeth a yellowish appearance. You may notice your whole tooth or just a part of the tooth is a different color than your other teeth.

Common causes of tooth discoloration include:

  • Cigarettes
  • Medications
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Red wine or coffee

Teeth whitening services efficiently improve discolored teeth by several shades. However, if a disease or genetic condition is causing the discoloration, your doctor may suggest a treatment protocol that involves alternate dental procedures.

What can I expect during teeth whitening treatments?

Your dentist evaluates your teeth to determine if you’re a candidate for teeth whitening treatments. They also ensure underlying medical conditions are not causing the discoloration of your teeth.

To prepare for teeth whitening treatments, your dentist covers your gums and the roots of your teeth with a protective barrier to prevent sensitivity. Then, they insert a thin, plastic retractor to keep your lips and cheeks away from the teeth.

Next, your dentist applies a professional-strength hydrogen peroxide gel, which remains on your teeth for an hour. Following your treatment, your dentist thoroughly removes the gel.

If your dentist recommends take-home whitening treatments, he makes a mold of your upper and lower teeth to create custom whitening trays. When performing the treatment at home, you fill the trays with a whitening gel, place the custom trays over your teeth for one hour, and then rinse the gel off your teeth.

How do I care for my teeth after whitening treatments?

To ensure your smile stays white and bright, you must follow through with daily brushing and flossing. You should also schedule routine dental cleanings to remove plaque and tartar.

Avoid foods and beverages that stain your teeth:

  • Tea
  • Sodas
  • Sweets
  • Acidic foods

Through regular dental cleanings and proper home care, you can expect whitening treatments to last for several months or several years.

Schedule an evaluation online or by phone to learn more about teeth whitening benefits.