Teeth Whitening Specialist

Lakeview Family Dental

General & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Pacoima, Lake View Terrace, Sylmar, CA

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular ways to improve the look of your teeth and give you that movie star smile. Cosmetic dental specialist Dr. Jean Lee and the team at Lakeview Family Dental offer professional at-home teeth whitening trays to help make your smile white and bright. If you live in or near Pacoima, Lake View Terrace, Sylmar, California, call today or book an appointment online.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

Lakeview Family Dental

Why are my teeth not white?

Your teeth may not be as white as you’d like for a number of reasons.

Aging

The enamel on your teeth is strong, but years of brushing and eating can take their toll, causing it to thin. As your enamel thins, the more dentin underneath shows through, causing your teeth to appear yellow.

Smoking

The tar and nicotine in cigarettes stain your teeth. Tar, which is naturally dark, leaves your teeth brown, while nicotine turns the teeth yellow.

Food and drinks

What you eat and drink may be one of the major reasons you have stained teeth. Common culprits include coffee, tea, red wine, cola, and berries.

Certain medications

Some medications and treatments may cause stains or darkening of your teeth, such as tetracycline, chemotherapy, or antihistamines.

Injury

An injury to your teeth causes an increase in dentin, which may make your teeth appear more yellow in color.

 

Am I a good candidate for teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a safe cosmetic procedure that can work for almost anyone. However, the team at Lakeview Family Dental conducts a thorough examination of your teeth before providing the at-home teeth whitening trays.

 

How does at-home professional teeth whitening work?

The at-home teeth whitening system provided by the team at Lakeview Family Dental uses a professional bleaching gel to help improve the brightness of your teeth. The team first creates custom trays that fit your teeth snugly for better bleaching action.

At home, you fill a tray with the bleaching gel and wear it on your teeth each day for a certain period of time the team recommends. The at-home teeth whitening system takes up to two weeks to brighten your smile, but the effects are dramatic.

 

Will my teeth stay white?

To keep your teeth white and bright, you can continue to use the customized bleaching trays and professional gel as needed. The team provides instructions on how often you can touch up your teeth with the professional teeth whitening kit.

Between treatments, be sure to continue to brush and floss regularly and limit your intake of foods and drinks that cause stains -- or brush after consuming them to help prevent stains from setting in.  

For easy, at-home professional teeth whitening, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.