Teeth Whitening in Scripps Ranch
Nothing dulls the sparkle of a smile like stained or discolored teeth. Luckily, cosmetic dentists can lighten stains and create brighter looking teeth through teeth whitening treatment. Dr. Jennifer
Santoro at Village Center Dentistry offers the option of in-office whitening or at-home whitening. Dr. Santoro will work with you one-on-one to determine whether whitening may be effective for your specific stains; and if it is, the type of whitening that is best suited to your schedule, budget and lifestyle.
What Can Teeth Whitening Improve?
Teeth whitening can improve extrinsic stains, or stains that affect the outer layer of tooth enamel. These surface stains are often caused by the consumption of coffee, tea and red wine, or tobacco, which have highly pigmented molecules that attach to the tooth’s enamel and change the color of the enamel.
Teeth whitening treatment may also be effective on some types of deeper intrinsic stains, or stains that affect the softer, more porous layer under the enamel called dentin. Over time and with age, the enamel starts to get thinner and the darker dentin starts to show.
Teeth whitening involves using special tooth bleaches to lift extrinsic and intrinsic stains by breaking up the highly pigmented molecules into smaller, less colored molecules.
In-Office versus At-Home Whitening
When supervised by an experienced dentist, in-office and at-home whitening are both safe and effective options. In-office whitening with the Zoom! system involves applying a stronger bleaching gel to the teeth and activating it with a special light. This is a good option if you like instant results and want to have the whitest smile your teeth allow in two hours. Dr. Santoro’s assistant will be monitoring the process for any sensitivity that may occur and will take special measures to prevent discomfort. In-office whitening allows your teeth to look up to 8 shades lighter!
At-home whitening entails wearing special whitening trays every day for a specified period of time; usually, it’s anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. This is a great option if you are constantly on the go and wish to whiten at your convenience. This is a great option if you have sensitive teeth because the trays are completely custom to your teeth and you can adjust the length and strength of bleach to make you comfortable. Dr. Santoro will walk you through all of these options. If you decide at-home whitening fits your lifestyle and budget, we recommend having customized whitening trays created for your mouth. These trays are molded to your teeth and fit very well, unlike stock trays which can leak whitening gel that irritates the soft tissues of your mouth.
Sometimes, we recommend using a combination of both approaches; for example, following up an in-office appointment with the use of at-home trays for a week or so months later as your teeth tend to darken with your lifestyle.
It’s important to understand that whitening does not work on all teeth in every case. For instance, it usually is not effective on tooth discoloration caused by medications like tetracycline and other antibiotics.
If whitening fails to deliver the desired results, crowns, veneers or fillings may be used to cover up the stains or discoloration.
Contact Village Center Dentistry
If you would like more information about chairside teeth whitening or take-home whitening trays, please contact our dental practice. We would be happy to answer your questions or schedule an appointment for you to meet with Dr. Santoro. Call 858-566-8510 or email us today.