Teeth Whitening

Monica Bruce, D.D.S. -  - Dentist

The Smiling Dentist

Monica Bruce, D.D.S.

Dentist located in Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles, CA

Teeth Whitening Specialist
As a top-rated dentist in Baldwin Hills / Crenshaw and the greater Los Angeles, CA, area, Dr. Monica Bruce is skilled in advanced teeth whitening aimed at helping patients enjoy more beautiful smiles. The Smiling Dentist uses state-of-the-art techniques for superior, long-lasting results.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

by Monica Bruce, D.D.S.

What causes teeth to become yellowed or stained?

Teeth can become discolored for different reasons. The most common causes of teeth discoloration are beverages and foods, including coffee, tea, red wine, dark spices and berries, and foods and drinks with artificial coloring. Tobacco products including cigarettes, cigars, pipes and chewing tobacco can also cause significant staining. Citrus fruits and other foods high in acids temporarily soften enamel, making it easier for stains to penetrate. These superficial stains can be treated with tooth whitening treatments. Deeper stains in the tooth’s interior are usually caused by diseases, decay or damage to the tooth pulp, or long-term use of some medications. These types of deep stains may require a veneer or crown to correct.

What happens during an in-office whitening treatment?

In-office whitening uses a special light-activated gel to remove stains and help teeth look their whitest and brightest. During treatment, a soft-sided guard is placed around the lips to protect them and move them out of the way so the gel and light can penetrate teeth without being wiped away. The guard also enables the light to reach all the visible surfaces of the teeth for more consistent results. Once the guard is in place, the gel is applied to each tooth, then the light is focused on the teeth. Treatment takes about an hour to perform and the gel may be applied several times during treatment to ensure it penetrates the tooth surfaces for optimal results. Once treatment is complete, the gel is wiped away and patients can enjoy a more beautiful smile right away.

Is professional teeth whitening better than the products I can buy in the drugstore?

Yes. Professional teeth whitening uses stronger gels for deeper penetration and longer-lasting results. Plus, the technique used by dentists ensures all visible surfaces of the teeth are treated for more consistent, more attractive results, and far greater satisfaction. Professional whitening is also much faster, enabling patients to start enjoying their results right away, and for patients with sensitive teeth, a single treatment means less sensitivity during treatment.

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