Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening

There are many implications associated with a white smile. You are perceived as having better oral hygiene and are assumed to be in general good health. When the teeth become stained, it can have many negative consequences on your self-esteem and impact the first impression you make with others.

Teeth whitening is one of the most sought-after cosmetic procedures to receive at La Jolla Cosmetic Dentistry & Orthodontics and is typically performed when the color of your teeth are beginning to interfere with your everyday life. When your teeth have begun to look yellow, then it may be time for a whitening procedure with Dr. Kohani, either with an in-office appointment or a take-home kit in the comforts of your own home.

Fast and Efficient In-Office Whitening

At La Jolla Cosmetic Dentistry & Orthodontics, we offer multiple whitening formulas that work depending on your expectations and timeframe. Dr. Kohani understands that you have a life to live outside of the dentist’s office and that cosmetic procedures shouldn’t take hours to complete. He offers in-office teeth whitening with quick and effective results so that you can go on with your daily routine with a brighter smile.

Iveri teeth whitening

Iveri teeth whitening is a way to brighten teeth when you are in a time crunch as each session takes only 20 minutes to complete, although depending on the number of sessions you complete, the approximate time in one hour. The system consists of a gel solution that is a mixture of carbide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide, which both gently brighten even the most sensitive teeth.

Many patients have concerns about whether teeth whitening products increase tooth sensitivity, but with the Iveri system, the potassium nitrate contained in the whitening gel actually works to improve the durability of the tooth enamel. In the time it takes to complete treatment, you can whiten your teeth up to eight shades. The gel solution is applied onto the surface of the teeth, and a blue/red LED light is used to activate the chemicals.

Opalescence Boost

Opalescence Boost also uses hydrogen peroxide to whiten teeth but does so without light activation. Instead, Opalescence Boost uses a double-syringe configuration to activate the chemicals before the gel solution is applied. Within two treatments, your teeth can brighten up to eight shades without interfering with tooth sensitivity. Additionally, Opalescence Boost contains fluoride, which, along with potassium nitrite, helps strengthen tooth enamel.

During a consultation with Dr. Kohani, you can discuss the whitening method that you both believe will work best for you. The Iveri and Opalescence Boost whitening systems are two equally effective products that are capable of significantly improving the brightness of your teeth. The only difference is their administration. Depending on your specific desires as well as your flexibility, either treatment could be used to whiten your teeth. Dr. Kohani can walk you through your options when considering both procedures.

At-Home Whitening Kits

Teeth whitening doesn’t just have to take place in the dentist’s office. You can also achieve a brighter smile with whitening kits that you use at home. Dr. Kohani provides Opalescence whitening trays that are completely customized for your teeth. Your custom whitening kit will contain a concentration of 35%, which is the highest that Opalescence provides. The whitening gel also comes in a flavor of your choice.

Dr. Kohani will take impressions of your teeth, which are then used to create whitening trays for use at home. Simply apply the whitening gel to the tray and wear them for the specified period. Depending on the concentration you receive, you can wear your whitening trays during the day for 30 minutes or overnight; the treatment is completely customizable for your lifestyle. The Opalescence patient kit also contains potassium nitrate and fluoride that adds strength to your teeth.

Is Teeth Whitening Right for You?

Teeth whitening is an ideal option for patients whose natural teeth have fallen victim to staining. Stained teeth can occur for many reasons, like smoking, drinking certain liquids, medications, and tooth decay. However, a whitening procedure is a fast and effective way to eliminate any yellow coloring. Teeth whitening will only improve natural tooth enamel and will not whiten artificial restorations.

If you are receiving a crown or veneers, it’s best to have your existing teeth whitened first and then have the ceramic material stained to match. Dr. Kohani may also recommend lifestyle changes that can improve the coloring of your teeth. Limiting your consumption of coffee, tea or red wine as well as eliminating tobacco products will help your teeth stay whiter longer.

To find out which whitening method will work best for your smile, contact La Jolla Cosmetic Dentistry & Orthodontics at 858-622-1007 and schedule a consultation. With a thorough examination, teeth cleaning and a discussion of your cosmetic goals, we can find the right teeth whitening system for you. Call to learn more!