Teeth Whitening

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Covina, CA

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Teeth Whitening

Has your smile lost some of its sparkle over the years? If so, professional teeth whitening can brighten your grin by multiple shades in just one visit, and it’s available from Sooyeol Sohn, DDS, of Triple S Dental in Covina, California. Booking a whitening treatment is as simple as a phone call or a quick visit to the online scheduling page. 

What causes tooth discoloration?

The primary cause of tooth discoloration is the aging process. To understand, it helps to think about the structure of your teeth. 

The outermost layer of your teeth is a thin shell of hard white tissue called enamel. Just beneath lies another layer of hard tissue called dentin, which is naturally yellow. Over the years, your enamel naturally thins, revealing more of the yellow dentin. 

Additional causes of tooth discoloration include:

  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Exposure to high levels of fluoride
  • Traumatic injury
  • Tobacco use
  • Food or drinks that stain, including berries, coffee, tea, and wine
  • Certain medical conditions and treatments

If your teeth are not as white or bright as they used to be, professional teeth whitening can help. 

How does professional teeth whitening work?

Professional teeth whitening works by using a powerful whitening solution to blast apart stains and brighten your smile. The process only takes around an hour from start to finish, and it can whiten your teeth several shades at once. 

When you arrive for your visit, your dentist begins by isolating the soft tissues in your mouth to protect them from the whitening solution. The solution is carefully applied to the front surfaces of your teeth. Once the solution is activated, it quickly breaks apart stains and lightens your smile. 

After a short period of time the solution is thoroughly rinsed from your teeth. You’ll see your results right away. Some heightened tooth sensitivity is normal in the hours after teeth whitening, but will subside quickly. 

If you prefer to whiten your teeth at home, a professional strength tray-based system is available. You simply add a thin line of whitening gel to the custom-fitted trays and then wear them for a period of time. At-home whitening takes longer than in-office treatment, but allows you to control the shade of your smile. 

How can I extend the results of professional teeth whitening?

You’ll love your whiter smile, and by taking a few simple steps, you can extend your results for a long time. Begin by embracing a solid dental hygiene routine that includes daily brushing and flossing. 

Avoid food and drinks that stain teeth, and if you do consume those products, take a moment to gently rinse your mouth afterward. Be sure to schedule routine dental exams and professional cleanings to keep your smile sparkling. 

When you’re ready to try professional teeth whitening, call Triple S Dental to set up a visit. Online booking is also an option and takes just a few moments to complete.