Teeth Whitening/Bleaching

Teeth Bleaching – Make your Teeth White

Get your Teeth whiten or Bleach with Experts in Simi Valley, Somani Dental, the one stop for your Cosmetic Dentistry. Over time as a person ages teeth naturally become darker due to mineral changes in tooth structure as well as enamel becoming less porous.

Causes for Teeth Discoloration/Darkening

There are two major ways tooth color becomes darker: Intrinsic and Extrinsic staining.
1.Intrinsic staining is not as common and is often the result of ingesting medications, such as tetracycline antibiotics, during tooth formation.
2.Extrinsic staining is due to external causes such as Bacterial Pigments, -Food and Drinks (coffee, soda, etc.), and tobacco.

Ways for Teeth Whitening n Bleaching

There are two levels of gel bleaching, high concentration or low concentration gels.
A- Low Concentration Whitening – They are available over medical and cosmetic counters.
There are many over the counter products that a patient can use to whiten his/her teeth:
1. Teeth Bleaching strips,
2. Teeth Bleaching pens,
3. Teeth Whitening toothpastes.

However, for many people these methods are not very effective and short lived. because of  low concentration whitening.

B- High Concentration Whitening – They are provided only at a Dental Offices

Types Of Teeth Bleaching at Somani Dental

Our office provides two types of Teeth Bleaching:
1. Home whitening and
2. Office Power Bleaching.

Both these methods utilize high concentration whitening, in which 35-38% hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide (both are oxidizing agents) are used to lighten the shade of teeth.
In contrast, low concentration whitening typically contains less than 10% hydrogen peroxide. The mechanism in which bleaching induces a change in the shade of teeth is through these oxidizing agents. They penetrate the porosities in the crystal structure of enamel and oxidize stain deposits. Over time stain deposits in the dentin layer, which lies underneath enamel, are also oxidized.

– At home whitening requires two appointments, both of which are short.
During the first appointment, impressions of the patient’s upper and lower teeth are taken after which the patient is free to go. The impressions are used to fabricate custom bleaching trays specific to the patient’s mouth.
At the second appointment, the custom trays, bleaching gel, and specific instructions of proper and safe use are provided. Our office recommends that a patient use at home whitening for 4-6 weeks for maximum effect.
Office Power Bleaching takes one hour and only one appointment. No custom trays or impressions are necessary for this method of whitening. Power bleaching utilizes light energy to accelerate the process of bleaching.
Keep in mind that not every patient is a suitable candidate for bleaching. In addition, even if a patient is considered a candidate for bleaching they may not be suitable for in Office Power Bleaching.
Though a patient definitely has a right to choose which method they prefer, the dentist can most accurately predict which method would be most effective and comfortable for each patient. Please note that at Home and Power Bleaching can lead to temporary sensitivity. It is quite common and in such cases it’s recommended that the patient contact our Dental Clinic for further instructions.