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Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening services offered in Newport Beach, CA

Teeth whitening is the fastest, most effective treatment to brighten your smile without invasive dental surgery. At Newport Dental Arts in Newport Beach, California, David Wilhelm, DDS, offers a variety of teeth whitening services to help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile. Whether you’re interested in chairside whitening or take-home trays, Dr. Wilhelm has the right solution for you. Call Newport Dental Arts or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening refers to the process of removing discoloration from your smile. When stains build on your teeth, a peroxide solution — typically hydrogen or carbamide peroxide — can help break the bond. 

While any over-the-counter (OTC) toothpastes, strips, and rinses, are effective at removing extrinsic (surface) stains, they can’t reach the deeper levels of your tooth enamel. Only professional-grade solutions are powerful enough to eliminate intrinsic (deep) stains.

How does teeth whitening work?

Both hydrogen and carbamide peroxide contain oxygen molecules that react with the chemical bonds that stains hold over your teeth. This reaction breaks the bond from stains to enhance the color of your teeth. Professional teeth whitening can whiten your teeth by up to eight shades or more in a single treatment for dramatic results.

What are the different types of teeth whitening?

The two most popular types of professional teeth whitening are:

Chairside whitening

Chairside whitening is an in-office treatment that can produce visible results in one visit. First, Dr. Wilhelm protects your gums and lips with a special covering to reduce sensitivity, then applies a powerful whitening solution. He may also enhance the whitening process with an LED light. He repeats the process until your teeth reach their ideal shade.

Take-home whitening trays

Take-home whitening trays allow you to brighten your smile at home. If you received chairside whitening within the last year, take-home trays can also help you maintain the shade of your teeth. Dr. Wilhelm uses digital impressions to create your custom-made trays, ensuring they mold to the shape of your teeth for a tight seal.

What causes tooth discoloration?

As you age, your teeth naturally start to yellow and darken. Enamel, the hard protective layer on the outside of your teeth, degrades with age. The less enamel you have, the more exposed the darker dentin underneath appears. Along with enamel wear, your teeth may also develop stains from:

  • Coffee and tea
  • Red wine
  • Soy sauce
  • Marinara sauce
  • Curry
  • Certain medications (doxycycline, tetracycline, etc.)
  • Sugary drinks
  • Chemotherapy
  • Tobacco use (cigarettes, chewing tobacco, etc.)
  • Poor oral hygiene

To learn more about teeth whitening, call Newport Dental Arts or schedule an appointment online today.