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Teeth Whitening – Culver City Dentist United Dental Care, CA

There is a distinctive way to achieve perfectly whitened teeth than visiting your dentist for consultation and treatment options. Book your appointment with our dental experts and enjoy the fast and safe teeth whitening procedure that guarantees a five-to-eight-shade whiter teeth result.


Whether you like it or not, your teeth can turn dull, unappealing, discolored, and stained as you grow and age. Many factors constitute this problem, including tooth aging conditions and your everyday choices of food and drinks.

Nonetheless, modern teeth whitening techniques can address these instances safely and quickly. So never hesitate to restore your healthy and pearly white smile with our trusted doctors in Culver City Dentist United Dental Care. Check further to know more.

Causes of Teeth Discoloration

Not all instances of teeth discoloration happen because you are born with naturally yellowish or pale teeth; neither do these only occur because you age. Aside from these intrinsic causes of teeth discoloration, many extrinsic factors affect your teeth’ luminosity. These factors include:

• Food and drinks that cause teeth stains, such as coffee, tea, soda, and other sugary diets
• Tobacco cigars and other variants of e-cigarettes or vapes
• Poor oral hygiene
• External trauma that brings damage to the enamel

Teeth discoloration can also be an aftermath of medical treatments because prescribed drugs bond with the teeth’s calcium ions, resulting in a discolored tooth structure. Others mix with saliva, thus producing superficial stains on the teeth. These dental side effects can be the result of the continuous intake of the following medications:

• Antibiotics such as tetracycline and doxycycline for kids under eight years old
• Antihistamine drugs such as Benadryl
• Antihypertensive and antipsychotic drugs
• Oral antiseptic mouthwash containing chlorhexidine and cetylpyridinium chloride.

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Teeth Whitening Procedures Explained

Teeth whitening procedures vary in type and technique. Each of these, however different, is made to address certain degrees of discoloration. There are typical procedures that clinically sand down teeth stains; others use bleaching agents, and some use whitening gels, toothpaste, strips, or whiteners infused with UV light to remove discoloration and achieve a whiter teeth shade.

These cosmetic dentistry treatments gradually evolve as the practice becomes popular today. Based on records, a significant number of 45 million Americans have already tried professional teeth whitening.

However, among all these different techniques, the most common procedure performed today is done in an office through several dental visits. Here’s what happens:

Step 1. Diagnosis and Consultation
The dentist analyzes your dental condition thoroughly, precisely the cause of teeth discoloration, and sees if teeth whitening is possible. It is also the time when the dentist gives you treatment options that suit your preference and dental goals.

Note: Should you prefer the at-home whitening treatment, your dentist shall take an impression of your teeth to prepare a mouthguard where the whitening gel is placed. Further instructions are given later on.

Step 2. Application of Whitening Treatment
A bleaching agent, usually containing hydrogen peroxide, is applied to the teeth. This solution helps break down teeth stains and fasten the whitening procedure. The bleach sets for several minutes in the teeth while being infused with a UV light to activate a whiter and shiny effect. This procedure is done several times until you achieve your perfect teeth shade. Hence, it may require several visits for progress monitoring and continuous whitening treatment (if necessary).

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Different Types of Teeth Whitening Procedures

You’ve got a lot of ways to restore your brilliantly white smile. Here at Culver City Dentist United Dental Care, our dentists offer the most advanced teeth whitening procedure - the Zoom Whitening treatment.

Should you be interested to know which available treatment procedure suits your preference, here is a quick guide:

1. Zoom Whitening Treatment

Process: • In-Office Treatment, with 2-3 dental visits needed
• Uses a bleaching agent (usually a hydrogen peroxide solution) infused with a specialized lamp
Cost: $1000 to $1500 per treatment session
Benefits: • Guarantees a five- to eight-times whiter teeth result
• Shows most instant after-treatment results
• Does not require dental trays, strips, or other product applications after treatment

2. In-Office Bleaching

Process: • Known as the “Chairside Bleaching”
• Requires several dental visits for progress monitoring
• Uses a whitening solution that is applied to the teeth (usually carbamide peroxide), sets in for several minutes, and then suctioned and replaced by a new solution
Cost: $200 to $1000
Benefits: • Guarantees three- to four-times whiter shade results
• Whitened teeth results are visible after treatment

3. At-Home Bleaching

Process: • An at-home treatment yet guided by the dentist’s instructions
• Uses take-home whitening kits that usually contain packs and strips, readily available to use as per the dentist’s advice
Cost: $150 utmost
Benefits: • Gives promising results once done accordingly
• Comfortable and easy to do

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can't find the information you're looking for? We've shared some of our most frequently asked questions to help you out!

Professional teeth whitening treatments do not weaken the enamel as these protect the teeth from cavity-causing stains. However, dentists advise avoiding unregulated DIY (do-it-yourself), and DTC (direct-to-consumer) whitening treatments as these products contain potentially hazardous chemicals that erode the teeth’ enamel once exposed for an extended period.

Most patients only need one session of teeth whitening treatment. However, that session is done with two to three bleaching times to achieve the shade you want for your teeth.

Yes. All teeth whitening procedures are safe with a professional’s proper consultation and guidance. Using unregulated teeth whitening kits is considered dangerous.

Teeth whitening procedures do not give you a long list of things you must avoid after receiving the treatment. Refraining from stain-causing diets, smoking, and wearing lipstick or lip-gloss are enough to maintain your sensitive newly whitened teeth.

Observing proper oral hygiene is always necessary after treatment. Flossing your teeth regularly to remove set-in particles and brushing your teeth with whitening toothpaste can maximize the whitened teeth result.

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