Get a Beautiful Smile with Teeth Whitening

Get a Beautiful Smile with Teeth Whitening

Jul 16, 2019

We all experience the staining or yellowing of our teeth over time. Many factors can contribute to this, including foods and drinks like curry and coffee, personal habits like smoking, and the natural aging process. We can do our best to counter it with special products like whitening toothpaste or gels, but the best method for producing a dramatically whiter smile is with a professional whitening treatment, such as one at the offices of Neeshat S. Khan, DDS in San Jose, CA.

Whitening options

In addition to professional treatments, there are over-the-counter options available for whitening teeth. These are usually more affordable, but results will not be as dramatic and are not reliable because the strips and/or trays involved do not fit as precisely as a custom-made bleaching system.

Professional treatments include a take-home system and in-office bleaching

  • Take-home system: consists of applying a bleaching agent onto a custom-made tray, then wearing the tray on the teeth for a certain amount of time. Because it is made to fit each individual patient, the tray allows the bleaching products to be applied evenly over the surface of the teeth, producing lasting results. The trays can be worn during the day or overnight, and it usually takes two to six weeks to see results.
  • In-office bleaching: uses a bleaching agent that is higher in concentration than other methods in conjunction with a special light to activate the whitening ingredient. Results can be seen immediately after just a one-hour treatment. A special fluoride paste-gel will be provided afterward to help reduce tooth sensitivity.

What to expect

Side effects following whitening treatments are not uncommon, but they are typically mild and temporary. The most common side effect is tooth sensitivity, which can occur following any type of whitening method. Gum irritation can also occur if poorly-fitted whitening trays are used, or if a product is not used for the recommended duration.

Results from a tooth whitening procedure are not permanent, and the teeth can become stained again. It’s recommended to avoid staining substances such as tea, coffee, red wine, and tobacco to maintain results.

If you would like to have a whiter, brighter smile and a more youthful appearance, consider a whitening treatment in San Jose, CA at the offices of Dr. Neeshat S. Khan.



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