Teeth Whitening Specialist

Willow Glen Dental Care -  - General Dentist

Willow Glen Dental Care

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Willow Glen, San Jose, CA

Stained or yellowing teeth can be a source of embarrassment, but this issue is often easy to resolve using professional teeth whitening techniques. If your teeth aren't bright and white, Danielle Wehle, DDS, and George Kuo, DDS, at Willow Glen Dental Care in San Jose, California, can help. They offer safe, expert teeth whitening treatments that give you the confidence to smile freely. To find out more, call Willow Glen Dental Care today or book an appointment online.

Teeth Whitening Q&A

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic treatment that may be perfect for you if your teeth are stained or yellowed.

Teeth might lose their whiteness for several reasons, not least as a result of the aging process. No matter how white and healthy your teeth are when you're young, the yellower dentin inside the outer enamel starts to show through as you get older.

Other common causes of teeth losing their whiteness include:

  • Tar and nicotine stains from tobacco smoke
  • Poor brushing technique
  • Pigments in coffee, tea, and red wine

Teeth whitening is an effective way of dealing with these types of discoloration. There are other instances where teeth whitening isn't likely to help. For example, if an injury causes extra dentin to show, making the tooth yellow.

Brown or gray teeth and tooth discoloration that occurs because of a medication you take are also unsuitable for teeth whitening. The process won't affect fillings, caps, crowns, or veneers if they have discoloration either.

What types of teeth whitening are available?

You can buy all sorts of teeth whitening products over the counter, such as whitening toothpaste and home bleaching kits.

These may improve the whiteness of your teeth if you use them correctly, but they’re significantly less effective than the teeth whitening treatments available at Willow Glen Dental Care.

What happens when I have teeth whitening treatment?

The teeth whitening products that Willow Glen Dental Care uses contain bleaches that break down the stain molecules, so they're less concentrated. At your appointment, your provider puts a protective coating over your gums, then applies the bleaching agent to your teeth.

Your teeth should look significantly whiter after one session. If you need further treatment, your provider can tell you how long to wait before having additional teeth whitening sessions. Some people find their teeth whitening treatment lasts as long as five years.

Are there any risks with teeth whitening?

Under the expert care of the experienced dentists at Willow Glen Dental Care, teeth whitening is a safe procedure. Some people notice a slight sensitivity after treatment, but this should soon pass.

You're only likely to experience problems with teeth whitening treatments if you have too many or have them done by an unqualified person, which you can avoid by using a reputable dentist.

To achieve a bright, white smile that you can be proud of, call Willow Glen Dental Care or book an appointment online today.