NEXT Dentistry
Dr. Veronika Vazquez

Brighten Your Smile With Teeth Whitening

There are many different methods for whitening your own natural teeth. You’ve probably seen the ads for dentists who claim to be able to whiten your teeth several shades in just an hour using different lights and lasers. Or perhaps you’ve seen the many over-the-counter (OTC) solutions for teeth whitening. Virtually every teeth whitening method except whitening toothpaste is based on one chemical. That chemical is a special kind of peroxide. Whether you’re purchasing an OTC bleaching product or having the bleaching done in a fancy, high-tech office setting, the peroxide is effectively the same and the results can be, as well.

There are many different teeth whitening systems available. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of each system:

Over-the-counter teeth whitening strips

Advantages: Your teeth will eventually get white, they are easy to purchase, and they initially may be cost-effective.

Disadvantages: Because this is not a custom-fit product, the peroxide can have a tendency to get everywhere and can get on your gums. In addition, the strips usually do not cover all of the teeth in your smile, so you may have to use multiple strips for one application. Finally, the concentration of peroxide is comparatively low, so results may take longer to achieve and realize.

Other over-the-counter methods (paint-on, etc.)

Advantages: Your teeth will eventually get white, they are easy to purchase, and they initially may be cost-effective.

Disadvantages: Because the peroxide is not being held against the teeth by any trays or strips, you will probably swallow more of the peroxide. Other disadvantages are the same as the whitening strips. We have not seen any definitive evidence proving the effectiveness of these products.

Whitening toothpaste does not contain any peroxide and therefore does not possess the same “whitening” qualities that the other products on this page contain. One toothpaste sales representative told us that the only reason these toothpastes can even call themselves “whitening” toothpastes is because they have particles in them that are more abrasive to teeth and therefore may remove some surface enamel that has been stained. In our office, we would much rather lighten the color of stained enamel than remove it by recommending abrasive toothpastes! In fact, we have had many patients who have complained of tooth sensitivity after using whitening toothpastes. We do not recommend these products for their teeth whitening qualities and they do not have the ADA seal of approval for whitening.

To our knowledge, these have not been proven to be effective teeth whitening products at all and they do not have the ADA seal of approval for teeth whitening.

Advantages: This is the method that we recommend most commonly in our office. The trays are made of soft plastic and are custom-molded to your teeth. You can apply the teeth whitening gel on your own at home and you can use a variety of different peroxide strengths. In addition, you are in control of the amount of time the tray is left on and how many times you wear it. If your teeth are sensitive following teeth whitening, we provide you with a fluoride gel that is usually effective at alleviating these symptoms. This is a safe, effective method for whitening teeth.

Disadvantages: You may have to wait a few days for the trays to be made. Also, if you choose to use a peroxide product that is too strong, it could cause tooth sensitivity that we can usually treat effectively.

Teeth Whitening Options

While there are many over-the-counter teeth whitening options, these tend to be ineffective and can be difficult to use. NEXT Dentistry offers two teeth whitening options that will get you the results you want in no time:

Sinsational Smile® Teeth Whitening

One of our treatments in the Sinsational Smile® teeth whitening method. In about 20 minutes, patients in Salinas, CA, get a brighter, whiter smile in less time than other treatments. Our dentist applies a gel in a pre-filled silicone tray (this allows your jaw to relax during the process) activated by LED lights. While the process is working, you will be completely comfortable and able to sit back and relax in the office. Your whiter teeth will last longer with regular dental cleaning as well as the maintenance pen our professional whitening expert will give you.

Philips Zoom Teeth Whitening

Zoom is a bleaching process which uses the Zoom hydrogen peroxide whitening gel activated by the Zoom Advanced Power Chairside Lamp to break up stains and discoloration. After three 15-minute sessions, you will be given an at-home touch-up kit to keep your teeth sparkling. Following the 45 minutes, a sensitivity-reducing fluoride paste-gel is immediately applied. Be sure to avoid stain-causing foods to prevent further staining after the Zoom treatments are over.

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Why Whiten Your Teeth in Salinas, CA?

In addition to the obvious benefits that having a brighter smile will have for your self-esteem, professional tooth whitening also encourages patients to continue they oral hygiene regimen. Knowing that you have a shining smile to maintain, you will want to brush and floss daily as well as make your regular dental appointment.

In between the times when you may have treatments, there are also natural ways you can keep your teeth from staining. Avoiding foods and beverages that often stain such as coffee, tea, and wine is great for preventing the enamel from staining. You can also eat certain foods that have natural whitening properties. Strawberries contain malic acid which naturally brightens teeth, crunchy foods such as carrots and apples act as natural scrubbers, and acidic fruits such as oranges and pineapples cause an increase in saliva which can naturally clean teeth.

Contact Our Salinas, CA Teeth Whitening Experts

If you have tried the other at-home whitening treatments without the results you desire, our CA dentist at NEXT Dentistry has the last treatment you will need. Contact our teeth whitening experts to make an appointment with our professional dentist so your smile can shine the way you want.

In addition to providing teeth whitening, we also offer the following cosmetic dental services in Salinas and the surrounding areas: same day dental crowns, dental bonding, porcelain veneers, smile makeovers and gum contouring.

Salinas dental patient after teeth whitening procedure