If you are interested in achieving a brighter, whiter smile, teeth whitening in Culver City may be the answer for you. You can now brighten your smile with teeth whitening. This safe and effective treatment can give you the confidence that you need to show off your smile. There are many teeth whitening products and procedures available, so it’s important to consult with Dr. Hank to determine which option is right for you.

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What is Teeth Whitening?

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure that is best suited for people with healthy, unrestored teeth and gums. Individuals with yellow tones to their teeth typically respond best to teeth whitening, but the procedure is not recommended for everyone. There are many ways to achieve brighter teeth, including whitening toothpastes, over-the-counter gels, rinses, strips, trays, and professional dental treatments.

Teeth whitening can be an efficient approach for lightening the natural color of your teeth without having to remove any of the tooth surface. Not able to make a full color change, it can still lighten the existing hue.

What Are My Whitening Options?

Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, so you want to make sure it’s looking its best. If your teeth are stained or yellowed, you may be considering whitening them. It is important to consult with Dr. Hank before undergoing any type of teeth whitening treatment.


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If you are determined to be a candidate for the procedure, there are four ways that you can achieve brighter, whiter teeth:

Stain Removal Toothpastes
A number of toothpastes encourage the removal of surface stains through the cleansing action of mild abrasives that scrub the teeth. Look for whitening toothpastes certified by the ADA who have earned the Seal of Acceptance for stain removal (it will be cited on their package). These products contain additional tooth whitening agents that are not harmful to your teeth and help remove stains effectively. Bleaches cannot do what such kinds of ADA-Accepted products can, since they can just remove surface stains.

In-Office Bleaching
This procedure is known as chairside bleaching and usually occurs at a single dental visit. Dr. Hank will apply a protective gel to your gums or a sheet of rubber to protect your gums before applying bleach directly to your teeth.

At-Home Bleaching from Your Dentist
To whiten your teeth at home, Dr. Hank can make a custom mouthpiece for you. You’ll then be given instructions on how to place the mixture in the mouthpiece and for how long to do it. An at-home whitening process may be preferable if you feel more comfortable handling the process yourself at a slower pace, with the benefit of some guidance from Dr. Hank.

Over-the-Counter Bleaching Products
Many over-the-counter whitening products are available, such as toothpastes or strips. These products work by bleaching your teeth and typically have a lower concentration of bleaching agent than what is used by dentists. If you want to purchase an over-the-counter bleaching kit, discuss it with Dr. Hank and see whether it has the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This seal represents that it has been proven to be safe and effective for teeth whitening.

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How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

Teeth whitening is a quick and simple process that can drastically improve the appearance of your smile. There are two primary types of whitening agents – hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide – which work by breaking down stains into smaller, less concentrated particles. This gives your teeth a brighter, more youthful appearance.

Does Whitening Work on All Teeth?

No, which is why it is vital to consult with Dr. Hank, before determining to whiten your teeth, as a whitening toothpaste may not deal with all types of discoloration. For example, yellow teeth will likely bleach well, brown teeth may not be aided as well, and teeth with gray undertones may not bleach at all. Teeth whitening will not have any effect on dental caps, veneers, crowns, or fillings. Additionally, it will not be effective in treating tooth discoloration caused by certain medications or injuries.

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Are There Any Side Effects from Teeth Whitening?

Teeth whitened with peroxide may cause tooth sensitivity. This happens because the peroxide in the whitener gets through the enamel to the soft layer of dentin and irritates the nerve of your tooth. For most individuals, the sensitivity is temporary, and you can delay your treatment .

Excessive use of whiteners can also erode tooth enamel or damage gums, so it is important to follow directions and consult with Dr. Hank.

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