Teeth Whitening Livermore, CA
Teeth whitening enhances the brightness of your natural teeth so that you can smile with confidence. Receiving a tooth whitening treatment from your dentist is proven to be more effective than store-bought whitening kits. Keep in mind that not everyone is a good candidate for teeth whitening, so always consult your dentist to determine if teeth whitening can work for you. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Lin today by calling his Livermore office directly or using the online booking feature.
Over the years, your teeth can become discolored and lose their natural brightness due to many factors. If you aren’t as confident in your smile as you used to be, tooth whitening is an option to restore it to its original beauty. To determine if teeth whitening can work for you, your dentist first needs to examine your teeth, gums, and the supporting bone structure.
Once your dentist has decided that it’s OK for you to go ahead with teeth whitening, the dentist will then prepare your mouth by covering your gums and lips with a protective gel so only your teeth are exposed for the treatment. Next, the dentist will apply a strong, professional-grade whitening gel to your teeth. The gel typically needs to remain on your teeth for about 15-20 minutes to whiten them by breaking down the molecules in stains.
During the waiting time, you can just relax in the chair while the whitening gel does its job. You’ll be able to listen to music, watch something, read, or just rest while you sit in the chair during the whitening treatment. After the time is up, the dentist will remove the gel and examine your teeth to see the results. Depending on your particular case, you might undergo another application of whitening gel to achieve the desired shade.
Whitened teeth usually retain their brightness for around 4-12 months, depending on the type of treatment and other factors. For example, the consumption of certain foods and drinks can decrease the lifespan of whitened teeth. Coffee, tea, wine, and berries are all things that can stain and discolor teeth, shortening the duration of their whiteness after a tooth whitening treatment.
To prolong the lifespan of your whitened teeth, it is very important to practice good oral hygiene. This includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time and flossing daily. You can get a touch up every 4-6 months to help keep your smile looking its best or use take-home products to continue lightening your teeth to the desired shade.
There are many over-the-counter tooth whitening products and treatments that you can use at home to brighten your smile. However, many of these products provide disappointing results, failing to whiten your teeth to the degree desired. This is because over-the-counter products for at-home use don’t contain the same quality and strength of active ingredients as in-office treatments.
Over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments usually require 7-30 days of constant use to get any results, whereas an in-office treatment works the same day. Additionally, at-home teeth whitening products can end up harming your teeth if misused. Many people overdo it and apply too much of a whitening treatment because they are not seeing the results they hoped for. This can damage the enamel of your teeth or harm your gums.
If you want to use at-home tooth whitening products in addition to or instead of in-office treatments, it’s always best to discuss your options with your dentist ahead of time. They will be able to provide recommendations and instructions on how to achieve the best results using the safest methods.
Advantages of In-Office Teeth Whitening:
- Whitens teeth more than at-home treatments
- Avoids overapplication because it is administered by a dentist
- Can brighten teeth by up to 10 shades
- Erases effects of staining due to beverages, foods, or smoking
- Only requires one quick treatment to see results
People who have extremely discolored or sensitive teeth, white spots, or decay on their teeth, damaged or broken teeth, or infected gums are not typically good candidates for teeth whitening. Additionally, tooth whitening products do not work on bridges, crowns, veneers, and other types of false teeth. However, anyone with natural, healthy teeth can benefit from a dental whitening procedure to restore their smile to its original dazzling beauty.
Our Dental Services
Technology & Safety
Providing a safe and relaxing environment, supported by the use of technology, is a top priority at Brent C. Lin, DDS. We are proud to share just some of the technology and tools we provide to our patients.
Cerec 3D CAD-CAM technology
Advanced technology that creates a 3D image of your teeth, eliminating the need for temporary crowns and a second visit.
Panoramic/CBCT (Cone beam) Imaging
Advanced diagnostic technology that takes panoramic and/or 3D images of your skull to increase diagnostic capabilities — all in about 14 seconds! All you do is stand there!
State-of-the-art sterilization machine (used by only 3% of practices)
Computerized anesthetic delivery system that achieves painless, efficient injections to patients
Computerized Dental Record
Computerized dental health records and management system. Online patient can also access to dental records.
Highly Trained Staff
Highly trained and licensed providers and staff