Comparing professional and OTC teeth whitening in San Francisco

Dr. Leo Arellano at Leo Arellano DDS PC Comparing professional and OTC teeth whitening in San Francisco

The demand for whiter teeth and brighter smiles is greater than ever before. Although store shelves are lined with OTC (over the counter) products promising a whiter brighter smile, many people in San Francisco visit Dr. Leo Arellano and his talented dental team when they want to make their smiles sparkle. They know they can rely on the doctor to recommend the treatments that are best for them.

Ensuring that teeth whitening is the best option

Dr. Arellano first conducts a thorough examination to ensure patients are good candidates for teeth whitening. He will check for factors such as:

  • Existing dental issues – Some oral conditions, including periodontal disease or decay, need to be treated before whitening. If the gel reaches a fracture or cavity, it could cause extreme pain.
  • Restorations – If there are crowns, fillings, bonding, or veneers in the visible area of the smile, they could be darker than the natural teeth after treatment because they do not respond to the whitener.
  • Hypersensitivity – Teeth whitening can cause some temporary sensitivity, but this could be intolerable for patients with extremely sensitive teeth.
  • Healthy enamel – Whitening treatments are not recommended for patients with thin or eroding enamel on their teeth. The dentin will show through the thin enamel, leaving teeth with a yellowish cast.

Although most patients are good candidates for teeth whitening treatments, in some cases, dental bonding, veneers, or porcelain crowns would be a better choice. After the evaluation, Dr. Arellano discusses the recommended treatment, explains any potential side effects, and answers patients’ questions.

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Potential consequences of commercial whitening

The doctor’s professional guidance in not available with commercial products, so patients are vulnerable to making mistakes, including:

  • Leaving the whitener on too long, thinking if a little is good, more would be better. This can cause sensitivity and even make teeth translucent or bluish around the edges
  • Using too much whitening product and letting the excess seep onto the gums can cause gum tissue irritation or even burns.
  • Using non-FDA approved products can harm the teeth and the body.
  • Attempting to drink something while wearing the whitener, even using a straw, can cause patients to ingest the whitener, causing stomach distress, or worse.

Professional teeth whitening ensures the people of San Francisco and the surrounding areas can enjoy the guidance of a highly trained professional, safety, predictability, and a brighter, more vibrant smile. Call 415-881-4343 and schedule an appointment today.

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I've been going to Dr. Arellano for about 20 years and I continue because of the excellent care and treatment I get with him and his whole office team. He is both professional and personable.
Recently I had a newer technique of gum surgery/grafting at his office called, "Pinhole Surgical Technique of gum grafting." I personally found this to be much easier to handle than the other style of gum grafting that I received years ago for the other side of my mouth. That worked, it was where part of my roof of my mouth was cut and surgically sewn onto the gum. However, I much prefer the pinhole technique. It was actually the easiest dental work I've had (beyond regular cleaning.) It didn't take too long and it didn't feel uncomfortable getting it done. I was swollen, but I think that happens regardless of what kind of gum grafting is done. I needed ibuprofin for a few days, no major pain. It healed well and just felt easy. I am not a fan of having any work done in my mouth because that's me, but this was the easiest work I've ever had done.
So, if you are debating which kind of surgery to do I personally would recommend the pinhole surgery.

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We've gone to Dr Arellano for many years and have never been disappointed with any of the work he's done. Recently my husband broke a tooth and Leo got him in and had the tooth repaired within a few short hours. Service like that is very hard to finds these days. His office staff is fantastic. Nice people you are always glad to see. I would highly recommend Dr Arellano to anyone who is searching for an honest, competent, well trained dentist.

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I recently had a dental implant procedure performed by Dr. Arellano.
I could not be more pleased with the results. From the initial consultation to insertion of the implants, Dr. Arellano made this entire procedure understandable, easy, & pain-free !!
Highly recommend this professional dentist.

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