What is the best method of teeth whitening in San Francisco?
Teeth whitening is the single most popular cosmetic dental procedure available today; it is also considered the safest. There are a myriad of commercial over the counter whitening products advertised on TV and in magazines. Strips, gels, trays, toothpastes, rinses, and even gum can be purchased at the local drugstore or supermarket. Although some of these methods are moderately successful at removing surface stains, they lack the power of professional whitening products.
Some of the commercial products can aggravate existing oral conditions. The ready-made whitening trays are not customized to an individual’s bite as professional trays are. They can leak the gel onto the gum tissue, causing irritation and sensitivity. Treatment with commercial products typically have to be repeated frequently because the whitening agents only lighten the surface of the teeth, which can discolor again easily because the underlying stains still present.
Due to the long recognized safety of teeth whitening, there is no need to delay getting started. The first step should be to discuss the idea with Dr. Leo Arellano. He can recommend the type and level of whitening that would be best for an individual. He is dedicated to providing optimal oral health, effective dental treatments, and healthy beautiful smiles for his patients. He offers both chairside and at home whitening options for the convenience of his patients. Even if a patient chooses to use a commercial whitening product, an oral health check is recommended first to make sure there are no underlying oral conditions that could be affected.
Chairside, also called in-office whitening can be completed in as little as one hour. For this treatment, the lips are covered and a protective barrier is painted on your gums and hardened with the curing light. This protects sensitive soft tissue from coming in contact with the bleaching agent. The high concentration peroxide gel is painted on the teeth and activated with a UV lamp. Three or four 15 to 20 minute cycles are completed, and at the end of each cycle the gel is removed and a fresh coat is applied. When complete, the barriers are removed, the mouth is rinsed, and the patient walks out the door with a smile that is many shades lighter.
At home whitening, also called tray whitening, is extremely popular with those who would prefer the privacy of their home and the convenience of working their whitening into a busy time schedule. Custom fitted trays and professional strength gel are provided to the patient along with detailed instructions. The process usually takes one to two weeks, but some results will be apparent right away.
Anyone who wants a brighter, whiter smile should call 415-881-4343 today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Arellano.