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Teeth Whitening Specialist

St. George Dental & Medical Spa

Dentists & Board Certified Physicians located in Van Nuys, CA & Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA

Nothing ruins a smile quite like discolored teeth, and while time and environmental factors will naturally darken your teeth, there are options to combat this problem, including services for teeth whitening in Los Angeles with Dr. Samir Halaka.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What is Teeth Whitening?

When your teeth have been discolored over time, you will probably need to enhance their shade dramatically. This is where professional teeth whitening can come in handy. By applying composites directly to your teeth, you can see noticeable results within the hour while more conventional at-home methods might take weeks to achieve similar results. This is also a very safe process that will not damage your teeth and gums in the long run.

How Long Does It Last?

Professional teeth whitening lasts differently from patient to patient depending on environment and lifestyle factors. Teeth darken over time regardless, but your smoking, drinking and eating habits can have a lot to do with how quickly this darkening occurs. It is important to note here that even when undergoing teeth whitening, you are not changing the base color of your teeth; you are just giving them a very nice sheen.

What are Potential Side Effects?

There are some potential side effects from professional teeth whitening that you will want to discuss with your dentist. The most likely is gum sensitivity, which can be caused by the too much whitening solution. You want to keep in mind that adding more solution will not necessarily make your teeth any whiter.

Who is a Good Candidate?

Most people with discolored teeth could probably stand to benefit from a professional teeth whitening service. However, teeth whitening cannot and should not be used instead of more practical dental work, such as veneers, crowns, fillings and other conventional procedures. If you are also currently dealing with any form of tooth decay or increased sensitivity, you may want to hold off on teeth whitening and consult with a dentist. Additionally, if you are pregnant or currently breastfeeding, it is recommended that you do not undergo teeth whitening.