Teeth Whitening

Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry

General, Cosmetic and Family Dentists located in Santa Clarita Valley, Valencia, CA

Tooth discoloration can make your smile look worn and unattractive. The good news: Most stains and discoloration can be eliminated with professional teeth whitening. Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry offers both in-office teeth whitening treatments and take-home teeth whitening kits, helping patients in Valencia, California, and throughout the Santa Clarita Valley region get the beautiful, bright smiles they’ve always wanted.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What makes teeth look yellowed, dingy, dull, and stained?

The superficial layers of your teeth are hard, but they’re still porous. That means they can absorb pigments that make them look stained and dull. Things that cause discoloration include:

  • Tobacco use
  • Foods and drinks like coffee, red wine, tea, tomato sauce, dark berries, and deeply-pigmented spices or artificial or natural food colorings
  • Drinks that contain a lot of acids, like soda, citrus juices, and energy drinks
  • Poor oral hygiene and infrequent professional cleanings

At Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry, both in-office whitening treatments featuring the state-of-the-art Zoom! system and take-home whitening kits are offered for your convenience. For best results, have your teeth cleaned prior to whitening to make it easier for the whitening agents to penetrate your teeth.

What happens during in-office teeth whitening?

In-office teeth whitening with Zoom! uses special professional-strength whitening agents that are activated by light. Once the whitening gel is applied to the surfaces of your teeth, a light is used to help the gel penetrate more deeply for more dramatic improvements in the way your teeth look. During treatment, you wear a special soft mouth guard that holds your lips out of the way to make it easier for the light to reach all the surfaces of your teeth. The gel may be applied more than once during your treatment to provide optimal penetration. Zoom! works to whiten your teeth up to eight shades whiter in just a single, one-hour session.

How does a take-home whitening kit work?

These take-home whitening kits use custom-molded trays to ensure the professional-strength gel stays in contact with the surfaces of your teeth throughout each whitening session. As a result, they provide more effective and longer lasting results compared to the kits you can buy at the drugstore.

Your treatment begins with impressions of your teeth which are used to create the trays. During treatment, you fill the trays with the gel and wear them for about 20 minutes at a time. The take-home tooth whitening kits provide great results in just 4-6 weeks of regular use. Many patients use the take-home kits to maintain the results of their in-office whitening treatments.