Westminster Family Dentistry
Kaweh Farahbod, DDS
Family Dentist & General Dentist located in Westminster, CA
Does your smile need a touch-up? Teeth whitening is a safe and hassle-free way to improve your appearance and boost your self-confidence. Kaweh Farahbod, DDS, offers highly effective teeth whitening at Westminster Family Dentistry. Located in Westminster, California, he provides both in-office and take-home treatment options that will leave your smile several shades brighter. To schedule a consultation at Westminster Family Dentistry, call the office today.
Teeth Whitening Q & A
What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is an innovative technique to clear up stains and discolorations on your teeth. It can significantly enhance your teeth and their appearance, giving you the smile you’ve always wanted. It’s easy to see why it’s one of the most preferred options in cosmetic dentistry.
With the use of a bleaching agent, the process of teeth whitening breaks up the concentrations of stains on your teeth, making them appear whiter and healthier looking. Teeth whitening is perfectly safe and doesn’t harm the enamel — the outer layer of your teeth.
How do tooth stains occur?
Tooth stains occur on the enamel and can hamper your smile. Besides aging or wear and tear, the most common reason for tooth stains is stain-causing foods and beverages. These include:
- Dark tea
- Red wine
There are other risk factors that increase your chances of developing stains or discoloration on your teeth, such as chewing or smoking tobacco, poor oral hygiene habits, and the use of certain medications.
At Westminster Family Dentistry, Dr. Farahbod first does a thorough analysis of your dental health before coming to a conclusion and recommending solutions on how to improve your smile.
How does teeth whitening work?
Teeth whitening at the office involves the use of a whitening gel applied to your teeth. The gel is comprised of a bleaching agent, the active ingredient, which is often hydrogen peroxide. Professional whitenings, as opposed to over-the-counter options, make use of gels with a very high concentration of hydrogen peroxide to achieve optimal whitening results.
At Westminster Family Dentistry, Dr. Farahbod uses a specialized laser that quickens the bleaching. In all, the process takes anywhere from 30-90 minutes and whitens your smile by several shades.
There are also take-home whitening kits you can use that allow you to whiten your smile with gel-lined trays at home. If you opt for a take-home option, Dr. Farahbod will provide detailed instructions on how to whiten your teeth at home.
How long do teeth whitening results last?
Typically, whitening results should last at least 1-2 years, if not more. The key to maintaining whitening results is practicing excellent oral hygiene and avoiding stain-causing foods or habits, such as chewing or smoking tobacco.
Also, make sure to keep coming back for regular checkups so Dr. Farahbod and the team at Westminster Family Dentistry can monitor how well you’re taking care of your teeth.
To schedule a teeth whitening, call the office today.