Pasadena teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure of choice, increasing in popularity every year. White is the only acceptable color for teeth today, both socially and professionally.
Ultra-white teeth have become the new standard, partly because teeth whitening is so widely available, reasonably priced, and one of the fastest cosmetic dentistry procedures available.
Niloufar Molayem, D.D.S. serves Pasadena and the surrounding area, providing teeth whitening and other high quality general and cosmetic dentistry services. Dr. Molayem is a conservative, holistic dentist. You can have confidence that she will recommend the least aggressive procedure to achieve oral health and your cosmetic goals, with your well-being as a whole patient foremost in mind.
Teeth Whitening Methods
Cosmetic dentistry has been in the spotlight for years, with our South Pasadena teeth whitening as the most popular cosmetic dental treatment in the area. As whiter teeth have become the number one aesthetic concern for many patients, several different ways to whiten the teeth have evolved, including over-the-counter products, peroxide formulate toothpaste, and whitening mouthwashes. Pasadena Cosmetic dentists may offer either or both of two different teeth whitening options – in-office whitening or at-home whitening.
In-Office Teeth Whitening in Pasadena
Teeth bleaching can be performed in a dental office in one or two visits, using either tray bleaching or lasers.
In tray bleaching, the dentist takes an impression of your teeth, and an individual, custom tray is made to fit your mouth. The gel used for bleaching is applied in the tray, and then onto your teeth. The tray helps to decrease contact of the bleaching gel with gum tissue. This in-office bleaching process may take several visits to achieve the desired level of whitening.
When a laser is used for teeth bleaching, the dentist first applies a protective gel or rubber dam to cover the gum tissue. A bleaching gel is applied and left on the teeth for a certain length of time, and ultraviolet laser light is used to activate the whitening agent in the gel. Several appointments may be needed for this procedure.
What Can I Expect After My Teeth Whitening Procedure?
At Pasadena Smile Center, our in-office teeth whitening system can whiten your teeth dramatically, giving you a picture-perfect smile. If you are planning on attending an upcoming event, our high-tech teeth whitening system can produce a brilliant smile in a single appointment.
Whether you are attending a party, wedding, date, or other event, nothing gives you more confidence in your appearance than a beautiful, white smile. The procedure will make your teeth free from the stains they have accumulated from drinking coffee, tea, wine, or foods. For more extensively stained teeth, you may require more than one treatment to produce the most dramatic improvement.
Is Bleaching Your Teeth Safe?
When performed by our team of dental professionals at Pasadena Smile Center, you can be confident that your health and safety are always a priority. Your gums will be protected during the procedure, so only the teeth will be in contact with the bleaching agent.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
At-home teeth whitening, using gel and trays provided by your dentist, is the most popular method, and it dramatically whitens the teeth. This type of teeth bleaching typically requires two office visits. In your first visit, Dr. Molayem will take an impression of your teeth, and clear plastic trays will be custom-fabricated to fit. In your second visit, you will try on the bleaching trays to ensure a proper fit, and minor adjustments will be made, if needed.
Dr. Molayem will send you home with care instructions for your teeth and trays. Depending on the level of whitening desired and the amount of staining of the teeth, the trays with the special whitening solution will be worn either for 30 minutes twice a day, or overnight for a few weeks. Tooth sensitivity is normal during teeth whitening, and it should subside soon after you are finished bleaching your teeth.
How Long Does it Take to Whiten Teeth?
If you choose our in-office professional teeth whitening, the entire procedure is typically one hour or less. Should you choose to use the at-home teeth whitening system, your teeth will whiten over several days to achieve the brilliant white shade you want. You will simply wear the trays with the bleaching substance for a short period each day until the right level of whiteness is achieved.
Confidence in Your Smile:
White teeth are something most people want. Pearly white teeth are simply more pleasing to look at than stained or yellow teeth. Unfortunately, no matter how diligently we brush or what toothpaste we use, many people have teeth that are not naturally white. No matter what color your teeth are naturally, our Pasadena teeth whitening is an effective, economical way to improve the brilliance and beauty of your smile.
At-home teeth whitening, using custom-fabricated trays provided by your dentist, is a safe and painless, no-stress process that produces beautiful, dramatic results. You can whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home, while watching a movie or listening to music.
One major benefit of teeth whitening is the long-term results it produces. This procedure can leave you with a much brighter smile for a very long time. You may need a touchup once every several years, particularly if you smoke or drink coffee, tea, or wine.
Today, teeth whitening is widely available and reasonably priced, so the average person can afford it. Having a beautiful, brilliant white smile can improve your appearance and raise your self-confidence. Teeth whitening is one of the better dental investments available.
Results That Last Close to a Lifetime
Ungainly stains and discoloration on your teeth can ruin your appearance. A tooth whitening is one of the best ways to regain beautiful, pearl-white teeth within hours. Unlike other forms of bleaching, concentrated teeth whitening procedures offer long-lasting results to patients.
A typical teeth whitening treatment gives results that last between 9 and 12 years. Light discoloration of the teeth is observed 3 years after the procedure; but even this discoloration is negligible. Some of the reasons for teeth discoloration are:
- Consumption of stained food (ex: coffee, curry, wine and oily foods)
- Tooth dehydration
- Usage of dental care products with higher chemical concentration
- Primary cause of teeth discoloration
The most important thing to remember is to avoid indulging in behaviors which can result in staining and discoloration of the teeth.
Is There Any Downtime After Teeth Whitening at Pasadena Smile Center?
While there is no downtime and you are free to go about your day as usual, you will need to avoid colored food and drinks for 24 hours at least. That means avoiding coffee, tea, wine, or any dark-colored foods such as berries after your teeth whitening treatment. You may feel a slight sensitivity, although most of our patients report no side effects at all – and are thrilled with the result.
Safe, Non-Toxic Bleaching Agents
One of the most common questions that we receive at our South Pasadena dental clinic is whether the chemicals used during the teeth whitening procedure are toxic or not. Today, we would like to put your fears to rest.
No, teeth whitening agents aren’t toxic to the body. One main reason for this is that the chemicals used to bleach the teeth - carbamideperoxide and hydrogen peroxide – is actually naturally-produced in the body. Therefore, when applied on the teeth, the body doesn’t react negatively to the chemicals, ensuring that you remain safe.
Additionally, if done by a qualified dental practitioner, there won’t be any risk of chemical overuse. Dr. Cho has extensive experience whitening teeth and you can rely on him for quality treatment.
Strong and Healthy Teeth for a Better Tomorrow
Are you worried about the effect of teeth whitening agents on your dental fillings, crowns and veneers? Don’t be. The agents used to bleach teeth are designed keeping in mind dental fillings, implants, bridges and other treatments.
Most peroxide-based whiteners are extremely safe to use and do not affect the quality of the teeth and the fillings. However, research has shown that agents that contain a peroxide concentration of 3.6% or higher, may result in microscopic surface roughness and hardness of the teeth.
If you have extremely sensitive teeth, then it’s best to inform the dentist about the same. Once informed. Dr. Cho will choose those whiteners that are safe and sensitive for your teeth.
Does Teeth Whitening Make Your Teeth Sensitive?
While some patients may feel minor sensitivity after whitening, this is of short duration, and quickly diminishes. The use of sensitive teeth toothpaste can alleviate this minor symptom. In typical results, a patient’s teeth return to the level of sensitivity they had prior to the whitening procedure in a few days.
Good candidates for the teeth whitening treatment are:
- Patients with stained and discolored teeth
- Patients using restorative dental materials such as fillings, implants and bonding
- Patients with a worn enamel and tooth sensitivity
- Patients suffering from TMD or bruxism
If you’d like more information about our services, feel free to reach out to our clinic in Pasadena.
Cost of the Procedure
The cost of teeth whitening procedures depends on multiple factors, such as:
- Extensiveness of the whitening treatment
- Agents and gels used
- In-office versus in-home treatment
- Doctor and hospital visited
In the United States, a single in-office teeth whitening treatment can cost anywhere between $400 and $1000. The in-home teeth whitening treatment (which involves the doctor providing you the products and the directions for use), costs between $200 and $400. If you choose to supplement the procedure with OTC teeth bleaching agents, then an additional $50-$100 may be added to your expenses.
If you are ready for whiter teeth, Niloufar Molayem, D.D.S. can help. As teeth whitening works on the natural tooth enamel, the first step is for Dr. Molayem to evaluate your teeth for any old fillings or crowns that need to be replaced. Contact us today for arguably some of the best teeth whitening Pasadena has to offer.
If replacement or restoration is needed, it will be done after the whitening process to match your new, pearly white teeth.