Teeth Whitening

Cosmetic Dentist, Aesthetic Specialist & General Dentistry located in San Diego, CA

Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening services offered in San Diego, CA

If your smile has lost some of its sparkle over the years, professional teeth whitening can restore a bright, white smile. At Elghor Dental Studio in San Diego, California, Sarah Elghor, DDS, offers several teeth whitening treatments that deliver impressive results. Call the friendly office staff or click today to book an appointment. 

Teeth Whitening Q&A

What causes tooth discoloration?

If you’ve noticed changes in your smile over the years, you’re certainly not alone. Many things can cause or contribute to a less-than-bright smile, but the aging process is largely to blame. 

That’s because the only part of your teeth that’s naturally white is the outermost layer of this tissue called enamel. The next layer, called dentin, is naturally yellow. As the years go by, you lose some of your bright white enamel, allowing more of the yellow dentin to shine through. 

Additional causes of tooth discoloration include:

  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Smoking or other tobacco use
  • Traumatic injury
  • Exposure to high levels of fluoride
  • Certain medical conditions or treatments

The food and drinks you choose can also create discoloration. Options like berries, red wine, coffee, tea, and even potatoes can change the color of your teeth. 

What are some available teeth whitening options?

In-office whitening uses a powerful whitening solution to blast apart stains and reveal a brighter, whiter smile. You relax in the treatment chair while your practitioner isolates your soft tissues for protection before painting on a thin layer of whitening solution. 

After a period of time the solution is washed away, revealing a gleaming, bright smile. You can boost your shade by up to eight levels during just one whitening appointment. 

At-home whitening is also an option. Dr. Elghor provides a custom-fitted tray and strong whitening gel. You simply apply a thin line of the gel into each tray, pop them in place over your teeth, and wear them for a short time while you go about your normal routines. 

If you have abnormally white spots on your teeth, an innovative system called ICON® resin infiltration works by buffing the affected tooth tissue before filling pores in your enamel with a high-penetration resin.   

With all options, steps are taken to minimize tooth sensitivity. 

How can I extend my teeth whitening results?

Begin by examining the foods and beverages you enjoy the most. You can still look forward to a glass of red wine or a bowl of berries; just rinse your mouth or lightly brush your teeth afterward. 

If you smoke, quitting is one of the best things you can do for your smile, and professional teeth whitening is a wonderful reward. 

To book a cosmetic dentistry visit, call during normal business hours, or schedule online any time of day.