At West Hills Smiles, in West Hills, CA, 91307 near Woodland Hills, we have developed a number of remarkably effective options for medical and anti-aging dentistry. Our doctors, Dr. Mike Salekian and Dr. David Sturgeon, are known for their impeccable understanding of state-of-the-art dentistry as well as their comforting, communicative bed-side manner.
That’s why, for everything from periodontal care to children’s dentistry to teeth whitening, West Hills and Woodland Hills residents consider our knowledgeable, world-class dentists to be far ahead of the competition.
Teeth Whitening in West Hills & Woodland Hills, CA
Over time, it is natural for teeth to become stained by dentin or the inner part of the tooth absorbing organic stain causing compounds, which can lessen the whiteness of teeth. In the presence of our teeth whitening hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, free radicals break the double bonds of the organic stain, creating a single bonded molecular structure.
This causes brown or yellow stains to lose their color, leaving only stunningly white teeth.
When looking into options for teeth whitening, West Hills, Woodland Hills, and Calabasas residents often assume that whitening will affect the strength or integrity of one’s teeth. However, teeth whitening at West Hills Smiles is actually a chemical process that is neutral in pH, ensuring the enamel is not eroded or stripped off of the teeth. While most people respond very positively to whitening, it is important for patients to receive treatment under the care of an expert dentist in order to ensure success. At West Hills Smiles, our knowledgeable dentists in Woodland Hills might suggest using a whitening solution containing ACP, fluoride and/or potassium nitrate to help patients to stay on track with the whitening process.
Bleaching When You Have Sensitive Teeth
If you have areas of your teeth that are more sensitive than others, such as pockets of gum recession, we can block them out with our liquid dam material to protect them. Sensitivity might last up to 24 hours, but over-the-counter pain relievers can alleviate any discomfort. If necessary, we can even prescribe a stronger toothpaste to seal the dental tubules and make the teeth less susceptible to sensitivity.
While many will experience little to no sensitivity, if you’re ultra-sensitive, you may find it difficult to continue to whiten for up to two weeks. For reasons of compliance and sensitivity, a West Hills Smiles dental professional in Woodland Hills is happy to discuss which whitening method will work best for you.
How Bleaching Works
The basic bleaching process works by oxidizing the organic colored material within the tooth, reducing its color intensity. The process doesn’t weaken the structure of teeth, but it can cause some sensitivity. The most commonly used agents in the bleaching process are hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide. A higher concentration of peroxide achieves faster results. You can expect similar final results from products with less concentration if you increase the frequency of application or contact time.
With our renowned dental skills and warm, comforting demeanor, it should come as no surprise that for teeth whitening, our team at West Hills Smiles is trusted first and foremost. Yet, our cosmetic services range much further than whitening. Book an appointment for a teeth whitening treatment in West Hills, CA, near Woodland Hills & Calabasas, CA.