Teeth Whitening

Smile Plant

General Dentists located in Santa Clara, CA

It’s no secret that whiter teeth usually look healthier and contribute to a more aesthetically beautiful smile. Fortunately, you can achieve a whiter and brighter smile with advanced teeth whitening from expert dentist Joseph Kim, DDS, at Smile Plant in Santa Clara, California. From laser teeth whitening to take-home trays, you have many available teeth-whitening options to polish up your pearly whites. Click online or call Smile Plant today.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental treatment specially designed to remove teeth stains and whiten your teeth. You can effectively whiten your teeth with the help of a take-home whitening kit or in-office treatments at Smile Plant. 

Before any whitening procedure, the first step is typically a teeth cleaning to remove surface stains, tartar, and plaque that might prevent the whitening agent from working properly and making full contact with your teeth.

Why do teeth get stained over time?

Your teeth can become discolored and stained over time due to various outside factors, such as poor dental hygiene, genetics, and trauma. Certain substances can also play a role, including medications, tobacco, and food and beverages like red wine and coffee.

Diseases like tooth decay can also lead to tooth discoloration.

What teeth-whitening treatments can I choose from?

You can choose from various teeth-whitening treatments and methods, such as: 

  • Whitening toothpastes
  • In-office laser whitening treatments 
  • Over-the-counter gels
  • Take-home whitening kits and strips

Smile Plant provides laser teeth whitening in-office to help you enhance your smile. Many professional teeth-whitening treatments must be performed under dental supervision in-office. In-office whitening at Smile Plant typically takes about an hour, with instant results. 

For a more gradual process, you can opt for professional custom take-home kits. Dr. Kim gives you specific details and instructions on how to use your take-home trays.

How does teeth whitening work?

Most teeth-whitening methods involve using special bleaching chemicals to break up and disperse stains into smaller particles. Your teeth look whiter because there’s less concentration of the stained color.

Laser technology is now especially safe and advanced. With laser teeth whitening, precise wavelengths of laser energy are used to whiten teeth with impressive results. The lasers are typically used along with a special dental hydrogen peroxide or whitening gel.

How do I know which teeth-whitening treatment is right for me?

If you’re not sure which teeth-whitening treatment to choose, visit Smile Plant, where Dr. Kim can discuss your available options and help you determine what’s best.

You might want to choose a professional whitening treatment to get the best outcome with deeper-set stains. Professional treatments are well-tolerated, can deliver long-lasting results, and there aren’t any side effects besides some mild tooth sensitivity. You also get to work with an experienced and qualified dentist.

If you’re interested in achieving a cleaner-looking and whiter, brighter smile, visit Smile Plant. Book online or call today.