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Teeth Whitening

Millennium Dental, Beatriz Parra DDS

Implant Dentistry & Aesthetic Dentistry located in Redwood City, CA

Whitening your teeth is the easiest way to aesthetically improve your smile. At Millennium Dental, Beatriz Parra, DDS, in Redwood City, California, Dr. Parra offers safe and effective teeth whitening for all of her patients looking to cosmetically enhance their appearance. Learn more about the exceptional teeth whitening treatments at Millennium Dental, Beatriz Parra, DDS, today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

Why have my teeth become less white?

There are several factors that can cause your teeth to lose their color. You can get stains on the surfaces of your teeth from eating or drinking too many foods or beverages with dark pigments, like:

  • Coffee
  • Red wine
  • Soda
  • Berries
  • Tomato-based sauces

Brushing your teeth immediately after eating or drinking helps reduce the stains, but they tend to build up nonetheless over time.

Other factors that can discolor your teeth include:

  • Cigarettes
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Certain antihistamines
  • Some antipsychotics
  • Early exposure to tetracycline antibiotics

Your teeth also naturally lose their whiteness as you age, since your enamel wears down over time and exposes more of your tooth’s inner layer (dentin), which naturally yellows when you get older.

What are my teeth whitening options?

There are a variety of products on the market that promise to make your teeth whiter.

Whitening toothpaste can be effective in maintaining the color of your teeth, but they don’t do a lot in the way of reversing staining. Store-bought whitening strips and trays, on the other hand, can brighten your smile somewhat, but they’re only slightly effective and can actually be harmful to your oral health. The strips and trays in these whitening kits aren’t designed for your unique smile, which leaves the bleaching solution to frequently leak out and irritate your gums.

The best way to whiten your teeth is with a professional whitening treatment at your dentist’s office. Professional whitening can brighten your smile by up to eight shades, whereas over-the-counter kits can typically only make your smile two shades whiter. Millennium Dental, Beatriz Parra, DDS, provides a few different professional teeth whitening services to safely and effectively brighten your smile.

How do you whiten my teeth?

Millennium Dental, Beatriz Parra, DDS, offers two types of teeth whitening, both of which are easy, painless, and effective:

In-office whitening

In-office whitening can brighten your smile up to eight shades with a single office visit that takes less than an hour. Dr. Parra uses special tools to protect your gums, lips, and cheeks, then carefully applies a professional-strength whitening solution to your teeth. The whitening gel lightens your teeth while you wait in the chair, and you leave the office with a noticeably brighter and more beautiful smile.

At-home whitening

At-home whitening can achieve the same results at in-office whitening but gives you more control over how white your teeth become and how often you whiten them. Dr. Parra makes you custom-fitted whitening trays designed from an impression of your smile, so they fit snugly over your teeth, like a clear plastic retainer. You fill the trays with a whitening solution and wear them for a couple of hours every night for a week or more until your smile reaches the perfect shade of white.

Schedule your teeth whitening consultation by calling Millennium Dental, Beatriz Parra, DDS, or booking an appointment online, and beautify your smile today.