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How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

How your smile looks is a major concern for many of our patients at Dental Express in San Diego, CA. Our dental practice offers professional at home and in office teeth whitening to help brighten your teeth up to several shades and help you achieve your dream smile. Our team uses professional-strength gel that reaches beneath the surface of your teeth to remove deep stains. When you’re looking for cosmetic dentistry procedures, like teeth whitening work, to improve your smile’s appearance, schedule a consultation to learn more about teeth whitening in San Diego.

Types of teeth whitening

Based on your smile goals, you can choose to have teeth whitening in our dental office or use at-home natural teeth whitening. Dental Express offers two popular brands of teeth whitening to our patients:

  1. Speed Teeth Whitening: This at home teeth whitening kit includes four gel applications, trays, and an LED light. After just 20 minutes, you will see a noticeably whiter smile. Some patients may need multiple kits to see their full results. This is because the results are more subtle, so this is recommended for those with minor stains or yellowing.

  1. Boost Teeth Whitening: Our in office teeth whitening whitens teeth with a gel that is applied to the surface of the teeth, which is activated with the help of an LED light. Your teeth will be whiter and brighter in just one hour. Our cosmetic dentist can help you choose the best shade for your teeth and smile goals. This option is recommended for patients with darker stains.

Does teeth whitening hurt?

No, it doesn’t. We apply a barrier to protect your gums from being irritated by the products used during teeth whitening. The only reported pain or discomfort you may feel is after your session with tooth sensitivity, which should stop in a few days.

How long will my teeth whitening results last?

Ultimately, routine dental exams and cleanings are important to maintaining your results. An exam at Dental Express will look for any tooth damage, decay, or signs of gum disease. Any dental issue detected during this exam must be resolved before teeth whitening treatment can commence. Follow-up sessions are recommended every few months to maintain your pearly whites. Refraining from stain-causing foods or beverages, such as berries, red wine, or coffee can also help ensure your teeth stay white.

Will insurance cover teeth whitening near me?

Because teeth whitening is considered cosmetic and not medically necessary, it isn’t usually covered by insurance. We offer low-interest financing and monthly payment plans to help make the cost of this cosmetic dental implants procedure affordable for all of our patients in San Diego, CA.

Learn if you’re a candidate for professional teeth whitening

Teeth whitening can offer fast and dramatic improvements to your smile. When you’re interested in learning more about the teeth whitening types we offer at Dental Express in San Diego, CA, call our office to schedule a consultation. We can evaluate your oral health to determine if you’re a candidate for this procedure.