Over time, your teeth may become discolored for many reasons, from your morning coffee, favorite tea, and foods you consume.Teeth whitening, also known as bleaching, is the process of lightening the color of your teeth. Bleaching is the chemical degradation of the chromogens on the tooth’s enamel which created the yellowish color you see.
Hydrogen peroxide is the active ingredient most commonly used in whitening products. When the hydrogen peroxide is diffused into the tooth, it acts as an oxidizing agent that breaks down to produce unstable free radicals. The free radicals then attach to organic pigment molecules, which reflect less light thus appearing “whiter”.
Professional teeth whitening offers many benefits. You will see longer lasting results than an at-home kit. It is a safe and secure procedure that takes little to no time with the ability to choose your own custom shade of white. The stronger, professional treatment can reach enamel that at-home kits cannot reach.
Teeth Whitening Styles
There are several types of whitening options to choose from. Below we will dig a little deeper into the top three choices for whiter, brighter teeth:
- Laser whitening: Laser whitening uses a peroxide bleaching solution that is applied to the teeth. It is activated by the laser which speeds up the whitening process. Laser whitening costs between $400 to $1800. Each session lasts one hour. Results often appear immediately. It is important to remember that intense whitening can cause greater teeth sensitivity. Laser whitening can help to deal with problems such as tooth decay or gum disease.
- Zoom whitening: Zoom whitening is an in-office treatment. It uses a solution with 25% hydrogen peroxide to remove yellowing and stains. Zoom whitening can lighten your teeth up to eight shades. Zoom whitening costs between $300 to $1000. Each session lasts an hour, and often 3-4 sessions are needed. Results appear right away and build up throughout the treatment process. Whitening trays can be used at home for maintenance.
- Professional whitening: Professional whitening costs between $300 to $900. In office sessions are 30 minutes, with an 8 hour at home treatment. This is most commonly done at night while asleep. For the best results, it will take about 3-4 weeks. Results appear within 3-14 days.
It is important to remember that these prices and time frames are an estimate. You should always seek out a certified dentist for a professional opinion. Oftentimes, they will be able to provide you with an estimated cost before your treatment plan is set in stone.
Dental Group of Simi Valley
The Dental Group of Simi Valley is conveniently located in Simi Valley, CA. Our practice was founded in 1963 by Dr. Ivan Berger. His son, Dr. Herschel Berger now operates the dental practice with his wife Dr. Laura Jen Kin. They both graduated from Dental School at the University of the Pacific.
At the Dental Group of Simi Valley, you will find warmth, compassion, and honesty. Our friendly staff is here to assist you in any way we can. We offer several services including:
We approach all dental work and teeth whitening on a case-by-case basis. We do not believe that any procedure is a one size fits all. With our teeth whitening, we work closely with you to find a plan that fits within your budget. By doing this, regardless of the plan you choose, you will receive all benefits from professionally whitening your teeth.
At the Dental Group of Simi Valley, we know how a bright, white smile can boost your confidence. This is why we proudly offer multiple teeth whitening procedures for residents throughout Moorpark, Newbury Park, Simi Valley, and Thousand Oaks.
To schedule an appointment with one of our certified dentists, you can call our office or send us a note through our website and one of our staff members will call you during business hours. Do not wait, schedule your appointment today. You’ll love your bright, new smile and will be more confident in your appearance. We want to help you maintain your dental health, so give us a call today. We look forward to speaking with you about your dental goals.