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Teeth Whitening

Using a professional teeth whitening system, you can get dramatic results in a matter of days by teeth bleaching at home. Some products use a pH-neutral formula that has been approved by the FDA.
Tooth bleaching is a way to lighten teeth without bonding material to the teeth, or removing any sound tooth structure. In this respect, it's one of the most conservative cosmetic procedures. It's an "old" procedure, back in vogue.

How does professional Tooth Whitening work?

First, the tooth is isolated with a rubber dam. This protects your gums and tongue, too. Then the tooth is cleaned thoroughly. Your tooth may or may not be pre-conditioned to help the teeth whitening products penetrate.

The tooth is covered with gauze, and the teeth bleaching solution is carefully applied. A heat source "cures" the bleach and hastens the process. These steps are repeated several times, depending on the appropriate level of whiteness you want to achieve. The color of adjacent teeth will be considered too, so you'll look natural (there is such a thing as too white). A professional tooth whitening session takes 30 to 45 minutes - and there you are. After three to five sessions, the tooth really shows the difference.

  • What is Teeth Whitening?

    It is a whitening process that lightens the discolorations of enamel and dentin. The teeth whitening system uses a whitening gel that is retained in a custom-fitted appliance.

  • Is the process safe?

    Clinical research has shown that using a properly formulated professional tooth whitening gel under the supervision of a dentist is safe for teeth and gums.

  • How long does it take?

    Results are usually seen in the first several days. Maximum results generally occur when the process is continued for 10 to 14 days (or nights)

  • How long do the results last?

    The teeth will ALWAYS be lighter than they were. However, some patients may choose to touch-up periodically, one or two nights every six months. If you think that you might benefit from this tooth bleaching process, be sure to let your dentist know. He or she would be happy to assist in providing you with whiter teeth and a brighter smile!

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Tooth Whitening Methods

San Jose teeth whitening from Dr. Isaac Lin can put a great big gorgeous smile on your face. Our dental team is known for outstanding results when it comes to whitening teeth.
We know that you want to look your best, and we offer a range of safe and effective bleaching products to whiten teeth. Our good-natured and highly competent team will explain the tooth whitening options that are the best fit for your dental situation.

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There are a few different methods of bleaching your teeth, one of the most common is the in-office laser bleaching system. This method enjoys wide popularity because the effects will be noticeable immediately after treatment.
You can also opt for at-home treatment options, as long as these are used under the supervision of Dr. Lin, however, the effects will take much longer to become noticeable. Some of these will work in 2 weeks, while others take up to six weeks. You can discuss your options with Dr. Lin when you schedule an appointment.
It is important to talk to Dr. Lin before going ahead with any tooth whitening treatment as certain options may be better for certain types of stain. Contact Santana Park Dental Care in San Jose today at (855) 426-4249.

Teeth whitening safety precautions

There has been quite a lot of research over the last couple of years looking into the safety of using tooth whitening techniques. All of the whitening products we use at Santana Park Dental Care are approved by the American Dental Association. This means that it's now perfectly safe to have your teeth whitened in San Jose, CA.
Dr. Lin will advise you of any potential side effects, but normally the only thing you might notice is an increased sensitivity to hot or cold food, and this normally goes away by itself within a couple of days.

Teeth Whitening FAQS

Tooth whiteners can get you the smile you've always wanted!

  • Does professional tooth bleaching work for everyone?

    The success of the procedure depends in part on what caused the tooth staining in the first place. Surface coffee, tea, and tobacco stains that resist cleaning can be bleached away (the stains will reappear over time if you continue to indulge, of course). Antibiotic staining - from tetracycline, for example - is a bit harder to treat with simple teeth bleaching. Alternatively, a jacket or porcelain veneers may be called for.
    The idea is to be very selective about which tooth is a good candidate for the procedure.

  • Is it safe?

    Research over the last five years has proven that teeth bleaching is both safe and effective. The American Dental Association's seal of approval has been given to a wide range of tooth whitener products. Generally, the only side effect from treatment may be some sensitivity to hot and cold foods. If this occurs, sensitivity normally disappears within 48 hours.

  • Who benefits from this procedure?

    One of the easiest ways to look years younger is to brighten discolored teeth to show off a brilliant, white smile!
    Everyone could use whiter teeth, as discoloring occurs frequently with aging, use of medication, smoking, or frequently drinking coffee, soda, and tea. Whiter teeth are San Jose's Dr. Isaac Lin's easy, immediately noticeable extreme cosmetic dentistry makeover solution!

  • Is Tooth Whitening right for you?

    Teeth bleaching has a higher than 90% success rate. It is tough on stains but gentle on your teeth! Results vary depending on several factors such as teeth stained from smoking; from taking certain medications such as tetracycline during tooth development; or from fluorosis, a condition occurring in the presence of too much fluoride.
    A tooth whitener will not lighten fillings or artificial materials used in dental repair such as crowns, porcelain veneers, etc. Your dentist may discourage treatment if you have sensitive teeth, periodontal disease, teeth with worn enamel, or if you're pregnant or breastfeeding.

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It is important to talk to Dr. Lin before going ahead with any tooth whitening treatment as certain options may be better for certain types of stain. Contact Santana Park Dental Care in San Jose today at (855) 426-4249. Our Santana Park Dental Care team is committed to delivering a smile you'll be proud to show off!