Teeth Bleaching

Rudell Gary S. Jacinto, DMD -  - Family Dentist

Rudell Gary S. Jacinto, DMD

Family Dentist located in Miracle Mile, Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Rudell Jacinto provides safe, effective teeth bleaching methods to help patients in Hancock Park, Miracle Mile, and the greater Los Angeles, CA, area enjoy whiter, brighter, healthier-looking smiles so they feel and look their best. Dr. Jacinto's office is conveniently located near Central LA, Wilshire Center, Koreatown, Oakwood, Melrose, Farifax, La Brea, Beverly Grove, Little Ethiopia, Dockweiler, Vineyard, Mid-Wilshire, Faircrest Heights, and Mid City.

Teeth Bleaching Q & A

by Rudell Gary S. Jacinto, DMD

Why do teeth become yellow and discolored?

Teeth can become discolored and stained on the surface for many reasons. Some of the most common causes for surface stains include:

  • coffee and tea consumption

  • energy drink consumption

  • eating foods known to stain, including dark berries

  • eating foods with a high acidic content that can make it easier for stains to penetrate enamel

  • smoking or chewing tobacco

Other discoloration issues can occur when teeth are damaged or badly decayed, or after a root canal is performed. This type of discoloration occurs on the inside and can't be treated with bleaching.

Is teeth bleaching safe for my teeth and gums?

Yes, the products used in professional teeth bleaching are completely safe for your teeth and gums. Plus, professional whitening is performed under the guidance of a dentist, so you can feel confident the care you receive will be as effective as possible without causing damage to your teeth or gums.

Will teeth bleaching make my teeth sensitive?

Some patients may experience minor sensitivity during teeth whitening, but it will resolve once the bleaching is complete. When your teeth are professionally whitened, you can have an exam prior to whitening to look for very small areas of untreated decay, tiny fissures or other issues that can cause sensitivity and have them corrected prior to treatment.

Are over-the-counter teeth whitening products as effective as professional whitening methods?

No, professional whitening methods use the strongest whitening agents available in addition to special techniques that ensure more consistent whitening and deeper whitening, so you can enjoy longer-lasting and better-looking results compared to the results you'd get from an over-the-counter whitening product.

How long will my results last?

That depends on how well you care for your teeth and whether you avoid staining foods, drinks and tobacco. Touch-up treatments can also help extend your results indefinitely.