Whitening and Cleaning

Whitening and Cleaning services offered in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA

If you’ve noticed your smile isn’t as bright as it used to be, teeth whitening offers a solution. Residents of West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, rely on William Ginzburg, DDS, of Sunset Smile Dental in Sunset Plaza for top quality teeth whitening services. When you’re ready to book your visit, call the office or spend a few moments on the online booking page. 


Why have my teeth changed color over time?

If your smile has lost some of its brightness over time, you’re certainly not alone. The primary cause of tooth discoloration is the aging process. To understand why it helps to think about the structure of your teeth.


The outermost layer of your teeth is a layer of hard tissue called enamel, which is naturally white in color. Just beneath lies another area of hard tissue named dentin, which is naturally yellow in color.


As time passes, your enamel begins to thin. This reveals more of the underlying dentin, which gives your teeth a yellow cast.


Additional factors that can stain or discolor your teeth include:

  • Consuming food or drinks that stain, like red wine, berries, coffee, or even potatoes
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Certain medications
  • Excessive exposure to fluoride
  • Smoking or using other tobacco products

If you notice changes in the shade of your smile, teeth whitening can help.


How does teeth whitening work?

In-office teeth whitening uses a powerful whitening solution only available to dental professionals. When you come in for a whitening visit, your dentist begins by carefully isolating your tongue and other soft tissues.


The whitening solution is applied to the front sides of the teeth most visible when you speak or smile. Some systems use a special light to activate and boost the whitening solution. After a short period of time, the whitening solution is removed from your teeth and your mouth is thoroughly rinsed.


You can boost your smile by several shades through in-office whitening. If you’d prefer a more subtle whitening experience, at-home kits are available. These systems use special plastic trays that snap over the surface of your teeth. You simply apply a thin line of the whitening gel and wear your trays while you go about other tasks. 


At-home whitening is a slower process, but it does allow you to control the brightness of your smile.


What can I do to extend the effects of teeth whitening?

Once you see how beautiful your smile appears after professional whitening, you’ll want to do everything you can to extend those results. The best thing you can do to keep your smile looking white and bright is to come in for routine dental exams and professional cleanings. 


Your dental team can remove all traces of plaque and tartar from your teeth, keeping them gleaming and bright. You can also ask your dental team to demonstrate the best brushing and flossing techniques for you to implement at home. 


If you have questions about which toothbrushes, toothpastes, and mouth rinses to use, simply ask during your next visit. Taking great care of your teeth will keep them shining and bright, and also prevent dental decay and gum disease. 


When you’re ready to begin, call or click to schedule a visit at Sunset Smile Dental