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Am I a candidate for teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is one of the least expensive—and noninvasive ways—to dramatically brighten your smile. You can do it just before an important job interview or significant life events, like a wedding or family vacation. Or you can whiten your smile just because!

The Benefits of Teeth Whitening

group of four adults smiling | dentist van nuys caA brighter smile can boost your mood and your confidence. It can also take years off your appearance and help you make the best first impression. When you feel confident, it shows in everything you do.

Additionally, before your cosmetic dentist in Van Nuys okays your whitening, we make sure you’re a good candidate and that it is a safe treatment for you.

Learning Whether You’re a Good Candidate for Teeth Whitening

If you’re a new patient or haven’t been to the dentist in a while, we start you with a professional teeth whitening consultation. Our dentist talks to you about our teeth whitening options and provides a dental exam at this visit. This, along with your specific smile goals, lets us know whether teeth whitening is a good option for you.

Sometimes, our dentist recommends pretreatments, like professional teeth cleaning. This rids your teeth of the stubborn plaque and tartar buildup that may hinder your results. In addition, when you start with teeth cleaning, our whitening product can better penetrate your tooth enamel and lift away the stains.

It’s also important to remember that restorations and prosthetics will not lighten with professional teeth whitening. Your dentist can advise you and adjust treatment to address this issue.

Your Safety Is Our Top Priority

Our team will never recommend professional teeth whitening unless it is deemed safe for your teeth and gums.

And part of our commitment to your safety means cautioning you against internet-purchased or store-bought kits and gels. These systems can have harsh ingredients that can actually harm your teeth or restorations. They may also leave you with uneven whitening results and lingering tooth pain or sensitivity.

Van Nuys Teeth Whitening

Our in-office teeth whitening lifts brown and yellow tooth stains, which can take years off your appearance and make you want to smile more often.

Just one appointment in our dental office means a whiter and brighter smile for you.

Maintaining Your Whitening Results

Lifestyle, including our diets, plays a significant role in enamel discoloration. Your dentist or a member of our team can provide tips to help you maintain your new bright smile. These tips include making you aware of foods and drinks that can lead to staining, including:

  • Coffee, tea, and red wine
  • Bright, colorful sauces
  • Certain medications
  • Berries and fruit juices

woman with curly hair smiling | van nuys teeth whiteningYou do not have to eliminate the foods and drinks that cause tooth stains, but you can limit your intake or rinse your mouth following indulgence.

We also recommend giving up tobacco as it can discolor your teeth significantly and put you at risk for gum disease, oral cancers, and so much more!

And never skip your six-month teeth cleanings!

For Safe Teeth Whitening in Van Nuys, CA, Call Our Office Today

We’re always happy to help our patients achieve their smile goals. If you would like more information, or if you’re ready to get started, contact a member of our friendly team.

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