Teeth whitening is one of the simplest and least expensive cosmetic dental procedures available today. Teeth whitening provides a beautiful improvement to any smile. Just by brightening discolorations that result from coffee, wine, tobacco, age, or acidic foods, patients can take years off of their appearance and dramatically improve their look. Dr. Jamie Elizabeth Sands offers very effective methods for teeth whitening at her Studio City practice, including in-office whitening and at-home whitening kits.
If time isn’t on your side, and you need a bright and beautiful smile in time for your next job interview, audition, or important date, our in-office teeth whitening procedure will be the perfect fit. Dr. Jamie Sands offers in-office teeth whitening using Opalescence® BOOST to provide her patients with instant results in about an hour. After the teeth are isolated, a whitening gel containing 40 percent hydrogen peroxide is applied to the teeth. After each 15 to 20 minute session, your teeth will be cleaned so that Dr. Jamie Sands can closely monitor the progression of brightness. Patients usually receive three 15 to 20 minute sessions that occur in just one office visit. The Opalescence® BOOST in-office whitening does not use a laser, which lessens sensitivity that often occurs from other in-office teeth-whitening procedures. As a result, patients can brighten their teeth up to eight shades whiter!
Dr. Jamie Sands also offers her patients the convenience of whitening their teeth at home with either Opalescence® or KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching™ trays. Dr. Jamie Sands custom makes each tray to perfectly fit her patient’s teeth. The trays are thin, form fitting, and comfortable to wear. By applying the bleaching gel inside the custom-made trays and wearing them only at night, you can achieve excellent whitening results in as few as two weeks. Depending on the severity of the stains, Dr. Jamie Sands may recommend an extended treatment time. At-home teeth whitening is the only treatment you can use at home that contains amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP), which helps to reduce tooth sensitivity and protect the enamel.
Teeth Whitening FAQ
As the hydrogen peroxide in the teeth whitening gel is activated, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin to bleach the surface of the tooth.
In-office teeth whitening takes between 60 to 90 minutes to complete. The first 15 to 20 minutes of preparation are followed by three to four 15 to 20 minute applications of the special gel. The number of applications will depend on the level of brightness the patient wants to achieve.
Although we cannot tell exactly how many shades whiter your teeth will be after your teeth whitening, your teeth will be dramatically whiter. Whitening works best on yellow stains caused by smoking, coffee, and tea. The darker your teeth are prior to whitening, the better and more dramatic your whitening results will be.
Side effects with teeth whitening are rare and minor. Some patients may experience minor sensitivity or discomfort during treatment. Patients may experience a tingling sensation after the procedure, which will always subside.
Your teeth will always appear whiter than they were prior to treatment, especially if you floss and brush twice daily to maintain your results. On average, teeth whitening lasts between six months to five years, although, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, some studies have reported teeth whitening results lasting up to ten years. The KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching™ home maintenance system can keep your whitening results permanent. In addition, avoiding things that can stain your teeth, such as smoking, coffee, tea, and red wine, can help preserve your teeth-whitening results.
If you are interested in improving your smile with teeth whitening in Studio City, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Jamie Elizabeth Sands. Call (818) 766-6767 or fill out our online contact form today.