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By Apple Valley Dental
June 09, 2020
Category: Oral Health

Are you ready to whiten your teeth but aren't sure if you should visit your Apple Valley, CA, dentist, Dr. Samuel Kim for professional whitening or try a do-it-yourself approach? Before you make a decision, here are a few things you may want to consider.

Time

How long will you need to use an over-the-counter (OTC) whitening product for optimal results? Will you remember to follow the recommended schedule if you need to apply the product for weeks or months?

Professional whitening at the Apple Valley dental office only takes about an hour, and most people only need one treatment to reach their desired results. If you know that you don't have the patience to apply OTC products week after week, professional whitening offers an excellent solution.

At-home whitening kits are also available from the dentist. You'll need to use the custom trays and the whitening gel provided for about a week or two if you choose this option. At-home trays also offer a convenient way to touch up your whitened teeth occasionally.

Results

How much of a change can you expect with OTC whiteners? It can be disappointing to use a product as recommended yet only see minimal improvement in the color of your teeth.

Professional-strength hydrogen peroxide, the active ingredient in whiteners, targets the source of stains by breaking apart and removing dark pigment in your tooth enamel. These pigments collect in your enamel after you drink coffee or tea, or eat berries or other dark foods.

After your professional whitening treatment, your teeth will be noticeably whiter. In fact, most people experience a three-to eight-shade improvement.

Safety

Some OTC products may actually may your teeth look duller. Harsh products wear away your enamel, exposing the yellow dentin layer underneath. Unfortunately, once the enamel's gone, it won't grow back.

Some people find it hard to tolerate the whitening process due to sensitivity. During your professional whitening session, your dentist will apply a protective gel to your gums and use plastic retractors to keep your lips from touching your teeth. Your safety and comfort are the priorities during professional whitening sessions.

Interested? Give us a call

Brighten your smile with professional teeth whitening! Call your dentist in Apple Valley, CA, Dr. Kim, at (760) 247-6007 to schedule your appointment.

By Apple Valley Dental
March 10, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Wouldn’t you like to look at yourself in the mirror and bask in how radiant and white your teeth are? Unfortunately, everybody will have to contend with teeth stains at some time in their life. Fortunately, getting rid of unsightly stains and discoloration is easier than ever. The trick is to figure out the kind of stains you need to get rid of and which teeth whitening treatments will work best for you.

Here at Apple Valley Dental in Apple Valley, CA, you can talk to one of our dentists to determine the most suitable teeth whitening option for you so you can smile confidently with your pearly whites.

What are Extrinsic Stains?

Extrinsic teeth stains are essentially stains on the teeth’s outermost surface. They develop right on your teeth’s enamel. Your enamel is the tooth layer responsible for safeguarding your tooth’s softer portion, which is the dentin. While your enamel is your teeth’s sturdiest part, it’s also the part that comes in direct contact with all the things you put inside your mouth.

Over time, some of these things, particularly food and drinks that stains like coffee, tea, and red wine, would be absorbed by your enamel and cause significant discoloration. Fortunately, extrinsic stains are the easiest stains to remove because they’re surface stains. You can treat them with a whitening kit from your dentist or in-office whitening performed by your dentist.

What are Intrinsic Stains?

These stains develop right on your dentin, which is underneath your enamel. It’s important to point out that your dentin is inherently more yellow and darker than your enamel. When your enamel wears away from everyday wear or improper oral care habits, your dentin will definitely show through and absorb stains. While these stains are harder to eliminate, professional teeth whitening done by your dentist in Apple Valley, CA, will surely do the trick. You can also opt for porcelain veneers if you’re looking for a more permanent solution.

What are Teeth Stains from Aging?

In general, you can expect your enamel to become thinner and your dentin to become darker. These natural changes are due to aging and cause deep stains in your teeth. Like intrinsic stains, these types of stains will only respond to professional, in-office whitening treatments. Likewise, veneers are another option if for some reason the stains you have don’t respond well to teeth whitening.

 

Want to Know Which Teeth Whitening Solutions Will Work for Your Stains?

Contact Apple Valley Dental in Apple Valley, CA, to arrange a consultation with one of our dentists. Call (760) 247-6007 for more details.

By Apple Valley Dental
August 02, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

Are you considering whether you should turn to professional teeth whitening in order to get a more radiant smile? While there are countless over-the-counter options that promise to do just this, they often deliver disappointing, short-lasting results. That's where our Helendale, CA, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Samuel Kim, comes in! Read on to learn all about how his professional teeth whitening treatments here at Apple Valley Dental can improve your look.

How does professional whitening work?

The whitening gel that our Helendale dentist applies onto the front of your teeth contains a high percentage of peroxide, a material that brightens teeth by breaking up the stain molecules that form within the outer layers of the tooth (i.e. the enamel and dentin layers). When you come into our office for treatment, we will first clean your teeth to remove any plaque and tartar buildup before applying the whitening gel. The gel will stay on your teeth for around 15 minutes before being removed and reapplied. Multiple whitening applications are performed during a single in-office whitening session to help you achieve results quickly.

Does professional whitening work on all types of stains?

Whitening treatment has certainly come a long way over the years, and they can now address more stubborn stains than ever before. With that said, there are certain stains that will respond better to professional whitening treatment. While yellow stains are the most responsive, brownish stains may also respond well (although they often require more than one session).

Teeth with darker stains, however, may be better suited to other cosmetic treatment options such as dental veneers to get a whiter smile. This is something we can discuss during your consultation.

How can I make sure that my results last?

With the proper maintenance and care, some people maintain their results for up to two years before needing to touch-up their smile. To prevent stains, it’s important that you,

  • Brush twice a day with a whitening toothpaste
  • Floss daily
  • Avoid dark, stain-producing drinks and foods
  • Visit your dentist twice a year for cleanings and checkups

Interested? Give us a call

If you want to feel more confident in your smile, then getting professional teeth whitening treatment from our Helendale, CA, office can help! Call Apple Valley Dental today at (760) 247-6007 to schedule a consultation with us.

By Apple Valley Dental
November 09, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Teeth Whitening ResultsA smile is one of the first things we notice about other people. Unfortunately, if your teeth are discolored or stained, you may not feel like smiling much these days. Teeth whitening services offered by your Apple Valley, CA, dentist Dr. Samuel Kim can get rid of stains and help you feel much more self-confident.

How teeth whitening works

Your teeth may look dull or yellow due to:

  • Aging: Teeth naturally become duller throughout the years.
  • Stains: Foods and beverages that contain dark pigments, such as berries, popsicles, cola, tea, coffee, and wine, can stain your teeth.
  • Smoking: Tobacco and nicotine cause unattractive yellow stains on your teeth.

Teeth whitening doesn't just cover up stains and discolorations but actually attacks the source of the stains. Every time you smoke or drink a cup of coffee, stain-causing pigments become trapped in tiny openings in your tooth enamel. As the pigments accumulate, your teeth begin to take on a dull, discolored appearance.

Hydrogen peroxide, the active ingredient in the teeth whitening gel your Apple Valley dentist uses, breaks apart the pigments, eliminating the stains. Although over-the-counter whitening kits also contain hydrogen peroxide, professional whiteners offer stronger formulations for quick whitening. In most cases, your teeth will be much whiter after an hour-long whitening session at the dentist's office. Whitening is very effective for natural tooth enamel but won't change the color of bridges, crowns or other dental work.

Safety is paramount during whitening

Hydrogen peroxide removes stains in your tooth enamel safely and effectively, but it can irritate your sensitive gums and roots if it comes in contact with them. Before your whitening session starts, your dentist will apply a gel to your roots and gums that will protect them from the hydrogen peroxide. He'll also use plastic retractors to gently pull your lips and cheeks away from your teeth during whitening.

At the conclusion of your session, both the hydrogen peroxide and the protective gel will be removed to reveal a whiter smile. You can keep your smile white and bright for two or three years or longer by brushing and flossing regularly, visiting your dentist for regular checkups, and avoiding smoking and darkly pigmented foods.

Are you ready to improve your smile with teeth whitening? Call Apple Valley, CA, dentist Dr. Samuel Kim at (760) 247-6007 to schedule an appointment.

By Apple Valley Dental
September 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Would you like whiter teeth but aren't sure which whitening method is the right option for you? Our Apple Valley, CA, dentist, Dr. Samuel teeth whiteningKim, discusses the pros and cons of several whitening options.

Over-the-counter kits

Do-it-yourself whitening kits, found online and in stores, are the least expensive whitening option. Unfortunately, the old adage "you get what you pay for" often applies to the results. Drugstore kits contain weak hydrogen peroxide formulations that may not be strong enough to make a significant difference in your tooth color, even if you use the products for weeks or months.

Your results may also vary depending on the product you use. Brushed on products can be easily washed away by saliva, while poorly fitting trays and strips can cause gum and root sensitivity and increase the risk of uneven results. If you use an over-the-counter kit, it's important to follow instructions exactly and avoid getting any of the product on your gums or roots.

In-office whitening

In-office whitening offers the quickest results, thanks to professional strength hydrogen peroxide gel. After a one-hour treatment in our Apple Valley office, your teeth will be much whiter. Results vary from person to person, but most people achieve a difference of at least three to eight shades. Sensitivity is less likely to be a problem when you visit the dentist's office for whitening services. In addition to applying the gel very precisely, we'll also protect your roots, gums, mouth and lips during the session.

At-home whitening

You can also achieve professional results at home when we provide you with a take-home kit. We'll make impressions of your upper and lower teeth, which will be used to create custom trays for your mouth. You'll fill the trays with hydrogen peroxide gel and insert them in your mouth for about an hour. In most cases, you'll need to use the trays for several weeks for optimum results. Take-home kits can also be used if you've had in-office whitening services in the past and want to touch up your teeth from time to time.

Would you like a whiter, brighter smile? Call our Apple Valley, CA, dentist, Dr. Kim, at (760) 247-6007 to schedule a teeth whitening appointment.