Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening Specialist
Few things are more confidence-inspiring than a bright, white smile. When your smile is at its best, you move through your day with more ease in the knowledge that you're making a great impression. Dr. Adriana Barrera can help you achieve the smile of your dreams through professional teeth whitening. Contact her Torrance, California office to schedule an appointment, or use the fast and easy online scheduling option.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What causes tooth discoloration?

Several factors can cause your teeth to become stained or discolored. Some causes are within your control, while others are not. Here are some of the more common causes of tooth discoloration:

  • Coffee, soda, wine, or tea
  • Smoking or other tobacco use
  • Certain diseases
  • Certain medications
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Environmental factors such as excessive fluoride exposure
  • Trauma to your teeth

It's possible to prevent staining by scheduling routine professional cleanings, maintaining positive oral hygiene habits, and brushing your teeth or rinsing your mouth after consuming food or beverages known to cause stains.

What is the best in-office teeth whitening option?

Dr. Barrera offers the Philips Zoom! In-Office Whitening System. This treatment can boost the brightness of your smile by up to eight shades in less than an hour.

The process is simple: Dr. Barrera or a member of her team prepares your mouth for the whitening process before applying a layer of whitening gel to the surface of your teeth. Hydrogen peroxide is the active ingredient in the whitening solution.

Next, Dr. Barrera shines a special light on your teeth to accelerate the whitening process. She can adjust the intensity to reduce tooth sensitivity and repeat the process several times to achieve the desired shade.

Finally, Dr. Barrera applies a post-treatment gel to reduce sensitivity and protect your enamel.

What is the most effective at-home whitening option?

For those who want to complete their teeth whitening at home, Dr. Barrera offers the Philips Zoom! Take-Home System. This simple whitening kit allows you to use plastic trays to brighten your smile over several days.

You just apply the whitening gel to your custom-created trays before inserting them over your upper and lower teeth. The trays remain in place for 4-8 hours each night. It's important to follow Dr. Barrera's instructions regarding the number of necessary applications.

There are many over-the-counter teeth whitening systems available, but none match the power of a professional system that’s available only through your dentist.

When you're ready to boost the wattage of your smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. Barrera by calling the office or using the online scheduling tool.

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