Teeth Whitening in Beverly Hills
Teeth whitening, or dental bleaching, is a popular choice for many people looking to improve their smile. Dr. Steven Goldy and our experienced dental team offer several options to brighten teeth with results in one hour or over several days.
Professional teeth whitening treatments offer a safe and effective solution for tooth discoloration. Dr. Goldy is a renowned Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist who uses advanced technology that allows you to get a glimpse of your potential results beforehand. Many of his patients enjoy excellent results for years to come. With over 30 years at the forefront of cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry, Dr. Goldy has the skill and expertise to help you achieve your dream smile.
Are You a Candidate for Teeth Whitening?
Having a beautiful smile may be even easier than you think. Many people achieve the look they’ve been dreaming of with our simple “bleaching” procedure. Most people qualify for teeth whitening, but may need to address gum disease, tooth decay and other mouth concerns before considering a cosmetic dentistry procedure. For the best results and optimal oral health, Dr. Goldy often recommends a teeth cleaning and exam before dental bleaching.
Dental bleaching can improve darkened teeth from natural aging and yellow, orange or brown spots on teeth. These tooth stains are typically caused by lifestyle and eating habits, such as smoking and consuming foods and beverages known to stain teeth, including tea, coffee and berries. However, the type of tooth stain affects candidacy. Extrinsic stains involve tooth discoloration that affects the tooth enamel, and this type of discoloration responds remarkably well to teeth whitening.
Intrinsic stains affect the layer underneath the enamel called dentin, which is darker and yellowish compared to the white sheen of tooth enamel. Intrinsic discoloration won’t respond to dental bleaching and is not recommended for people with worn or thinning tooth enamel. Tetracycline early in childhood, fluoride overexposure and oral injury can cause intrinsic stains. Porcelain veneers can address this deep discoloration, but dental bleaching offers little to no improvement for tooth stains affecting the dentin.
Teeth whitening is safe for people over 13, but it is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women. Dental bleaching may not be the ideal option if you have overly sensitive teeth.
Dr. Goldy will discuss your eligibility for teeth whitening during your exam and recommend the best approach to reach your smile goals. Extreme tooth discoloration may require dental crowns or porcelain veneers, but dental bleaching is a low-cost treatment that is typically worth trying.
What Are the Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening?
Dental bleaching offers correction for tooth stains and discoloration caused by aging or chemical damage. Our Beverly Hills office provides safe teeth whitening using the latest bleaching technology to create a beautiful, brilliant smile. Professional teeth whitening corrects yellow and brown discoloration and stained spots for people over 13 and offers a near-permanent solution for dull teeth. Dental bleaching can bring your smile to life.
People who have teeth whitening treatments often experience a boost in their self-esteem because they are more confident in the appearance of their smile. They are also more likely to brandish a smile in social and work settings and less likely to hide behind closed lips.
You may practice better dental hygiene habits after dental bleaching because you’re more likely to care for your teeth and gums when you’re satisfied with your smile. These improvements can reduce bacteria and oral health concerns.
A brighter smile may make you look younger and more attractive, giving you the confidence to ask someone on a date or go after a big promotion. Dental bleaching is particularly beneficial before a big event. Our office can schedule your in-office teeth whitening treatment a few days before a wedding, awards ceremony or other important activity so you look and feel your best in front of friends, family and colleagues.
Over-the-Counter Whitening Products vs. Professional Teeth Whitening
It’s tempting to purchase over-the-counter products at your local grocery store or pharmacy, but these strips and toothpaste brands advertise unrealistic and typically unachievable results. To brighten teeth effectively, you need a strong whitening agent (such as hydrogen peroxide) that is evenly distributed across the surface of your teeth for a specific amount of time. Whitening toothpaste won’t brighten teeth effectively because it does not stay in contact with the tooth surface long enough to make a difference.
Over-the-counter strips may slip or fail to stick to the teeth evenly, causing uneven or splotchy results. Many of these products contain weak whitening agents, while others are potent enough that they may cause tooth sensitivity and gum irritation. When these products do whiten teeth, it takes several weeks or months of use to achieve just a few shades of whitening.
Professional dental bleaching avoids the pitfalls of over-the-counter whitening products. Dr. Steven Goldy offers Zoom! In-Office Whitening System and Zoom! Take-Home Whitening System. The former, a proprietary technology, is clinically proven to whiten teeth up to eight shades in the office. The latter, a patent-pending gel with take-home trays, is proven to whiten teen by up to six shades. You can enjoy visibly brighter teeth in a little over an hour at our Beverly Hills office or over a weekend with customized home trays.
Research suggests that professional dental bleaching is perhaps the safest cosmetic dental procedure available. The active ingredient in our teeth whitening treatments is hydrogen peroxide, which permeates tooth enamel and dentin to bleach teeth without harming the tooth structure. Zoom! treatments use a light to activate the whitening agent, allowing it to penetrate the tooth surface more effectively for fast results. Patients may experience tooth sensitivity to cold temperatures for a few days after their treatment ends.
While over-the-counter products often fail to provide noticeable improvement, professional teeth whitening offers a safe way to bleach the teeth for visible results right away.
What Is Involved with Teeth Whitening Treatment?
Teeth whitening treatment is safe, quick and inexpensive. Let our dental team know you’re interested in dental bleaching during your dental exam or consultation, and we can begin the process. You may lighten the upper and/or lower teeth, depending on which teeth show when you smile and talk. We will take a mold or impression of your bite to create a custom stent or mouthguard to hold the bleach evenly against your teeth.
Within a few days, your custom bleach splints are ready for pickup with a special bleaching agent. Patients wear these splints with the applied gel for several hours each day. The whitening agent quickly removes stains from tooth enamel. The tooth structure and existing dental work are not altered or damaged during treatment. Once you reach the desired shade, maintenance treatments can help you enjoy your brighter smile long-term. Our office will take before and after photos at your appointments to highlight your results. In some cases, the change is nothing short of brilliant.
Zoom! Whitening System treatments with Dr. Goldy provide immediate results and take just over an hour. After a few minutes of preparation, patients sit for one hour of dental bleaching. We’re proud to provide a luxurious experience for Beverly Hills patients, and many people enjoy watching TV, listening to music or taking a nap during their session.
Zoom! take-home kits are customized to your bite and worn for four to eight hours, depending on your desired results and Dr. Goldy’s recommendations.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect?
In-office dental bleaching gives you immediate results and may be best if you have an upcoming event and wish for fast teeth whitening. These appointments can improve tooth discoloration by up to eight shades in a single session. Zoom! home treatments can whiten teeth up to six shades after three nights. Zoom! Whitening Toothpaste and take-home gel help maintain a brighter smile.
Dr. Goldy provides post-whitening instructions to help you care for your teeth and avoid future tooth stains. Flossing and brushing twice daily with the recommended toothpaste and maintenance treatments in our office or your home will help you enjoy a brighter smile for several years.
Contact Dr. Steven Goldy in Beverly Hills
If you’re unhappy with tooth discoloration and staining, contact Dr. Goldy to see if teeth whitening is the best cosmetic dentistry option for you. Call our Beverly Hills office at (310) 550-1511 or fill out our online contact form.