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Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening at the office of San Diego dentist, Douglas G. Hope, DDS is a great way to improve your smile and restore the natural color of your teeth. Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures around, and it’s fast, pain-free, and affordable!

Over time, our teeth tend to age and become stained due to consumption of beverages like coffee or tea, smoking, and many other factors. Teeth whitening allows you to remove these surface stains, and provides you with a brighter smile! Learn more about teeth whitening now.

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

All teeth whitening treatments work by using an active ingredient based on oxygen molecules. Most commonly, this is either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide.

The oxygen molecules in these compounds react with the discoloration and surface stains on your teeth. They “break” the bonds that hold discolorations in place, penetrating deep within the enamel of the tooth. By doing so, they remove surface stains and provide you with a more natural, bright smile!

What’s The Difference Between In-Office And At-Home Teeth Whitening?

We offer both in-office and at-home teeth whitening treatments at our dental office. Curious about the difference? Let’s talk about the details now.

In-office whitening is typically somewhat more intensive than at-home treatment. It is best for those that need immediate results, such as for a special occasion like a wedding or an important business meeting.

Dr. Hope will begin the treatment by applying protective compounds to your gums. This prevents the soft tissues from being irritated by the bleaching treatment. Then, a specialized gel that contains peroxide will be applied to your teeth. Usually, we use Zoom whitening products.

For best results, Dr. Hope will use a UV light to “activate” this peroxide, and excite the oxygen molecules. This will allow surface stains to be lifted more quickly.

The process typically takes about an hour, and patients can enjoy teeth that are anywhere from 5-10 shades whiter!

For at-home whitening, we use advanced KoR whitening products. Dr. Hope will customize and design a set of KoR whitening trays that fit perfectly around your teeth, providing maximum surface area for your teeth whitening treatment.

Then, you simply take your KoR whitening trays home, and you wear them as you’ve been instructed by Dr. Hope. Within just a few weeks, you’ll have visibly whiter teeth, without having to spend a minute in the dentist’s chair!

Both in-office and at-home teeth whitening treatments are equally effective, so the choice is yours. If you need fast results, you can choose in-office whitening. If you need a more flexible treatment schedule, you can choose KoR at-home whitening.


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