Teeth Whitening in San Francisco
Not only are bright, white teeth attractive, they also reflect health and youthfulness. If your teeth have stained or discolored over the years, you may feel self-conscious or ashamed and find yourself covering your mouth when you speak or smile. Don’t let dark or dull looking teeth shake your confidence. Dr. Samir Ayoub can help. He offers professional teeth whitening treatment, which can safely bleach the teeth up to eight shades in an hour!
Can Teeth Whitening Help Me?
You may benefit from professional teeth whitening treatment if you have stains or discolorations due to:
- Regularly drinking red wine, coffee or tea
- The effects of the aging process
- Taking certain medications (e.g., antibiotics, tetracycline)
- Trauma to the mouth
Teeth whitening works best on natural tooth enamel. If you have fillings, crowns or veneers on your teeth, the whitening agent will not change their color. In fact, the restored teeth may look even more conspicuous after teeth whitening treatment. Speak with Dr. Ayoub about alternative ways to lighten teeth with fillings, crowns or veneers.
Also, please keep in mind that teeth whitening is not recommended for women that are pregnant or nursing, or individuals with untreated tooth decay or gum problems.
In-office teeth whitening treatment is fast and convenient, and typically requires only a single appointment. At the beginning of your appointment, Dr. Ayoub will examine and clean your teeth to prepare them for the whitening treatment. He will also check to make sure there are no serious problems with your teeth or gums that could be exacerbated by treatment.
Dr. Ayoub will place a rubber shield or protective gel over the gums. He will then apply the bleaching gel to the teeth evenly. The benefit to having your teeth professionally whitened is that Dr. Ayoub can supervise treatment and use a stronger bleaching solution that what is available over-the-counter. He can also look for ways to work around any tooth sensitivity.
After applying the whitening gel, Dr. Ayoub will let it sit on the teeth for about 10 minutes. The whitening gel contains a type of bleaching agent (either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide). The bleach will break up stains and discoloration into smaller pieces, which dilutes the concentration of the stains and makes the teeth look brighter.
After your teeth whitening treatment, Dr. Ayoub may provide you with a take-home kit that contains additional bleaching gel for touch-ups. To maintain your results, it is recommended that you avoid foods and beverages that are known to stain the teeth. You can also schedule additional treatments in the future for special events (e.g., a wedding or reunion).
Schedule a Teeth Whitening Appointment
To learn more about teeth whitening treatment and how it can improve the attractiveness of your teeth and smile, please contact the San Francisco dental practice of Dr. Samir Ayoub. Call us today at (415) 781-2227 to make an appointment with the doctor.