Teeth Whitening Specialist

Saint Mary Family Dental -  - Family, Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry

Saint Mary Family Dental

Family, Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry & Board Certified Periodontist located in Whittier, CA

Has your smile lost some of its gleam over the years? If so, professional teeth whitening can help, and it’s one of many cosmetic treatments available at St. Mary Family Dental in Whittier, California. Schedule an appointment today to learn how you can boost your smile. Online booking takes just moments, or you can always call to speak with a friendly staff member regarding appointment availability.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

Why are my teeth less white than they used to be?

Many factors can contribute to tooth discoloration. Part of the problem lies in the aging process. Your teeth get their white color from a thin layer of enamel, and as that enamel wears away, it reveals the underlying layer of dentin, which is naturally yellow in color. 

Additional causes of tooth discoloration include:

  • Stains from food like red wine, berries, soft drinks, and coffee
  • Tobacco use
  • Certain medications
  • Certain diseases
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Environmental factors like excess fluoride


Some types of discoloration can be addressed through teeth whitening, while others require treatments like dental veneers to achieve optimal improvement. Your practitioner can discuss your options during your consultation or dental exam. 

How does teeth whitening work?

The process begins with a professional cleaning and exam. If teeth whitening is a good option, your practitioner uses a device to hold your lips away from the surface of your teeth. 

The professional teeth whitening solution is applied and allowed to penetrate the tiny crevices and depressions in your tooth enamel. After a period of time, the solution is removed, and your teeth are cleaned again. 

You’ll see results right away, but it may take a series of treatments to maximize whitening. 

St. Mary Family Dental also offers laser teeth whitening, an approach that uses light energy to activate a special whitening solution. This approach delivers outstanding results in just one visit. 

What about over-the-counter teeth whitening products?

Visit any grocery store or drugstore, and you’ll find dozens of products marketed as teeth whitening solutions. There are varieties of toothpaste, floss, mouthwashes, and even tray-based systems that promise to brighten your smile. 

None of these products can match the power of professional teeth whitening tools available only to licensed dentists. That’s a good thing, as teeth whitening solution can harm your gum tissue or other tissue types if misapplied. 

If you’d like to learn more about which options are best, ask your practitioner during your next professional teeth whitening appointment. Online scheduling makes it easy to find an appointment that fits your busy life, or you can always call during business hours to check availability.