Teeth whitening is a cosmetic treatment used to improve the discoloration of the teeth and improve the appearance of a patient’s smile. Whitening treatments work to remove stains from the teeth and lighten the shade of tooth enamel through bleaching agents such as hydrogen or carbamide peroxide.
Professional whitening treatments contain high concentrations of peroxide for effective and instant results without the risk of damaging the soft tissue inside of your mouth. If you’re interested in achieving a whiter smile today, contact us at Charles Kim Dentistry & Orthodontics to schedule a consultation with Dr. Charles Kim.
Temporary tooth sensitivity after teeth whitening is a normal side-effect caused by demineralization of the enamel. It will dissipate within a few days.
Dr. Charles Kim will discuss your whitening goals and examine your teeth. Dr. Kim may take x-rays to look for signs of tooth decay or gum disease.
For take-home whitening trays, we will take digital scans or physical molds of your teeth and send them to a dental lab to create custom-fit trays.
A peroxide-based whitening agent will be applied to your teeth by Dr. Kim for in-office whitening. If you are receiving a take-home whitening kit, you will apply the whitening agent to the inside of your trays as per the written instructions.
After Dr. Kim applies the whitening agent to your teeth, it will be activated with exposure to UV light. This process may be repeated a few times to achieve the desired results.
Once we have received your custom-fit whitening trays, you will return to the office to pick them up. You will receive written and verbal instructions on the usage of your whitening trays.
A whitening treatment performed chair-side at the dental office will produce the most intense and instant results. We protect your gums and cheeks with the use of protective gels and cheek protractors which prevent the whitening agent from coming into contact with anything but your teeth.
We then apply a peroxide-based bleaching agent to your teeth and activate it with UV light, repeating this process as many times as necessary. For teeth that are severely discolored, you may need multiple whitening sessions but most people will only need one. In a single one-hour appointment, we can lighten your teeth by up to 10 shades.
If you have sensitive teeth, live a busy lifestyle, or are just looking for a more convenient and flexible option, we offer take-home whitening trays. These trays are created from impressions taken of your teeth for a customized fit that fits snugly over your teeth and doesn’t overlap with your gums.
The concentration of peroxide is slightly lower for take-home whitening which will result in less tooth sensitivity. The patient will apply the whitening gel to their trays and wear them over their teeth as per the instructions each day for 1-2 weeks. Your teeth will become gradually whiter each day over these 2 weeks and you never even have to leave your house.
About 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and nearly 40 million Americans have lost all their teeth.
Because over-the-counter whitening trays aren’t custom-tailored to the individual, they can result in splotchy, uneven results and damage your gums.
A dental implant is made of two parts: a small, screw-shaped piece of titanium called the post, and the restoration, which is usually a dental crown and abutment. Posts are manufactured in a variety of pre-selected sizes to ensure each patient gets the right implant for their needs. In contrast, the restoration is completely custom-made. After your dentist places your dental implant, they will take impressions of your teeth and send them to a dental lab.
There, a technician will create a long-lasting, durable dental implant restoration out of porcelain or another high-quality material. This restoration will be sent back to our office, and it will be attached to your dental implant, completing your implant procedure.
Dental implants typically last up to 30 years or more with proper placement and care. In fact, it’s very common for patients to keep their implants for the rest of their lives.
However, the dental implant restoration, such as a dental crown or set of overdentures, usually will not last this long. Your restoration is exposed to regular wear and tear from chewing, biting, and more, and may need to be replaced a few times over the years.
It is possible for dental implants to become infected. This is known as “peri-implantitis.” However, this is a very rare complication, and it typically only occurs if the implant is not cared for and kept clean after surgery.
You can avoid peri-implantitis by following your dentist’s instructions while recovering, and by brushing and flossing regularly after your implant has healed.
Yes. Bone loss occurs when your jaw bone is no longer stimulated by the natural pressure of chewing and biting. Your tooth transmits this force through the root and into your jaw bone, which keeps your jaw bone healthy.
When you lose a tooth, this process stops, and the jaw bone tends to weaken. Since the post of the dental implant is placed directly into the jaw bone and acts as a tooth root, it restimulates your jaw bone by transmitting the force of chewing and biting once again.
Some types of dental implant systems can be done in one day. The restoration is usually temporary until you have fully healed from your dental implant placement surgery. This solution allows you to speak and eat normally, however, the restoration is temporary.
As your mouth heals, you’ll attend appointments at your doctor’s office where impressions will be taken. These impressions will guide the manufacturing of your restoration. This permanent restoration will be a more durable, long-lasting, and natural-looking prosthetic than your temporaries.
Dental implants are the only restorative option that preserves and stimulates your natural bone structure.