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Teeth Whitening in Santa Monica

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Teeth Whitening

Dreaming of a brighter smile? Dr. Kathy Zahedi DDS & Associates offers professional teeth whitening services in Santa Monica to make it a reality. With multiple packages available, you can confidently show off your bright, white smile without breaking the bank.


Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure that lightens teeth and removes stains. It uses bleaching agents like hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide to break down stains. Whitening can be done in-office by a dentist or at home with over-the-counter products or custom trays from a dentist. In-office treatments may use lights or lasers to enhance results. Whitening addresses both extrinsic (surface) stains from coffee, tea, wine, or tobacco, and intrinsic (internal) stains from aging, medications, or trauma, though intrinsic stains can be harder to lighten.

Various teeth whitening options come with distinct pros and cons:

  • Over-the-counter Whitening Strips:

    • Pros: Convenient, cost-effective, gradual whitening.
    • Cons: Non-custom fit, limited coverage, delayed results.
  • Other Over-the-counter Methods (e.g., paint-on):

    • Pros: Easy purchase, cost-effective initially.
    • Cons: Increased peroxide swallowing, limited effectiveness.
  • Custom Trays:

    • Pros: Highly recommended for safety and efficacy, custom-molded trays, varied peroxide strengths, user-controlled application.
    • Cons: Wait time for tray creation, potential tooth sensitivity.
  • In-office Teeth Whitening (e.g., Zoom!®, Laser Smile):

    • Pros: Rapid results in under an hour.
    • Cons: High peroxide strength may cause sensitivity, risk of tissue damage, lights and lasers may be marketing gimmicks.

Teeth whitening results can last from several months to a few years, depending on habits, oral hygiene, and the whitening method used. Extrinsic stains return sooner due to factors like consuming staining foods and beverages, smoking, or poor oral care.

Maintaining good oral hygiene, including regular brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings, helps prolong whitening effects. Avoiding staining substances also contributes to a longer-lasting bright smile. Periodic touch-ups or at-home maintenance can further extend the whitening results.

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