Teeth Whitening Specialist

Brian Y. Lee, D.M.D. -  - Prosthodontic, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry

Del Amo Dental Group

Brian Y. Lee, D.M.D.

Prosthodontic, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry located in Torrance, CA

Every year, millions of Americans undergo teeth whitening procedures to get rid of stains from the surfaces of their teeth. At Del Amo Dental Group in Torrance, California, expert dentist Brian Lee, DMD, offers two types of teeth whitening, including chair side teeth whitening treatments and take-home whitening trays. If you dream of having a whiter, brighter smile, schedule an appointment. Call the office to speak with a friendly team member or book online today.

Teeth Whitening Q&A

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a type of cosmetic dentistry designed to improve the color and overall appearance of your teeth. It uses FDA-approved, medical-grade solutions to eliminate stains and discoloration without damaging your tooth enamel or the surrounding gum tissue.

Why are my teeth yellow and discolored?

As you get older, your teeth naturally turn yellow and dull in color. General wear-and-tear caused by biting and chewing causes the outer layer of your teeth (enamel) to flake and chip away. 

Over time, this reveals the inner layer of your teeth (dentin). Dentin is yellow in color. The more visible it becomes, the yellower your teeth appear.

Other factors that contribute to discolored teeth include using tobacco, taking certain prescription medications, and poor oral hygiene. 

Are there different types of teeth whitening?

At Del Amo Dental Group, Dr. Lee offers several types of teeth whitening treatment, including:

Chairside teeth whitening

Chairside teeth whitening can make your teeth up to eight* shades whiter after just one treatment session. During chairside teeth whitening, Dr. Lee covers your tongue and gums with a rubber dam. Then, he carefully applies a bleaching solution to the surface of your teeth. 

Once it dries, Dr. Lee points a special light at your teeth. The light triggers a chemical reaction that eliminates stains and discoloration. 

Take-home whitening trays

Take-home whitening trays are plastic mouthpieces that fit comfortably over your teeth. Before you begin take-home whitening treatment, Dr. Lee takes impressions of your teeth. He sends your impressions to a laboratory that manufactures your custom whitening trays. 

After your whitening trays return from the lab, Dr. Lee shows you how to apply a peroxide whitening gel. He also tells you how long to wear the whitening trays each day. 

Take-home trays take longer to whiten your teeth than chairside teeth whitening. You should see a significant improvement in the color of your teeth in three or four weeks. 

Is teeth whitening permanent?

Teeth whitening isn’t permanent, but it does provide whiter teeth for 4-6 months. To preserve your results, Dr. Lee recommends brushing and flossing each day, visiting Del Amo Dental Group every six months for a professional cleaning, and avoiding the use of tobacco. You should also avoid foods and drinks that stain, including blueberries, coffee, and red wine.

To schedule your teeth whitening appointment at Del Amo Dental Group, call the office or book online today.

*Individual results may vary