Whitening

Only A Dentist Can Get Your Teeth Their Whitest!

What is tooth whitening?

It’s a bleaching process that lightens discoloration of enamel and dentin. The system uses a mild solution retained in a custom-fitted tray that’s worn over your teeth.

What causes tooth discoloration?

There are many causes. The most common include aging, consumption of staining substances (coffee, tea, cola, wine, tobacco), trauma, nerve degeneration, and old restorations. During tooth formation, consumption of tetracycline may also cause tooth discoloration.

Who may benefit from tooth whitening?

Almost anyone. However, there are some cases where the treatment may not be effective. A dentist will determine viable candidates for the process through oral examination and diagnosis. Day White is ideal for patients who have healthy, un restored teeth and would like to have a whiter, brighter smile.

Why is the Day White process unique?

New breakthrough technology allows you to whiten your teeth comfortably and effectively, in only 30 minutes twice a day. For example, you can whiten while driving to work or watching your favorite TV show.

How does it work?

The Day White gel is placed in a thin bleaching tray that fits over your teeth. As hydrogen peroxide, the active ingredient in the gel, is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin and bleaches the colored substances. Only the tooth color is made lighter, while the structure of the tooth is unchanged.

Is the process safe?

YES! Research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth with hydrogen peroxide under the supervision of a dentist is safe for teeth and gums. In fact, many dentists consider this whitening process the safest cosmetic dental procedure available today.

How long does it take?

Results are often seen after the first application. Ideal results generally occur when the process is continued for 10 to 14 days in a row. Faster results may be obtained with more frequent application and/or longer wear periods.

Are there any side effects?

Some people experience temporary tooth sensitivity during the treatment. These symptoms always disappear within 1-3 days after interruption or completion of the treatment.

How long do the results last?

The teeth will always be lighter than they were. However, some patients may want to “touch-up” their teeth by re-whitening for one or two days, usually once or twice a year. This is especially useful if they continue to use staining substances such as caffeine or tobacco products.

Before After

The Whitening Process

  1. During your diagnostic visit, your dental professional will take impressions of your teeth. This allows your dentist to make a custom gel-holding appliance called a whitening tray (see photo below).
  2. At your second visit, you will be fitted with your whitening tray and provided with the Day White” take-home whitening kit. You will also be given specific instructions on how to administer the gel and how often to wear your tray.
  3. Follow the take-home directions and those of your dental professional. Continue to maintain proper oral hygiene through brushing and flossing.

Day White

Day White is a two component tooth whitening system. The patented dual chamber syringe mixes a Cool Mint flavored gel with an activator formula precisely at the time of application. The resulting blend is a revolutionary whitener that produces beautiful white teeth in just days.

Day White is a mild solution containing a unique blend of natural soothers, conditioners and flavor enhancers. It is dispensed to patients by a dental professional, but applied by the patient at home using a comfortable and inconspicuous tray.

Unlike conventional overnight take-home tooth whitening systems that may require up to eight hours of wear time, Day White achieves the same results in only 30 minutes twice a day.

A Note of Assurance

Tooth whitening is a well established procedure in cosmetic dentistry. Hydrogen peroxide, the active agent in Day White, has also been safely used for many years in the treatment of gums and other oral soft tissue.

The whitening process is effective on most discolored teeth. Darker stains, such as those caused by antibiotics, may take longer to respond to treatment. The degree of whiteness will vary from patient to patient, depending on the structure of the teeth, the number of applications, or the duration of time that the system is used.

If you have any questions, please ask your dental professional who is there to help maximize your smile. The use of Day Whites means the whiter, brighter smile you always dreamed of can be yours in just a few days.

Request an Appointment Make an Online Payment
OUR OFFICE HOURS
Monday to Thursday   7am - 5pm
Friday   7am to 2:30pm
Call us for an appointment.
(650) 321-4544

Dr. McKenna (I've been a patient here since 1972), Dr. Dave and Judi are the BEST dental professionals on the peninsula, working with you to find the best solution for your dental needs. The staff handles all the paperwork with ease and efficiency. And you always get a little bag of "treats”!

Liz Martin