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Teeth Whitening Specialist

Irma A. Francisco, DDS

General Dentistry located in San Jose, CA

If you’re constantly hiding your smile due to stained or yellowing teeth, it’s time to consider teeth whitening. Teeth whitening brightens teeth and helps restore a whiter smile. Irma A. Francisco, DDS Inc. and the dental team in San Jose, California, offer teeth whitening solutions for patients looking for a sensational smile. Schedule your appointment by calling or booking online today.

Teeth Whitening Q&A

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental treatment that brightens and whitens your teeth. The team at Irma A. Francisco, DDS Inc. offers professional teeth whitening treatments using a powerful whitening gel applied to the surface of your teeth. The gel lightens the appearance of stains, yellowing, and discoloration of tooth enamel.

What causes tooth discoloration?

Lifestyle and diet choices can cause staining and tooth discoloration over time. Teeth whitening is a process to remove stains and discoloration caused by:

  • Smoking
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Prescription medications
  • Drinking staining drinks like red wine, cola, and coffee
  • Eating blueberries and blackberries
  • Excessive fluoride

Your teeth become yellow as part of the natural aging process, even if you always practice good oral hygiene. Enamel becomes thinner as you age, causing a yellow appearance on your teeth.

Am I a candidate for teeth whitening?

If you’re over age 16, have healthy gums, and don’t have many fillings, you can get professional teeth whitening.

Teeth whitening isn’t recommended if you have sensitive teeth or have had extensive dental work with crowns, fillings, bridges, or veneers. You can’t get your teeth whitened if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, or allergic to peroxide.

Why can’t I get my teeth whitened if I’ve had a lot of fillings?

Dental filling materials don’t react to tooth whitening gel the same way as natural teeth, so you can end up with different shades of teeth in your mouth.

What is the tooth whitening process?

The team at Irma A. Francisco, DDS Inc. thoroughly cleans your teeth, completes a dental exam, and takes X-rays to ensure you can safely whiten your teeth. You’ll choose an at-home whitening kit or in-office whitening.

Both at-home and in-office teeth whitening involve hydrogen peroxide bleaching gel to remove stains and brighten your teeth. You’ll wear protection for your gums and lips while applying the whitening gel to the surface of your teeth. 

In-office teeth whitening includes use of a special light that helps break up stains and penetrate deeper layers of enamel. You’ll leave the office with a bright white, sensational smile and renewed self-confidence.

If you prefer at-home teeth whitening, the team provides custom-fitted dental trays. With the trays, the whitening gel remains on the surface of your teeth longer while protecting your gums. At-home teeth whitening offers results in about two weeks.

To get your teeth whitening treatment, call Irma A. Francisco, DDS Inc. or schedule an appointment online today.