Teeth Whitening Specialist

Brent C Lin, DDS

Family and Cosmetic Dentist located in Livermore, CA

If your teeth are discolored, stained, or simply lack sparkle, Brent C Lin, DDS, in Livermore, California, provides in-office teeth whitening treatments to restore the appearance of your teeth and give you a dazzling smile. Home treatments for whitening teeth are often ineffective and may harm your teeth if used incorrectly, so schedule an appointment with Dr. Lin today by calling his Livermore office directly or using the online booking feature.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What causes teeth to become discolored?

Teeth can lose their whiteness and become stained or yellow for a number of reasons, including:

  • Staining from tobacco use
  • Eating foods that cause tooth decay
  • Not brushing your teeth correctly
  • Drinking coffee, tea, and red wine
  • Injuries to teeth
  • Getting older, as yellower dentin starts to show through the hard enamel of your teeth
  • Medications such as antihistamines, hypertension pills, and antipsychotic drugs

Teeth whitening is an effective treatment in many cases, it but won't work on all forms of discoloration. Whitening won’t work on teeth that have been injured or discolored due to certain medications. It also will not work on caps, fillings, crowns, or veneers.

What are the advantages of in-office teeth whitening treatment?

There are many forms of over-the-counter whitening toothpastes and bleaching products that, if used correctly, can whiten your teeth to a degree. If you want to try home whitening kits, you should still use them under dental supervision for the best outcome. However, over-the-counter treatments don’t contain the same quality of active ingredients as treatments Dr. Lin uses, so they aren’t as effective.

The whitening products Dr. Lin provides at his Livermore office are safe gels that act by breaking down the molecules in the stains on your teeth. During teeth whitening treatment, Dr. Lin applies a protective layer of gel to your gums, then carefully uses the bleaching agent on your teeth. The teeth whitening treatment is completed in one session at Dr. Lin’s office.

Is teeth whitening safe?

When performed by an experienced professional like Dr. Lin, an award-winning Livermore dentist, teeth whitening is a safe procedure. Slight sensitivity to the gel is the only side effect patients report, but any discomfort is usually minor and temporary. Also, Dr. Lin conducts a dental exam to make sure the treatment is right for you before recommending teeth whitening.

Problems generally only occur if you whiten your teeth too often with home kits, as this can damage the enamel of your teeth or your gums. As long as you’re cared for by Dr. Lin, you can be confident you’re not receiving too many treatments.

If you want to restore your bright smile, book an appointment online or over the phone with Brent C Lin, DDS today.

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