Prosthodontics, Implants, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Dentistry

Teeth Whitening

Everyone wants to have an amazing smile! Here at Tarzana Dental Care our teeth whitening treatment is an excellent way to improve your appearance and create the smile you deserve. Our in-house procedure is quick and painless.

We offer Zoom bleaching; this procedure is simple. It begins with having your lips and gums covered so that only your teeth are exposed. The proprietary Zoom whitening gel is then applied, which is designed to be used with the Zoom light. The gel and light provide a combined effect of breaking up stains and removing discolorations. After an hour, your teeth will have been lightened by up to 5-6 shades.

The whitening itself does not last indefinitely and will require maintenance by the patient.  Regular drinking of beverages that stain teeth may also affect results, in which, the patient may have to perform increased monitoring and maintenance of the teeth after the treatment.

Laser Teeth Whitening

When performing teeth whitening, the EPIC need only be equipped with its special whitening headpiece that helps distribute its beam across the patient’s teeth. With an average whitening of 4-6 shades in only 20 minutes, the EPIC is among the fastest and most efficient of any in-office whitening systems.

How does it work?

A hydrogen peroxide-based whitening gel is applied to the teeth and activated by the laser. If you tend to have sensitive teeth you can let us know and we can control the level of laser energy that we deliver to make your experience more pleasant. The EPIC treatment process lightens dark, yellowed or discolored enamel caused by tobacco, food, and beverages such as tea, coffee and red wine.

Results are noticeable immediately after the treatment.

Teeth Whitening FAQ

Is tooth whitening bad for my enamel?

There is no permanent damage caused to the enamel or any other tooth structures by tooth whitening.

Does tooth whitening cause permanent tooth sensitivity?

Sensitivity from tooth whitening is always transient. That means if there is any sensitivity caused by the whitening, it goes away within one to two days after the treatment, and the patient returns to the state of sensitivity he or she had prior to starting the whitening process.

Can I get my teeth whitened?

Most people are candidates for tooth whitening, but again, each situation is unique and it’s best to contact your dental professional.

How long does teeth whitening last?

Typically, you can expect whitening to last from six months to two years, although some studies report results lasting up to 10 years. Avoiding red wine, coffee, and smoking—all of which can cause staining—helps preserve the results.

Is tooth bleaching safe?

Yes, many studies have proven that tooth whitening is safe. You can protect your tooth enamel by using calcium sulfate and fluoride.

How much does tooth whitening cost?

Prices vary widely for tooth whitening. Over-the-counter kits can cost as little as $20, with extensive in-office procedures approaching up to $1,000. If you want professional whitening, expect the price to be around $300 to $800. If you want an at-home bleaching kit from your dentist, expect to pay between $300 and $600. Learn more about dental insurance and financing.

Does tooth whitening affect fillings, veneers, or crowns?

Tooth whitening has little or no effect on restorative materials such as porcelain or crowns, but it may temporarily reduce the bond strength between enamel and composite restorations. This is why it’s a good idea to check with your dental professional before beginning any course of tooth whitening.

Is the agent used in tooth whitening toxic?

Products developed from carbamide peroxide, hydrogen peroxide, and urea (substances found in every human cell), should be used cautiously to alleviate concern. Those who have issues are the ones who don’t follow instructions and overuse the products for months or years.

Do toothpaste whiteners work?

Whitening toothpastes typically only clean surface stains and don’t actually change the color of the teeth. There may be some visible results but the teeth aren’t actually being whitened.