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Teeth Whitening

Steven H. Chang, DDS

Family Dentists & General Dentists located in Monterey, CA

Teeth whitening is one of the easiest, most affordable ways to brighten your smile. At the offices of Steven H. Chang, DDS, in Monterey, California, the highly-skilled team can transform your smile in just one office visit using Zoom!® teeth-whitening technology. They also offer take-home trays if you wish to improve the aesthetics of your smile at home. To learn more about teeth whitening, call the office, or use the online booking tool today.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What causes discolored teeth?

It’s common to stain your teeth or for your teeth to change to a shade of yellow. In fact, it’s a normal part of aging. The enamel on your teeth, which forms the outer layer, gets thinner over time, exposing the yellow color beneath it.

Other causes of yellow or stained teeth include:

  • Drinks like red wine, coffee, and tea
  • Acidic foods, including citrus fruits
  • Tobacco use
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Medication
  • Injury

You can often prevent tooth discoloration by changing your habits, including brushing and flossing regularly and quitting smoking. If your teeth are already stained, you may consider a cosmetic procedure to brighten your teeth, such as teeth whitening.

Does teeth whitening work?

Teeth whitening is an effective, quick, and economical method to enhance your smile. It has the most dramatic effects on people with a full set of healthy teeth. If you have stains on the surface of your teeth, or if your teeth have yellowed, whitening can make them several shades brighter.

The bleaching agents used at Steven H. Chang, DDS, only work on natural enamel. If you have restoration work, such as crowns or fillings, Dr. Chang can replace the restorations to match your newly brightened teeth.

If you’re interested in whitening, Dr. Chang examines your teeth and goes over your treatment goals. Keep in mind that teeth whitening only changes the appearance of your teeth and doesn’t make them healthier or stronger. You may benefit from more involved restorative or cosmetic work, including crowns, implants, or veneers.

What can I expect from teeth whitening?

Steven H. Chang, DDS, offers Zoom!® in-office whitening, which can make your teeth several shades whiter in just one session. 

During Zoom whitening, a member of the team applies a bleaching solution to your teeth, then shines a special LED light on them to activate the whitening gel. The whitening part of the procedure lasts 45 minutes. However, to get the best results, the team recommends getting a teeth cleaning beforehand.

Steven H. Chang, DDS, also offers at-home whitening, which may better fit your budget or be more comfortable if you have sensitive teeth and gums. These kits are designed to fit your teeth perfectly and have a stronger bleaching solution than what you can buy over the counter.

To learn more about how teeth whitening can transform your smile, call Steven H. Chang, DDS, or use the online booking tool today.