Teeth Whitening

Artistic Smiles

Cosmetic Dentist & General Dentist located in Agoura Hills, CA

Are you ready to enhance your smile and ramp up your self-confidence? Professional teeth whitening at Artistic Smiles in Agoura Hills, California, does both at the same time. Dedicated cosmetic dentist John Abajian, DDS, offers powerful in-office and at-home whitening, so you can tailor treatment for your needs. Call to make your appointment or book a consultation with the online scheduler.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

Why are my teeth growing darker?

Many factors can cause darkening teeth, including:

  • Aging
  • Inadequate personal dental hygiene
  • Infrequent teeth cleanings
  • Often drinking coffee, tea, soda, or red wine
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Chewing tobacco use
  • Certain medications, such as tetracycline and doxycycline
  • Fluorosis — excessive fluoride use during tooth formation

For the most part, you can easily treat stained or darkened teeth with a combination of good regular dental care and professional teeth whitening. 

What is chairside teeth whitening?

Dr. Abajian uses a custom approach for teeth whitening. He discusses your needs and goals with you to make sure you get the desired shade of whiteness during your treatment. If you're looking for immediate results, chairside whitening at Artistic Smiles is the best choice. 

In chairside whitening, Dr. Abajian applies a shield to your gums and tooth roots. Then, he paints a whitening solution onto each tooth. A laser amplifies the whitening solution, starting a rapid stain-lifting process. 

Usually, Dr. Abajian performs a few cycles like this until you have the desired level of teeth whitening. The whole in-office whitening process often takes only an hour.

What is take-home teeth whitening?

Take-home whitening is a gradual teeth bleaching system in which Dr. Abajian creates custom plastic mouth trays for you to wear at home. Every day, you apply the bleaching gel to the trays and then wear them for the prescribed period. 

This can range from 30 minutes to overnight, based on your situation. Most patients use the take-home system for a few weeks or a month.

Consistency is essential for take-home whitening, so to get the ideal outcome, you should wear the trays without skipping days or cutting the time short. 

How can I avoid new tooth staining?

Dr. Abajian recommends specific ways to avoid new stains, with some typical advice including:

  • Avoiding specific food and drinks, like coffee
  • Not smoking
  • Brushing and flossing every day
  • Scheduling professional teeth cleaning every six months
  • Using the recommended whitening products at home

If you notice that your teeth look a little darker, just call the Artistic Smiles office to ask about a touch-up treatment to get back to your beautiful white smile. 

Artistic Smiles can help you get a white smile and new self-confidence. To learn more, call the office or use the online appointment maker.