Teeth Whitening and Bleaching

Dr. Mobasser is considered one of the best teeth whitening Los Angeles dentists according to his reviews on Yelp. Teeth bleaching is Dr. Mobasser’s expertise and passion. He has performed thousands of Teeth Whitening and Bleaching procedures successfully and pain-free for patients of all ages.

As a renowned cosmetic dentist in Los Angeles, Teeth Bleaching is usually the initial dental treatment for the more permanent youthful white smiles he designs. Most people think Teeth Whitening and Bleaching are the same, however, they are not.

It is wise for the patients to know that Teeth Whitening removes the external stains from teeth, while Teeth Bleaching actually makes your teeth brighter and whiter, by affecting the internal color of your tooth or teeth and removing deep stains from the dentin layer (which is the second layer internally to the enamel of your teeth).

Teeth Bleaching is accomplished by Hydrogen Peroxide products, with different concentrations and different duration, while Teeth Whitening can be accomplished by mechanically removing dark stains from the external surfaces of your teeth.

Teeth Whitening is a simple, popular and economical way of enhancing the appearance of your teeth. Dental Bleaching and laser tooth whitening are the most popular and least invasive methods available. They have proven to be safe and effective methods of achieving a brighter, more youthful smile.

They can be done alone or in conjunction with other cosmetic dentistry procedures. Please be aware if a complete comprehensive dental examination is NOT performed prior to Teeth Whitening, major problems can occur, such as tooth sensitivity, and in extreme cases root resorption, which can cause loss of a tooth.

Teeth Whitening & Teeth Bleaching in Los Angeles  Dr. Anthony MobasserIt is important to visit an expert cosmetic dentist to evaluate your gums, areas of recessions, and to have sensitivity testing done prior to Tooth Whitening or Teeth Bleaching. Dental Bleaching products can cause root sensitivity in many people. Most bleaching dental products are Carbamide Peroxide or Hydrogen Peroxide. The main ingredient for dental bleaching is Hydrogen Peroxide.

Be aware that Carbamide Peroxide converts to Hydrogen Peroxide, in the bleaching process. The difference between the two: Hydrogen peroxide is 3 times the equivalent of Carbamide Peroxide, meaning a 10% hydrogen peroxide is equivalent to 30% Carbamide Peroxide, and usually Hydrogen Peroxide products, may show whiter results immediately for the initial 3 to 4 days, but subsequently will be the same as Carbamide Peroxide.

The most important factor in Bleaching teeth is the Concentration of the gel, and the second is the Time, which affects how fast or slow you will be getting the desired results.

Who is not a candidate for teeth whitening?

Patients with sensitive teeth, patients with root exposures and recession of the gums, patients with leaking fillings, decayed teeth, micro fractures of teeth, cracked teeth, and patients with minimal enamel due to acid erosion or Bulimia.

Is teeth whitening bad for your teeth?

Teeth Whitening is not bad for your teeth if you have healthy teeth and gum. If any sensitivity is experienced do not continue and contact your dentist. It is best done under the supervision of a licensed dentist. Sensitivity is a sign that something is wrong and can cause further damage if you insist on getting your teeth whitened.

Know that most cosmetic dentists recommend at the initial stage of their treatment to have Teeth Whitened, of course, this is when the dentist has thoroughly examined you. Usually, Teeth Whitening is the precursor to getting Veneers, which is considered to have permanent white teeth. 

Can yellow teeth become white?

Depends if the yellow teeth are due to plaque or bacterial accumulation, and calculus. If that is the case, you might be a candidate for deep cleaning prior to having your teeth bleached.

In many cases, the yellow color might be due to age, exposure to the root surface, or lack of enamel, or exposure to dentin. In those cases, the yellow will not get white and as a matter of fact, can damage your teeth. Know that root exposure or dentin exposure does not get white by bleaching teeth.

Also note that some teeth especially in older age have yellow teeth that may not get that white, due to calcified dentin. 

Do Tetracycline-Stained Teeth Get White?

Unfortunately, research has shown that due to intrinsic staining due to Tetracycline, bleaching does not work on Tetracycline teeth. Most patients with Tetracycline teeth need to have Porcelain Veneers and in some cases Porcelain Crown made.

If I Was Bulimic Should I Bleach My Teeth?

Due to damage caused by acidity, it is not recommended to have unsupervised Teeth Bleaching done. Sensitivity can cause pain and further breakdown. There are ways to whiten your teeth only under the supervision of an experienced dentist.

Teeth Whitening can cause sensitivity to your teeth?

If you do experience sensitive teeth, then it is best to find out the root cause of the sensitivity prior to starting bleaching teeth. In most cases, a protocol of Potassium Nitrate (ACP) gel delivered with in-office dental trays 2 to 4 weeks prior to the start of your bleaching, can eliminate teeth sensitivity. Also taking 600 mg Motrin an hour before the bleaching treatment is a great help. For more advice regarding bleaching and teeth sensitivity contact Dr. Mobasser.

Discoloration occurs on the enamel and can be caused by Coffee, Tea, Cigarettes, and medications. Most of these discolorations can be eliminated by the Teeth Whitening procedure (which is the removal of stains from the enamel, the extrinsic surface of the tooth).

Discoloration also can be caused by your genetic make-up or simply getting older, this, in turn, causes discoloration of the second layer in your teeth which is in dentin, in which bleaching is required to oxidize the deep stain.

Which Antibiotics Can Darken Your Teeth? 

Some of the antibiotics such as Minocycline, or Doxycycline, prescribed by Dermatologist, to treat acne, causes darkening of your bones and the dentin layer of your teeth, causing internal discoloration, in which bleaching of your teeth can reverse, the effect! Ask Dr. Mobasser more about how to treat the more aggressive internal discoloration.

What to do with the dark front tooth after root canal therapy?

Due to root canal therapy, there is no more blood supply to the tooth, so the tooth becomes dark and discolored. The best way to treat the dark front tooth is by INTERNAL BLEACHING, or by applying “walking bleach”. 

This procedure is done through the internal aspect of the tooth rather than from outside the tooth. In order for this procedure to work, the existing root canal must be checked by Dr. Mobasser, to make sure the Endodontic therapy is well done, prior to commencing the internal bleaching. After the color correction, the internal opening will be sealed with a white dental bond.

Once the color is matched with the other front tooth, the patient is done! If there is a gap between teeth, now the patient can choose to have a dental veneer or dental bond to close the gap. With internal bleaching, we are conserving tooth structure to avoid a crown in a front tooth.

There Are 4 Common Approaches to Teeth Whitening and Bleaching?

1- Passive, or tray whitening or Tray Bleaching which – if the teeth are not Sensitive – gives you great results. As long as the cosmetic dentist monitors and provides advice regarding the concentration of the bleaching products used, such as Hydrogen Peroxide or Carbamide Peroxide which Carbamide Peroxide comes in various concentrations of 10%, 15%, 22%, and 32%.

The benefit of the tray bleaching is that you as the patient have control, of how white you want your teeth to look like. The fabrication of bleaching trays is of vital importance, so is the direction that Dr. Mobasser advises, in conjunction with which concentration gel to be used according to the condition and health of your teeth.

Dr. Mobasser also uses trays to help his patients with Preventative Dental Care, (to stop cavities and prevent Periodontal and Gum disease), by using tray technique to help his patients keep their teeth for the rest of their life, and in addition, make them look good.

2-Laser Bleaching or Power Bleaching or Zoom Bleaching with the aid of the light.
Per Dr. Mobasser the light causes excess heat to your teeth and pulp of your tooth (the nerve) and can cause inflammation of the pulp (pulpitis), and hence SENSITIVITY. It is best not to use any element that causes heat, such as laser or zoom light since that was a marketing technique, and it is actually detrimental to your teeth!

Usually, in-office whitening procedure which per Dr. Mobasser requires a complete evaluation by the dentist to screen for any of the following: root sensitivity, the recession of gums, leaking fillings, or micro-fractures of the teeth can be done with a higher percentage of bleach and limited duration. If done without supervision and examination by the treating dentist, extreme sensitivity is possible, as well as irreversible nerve damage.

For patients with healthy teeth and gums, the method of in-office bleaching, boosts the color, to give you an initial jump start on bleaching your teeth. If more Bleaching is required, Per Dr. Mobasser, it is best to have power bleaching or zoom bleaching done at least 30 days after the initial bleaching.

3-Combination of Power Bleaching and Tray Bleaching

This method works well, since you already got the initial boost, and at home, you can control how white you want your teeth by using the tray bleaching and the concentration of bleach advised by your DDS.

4-Permanent teeth whitening: this can be done at Dr. Mobasser’s office after a complete evaluation, possibly by a combination of passive and power bleaching and Porcelain Dental Veneers. SEE Before -After Photos of Permanent Teeth Whitening.

What If White Spots Appear After You Bleached Your Teeth?

White spots can appear on the enamel due to different mineralization in the enamel! Usually, within few days these white spots get hydrated again and will show normal.

It is best not to do bleaching until the white spots get hydrated and disappear. If white spots again reappear after the second time, it is possible that you need to be seen by the dentist, and possibly do not do further bleaching.

If you happened to have de-calcification spots already on your enamel, teeth bleaching can exacerbate those spots, so you might not want to do bleaching since they may stick out more.

Depending on a few common factors, most individuals can be a candidate for any of the four above, or possibly a combination. It is best to have a complete evaluation done via x-rays and/or intra-oral cameras prior to commencing any teeth whitening procedure.

At Dr. Mobasser’s dental practice, we impart a personalized Teeth Whitening program that is designed to fit your needs. Our proven bleaching methods are safe and effective, and the results speak for themselves.

We are also able to transform discolored, rotated teeth by giving them a whiter and brighter appearance. All whitening is performed by Dr. Mobasser under appropriate dental supervision.

Dr. Mobasser offers laser bleaching treatment (for patients who are candidates) to ensure the correct amount of whitening is done and that your teeth are properly exposed. So, go ahead – you deserve a whiter, brighter smile, available at the skilled hands of Dr. Anthony Mobasser.

(Permanent teeth whitening can be achieved with the use of Porcelain Veneers)
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