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Teeth Whitening: Cheers for a Whiter Smile in 2019!

The New Year is almost here and many of us have our own “New Year’s Resolutions”

Most popular ones seem to be getting fit, healthy and looking our natural best amongst other goals. If you would like to look and feel best, one thing you should consider is teeth whitening.

We always dream of having that perfect Hollywood smile. Teeth whitening is now easier, predictable and popular than ever. In this article we will cover different types of teeth whitening and what factors you should consider for these options.

So who are the great candidates for the teeth whitening? Let’s first find out.

Great Candidates for teeth bleaching are as following:

  1. Having most healthy teeth present in the mouth, especially the front teeth.
  2. Recently have a professional cleaning done within a couple of weeks.
  3. Do not have Crowns, Veneers or Bondings on the teeth that one wants to bleach
  4. Patients who had a recent exam to sort out existing cavities or tartar build up.
  5. Patients who have minimal or no teeth sensitivity to temperature.

The ones who would not be good candidates would be:

  1. One with dentures, crowns, bridges and bonding restorations replacing the front teeth.
  2. Patients with moderate to severe teeth sensitivity to temperature
  3. Patients with existing decay and gum disease
  4. Lack of Professional cleaning (you do not want to bleach tartar instead of tooth structure)


There are 2 types of professional teeth bleaching or whitening as following:

In Office Teeth Whitening

Today, there are 3 dental lasers that have been cleared by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for tooth whitening: argon laser, CO2 laser, and diode laser. There are also other lasers that have been used for teeth whitening procedures. The light activates the bleaching material to whiten the tooth structure. Some light-activated bleaching system(UV light-based) has not been used much anymore due to its potential to damage to the tooth. Blue light Diode laser has been shown to be less dangerous.

Chemically activated bleaching material is activated by chemically and light is not used. Because of the concerns of overheating material or traumatizing teeth, the chemical ones are used in some offices. Our Office uses chemically activated whitening treatment that offers results in about an hour.

Dr. Oh and Dr. Estafan use Opalescence tooth whitening gel that contains desensitizing agents to minimize sensitivity. The advantage of the chemically activated bleaching system is that the there is no heat or potential damage from applying light system.

At Home Teeth Whitening

Obviously the most effective at home bleaching option would be professionally dispensed bleaching trays and materials. The custom fitted bleaching trays would be certainly more beneficial than the pre-formed one.

Over the counter ones do have bleaching properties; however, the concentration is not as up to par and there has not been a conclusive study. Regardless, having a professional exam and cleaning should come first prior to deciding on the bleaching option.

Dr. Stella Oh and Dr. Estafan will help you to 1) find out if you are a good candidate for bleaching (2) decide what type of bleaching would be the best or 3) consider other treatments like veneers or crown.


Immediate visible results. With just one session of in-office bleaching, you will be able to see the difference. Your teeth will be several shades whiter than the previous yellow color. It also depends on the severity of teeth discoloration. In some cases, multiple sessions may be demanded to achieve a whiter shade that you may want. At home, bleaching should also be as effective as well in 5-10 days.

Long-Lasting effects. With these bleaching procedures, the advantage of the whitening effects can approximately last for months to years. It still depends on how you take care of your teeth every day. Dr. Oh and Dr. Estafan would provide after-care instructions after your whitening treatment. These will prevent further plaque buildup and avoid setting up of teeth discoloration.

Boosts your confidence. Your smile is one of the first things that people see and notice when they meet you and it somehow distinguishes your character. This is why a healthy white smile plays an important role.


Tooth Sensitivity. For some patients, tooth sensitivity is inevitable due to recession etc. However, Dr. Oh and Dr. Estafan may provide in-office fluoride treatment or suggest desensitizing toothpaste to reduce the sensitivity.


Some people avoid going to the dentist because they feel embarrassed by their teeth condition. We are here to help and guide you to achieve the bright smile.

Contact our office to make an appointment for your white smile.

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