Teeth Whitening Specialist

Westside Dentistry

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Santa Monica, CA

If discolored teeth prevent you from smiling confidently, a simple teeth-whitening solution is available at Westside Dentistry in Santa Monica, California. Father-daughter team Charles Wood, DDS, and Jennifer Wood, DDS, offer Zoom teeth whitening to give you the beautiful white smile of your dreams. Schedule an appointment with Westside Dentistry by calling the office or using the online booking tool today.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth staining can happen due to aging, smoking, or consuming certain foods and drinks. Professional-strength whitening at Westside Dentistry uses the Zoom whitening system to make your teeth 4-8 shades whiter after just a single 30-45-minute in-office treatment.

What causes teeth staining?

Teeth staining can occur because of the following foods, drinks, and lifestyle habits:

  • Older age
  • Certain medications
  • Tobacco use
  • Soda
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Red wine
  • Tomato sauce
  • Dark juices
  • Popsicles

Even if you avoid foods and drinks that stain teeth, discoloration can still occur with age. 

Is teeth whitening right for me?

Prior to teeth whitening at Westside Dentistry, your provider reviews your medical and dental history and lifestyle habits. They examine your teeth and gums, take dental X-rays, and discuss your desired outcome to let you know if you’re a good candidate for Zoom whitening. 

What should I expect during teeth whitening?

During each teeth-whitening procedure, your dentist places a whitening gel in upper and lower trays and places them in your mouth. They might use a special LED light to speed up the whitening process. After about 45 minutes, your dentist applies post-treatment gel to your teeth to reduce sensitivity and protect tooth enamel.

If you opt for a 30-minute Zoom teeth-whitening treatment, your dentist applies a thin layer of whitening varnish to your teeth. It dries almost instantly, and no whitening lamp is needed. They also apply a protective sealant to your teeth to reduce sensitivity. You can brush off dried varnish after 30 minutes.

Your Westside dentist also offers at-home Zoom whitening, so you can complete whitening touch-ups from the comfort of home and maintain your results between in-office whitening treatments.

How can I keep my teeth white?

Zoom whitening at Westside Dentistry is the best way to maintain the whiter smile you desire. Avoid smoking or chewing tobacco, and ask your doctor about switching medications if your current medications cause staining. 

Limit your intake of soda, coffee, tea, and other drinks and foods that stain. Brush your teeth at least twice daily, floss every day, and attend routine dental cleanings every six months.

Don’t live with discolored teeth if they make you feel self-conscious. Schedule a Zoom teeth whitening appointment with Westside Dentistry by calling the office or booking online today.