The team at Encino Dentistry welcomes you into our dental family! When you visit our family dentist office, we will meet with you and examine your teeth and gums to determine if they are healthy enough for a cosmetic treatment. If you have gum disease, cavities, or an infection, we want to treat this first so that you are in good oral health and to prevent you from experiencing any unnecessary sensitivity. Once cleared for the procedure, these are the steps that we will take:
In-office whitening is done in the dental office. In-office whiteners are much stronger than whitening toothpastes and home-use whiteners because they have more peroxide. They can change the color of your teeth faster than the other methods.
At Encino Dentistry, we recommend whitening your teeth with the Zoom teeth whitening solution because your teeth will become whiter faster than if you try a kit at home.
In-office whitening is usually done in about one hour. To help protect your mouth from the peroxide, your gum tissues will be covered with either a thin sheet of rubber or a protective gel. A light or laser may be used in addition to the peroxide.
If you have whitened your teeth recently, they may stain more easily. To keep your teeth white for as long as possible, avoid tobacco products and stain-causing food and drinks (like coffee, tea, and red wine) for several days after whitening. Keep in mind that teeth usually return to their original shade over time. But if you can steer clear of tobacco and large amounts of stain-causing food and drinks, your teeth may stay bright for several years.
Tooth whitening is not a good choice for all people. If your gums have pulled away from the teeth in some places, whitening may irritate these areas. If you have tooth decay (cavities) or gum disease, your dentist may recommend that these be treated before whitening. Also, it is important to be aware that the color of fillings, crowns, implants, and some stains cannot be changed by tooth whitening.
Talk to your dentist about tooth whitening before you begin. He or she will do an oral exam to find out if it’s right for you.
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Teeth often get discolored from years of drinking coffee, tea, and red wine, because colored pigments in these beverages can stick to tooth enamel. They also contain tannins, which help the pigments bond to teeth.
Acidic foods and drinks, such as carbonated beverages, sports drinks, coffee, pickles, tomatoes, citrus fruit, and hard alcohol contribute to the problem by eroding enamel, which causes discoloration and makes it easier for pigments to stain your teeth.
Tobacco products contain nicotine and tar that stain teeth a yellow-brown color. Enamel also naturally wears down as you get older, and the inner portion, the root, tends to get darker, which makes teeth appear darker.
Teeth whitening absolutely works, but how well it works depends on several factors. First off, you need to practice good oral care before undergoing any whitening treatment and after as well. Plus, you will need to continue to avoid those things that can stain your teeth and cause discoloration, such as coffee and red wine. Otherwise, the results can be spectacular. With Dr. Zadeh's method, it can take as little as a single visit to have noticeably whiter and healthier looking teeth.
Do-it-yourself whitening strips have gotten extremely popular in recent years, and with good reason. They can turn your teeth white, but only to an extent. Take home whitening strips usually only cover your front teeth. That means that not all of your teeth are getting whitened. Sure, it might seem fine to only have your front teeth whitened, since people don’t generally see the back of the mouth. However, with professional teeth whitening, you can have all of your teeth looking white. Even those teeth in the back get spotted sometimes, and with professional whitening you will make sure to always be showing your best side.
It’s important to get a dental checkup before using teeth whitening products, even the over-the-counter kinds. Some dental problems can affect the success of whitening, or you may have sensitivities that should be handled by a professional. For example, cavities should be treated before teeth are whitened to prevent the whitening solution from going through decayed areas and getting into the soft tissue in the center of the tooth.
You’ll need to be sure that visible discoloration is from a stain that will respond to whitening products. If tooth enamel is severely eroded, you may need a cosmetic treatment other than whitening. If you have receding gums, the exposed roots may appear yellow, but whitening won’t make them whiter.
Visiting Encino Dentistry, Dr. Zadeh is a recognized cosmetic dentist in Encino for a whitening procedure has several advantages beyond getting a professional exam and cleaning prior to whitening. First, you can be sure that Dr. Zadeh will protect your lips and gums so they’re not irritated by the bleaching agent. Second, the procedure used in her office – Philips Zoom – produces better results more quickly. And finally, even people with sensitive teeth should be able to tolerate the Zoom process.
When you come in for teeth whitening, Dr. Zadeh explains how the process works, then begins by removing tartar and surface stains. Using a color chart or digital photography, the color of your teeth is recorded so you can compare it to the results.
The Zoom procedure uses a whitening gel together with the Zoom WhiteSpeed light, which speeds up the process by helping the bleaching agent break up stains. After 15 minutes, the gel is removed so Dr. Zadeh can check the results. Most people need three gel applications, so the entire treatment only takes 45-60 minutes.
Not sure what is cosmetic dentistry and if it is right for you? Please call our cosmetic dentist office at 818-918-2070 or schedule an appointment online. We will be happy to answer all your questions.
The easy answer is that yes, teeth whitening is completely safe. Whitening is achieved through a bleaching agent, which may seem concerning to some people because it is a chemical product placed in the mouth. However, all products used in bleaching teeth has to meet the Seal of Acceptance guidelines from the American Dental Association (ADA). This means that the product has been deemed to be not just effective in whitening teeth, but also safe for use. Dental bleaching products must have an ADA mandated maximum level of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide to be considered safe, and all products at Dr. Shermineh Zadeh DDS meet that standard. Some at-home bleaching products can cause irritation and damage the gum and tooth enamel, but whitening that is supervised by a dentist is very safe. Currently, there are no at-home products that meet the ADA’s guidelines for the Seal of Acceptance. That said, the program is voluntary, so if a product does not have the Seal of Approval it does not necessarily mean it is unsafe. To get the seal, the manufacturer has to take a lot of time and effort to earn the seal, and some do not find it necessary to undertake that endeavour. Because teeth whitening products are not technically drugs, they are not monitored by the FDA.
The laser itself used in laser whitening may seem like it could possibly be unsafe, but in reality it poses very little threat. The gums are covered with the rubber coating, which protects from any negative effects of the laser. Rubber shields can also protect your tongue and cheeks. Again, the procedure is always supervised by a dental professional, so you do not have to worry about anything being done incorrectly.
Any pain that you might experience through teeth whitening would be very minor and temporary as well. The two most common side effects of teeth whitening are sensitive teeth for a short period of time during the procedure, and irritation of the gums and other soft tissue in the mouth.
Most patients experience sensitivity near the beginning of their treatment. Irritation is often caused by mouthguards that don’t quite fit properly or cause pressure on the teeth and gums. To avoid sensitivity and irritation, make sure to notify your dentist when you start to feel them. They may be able to make some adjustments to make sure that your discomfort is decreased. They can also provide you with high-fluoride toothpaste for brushing. This will revitalize the minerals in your teeth, and protect them. Toothpaste that is designed for sensitive teeth is also a good option, as they are gentle on the nerves of your teeth, so pain signals do not reach your brain.
Teeth whitening will work for a certain period of time. Some people can go for up to 3 years without having to get their teeth whitened again, other than a touch-up here and there. For other people, a treatment will keep their teeth white for around 6 months. It all depends on the method used and how well the patient takes care of their teeth afterwards. Those who smoke or consume food and drink that can stain teeth will have shorter periods of white teeth. A good guideline is if a food will cause a stain on a white shirt, then it could cause stains on your teeth. Brushing regularly is also important, and using a whitening toothpaste at least twice a week will also help. Regular good dental habits such as flossing every day will keep plaque away and keep your teeth whiter for longer.
There are some foods that you can eat, that will not cause issues with staining or damage. These include white meat, white vegetables, and clear fluids. In general, these foods are healthier as well, so there is an added bonus.
Make sure to talk to your dental care team about touch-up appointments after your initial treatment. In some cases they may not be necessary, but it is always good to ask. These extra appointments are meant to tidy up your teeth and keep them as white as possible until your next full treatment appointment. These appointments can come in intervals of anywhere between 6 months to 2 years. If you think your teeth are starting to lose their shine at any time, then call Encino Dentistry for advice and for a possible touch-up. A quick consultation will determine if it is the right option for you.
Just about anyone is eligible for professional teeth whitening services, however there are some restrictions. In general, patients should already have healthy teeth that do not already have fillings. Usually yellowing teeth are the best for getting back to their white color.
Women who are pregnant, and children under the age of 16 should avoid teeth whitening. With kids, the nerves of the teeth are enlarged until they get older, and teeth whitening can irritate the nerves and cause pain. Women who are pregnant or lactating should not have their teeth bleached as it could be harmful to the unborn child.
Make sure that you tell your dentist about any allergies you might have. The most concerning and common allergy is to peroxide, which is the whitening agent in most whitening bleaches. If you are allergic, then you should not have a whitening procedure for your teeth. Also, people who have exposed roots or existing gum disease are not good candidates for whitening. The whitening products can leech into decayed sections of your teeth and cause sensitivity and pain. The bleach will also not work on dedicated areas and exposed roots because there is no longer any enamel to adhere to the bleach. Not only could it be painful, but it could be ineffective as well.
How much it costs for your tooth whitening procedure will depend on what method is used, what product is applied to your teeth, and the dentist doing the procedure. It can cost anywhere between $375 and $500. However, with our special deal you can get your teeth whitened in Encino, CA for only $349.
Dr. Zadeh can help you afford your treatment by offering several different payment options. While take-home options are much less expensive, their results can vary and they are not as reliable. We will work with most major insurance providers, however not with HMO/DMO insurance.
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Dr. Zadeh is a leading cosmetic, restorative dentist. Dr. Zadeh has enjoyed employing her advanced training to help patients improve their quality of life. She also focuses on patient comfort and making sure patients are completely satisfied with the care they receive.
Dr. Shermineh Zadeh proudly serves the community of Encino, CA as a General and Cosmetic dentist . As an experienced dental health care professional, Dr. Zadeh graduated in the top 3 percent of her class from the University of Southern California (USC) School of Dentistry with Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Dr. Zadeh holds both Bachelor of Science from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) majoring in Psychobiology and Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch.) from University of Tehran. Dr. Shermineh Zadeh and her team are thrilled to server the community and raise awareness in dental health.
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