Teeth Whitening

Ben Mandel, DDS -  - General Dentist

Ben Mandel, DDS

General Dentist located in La Mesa, CA

When you’re after a brighter smile, Dr. Ben Mandel located in La Mesa, California, serving the El Cajon and Spring Valley areas, is the dentist to see. In-office procedures can produce dramatic results, and following up with compatible home care keeps your smile shining. Call the office today or request an appointment online to learn more about gentle and effective teeth whitening.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What is teeth whitening?

While professional teeth cleaning during a dental visit can remove stains and polish your teeth, it can’t improve upon the whiteness of your natural teeth, and it may not fully remove all stains. Teeth whitening can achieve whiteness that’s brighter than your original color, using bleaches designed for dental use.

However, not all dental bleaches are created equally. Though the peroxides used are typically similar, the concentrations of these bleaches vary widely, and the formulation of the product delivering the peroxide can be quite different from each manufacturer.

The biggest difference in concentrations is between chairside and take-home bleaches. Because they’re administered by professionals under controlled conditions, in-office teeth whitening bleaches may be much more concentrated. For excellent results, Dr. Mandel uses the LumiBrite® system that provides both in-office and at-home treatments.

What is the LumiBrite system?

The LumiBrite teeth whitening system has both professional and consumer-grade bleaches that work together to extend the results of your whitening efforts.

In-office whitening

Dr. Mandel uses LumiBrite® Chairside as his in-office whitening system. This is a professional grade whitener that offers a balance between effective whitening and gentle action that doesn’t strip away tooth enamel. LumiBrite Chairside works on its own or in conjunction with a light activator that speeds results. Treatment times are typically under one hour.

At-home whitening

Even professional whitening systems are temporary measures, as the factors that originally discolor your teeth will continue. So Dr. Mandel can provide you with custom-fit teeth whitening trays for use at home after your chairside procedure. LumiBrite® Take-Home produces noticeable results, even if you don’t have an in-office whitening treatment.

Both LumiBrite® systems are less abrasive than many commercial whiteners and don’t cause increased sensitivity.

Can all discolored teeth be whitened?

Teeth that have yellow discoloration generally respond best to whitening. But brown stains may not react as much, and teeth that have gray discoloration often show no signs of improvement. When teeth are discolored due to trauma, previous dental treatment, or chemical or drug exposure, teeth whitening systems typically provide no change. Acrylic composites, veneers, and porcelain crowns are the best options for cosmetic improvement in most these cases.