San Francisco Teeth Whitening
Whether you have always wanted a more noticeable smile or your teeth have yellowed over time, whiter and brighter teeth can completely rejuvenate your appearance.
For patients in Financial District, San Francisco, teeth whitening by Skoulas DDS is a non-invasive and routine procedure that improves the aesthetics of the smile. Advances in techniques and technology have made treatment faster, more affordable, and more effective than ever before. Learn how our practice can help you get the results you want to achieve.
Options for Teeth Whitening
Dr. Skoulas can discuss several treatments for teeth whitening with you and can advise you about which to choose based on your timeframe for improvement, past dental work, and any oral sensitivity you may have.
With in-office teeth whitening:
- Skoulas DDS will lighten your smile by one-to-two shades.
- You will be finished with treatment in about one hour.
- You will be able to see the results immediately.
Financial District, San Francisco teeth whitening patients may notice some sensitivity for a period following treatment. Those with sensitive teeth or minimal enamel because of wear and bite problems should consider alternative treatments, such as the take-home option:
- We will provide dental trays and bleaching material that you will use at home.
- Expect to wear the trays once a day for 20-30 minutes on both the upper and lower teeth.
- Generally, patients follow treatment for one-to-three months to achieve the same results as the in-office approach. While it takes longer to see improvement, the at-home treatment gives you greater control over the amount of whitening and sensitivity that can occur.
Follow-Up Care for Financial District, San Francisco Teeth Whitening Patients
If you notice that your teeth feel sensitive after treatment, please talk with Skoulas DDS. We have several solutions that can help you feel more comfortable and enjoy your results.
For example, Dr. Skoulas can provide you with remineralizing toothpaste, which replaces lost tooth calcium and seals exposed dentin, helping reduce sensitivity. She can also make recommendations about ways to prevent discomfort, such as avoiding certain foods and drinks until sensitivity subsides.
If you are ready to improve the appearance of your teeth and would like to explore your options, contact Skoulas DDS. A great smile can be yours quickly, comfortably, and affordably.
What Causes Teeth Discoloration?
Many of our patients realize that in this fast-paced and highly competitive job market that any advantage can help. Having a shimmering, bright white smile can go a long ways in helping our patients achieve their goals and feel confident about themselves. But over time, there are some things that can cause teeth to become discolored and require teeth whitening. Financial District, San Francisco patients can often counteract these issues with just a few treatments from Dr. Skoulas.
- Age – Time is no friend to the color and brightness of your teeth. As we age, the outer layer of our teeth–the enamel–will start to yellow. The reason this happens is that the enamel becomes thinner and more transparent, exposing the yellowish dentin layer underneath.
- Genetics – Just like your eye and hair color, some people are just born with whiter teeth. In these cases, teeth whitening will only go so far to whiten the teeth. But even if you weren’t given the gift of white teeth, you can still get fabulous results with other options like veneers or crowns.
- Smoking – Even though cigarette use is on the decline, many of our patients still smoke. Not only is cigarette smoke one of the most powerful staining substances to your teeth, but it can also cause gum disease.
- Food and drink – Coffee, tea, and wine are all some of the biggest offenders when it comes to teeth stains. Even dark-colored soda, blueberries, and lots of food dyes can also leave your teeth a little darker. The good news here is that these stains respond very well to teeth whitening. Financial District, San Francisco patients who may rely a little too heavily on coffee to get them through the day can still get a sparkling smile with teeth whitening.
- Trauma – In some cases, trauma to a tooth can cause it to darken because of bleeding inside the tooth. Also, if the trauma happened early in life, the tooth may be discolored because it failed to develop properly.
Other Options to Teeth Whitening
Financial District, San Francisco patients whose teeth are discolored because of stains on the outside can get fabulous results with teeth whitening treatment. But some of the other causes of discoloration–age, genetics, and trauma–the stains can be more difficult or impossible to erase. But there are still other options available for these patients to get gorgeous, white smiles.
- Porcelain veneers – If your teeth are discolored because of age, genetics, or trauma, veneers are a great option. Veneers are paper-thin shells of porcelain that are bonded to the surface of the teeth. The veneers can be made in any color shade and fabricated to match your original teeth. They are very durable, and our Financial District, San Francisco patients absolutely love the results they get.
- Crowns – Another option for permanently discolored teeth are crowns. In this option, the cap of the discolored or dead tooth is ground down, and a new beautiful white crown is secured in its place.
Is Teeth Whitening Permanent?
One of the very first questions that our Financial District, San Francisco patients ask about teeth whitening is how long do the results last. While teeth whitening is not permanent, the results can last for up to two years. Naturally, the longevity of the results will depend quite a bit on the patient.
The same factors that caused the teeth to become discolored in the first place need to be avoided so that they don’t just re-stain the teeth. Foods and drinks like coffee, tea, wine, and dark-colored foods should be avoided to keep your teeth bright.
Types of Tooth Stains Treated with Teeth Whitening
There are two different types of tooth stains: intrinsic and extrinsic. To put it simply, intrinsic stains are stains deep inside the tooth. Extrinsic stains are those that happen on the outside surface of the tooth.
When a Financial District, San Francisco patient suffers from extrinsic stains on their teeth, it is almost always because of contact with certain foods and beverages that are dark in color. The enamel on the outside of your teeth trap particles of these foods and drinks. Over time, these particles can accumulate and change the color of the teeth.
Common foods and drinks that cause this are coffee, tea, wine, berries, smoking tobacco, and dark-colored sodas.
With an intrinsic stain, the stain resides deep inside the tooth. These types of stains can’t be removed with teeth whitening. Financial District, San Francisco patients can still treat the stain, but it often involves other procedures like porcelain veneers.
A few of the most common causes of intrinsic stains are:
- Trauma – An accident or a fall can cause internal damage to a tooth and cause it to turn gray or brown. In many cases it is a single tooth that is affected.
- Fluoride – While fluoride can help protect your teeth, if it is overused it can cause stains on your teeth. This happens when young children ingest too much fluoride while their teeth are developing. The stains can appear yellow or brown; in severe cases the surface of the tooth can develop pits.
- Antibiotics – The antibiotic tetracycline has been known to cause dark yellow or gray stains on the teeth when administered to children under 8 years old. The entire tooth or teeth are typically stained. In this case, certain elements in the medicine become part of the tooth’s enamel, changing their color.
- Genetics – For some of our patients, their teeth are simply naturally a darker color.
- Age – As we age, our teeth often take on a darker shade. There are several reasons for this. First, the dentin inside the tooth may start to darken over time. Second, the enamel on the outside will begin to thin, allowing more of the darker dentin to become visible.
Who Is a Candidate for Teeth Whitening?
Financial District, San Francisco patients know that having a bright, white, and healthy-looking smile can be a huge boost of confidence and self-esteem. The great news is that because teeth whitening is a non-invasive procedure, it is very safe and available to almost everyone. But there are a few factors that could prevent patients from getting teeth whitening.
- Crowns, veneers, bonding – Crowns, porcelain veneers, or bonding materials are not affected by teeth whitening. The bleaching elements in the teeth whitening solutions will not impact the stains on these materials. If Financial District, San Francisco patients want to get their other natural teeth whitened, they will often have to get their crown or veneer replaced to match the new, brighter shade of their teeth.
- Intrinsic stains – As we mentioned above, intrinsic stains are trapped deep inside the structure of the tooth. Teeth whitening will not be able to penetrate into the tooth to remove those stains.
- Sensitive teeth – If you suffer from sensitive teeth, then teeth whitening may actually make this condition worse.
- Receding gums – Another issue that may prevent patients from getting teeth whitening is receding gums. Teeth whitening works on the enamel but the exposed root does not have enamel.
- Cavities – A cavity forms a hole in the enamel layer of the tooth that allows infection to penetrate deep into the pulp of the tooth. The whitening agents will be able to also get into the inner parts of the tooth and cause sensitivity.
- Little enamel – Teeth whitening penetrates into the enamel of the tooth. Patients that have thin enamel could experience some sensitivity to the treatment.
- Teeth grinding – If you grind your teeth at night–a condition called bruxism— then you may not be a candidate for take-home teeth whitening, which requires patients to wear trays in their mouth. The trays can cause discomfort for patients with bruxism.
- Young teens – Before the age of 16, the pulp chamber inside the tooth is larger than in adults. Because of its expanded size, the bleaching agents in teeth whitening can cause sensitivity for these patients.
Why Work with Dr. Skoulas for Teeth Whitening
Financial District, San Francisco patients that are looking for a gentle, kind, and compassionate dentist will absolutely love Dr. Skoulas. As a Bay Area native, she understands the fast-paced lifestyle here and works to accommodate all of our patient’s needs.
- Entertainment – We also provide Netflix and Spotify access at all of our dental stations so you can enjoy your favorite shows, movies, and music to help you relax.
- After-hours dentistry – Being located right in the heart of the financial district allows us to treat many of our patients that have busy lives and work schedules. Dr. Skoulas will stay late and come in early, even on the weekends, to help our patients keep their mouths healthy and
- Emergency dentistry – If one of our patients experiences a dental emergency like an accident or a fall, Dr. Skoulas will come in at any hour to help.
On top of all of that, Dr. Skoulas has also received some of the finest dental education and training available in the world. She graduated from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry here in San Francisco and is a past lecturer at the UCLA School of Dentistry. She is a member of numerous prestigious dental organizations including the American Dental Association, Academy of Operative Dentistry, and American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
Dr. Skoulas is also proud to spend time abroad donating her time and experience to provide underprivileged communities with dental services.
How to Get Started with Dr. Skoulas
The first step to your new bright smile is to call our Financial District, San Francisco offices at. We love getting calls from new patients so don’t hesitate to pick up the phone.
From there, we can talk with you about your concerns, learn more about your unique circumstances, and then talk with you about when we can get you into our Financial District, San Francisco offices to meet with Dr. Skoulas. Giving you the smile of your dreams is our passion! So, get in touch with us today.
Learn more about teeth whitening in Financial District, San Francisco. Schedule your appointment with Skoulas DDS now.