Teeth Whitening

Hayward Dentistry

Chen Tsung Chang, DDS

General Dentistry located in Hayward, CA

Sparkling white teeth are considered to be a healthy and attractive quality, so it can be embarrassing if your smile reveals they are stained or discolored instead. Chen Tsung Chang, DDS, offers several teeth-whitening options at his Hayward Dentistry practice in Hayward, California, that restore the whiteness of your teeth and give your smile sparkle. Call the practice today to book an appointment, or use the online booking tool.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

Why aren’t my teeth white and sparkling?

Teeth naturally start to change color as you get older, from white to off-white and then yellow. The change in color is due to the dentin inside the tooth beginning to show through the outer enamel, but yellowing can also be made worse by other factors, such as:

  • Eating too much sugar, causing tooth decay
  • Not observing regular, effective brushing habits
  • Smoking
  • Injuring teeth so they form extra dentin
  • Taking certain medications like antipsychotics, hypertension pills, and antihistamines
  • Consuming coffee, red wine, and tea

Teeth-whitening procedures can restore whiteness to your teeth in many cases, although not all teeth respond as well. Dr. Chang can advise you of the likely outcomes of teeth-whitening treatment at your consultation, and together you can reach an informed decision about whether teeth-whitening treatment is right for you.

Can’t I use a home teeth-whitening kit?

You can get many different home teeth-whitening kits over the counter at the drugstore, including whitening toothpaste and bleaching kits. These DIY kits can be effective if used properly, but the best at-home treatments are those recommended by your dentist.

Dr. Chang has take-home trays with which you can perform the whitening process at home if you prefer, or he can carry out an in-office teeth-whitening procedure using higher-strength active ingredients for an enhanced result.

What happens at a teeth-whitening session?

When you visit Dr. Chang for your teeth-whitening appointment, he carefully places a protective layer over your gums before applying the bleaching agent. The process is painless and shouldn’t take long. Afterward, you can carry on with your normal daily activities.

The bleach in the teeth-whitening treatment dissolves stains by breaking down the molecules and reducing their concentration. You should only need one session to regain a white smile, and the effects can last for up to five years before you need another session.

Are there any side effects of having my teeth whitened?

As long as you only whiten your teeth under Dr. Chang’s supervision, you should be perfectly safe during the treatment process. Patients may experience a slight temporary sensitivity in their teeth after the procedure, but this soon wears off.

You’re only likely to encounter problems if you have too many treatments or use unapproved products, neither of which can happen at Hayward Dentistry. If you want a safe, effective way to whiten your teeth and revive a sparkling smile, call Hayward Dentistry today or book an appointment online.