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How do I get my teeth to look whiter?

Drinking coffee, tea, soda, and red wine, as well as taking certain medications, can affect your smile’s whiteness. Whitening is a financially feasible and effective way of combating stains and discoloration on the teeth. At Zak Dental, we offer a variety of whitening services and products, and our dental team is there to help you figure out which options are best suited for your needs.

We offer two main whitening systems for patients’ different lifestyles and budgets.

In-Office Whitening

Is a chemically-activated whitening treatment that provides impressive results in just one hour. The procedure is dentist-supervised, and is extremely safe, offering a brighter smile after just one appointment.

Take Home Whitening Kit

Which has whitening gels in customized bleaching trays. The gel is viscous and sticky and therefore won’t migrate to the gums.

Most formulations – both in-office and take-home – contain Potassium Fluoride, which helps improve oral health by strengthening enamel, decreasing sensitivity, and providing increased cavity protection.

NOTE: Before recommending either treatment your wellness doctor will perform a comprehensive exam and cleaning in order to determine whether you are good candidates for teeth whitening.

If you live in Southern California, feel free to schedule a New Patient Visit with us in Zak Dental offices in Agoura Hills, Covina/San Dimas, Downey, Long Beach, North Park, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Simi Valley, Temecula, Valencia, Ventura, and Whittier/La Mirada, California.

Please Call us at 833-ZAK-TEAM with any additional questions you would like us to answer.

Teeth Whitening FAQ


What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure aimed at lightening the color of your teeth. It involves using bleaching agents to remove stains and discoloration from the enamel and dentin of the teeth.

How does teeth whitening work?

Teeth whitening works by applying a bleaching agent, usually containing hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, to the teeth. These agents break down stains into smaller molecules, making the teeth appear brighter.

Is teeth whitening safe?

When performed by a qualified dental professional or using over-the-counter products as instructed, teeth whitening is generally considered safe. However, some people may experience temporary tooth sensitivity or gum irritation as side effects.

How long does teeth whitening last?

The duration of teeth whitening results varies depending on factors such as your oral hygiene habits, diet, and lifestyle choices. Generally, professional whitening treatments can last from six months to two years, while over-the-counter products may provide results for a few weeks to several months.

Can everyone get their teeth whitened?

While teeth whitening is suitable for most people, it may not be recommended for individuals with certain dental conditions or sensitivity issues. It’s essential to consult with a dentist to determine if teeth whitening is appropriate for you.

Are there any alternatives to traditional teeth whitening?

Yes, there are alternative methods for teeth whitening, such as whitening toothpaste, whitening strips, and whitening pens. Additionally, some cosmetic dental procedures, like veneers or bonding, can improve the appearance of stained or discolored teeth.

How much does teeth whitening cost?

The cost of teeth whitening varies depending on factors such as the method used, the professional performing the procedure, and the location. Professional, in-office whitening treatments typically range from $500 to $1,000, while over-the-counter products are generally more affordable.

Can teeth whitening damage enamel?

When used correctly, teeth whitening products should not damage enamel. However, overuse or misuse of whitening agents can lead to enamel erosion and increased tooth sensitivity. It’s crucial to follow instructions carefully and consult with a dentist if you have concerns.

How can I maintain whitened teeth?

To maintain the results of teeth whitening, it’s essential to practice good oral hygiene, including regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups. Additionally, avoiding foods and beverages that can stain teeth, such as coffee, tea, and red wine, can help prolong the whitening effects.

Is teeth whitening suitable for sensitive teeth?

People with sensitive teeth may still be candidates for teeth whitening, but they may experience increased sensitivity during or after the treatment. Dentists can recommend desensitizing agents or lower-concentration whitening products to minimize discomfort. It’s important to discuss any sensitivity concerns with your dentist before proceeding with whitening treatment.

Remember, it’s always best to consult with a dental professional before starting any teeth whitening regimen to ensure safety and effectiveness for your specific dental health needs.

Tooth Whitening


What is the process for Tooth Whitening and how will it make my smile brighter?


Teeth which have been stained by tobacco, coffee, wine, or other dietary products can yellow over time.

If the teeth are straight and uniform, and don’t have fillings or other dental restorations present, they can often be whitened significantly with bleach.
Most commonly, this is done using custom-made bleach trays which you can get from a dentist.

The process is simple. Impressions are made of your teeth, and stone cast replicas are produced.
A sheet of clear vinyl is heated and vacuum-formed over the cast.

When the plastic cools, it sets up in the shape of your teeth. The trays are trimmed, removed from the cast and disinfected.

A specially-formulated clear bleaching gel is dispensed into the trays.
The trays are seated onto the teeth, and the patient wears them for the recommended length of time per day, generally measured in minutes.

The process is repeated for a few days to a couple of weeks, ideally under the supervision of a dentist, until the teeth reach their desired shade.
Results can be outstanding, and typically last for years.