Teeth Whitening Specialist

Pragasam Family Dentistry, Inc.

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Redlands, CA

When teeth start to look a bit dark -- or even yellow -- cosmetic teeth whitening can be an excellent solution. Dr. Lloyd Pragasam at Pragasam Family Dentistry in Redlands, California offers a highly effective teeth whitening treatment that includes reusable custom whitening trays. With just a small amount of daily use, teeth can be whitened by four to eight shades. Teeth can be returned to their natural color or can be whitened beyond their natural color, if desired. Call our office or use our convenient online scheduling tool to make an appointment today.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

Pragasam Family Dentistry, Inc.

Why do patients need teeth whitening?

There are a variety of reasons patients may decide to opt for teeth whitening at Pragasam Family Dentistry. Teeth grow darker over time, so as you age, you may find that your teeth just aren't as white as they once were. Some patients have darkened or discolored teeth because of habits like coffee consumption, soda consumption, or cigarette smoking. Teeth whitening can return your teeth to their natural shade of whiteness, or if desired, your teeth can be whitened even more than their natural shade.

How does teeth whitening work?

Pragasam Family Dentistry offers a tray whitening system that's done in two steps. In the first step, Dr. Pragasam will create a mold of your teeth. This mold is then used to create custom trays that perfectly fit your mouth. You'll take the whitening trays and a special whitening gel home with you to use each day.

Every day, you'll wear the trays for a short period of time, typically no more than an hour per day. After the prescribed treatment period, which is usually just a few days but can be longer, you'll return to the office so that Dr. Pragasam can evaluate your results. Patients are often able to achieve four to eight shades of improvement in the whiteness of their teeth.

How should you prepare for whitening treatment?

Each day, you should brush and floss your teeth before you use the whitening trays. The whitening system works best when your teeth are clean. For best results, be sure to thoroughly rinse and clean your whitening trays after each use. Whitening trays should be completely dry before use, as any lingering moisture can negatively impact the power of the whitening gel.

How long do the teeth whitening results last?

The teeth whitening results usually last for a year, and they can last even longer. However, it's important that you're cautious about the foods and other substances to which you expose your teeth. Avoiding excessive consumption of dark beverages and cigarettes can help you achieve the maximum longevity from your teeth whitening treatment. To maintain your beautiful white teeth, you may want to have touch-up treatments once or twice a year.