Teeth Whitening

Lula Tsegay, DDS -  - General Dentist

Dr. Lula Tsegay Family Dentistry

Lula Tsegay, DDS

General Dentist located in San Leandro, CA

A bright, confident smile instills confidence and engenders a positive reaction from others, both personally and professionally. If you’re dismayed at your smile because of dark, dingy teeth, you can change that in one dental visit. Dr. Lula Tsegay in San Leandro, California, has performed teeth whitening on hundreds of patients. Call or book an appointment online with Dr. Lula Tsegay Family Dentistry today for your teeth whitening transformation.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What is Opalescence® teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is among the most popular cosmetic dental procedures. It uses a bleaching solution to lighten your teeth, removing common yellow or gray tones and stains. Today’s professional whitening products are safe and effective, giving you a bright, beautiful smile. Dr. Tsegay uses the Opalescence whitening system, which contains fluoride and is made to be long-lasting.

Why have my teeth gotten darker in color?

Teeth become darker from a number of factors. First, it’s a natural result of aging. The outer layer of our teeth--the enamel--begins to wear away and expose darker material--the dentin--underneath. Teeth begin to look more yellow or gray instead of white as we age.

Your diet is another major factor in tooth appearance. Dark beverages such as coffee and wine, if frequently drunk for a long time, can cause teeth to turn darker. Tobacco products are another major culprit.

How is teeth whitening done?

Opalescence whitening contains solutions that penetrate beyond the outer layer of enamel to deep within your tooth. Oxygen from the solution reacts with the molecules inside your teeth, breaking up the discoloration.

Gaining brighter teeth can be accomplished in one dental visit. Dr. Tsegay protects your mouth, lips, and gum from the whitening solution with a rubber shield. She coats your teeth with a bleaching solution--hydrogen peroxide gel. Next, she shines a special curing light on your teeth to activate the peroxide and help remove any dark stains, while periodically reapplying the solution. Within 60 minutes, you are done. Dr. Tsegay rinses your teeth and may apply fluoride, which helps diminish sensitivity. You can relax and listen to your favorite music while your teeth are getting their makeover.

How long does teeth whitening last?

The better you maintain your teeth, the longer the whitening lasts. Regular brushing and flossing are critical. Your daily habits make a difference, too. Staying away from dark-colored drinks or drinking them in moderation helps, as does staying away from tobacco products. Dr. Tsegay provides you with a touch-up kit to use at home with special custom-fitted trays. With good oral habits, teeth whitening can last quite a few months.