Teeth Whitening

MY Dental Place

Mary Anne Yu, DMD

Family Dentist located in Sunnyvale, CA

Having white teeth can boost your confidence every day or can be just the thing for a special event like a class reunion or wedding. No matter the occasion, Dr. Mary Anne Yu and the staff at MY Dental Place in Sunnyvale, California, can help you recapture a bright, awesome smile. Go online to book your appointment or call the office today.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What types of teeth whitening treatments are available?

You can choose from a wide selection of teeth whitening options based on time, cost, and the results you want. Whitening options fall into three main categories:

  • Over-the-counter whitening products such as whitening strips, toothpastes, gels, and home trays
  • In-office or chairside teeth whitening treatments  
  • Custom-fitted whitening trays from Dr. Vu that you can use at home

What is a custom at-home whitening kit?

Custom at-home whitening kits, sometimes called “dentist-dispensed” kits, are prepared specifically for your mouth. Dr. Vu creates a mold so that the trays will not only be more comfortable, but also more effective, since the bleaching compound stays in contact with your teeth -- unlike the store-bought, one-size-fits-all option. These dentist-dispensed kits contain bleaching agents with a higher concentration than the over-the-counter kits.

A typical custom kit includes top and bottom whitening trays and the bleaching agent for one or two treatments and touchups. Dr. Vu recommends custom at-home kits as the preferred whitening option since they usually cause less sensitivity and are used over an extended period of time. Because the at-home trays cause less tooth sensitivity, most patients tend to do at-home whitening more often than in-office whitening, and therefore get better results.*

Does teeth whitening work on all teeth?

If you have had major restorations, like bonding or tooth-colored fillings, crowns, or veneers, teeth whitening may not be effective on the treated teeth. The same is true for darkly-stained teeth or brownish or gray-tone teeth. You may want to speak to Dr. Yu about whether you’re a candidate for teeth whitening.

Is teeth whitening safe?

According to clinical studies, teeth whitening is safe, if done correctly. You may feel temporary tooth sensitivity after teeth whitening, but this usually goes away in a day or two. If you think you’d like to whiten your teeth, book a consultation with Dr. Yu to figure out the best whitening option for your individual needs.

How long does teeth whitening last?

The longevity of whitening varies from patient to patient. People who drink wine, coffee, or tea, or consume other drinks and foods that stain the teeth may see fading in as little as one month’s time, while whitening results may last longer for others.

*Individual results may vary.