Teeth Whitening Specialist

Juan Sebastian Moran, DDS

Dentist located in Torrance, CA

Having beautiful white, healthy-looking teeth can do wonders for your appearance and your self-confidence. As a top cosmetic dentist in Torrance, CA, Dr. Sebastian Moran offers state-of-the-art teeth whitening to help patients at Moran Dental get brighter, whiter teeth and smiles.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

Why do teeth become yellow or dingy?

Teeth can become discolored for many different reasons. The most common causes include smoking and using other tobacco products, and eating or drinking foods and beverages that contain dark pigments, like coffee, red wine or foods with natural or artificial colorings added. Some spices and dark-colored berries can also stain teeth, and citrus, soda and other foods high in acids can temporarily soften tooth enamel, making it easier for these stains to penetrate the tooth surface. These more superficial stains respond very well to professional teeth whitening. Sometimes, the interior portion of a tooth can become discolored or dark as a result of age, trauma, infection or decay, chronic disease or long-term use of some medications (tetracycline).

How does professional teeth whitening work?

Professional teeth whitening uses special gels to deeply penetrate the tooth surface, lightening the inner layer of the teeth (dentin) and thereby producing a lighter brighter effect on the appearance of the teeth and helping teeth appear up to four shades lighter in a single, one-hour treatment. During the in-office whitening procedure, a special barrier is applied b on the gum lines over the teeth to be lightened, to protect them from the powerful lightening gel that might irritate them. The gel is carefully applied to the teeth’s front surfaces.During the one-hour treatment, the gel may be applied up to three times to achieve maximum effects. Once the treatment is complete, the gel is wiped from the tooth’s surfaces and patients can enjoy their whiter, brighter smiles right away. Patients also receive a take-home whitening bleach kit to use in the convenience of their own home along with step-by-step instructions so that they can continue treatments at home until they achieve their desired shade.

Is professional teeth whitening better than over-the-counter teeth bleaching products?

Yes. Professional teeth whitening uses stronger solutions designed for professional use to provide faster, longer-lasting, more consistent results. While over-the-counter products can take weeks to achieve maximum results, professional in-office tooth whitening treatments can produce better results in just an hour.

Is teeth whitening covered by insurance?

Teeth whitening is considered a cosmetic dentistry treatment and is typically not covered by major dental insurance plans. The good news - professional teeth whitening is surprisingly affordable and the results can last for a year.