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Teeth Whitening

James Van Sicklen, Jr. DDS

Family & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Stockton, CA

Have you noticed stains on your teeth lately? That might be due to your coffee cravings, smoking addiction, or other lifestyle habits. The team at James Van Sicklen, Jr. DDS in Stockton, California, understands that some habits are tough to shake. That’s why they offer top-of-the-line teeth whitening services to the men and women of San Joaquin County. Call or go online today to book an appointment to learn more about teeth whitening.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening refers to a noninvasive dental procedure that removes discolorations and stains from the surface of your teeth. It’s so successful that over 40 million people rely on this procedure to keep their teeth white.

What teeth whitening treatments are available?

There are two main types of teeth whitening treatments.

The most common treatment is vital whitening and it’s performed directly on the surface of your natural tooth.

The second is called nonvital whitening. If you’ve undergone root canal treatment, you’ll notice that, over time, the weakened tooth might discolor. In this case, Dr. Van Sicklen performs a nonvital treatment to whiten the affected tooth.

How does teeth whitening work?

Dr. Van Sicklen offers two kinds of whitening options.

Most common are whitening strips. You place these directly onto your teeth. Each strip contains an enamel-safe whitening gel that works to eliminate discolorations and stains over a set period of time. In most cases, these strips are disposable.

Dr. Van Sicklen also offers custom, take-home whitening trays. For this treatment, he provides an enamel-safe carbamide peroxide-based whitening gel and a mouthpiece. You place the gel into the mouthpiece and insert the mouthpiece into your mouth for 30-90 minutes, depending on his recommendation.

What are the side effects of teeth whitening?

There are very few known side effects of teeth whitening. Since you’re essentially bleaching your teeth, you might feel slight sensitivity during and immediately after the procedure. If this is the case, you should speak with Dr. Van Sicklen about how you can reduce this discomfort.

It’s important to note that teeth whitening treatment does no damage to your teeth’s enamel. It’s the most robust tissue in the body.

Can you get your teeth whitened with pre-existing dental work?

There’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to start a teeth whitening treatment if you have pre-existing dental work. In some cases, it might make results more difficult to see but in no way will it affect your dental work.

How long does teeth whitening last?

The success of teeth whitening depends on two things: your consistency in using the trays and strips, and your overall dental hygiene. To increase the likelihood of success, you need to brush your teeth at least twice a day and avoid foods and beverages that stain.

Go online or call the office today to learn more about how you can get your teeth to shine white.