Teeth Whitening

Dentistry by Design Palisades

Cosmetic Dentistry & Implant Dentistry located in Pacific Palisades, CA

Teeth whitening treatment provides a safe, effective, and affordable way to eradicate stains and discoloration from the surface of your teeth. If you regularly cover your mouth when you laugh or smile, teeth whitening can help restore your confidence and self-esteem. At Dentistry by Design Palisades in Pacific Palisades, California, Maria Tapia, DDS, and the team proudly offer teeth whitening with the KöR® Whitening system. To request your appointment today, call the office or click the online scheduling tool.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

Why are my teeth yellow and discolored?

Just like your hair turns gray, your teeth naturally yellow as you age. Over the years, the outer layer of your teeth (enamel) experiences significant wear-and-tear. This causes it to chip, crack, and flake away, revealing the inner portion of your teeth (dentin). Dentin is naturally yellow in color. As more of your enamel wears away, dentin is increasingly visible. 

Other factors that contribute to yellow and discolored teeth include:

  • Using tobacco products
  • Practicing poor oral hygiene
  • Drinking red wine
  • Drinking coffee
  • Drinking soda

You might also develop stained or yellow teeth if you take prescription medications that contain tetracycline. 

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a type of cosmetic dentistry that uses medical-grade chemicals to remove stains and discoloration from your tooth enamel. Dozens of teeth whitening treatments are available, and almost all of them use carbamide peroxide as their main bleaching ingredient. Carbamide peroxide is in the same family as hydrogen peroxide and completely harmless. When it makes contact with the surface of your teeth, it triggers a chemical reaction that whitens and brightens your teeth.

What is the KöR® Whitening system?

The KöR Whitening system is an FDA-approved teeth whitening treatment that restores your teeth’s youthful ability to absorb oxygen. 

The team at Dentistry by Design Palisades offers take-home KöR whitening trays. During this type of teeth whitening treatment, you wear a custom mouthpiece for 3-4 hours each day. Before inserting your mouthpiece, you apply a strip of KöR whitening gel to the bottom. The aligners slide into place and fit snugly over the surface of your teeth.

During treatment, your teeth absorb oxygen emitted by the KöR whitening gel. This process helps your teeth dissolve and ultimately remove stain-causing molecules. After wearing your aligners for several weeks, you notice a significant improvement in the color and luster of your teeth. 

Is teeth whitening permanent?

No teeth whitening treatment is permanent, but the KöR Whitening system delivers lasting results. To maintain the white, shiny appearance of your teeth, make sure to brush and floss every day and visit Dentistry by Design Palisades every six months for a professional oral exam and teeth cleaning. 

To learn more about the benefits of teeth whitening treatment, request a consultation at Dentistry by Design Palisades today by calling the office or clicking the online scheduling tool.