Teeth Whitening

Joseph S Kim, DDS -  - General Dentist

Joseph S Kim, DDS

General Dentist & Family Dentist located in Seabright, Santa Cruz, CA & Mission District, San Francisco, CA

If your teeth are yellow, brown, or stained as a result of habits such as tobacco use or drinking coffee, you might feel self-conscious when you smile or laugh. Fortunately, a teeth whitening treatment can eradicate stains, helping you feel more confident. Joseph S. Kim, DDS, with offices within Santa Cruz, Mission District in San Francisco, and Fremont, California, offers chairside whitening using the Biolase® Epic laser. To learn more about the cutting-edge treatment, request a consultation by calling the office nearest you or by clicking the online booking tool today.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

Why are my teeth stained and yellow?

Believe it or not, your teeth yellow and collect stains as part of the natural aging process. As you get older, the outer layer of your teeth, or enamel, thins or wears away. Over time, this reveals the inner portion of your teeth or dentin. Dentin is naturally yellow in color. The more dentin that peeks through your enamel, the more yellow your teeth appear. 

Other factors can also contribute to yellow or discolored teeth, including:

  • Tobacco use
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Drinking coffee or other dark-colored beverages
  • Taking medications that contain tetracycline

You might also develop yellow or discolored teeth if you regularly eat food that stains your enamel, such as blueberries, raspberries, or tomato-based pasta sauces.

What is Biolase Epic laser teeth whitening?

Biolase® Epic laser teeth whitening is a state-of-the-art, chairside whitening technique that Dr. Kim proudly offers to men, women, and teens. Compared to other teeth whitening treatments, Biolase Epic is much quicker and longer-lasting. Clinical research suggests Epic laser teeth whitening can make your teeth between 6-12 shades lighter in one treatment session. 

First, Dr. Kim carefully applies a chemical bleaching solution to the surface of your teeth. Next, he points the handheld Biolase Epic laser device at your teeth, which triggers a chemical bleaching reaction. Each treatment cycle takes approximately two minutes. Dr. Kim can instantaneously whiten your teeth in less than 20 minutes total. 

Following Biolase Epic laser teeth whitening treatment, there’s no post-operative sensitivity. This means you can return to your normal routine right away. You can also eat and drink your favorite food and beverages without having to worry about potential side-effects. 

Dr. Kim also offers teeth whitening using the patented silicone customized trays, which help your jaw relax and remain comfortable throughout treatment. You will receive effective and safe professional take-home whitening kits from the office. Patients can fill their silicone tray with a bleaching solution to accelerate the bleaching process. You also can buy a take-home maintenance pen to touch-up your results. 

Is teeth whitening permanent?

Teeth whitening treatment isn’t permanent, but the results will last for between 4-6 months at a time. If you want to extend your results, make sure to brush and floss regularly, visit the dentist once every six months for a professional cleaning and exam, and avoid habits like smoking or using chewing tobacco. 

To request your teeth whitening appointment, call the office of Joseph S. Kim, DDS, nearest you, or click the online booking tool today.