Professional teeth whitening is one of the most asked for cosmetic dentistry services here at Moy Dental in San Leandro—and for good teeth whiteningreason! It is effective, safe, and quickly creates a set of pearly whites! Dr. Stephen Moy recommends this economical treatment to patients desiring a more youthful smile appearance, and if your teeth and gums are healthy, you'll make a great candidate!


Tooth color changes

Why do teeth appear dark, yellow, stained, and dull? Well, it is often as simple as aging plus whatever we regularly consume, especially:

  • Tobacco
  • Dark beverages such as tea, coffee, colas, and sports drinks
  • Acidic foods which soften enamel (tomato sauce and citrus fruits for example)
  • Deeply pigmented foods such as soy sauce and curry

What results is something dentists call extrinsic staining, the act of tooth enamel literally catching and holding onto organic matter. With poor oral hygiene habits, your enamel color can change drastically and stay that way unless you do something about it.

Here's where whitening comes in
Yes, your local drug store or retail center offers many cosmetic dentistry products (strips, rinses, toothpaste, etc.), and while these may remove light staining, they are ineffective against long-standing stains. Plus, when incorrectly applied, these products often lead to dental and gingival (gum) sensitivity.

Not so with professional whitening from our San Leandro office! Dr. Moy qualifies prospective whitening patients with an oral examination so that we know your smile is healthy before undergoing the process. You'll choose between in-office whitening (which takes about one hour) or an at-home process which involves wearing whitening trays each day for a specific amount of time.

Both methods employ highly concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel which removes staining organic matter from deep within tooth enamel. Through this treatment, your teeth will brighten by about eight shades!

Keeping a smile bright
Dr. Moy and his team recommend these strategies for maintaining a beautifully white smile:

  1. Drink plenty of water daily.
  2. Refrain from all tobacco use.
  3. Eat high-fiber foods.
  4. Limit dark foods and drinks, and if you do have them, rinse and brush as soon as you can.
  5. Get whitening touch-ups at Moy Dental.
  6. Use a straw to drink your coffee, tea, or cola.
  7. Get routine check-ups and hygienic cleanings.


Your path to your best smile
If you'd like to explore this cosmetic dentistry treatment and others, please contact our San Leandro office to ask for a consultation. Phone (510) 351-4030 today!