Teeth Whitening in Mission Viejo

What Is Teeth Whitening?

Having a smile you are comfortable sharing with others can be the cornerstone of self-assurance and confidence. Teeth discoloration can happen over time as a result of different stains from food, age, and lifestyle choices. Teeth whitening is one of the most common cosmetic dental procedures aimed at lightening the color of your teeth and removing stains and discolorations to enhance the appearance and brightness of your smile.

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How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

Teeth whitening treatments allow patients to lighten the shade of their enamel through the use of whitening agents. These chemicals, such as hydrogen or carbamide peroxide, break up compounds in the teeth that retain staining molecules. After teeth whitening in Mission Viejo, your teeth have an increased ability to reflect light, leading to an enhanced smile that looks whiter and brighter.

For professional teeth whitening, we offer two options. Patients can either have a supervised treatment conducted in-office, or they can receive a dentist-approved take-home kit. Both treatments use peroxide to break down stains, but in-office treatments are stronger and have increased efficacy. Additionally, some patients opt to use the take-home whitening kits as a touch-up option after they proceed with the office whitening.  Call us or use our online link to book a visit if you are interested in achieving a brighter smile with Smile Dental Boutique.

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Store-bought whitening trays only improve surface stains. But dental-grade care is needed to penetrate and remove deeper stains.

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The first step is meeting with our dentist to discuss what you expect your teeth to look like. The dentist will examine your teeth and go over any oral health concerns that might need addressing before whitening can be done. This is a great time to ask any questions you might have to get a complete picture of your treatment options.

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Treatment Plan

If teeth whitening is right for you, then you can move forward with deciding on a treatment plan. We look at factors like your expectations, preferences, dental health, enamel strength, and budget to match you with the correct option of whitening.

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For in-office whitening treatment, we first place a cheek retractor, which keeps the cheeks, sides of the mouth, and lips away from the teeth and gums. Then we apply a gel to your gums to protect your soft tissues from the whitening materials, and then start the whitening process. For at-home whitening treatment, we take impressions of your teeth to make you custom-fitted trays for the bleaching kit.

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Let the whitening begin. An in-office treatment involves applying the whitening agent to each tooth a few times and then sometimes using a UV light to activate it. At-home trays are ready to use as soon as you get home and come with complete instructions, trays and the whitening gel.


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In-office teeth whitening remains the golden standard because it allows you to receive treatment from a qualified professional. There is no need to worry about forgetting an instruction or making a mistake as there would be with take-home kits. Each treatment lasts about one hour and can whiten your teeth multiple shades with a single treatment. The extent of improvement varies, but many patients see teeth up to 2 shades whiter by the end of their first session.

However, significant cases of tooth staining or discoloration may require more than one session. This will all be covered during your consultation when building your treatment plan with our specialist.


Take-home whitening kits have the benefit of allowing you to achieve your results on your own schedule. They are still an improvement over store-bought kits, due to the dental-grade materials. The treatment works over the span of a week and can deliver results comparable to a single in-office session.

First, we take impressions of your teeth to make custom-made trays. Once these are fabricated in our lab, you can come to collect them from the office along with the whitening products and your complete instructions. Treatment involves placing the whitening gel in your trays and then placing those trays over your teeth for a certain amount of time as instructed by your dentist. Most treatments involve repeating this daily for about 1 week.

Opalescence Teeth Whitening

Opalescence Teeth Whitening is one of the global leaders in professional teeth whitening and offers various teeth whitening concentrations. Your doctor will understand your needs the best and can offer you the most appropriate option for your desire and needs.

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The materials for in-office teeth whitening can contain 15–43% peroxide, allowing for flexible, effective treatment.

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Teeth Whitening FAQs

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Which teeth whitening treatment is right for me?

Both at-home and in-office whitening treatments produce comparable, consistent results. So, choosing the right one for you is mostly a matter of your preferences. In-office treatments are best for faster results, though they require spending about an hour in the office for each treatment.

At-home whitening is a slower process, but you can do it on your own schedule and pace. Additionally, the gentler at-home solution may be better for patients with more sensitive teeth.

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What factors impact teeth whitening?

Individual results can vary for teeth whitening results. Factors that can affect what your outcome looks like can include:

● Original shade of your teeth
● Severity of discoloration
● Presence of congenital or tetracycline stains
● Causes of stains
● Number of treatments
● Cleanliness of teeth(plaque and buildup can interfere with results)
● Dietary intake after whitening (avoid staining foods)
● Type of discoloration (e.g., yellow stains respond better than brown or gray stains)
● Your dentist's experience

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Will my teeth be whiter after a single visit?

Most patients will see whiter teeth after a single in-office treatment session. However, the extent of your results can be affected by the factors mentioned above and the quality of the enamel of your teeth. Your dentist will outline what your expected results will be before you start treatment, so there should be no surprises.

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Does teeth whitening harm teeth?

While teeth whitening uses chemicals that break down compounds, they are safe for your teeth when used properly. If your teeth become sensitive after the whitening treatment, it is generally temporary and will resolve within hours to a few days. Store-bought options, however, can be riskier, as they are less regulated than dental-grade materials. That is why we always recommend working with an experienced professional for those who want the perfect balance of safety and efficacy.

Did you know…

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The concentration of peroxide in take-home whitening kits is lower than in-office gels, leading to a more gradual process.

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