Teeth Whitening

Family Dentistry located in Walnut Creek, CA

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Teeth Whitening

Discolored teeth can dull your once beautiful smile. If yellow or brown teeth make you self conscious, a simple cosmetic dentistry solution is available at Walnut Woods Dental in Walnut Creek, California. Award-winning dentist Bernard E. Kim, DMD, and her expert dental team offer in-office and professional-strength at-home teeth whitening to perfect your smile. Schedule an appointment over the phone by speaking with a friendly team member or book online for whiter teeth today.

Teeth Whitening Q&A

What is teeth whitening?


Teeth whitening at Walnut Woods Dental uses a professional-strength whitening gel and custom dental trays to make your teeth whiter and your smile aesthetically pleasing. The procedure is fast and painless and produces dramatic whitening results to give you the confidence you deserve.


Why does teeth staining occur?


Tooth discoloration happens to just about everybody over time. Staining can result from certain drinks, foods, and some lifestyle habits, such as:


  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Smoking
  • Some medications
  • Aging
  • Soda
  • Coffee
  • Tea 
  • Tomato sauce
  • Popsicles
  • Dark juices


It’s often difficult to avoid all foods and drinks, which is why teeth whitening is an excellent solution for brighter teeth.


What are the different types of teeth whitening?


Professional-strength teeth whitening products are stronger and more effective than over-the-counter whitening products. The Walnut Woods Dental team offers:


In-office whitening


In-office teeth whitening usually takes less than an hour. Dr. Kim fills trays with whitening gel and places them on your teeth while you relax in a comfortable dental chair. She might use a special LED light to accelerate whitening. After teeth whitening, there’s no downtime so you can resume a normal routine immediately.


At-home whitening


If you prefer at-home whitening instead of going to the office, the Walnut Woods Dental team offers custom-fit teeth trays and professional-strength whitening gel to make your teeth several shades whiter from the comfort of home.


Is teeth whitening right for me?


To determine if teeth whitening is right for you, Dr. Kim reviews your dental history and examines your teeth and gums. She discusses your desired outcome and might use X-rays to detect or rule out dental problems. Dr. Kim can treat gum disease or decaying teeth prior to whitening procedures.


How can I keep my teeth white?


Teeth whitening is a long-lasting aesthetic solution, but your teeth can gradually stain again over time. To keep your teeth as bright as possible after whitening treatment:


  • Brush twice daily 
  • Floss daily
  • Limit foods and drinks that stain
  • Attend dental cleanings every six months
  • Don’t smoke
  • Complete whitening maintenance treatments


Don’t live with discolored teeth that make you hold back your smile when simple teeth whitening solutions are within reach. Book an appointment with Walnut Woods Dental by phone or online today.