Teeth Whitening Specialist

Richard A. Harmetz, DDS

General and Artistic Dentists located in San Diego, CA

Teeth whitening is one of the most cost-effective and convenient ways to enhance your smile. Experienced general dentist Richard A. Harmetz, DDS can take your smile to a new level with clinical-strength professional teeth whitening services. If you’re in the San Diego area, Dr. Harmetz can help you get the whiter, brighter smile you’ve always wanted. To learn more, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What are the causes of yellow teeth?

Your teeth can turn yellow for a variety of reasons. Certain medications, age, and the things you drink and eat can all contribute. The enamel on your teeth can get surface stains from drinks like red wine, tea, and coffee, and this can make your teeth appear yellow. Smoking and tobacco are also big culprits.

Eventually, these surface stains can become even harder to remove because they go beneath the enamel to the dentin of your tooth.

Is whitening your teeth safe?

Whitening your teeth is a safe process when you follow product guidelines and instructions. Dr. Harmetz provides in-office laser whitening treatments for safe, satisfying results. You may prefer to get your teeth whitened in only one appointment if you have a busy schedule, or steadily over time with a take-home teeth whitening kit.

Although the whitening solution used in both of these treatments is completely safe to put on your teeth and in your mouth, you may experience minor, temporary gum and tooth sensitivity as a result of the bleaching agents.

How does in-home teeth whitening work?

For patients who prefer to whiten their smile from the comfort of their own homes, Dr. Harmetz offers Opalescence® teeth whitening, a chemically activated brightening treatment that uses close-fitting custom whitening trays for optimal results. Your personal whitening formula and treatment time depend on the degree of staining and your desired level of whitening.  

What can you expect from in-office laser whitening?

A simple in-office laser whitening procedure can make your several shades brighter after just one treatment session. During your appointment, Dr. Harmetz fits upper and lower dental trays into your mouth. The trays are filled with a hydrogen peroxide whitening gel.

Then, Dr. Harmetz covers your gums and lips to protect them from the solution and positions a special LED lamp over your teeth. You sit back and relax as the bleach and light work together to whiten your teeth. Afterwards, Dr. Harmetz applies a soothing gel to your teeth to minimize any post-treatment sensitivity you may experience. In as little as one hour, you’ll have whiter teeth and a dazzling smile.

To learn more about in-office laser teeth whitening treatments or convenient take-home options, call or schedule a consultation Dr. Harmetz today. You deserve an outstanding smile.

*Individual results may vary.