Men and women have always valued their teeth – not only because it helps with the way they look. A beautiful smile not only exudes confidence, but influences every interaction you have for the good or bad of it. Having stained teeth can ruin your smile, your appearance, that may even affect your work or social life. Our teeth whitening treatment can make you smile brightly again through professional tooth whitening.

Contents: What is Teeth Whitening? | Types of Whitening | Procedure | How much it costs? | Appointment | FAQ

What is Teeth Whitening?

Your teeth are naturally white, but it can be affected by a number of issues that could stain it such as plaque and calculus deposits resulting in your teeth going, stained, or getting discolored. If you or someone wants to make their teeth look good again, then you need to set up an appointment with one of the members of our dental staff to get professional-grade dental cleaning. Almost every process involves carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide.

What are types of teeth whitening solutions?

Advances in modern dentistry give you a number of options for the procedure.

Over-the-Counter Methods

These are the most economical methods to bring back the shine to your teeth but are less effective. These include:

Pre-made Whitening Trays

Teeth whitening kits contain carbamide peroxide and are available at your nearest pharmacy. The material you put into trays, and the tray is directly applied to the teeth. These one-size-fits-all trays may not feel right, and the chemical may leak and damage other parts of the mouth – specially the gums.


Toothpaste does not use additional bleaching agents, such as hydrogen peroxide. It doesn’t use mild abrasives to clean the surface of the enamel. These types of toothpaste contain fluoride that can help protect your teeth from damage.


A certain type of gel depends on how often you’ll have to use them and their strength.


These are thin plastic strips coated with light carbamide peroxide. You attach these to the teeth that need to be cleaned. The results can last for around four months.


Special mouthwashes are used like an average antibacterial mouthwash. These have small quantities of hydrogen peroxide. Since peroxide has no time to take effect, rinses aren’t as effective as any other methods.

At-Home Kits

The best alternative is a professional at-home kit. These at-home bleaching options have ADA Seal of Acceptance which means they are safe and effective for your teeth. Your dental professional will provide custom-made trays that fit into your teeth comfortably. Fill it with the accompanying get and wear it. Depending on the situation, this can be completed between half an hour to several hours every day. This gel contains carbamide peroxide, a weaker substitute for in-office treatment that uses hydrogen peroxide directly. This method cannot be used in an in-office setting.

It is important to note that whitening treatments can create temporary tooth sensitivity.

In-Office Whitening Procedure

In-office whitening treatment provides patients with the best results. Other than cleaning your teeth and making you smile confidently again, we provide advice on how to keep your teeth clean and unstained. One of our dentistry experts will use stronger gels which work fast to split the bonding between molecules in the teeth. We will use specific types of lasers to increase the strength of the hydrogen peroxide gel. The zoom process can bring out up to eight different shades of color in just one whitening session. The LED device will activate the gel, spreading the oxygen within the peroxide and thoroughly penetrating the tooth surface. In certain situations, in-office and take-home methods may be combined for better and long-lasting results.

Zoom Whitening @ Harbor Smiles Huntington Beach, CA

Zoom whitening can take less than an hour to complete; however regular teeth cleaning will need to be performed first before the actual Zoom teeth whitening session. The procedure starts with a short preparation to cover the gums and lips and exposing the patient’s teeth.

A dental professional or dental assistant will be the one to apply Zoom hydrogen peroxide whitening gel. This whitening gel works together with Zoom light to penetrate the teeth and break up stains and discoloration. The gel will stay there for 15 minutes as the light is being activated.

This gel will be applied every 15-minute session of light activation. The total time will be 45 minutes. Patients who have strong gag reflexes may have difficulty undergoing the entire procedure immediately afterward. Sensitivity-reducing fluoride paste-gel is then applied to the teeth.

How long will my laser whitened teeth last?

How long you’ll achieve the desired results depends on various factors. Additionally, your habits, lifestyle, the type of teeth whitening used can affect the effectiveness of the treatment. If you prefer at-home treatments, we recommend you get a booster treatment every six months. For non-invasive professional treatments like the Kor whitening system, you typically won’t need another treatment for at least a year or more.

Cost of Teeth Whitening

The cost of teeth whitening treatment will depend on the extent of the discoloration of stains, your insurance, and the dentist you visit. Over-the-counter treatments typically cost around $50. In-office whitening treatment may be more expensive, but it produces more effective results and it will be longer-lasting.

Can I Whiten my Teeth with Dentures, Crowns, Braces & During Pregnancy?

  • With Dentures and Crowns – We suggest you have a teeth whitening procedure first before you get dentures or crowns – but it is still safe to get the procedure when you have dental implants.
  • With Braces – It is better to have your teeth whitened before getting braces. Various methods have different effects on braces. For example, toothpastes and Invisalign clear aligners do not present any problems. Home-whitening trays made by one of our dentists comfortably fit over your braces. DIY chemicals may be used on braces but may leave dark patches.
  • With Pregnancy– Most teeth whitening products use hydrogen peroxide. It doesn’t have any formal study that shows how it can affect pregnant women. But to be on the safe side, we advise not to get this procedure when pregnant.


You may be wondering how you take care of yourself after you go through a teeth whitening. Here’s what you need to know.

No Tobacco

Tobacco will stain your teeth in any form – smoking or chewing.


Only use lipstick that doesn’t have properties that will color any tooth.

What Foods to Eat?

After a few days in this procedure, your enamel pores are open and it can get easily stained. Do not eat or drink foods that might stain your teeth such as coffee, tea, chocolate, alcohol, and spicy food. You can resume your normal diet after a few days.

Proper Oral Hygiene

Take care to learn what stains your teeth in the first place, and adjust accordingly.

Teeth whitening service near Huntington Beach, CA

Let us give you a new brighter smile and an excellent experience at Harbor Smiles in Huntington Beach, CA.  Schedule an appointment with us today.

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FAQs to fix tooth discoloration

Is teeth whitening bad for your teeth?

When it is done correctly by a dental professional then the procedure is safe. The most common concerns you'll encounter are tooth sensitivity and irritated gums. Don't worry as these will be gone after several days. Meet Dr. Manali Patel DDS

Do teeth whiteners work?

Yes, whitening teeth with professional chair side bleaching or with an in-home kit from your dentist are very effective and can rid the most stubborn stains. counter,Over-the-counter treatments can also be effective.

Is teeth whitening permanent?

No, it is not permanent. After an extended period of eating and drinking normally, they can develop new strains and become discolored again.

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