Teeth Whitening Specialist

Fillmore Dental Spa

Dentists & Dental Sleep Medicine located in The Marina, San Francisco, CA

If you want a quick, easy, and effective treatment for improving the appearance of your smile, there’s no better option than a professional teeth whitening. Cecilia Santos-Berkowitz, DMD, offers high-quality teeth whitening for her patients at Fillmore Dental Spa in the heart of San Francisco’s Marina District in California. To learn more about how Dr. Santos-Berkowitz can put the shine back in your smile, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking online.

Teeth Whitening Q&A

Why have my teeth lost their whiteness?

Your teeth can lose their color for many reasons, like poor oral hygiene or drinking too many darkly pigmented beverages, like red wine, coffee, and tea. Foods with dark pigments, like berries and tomato-based sauces, can also cause stains, as can tobacco products like cigarettes and chewing tobacco. 

Teeth can also turn dull and discolored as a result of certain medications, as well. Early exposure to tetracycline antibiotics, for example, is known to stain teeth. 

Changing tooth color is also a natural part of aging. Over time, the hard outer layer of your teeth (enamel) wears down, exposing more of the soft inner layer (dentin). This soft inner layer naturally yellows as you get older, and the combination of the thin enamel and discolored dentin can leave your smile looking less white.

Am I a candidate for teeth whitening?

You need to have healthy teeth and gums if you want to whiten your smile. If you have any signs of gum disease or dental concerns, like cavities, you’ll need to have those treated before your whitening procedure.

It’s also important to note that most restorations, like crowns and bridges, don’t whiten at the same pace as your natural tooth enamel. This means that you might need to replace any restorations after your whitening treatment to make them match the new color of your smile.

How do you whiten my teeth?

Fillmore Dental Spa offers a dual whitening process that incorporates both chairside whitening in their office and whitening trays for you to use at home. 

When you get in-office whitening, your dentist carefully applies a professional-strength bleaching solution to the surfaces of your teeth, which whitens your smile while you sit in the chair. The whole process typically takes less than an hour, and you leave the office with a noticeably whiter smile.

Take-home whitening trays involve using an impression of your mouth to design and fabricate a custom-fitted and removable tray. You fill your trays with a special whitening solution that your dentist provides, then wear them on your teeth for a specified amount of time.

At-home whitening is a great way to maintain the results from your in-office whitening, giving you a brighter smile that’s as long-lasting as it is beautiful.

Schedule your consultation with Fillmore Dental Spa by calling the office or booking online, and start whitening your teeth today.