Procedures

Teeth Whitening

A pearly white smile can be an excellent confidence booster. Yellowing or stained teeth are unpleasant to look at and can negatively affect your overall look. Dr. Keating and his staff can fit you for a custom fitted whitening tray and provide you with professional bleaching gel to complete your whitening procedure at home. 

Am I a candidate for teeth whitening?

The best candidates for teeth whitening procedures have strong, healthy teeth and gums. If gum disease is an issue, this needs to be treated prior to the gel application. Whitening treatments may not be a good option for patients with highly sensitive teeth, thinning teeth or teeth that exhibit deep inorganic staining.

Teeth whitening effectively alleviate the following problems:

  • Staining caused by tobacco use.
  • Staining caused by strong foods and drinks.
  • Yellowing teeth caused by aging.
  • Greying teeth (usually hereditary).
  • Organic staining.

What preparation is necessary before the BriteSmile® treatment?

Whitening procedures elicit the best results on clean, healthy teeth. Therefore, a thorough cleaning is recommended prior to the treatment, to rid the teeth of plaque, tartar and rotting food particles. The dentist will always thoroughly examine the teeth while performing the cleaning to check for any fractures, inflammation or decay. Photographs might also be taken of the teeth prior to the bleaching procedure. This makes “before and after” comparisons more evident.

If you have any questions or concerns about the whitening procedure Dr. Keating offers, please call our office at (805) 642-7645.


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