Teeth Whitening – Opalescence Go

Teeth Whitening in San Antonio, TX

Over time, teeth become yellow and discolored. While this is natural, dental discoloration leaves many people feeling lackluster. Teeth whitening aims to lift surface-level stains and brighten the overall smile. At Local Dental San Antonio, Dr. Joung Lee and Dr. Minkyung Lee offer effective teeth whitening treatment that is gentle on the teeth, gums, and wallet

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is the cosmetic dental process of lightening the color of teeth with bleaching agents, namely hydrogen peroxide.

At Local Dental San Antonio, Drs. Joung and Minkyung Lee opt for Opalescence Go™, a ready-to-go teeth whitening system that can professionally whiten your smile in comfort or your home at an affordable teeth whitening cost.

Is teeth whitening right for me?

Like all cosmetic dentistry, deciding on teeth whitening is a personal choice. Our dental team can perform teeth whitening if the patient has all their adult teeth and is free of dental disease. Those with age spots or teeth that are darkening with age, discoloration because of diet, and healthy tooth enamel can benefit from professional teeth whitening.

Conversely, we don’t typically prescribe teeth whitening to children or those with cavities, gum disease, and other oral health issues. The Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends waiting until a child is at least 14 before considering teeth whitening. We want to ensure that our teeth whitening candidates have fully developed teeth. Baby teeth are sensitive to teeth whitening agents because the dental pulp is not fully developed.

Treatment Expectations

For new patients, we strongly suggest filling out new patient forms and submitting insurance information for a more efficient first visit.

How long does teeth whitening take? Opalescence Go is a progressive, gentle teeth whitening system. When used once a day, patients tend to see results after 10 days and can continue until the desired shade is reached. We’ve outlined what to expect before, during, and after a teeth whitening appointment.

Before

When deciding that patients qualify for cosmetic dental work, like teeth whitening, our dentists check to see if teeth and gums are healthy enough to withstand the treatment. Also, it’s wise to undergo teeth cleaning before teeth whitening. Our dental hygienists can address some discoloration via basic teeth cleaning. Thus, delivering the best teeth whitening results

During

Our dental team instructs patients on how to use Opalescence Go before sending patients home with the system. Usage may vary, but we suggest using this at-home teeth whitening system once daily for at least ten days. How long should you wear your teeth whitening trays? For those with the gentler, 10% hydrogen peroxide solution, we suggest 30 to 60 minutes. For those who opt for the more concentrated 15% hydrogen peroxide solution, we suggest 15 to 20 minutes of wear.

After

After ten days, you should notice some lifted surface-level staining. Furthermore, maintaining excellent oral hygiene routines via brushing, flossing, and scheduling dental exams and cleanings can keep teeth clean, healthy, and sparkling. Additionally, we suggest avoiding teeth-staining habits, such as drinking dark-colored beverages and using tobacco products.
Start your Teeth Whitening Journey Today

Teeth whitening is consistently the most sought-after cosmetic dental technique. If you’re interested in brightening your teeth safely and effectively, consult with Drs. Joung and Minkyung Lee to see if you qualify for cost-effective, professional teeth whitening.

Take advantage of our online booking or conveniently call (210) 686-1486. The San Antonio community can trust the Local Dental team to keep individuals and families healthy, happy, and feeling at home.