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What to Expect During a Teeth Whitening Treatment?

October 13, 2023


What to Expect During a Teeth Whitening Treatment?

Looking to brighten up your smile? Teeth whitening is the secret to getting teeth that are shades lighter! Professional whitening treatment can work wonders whether it's coffee, tea, red wine stains or just the natural dimming over time. This popular cosmetic dentistry procedure effectively enhances the appearance of your teeth. In this blog post, we will delve into what you can expect during a teeth whitening treatment, ensuring you feel prepared and confident when scheduling your appointment at Genesis Dental Esthetics in Pasadena.

Consultation and Examination

Before your teeth whitening treatment, it's necessary to undergo a consultation and examination with our esteemed Pasadena dentists, Dr. Baghdasarian or Dr. Yousif . During this appointment, our dentists will determine the appropriateness of teeth whitening based on your dental requirements. They can help determine if this treatment is ideal for your needs and discuss the benefits and risks of the procedure. We want you to know that our team is focused on ensuring you are happy with your smile and experience with us.

Preparing for the Treatment

To get the best results from your tooth whitening treatment, it is important to prepare properly. We recommend that you eat a meal at least 30 minutes before your appointment and take the time to floss and brush your teeth thoroughly beforehand. When you arrive at our dental office in Pasadena, 200 S El Molino Ave #2, Pasadena, CA 91101 (opens in new tab), we will begin with a professional dental cleaning to remove any built-up plaque or tartar, which can cause slight staining on your teeth and interfere with the effectiveness of the whitening treatment.

The Whitening Treatment

Now, it's time for the whitening treatment. There are two types: in-office and at-home whitening. For in-office whitening, we'll keep your mouth dry with gauze and use retractors to relax your jaw and protect sensitive tissues. A protective barrier is applied to your gums before applying the whitening gel to your teeth. A specialized light is used to activate the gel, providing better and faster results during the hour-long process. It's completely painless, with only a slight tingling or warmth from the light. Once complete, your teeth will be rinsed.

On the other hand, there are alternative methods to achieve sparkling, brighter teeth. One approach is using home whitening kits readily available in nearby drugstores or supermarkets. These kits include bleaching solutions containing carefully controlled hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide levels. To ensure the most suitable choice, it is advisable to consult our dentists in Pasadena beforehand.

Possible Side Effects

Teeth whitening is generally safe, but some patients may experience mild sensitivity or discomfort during or after the treatment. Our dentists in Pasadena may recommend desensitizing toothpaste or gel to help alleviate discomfort. It's also important to note that teeth whitening may not be suitable for people with certain types of dental conditions, like gum disease or sensitive teeth. Always consult with Dr. Ted Baghdasarian before undergoing any dental procedure.


After the teeth whitening treatment, Dr. Baghdasarian or Dr. Yousif will provide aftercare instructions to maintain your newly whitened teeth. Depending on the type of treatment you underwent, it may take a few days or weeks to see the full results. During the initial 48-hour period after your treatment, it's crucial to be mindful of the foods you consume. Your teeth will be more susceptible to staining than usual, so it's best to avoid acidic or deeply pigmented foods. Opt for light-colored fruits and vegetables, as well as foods rich in calcium. Additionally, maintaining excellent oral hygiene is paramount. Remember to brush your teeth twice a day, floss diligently, use mouthwash, and make sure to schedule regular visits with our dentists at Genesis Dental Esthetics in Pasadena every six months.

In conclusion, teeth whitening is a popular and effective way to enhance your smile's appearance. At Genesis Dental Esthetics, you can achieve a brighter and more confident smile with skilled dentists like Dr. Baghdasarian or Dr. Yousif. Just remember to follow their aftercare instructions and maintain proper oral hygiene with regular brushing and flossing to optimize longevity. Ready to beautify your smile? Visit Genesis Dental Esthetics in Pasadena! Our experienced team will provide a thorough consultation before treatment. We look forward to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams!

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