Teeth Whitening

Cherry Family Dental

Family Dentists located in South San Jose, San Jose, CA

Teeth whitening is one of the safest and most effective ways to instantly enhance the appearance of your smile. Misty Henne, DMD, offers professional teeth whitening for her patients at Cherry Family Dental in South San Jose, California. For a brighter, more radiant smile, schedule a free consultation today by calling the office or booking a visit online.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

Why have my teeth lost their shine?

Most patients’ top aesthetic concern is the whiteness of their smile. Unfortunately, there are many ways that your teeth can lose their color, including:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Prolonged or excessive consumption of darkly pigmented food or beverages
  • Consumption of tobacco products
  • Medications, like certain antihistamines and antipsychotics
  • Early exposure to tetracycline antibiotics

Your teeth also naturally lose their color as your age as the white enamel of your teeth wears down and gets thinner over time. The thinner enamel allows more of the inner layer of your tooth (dentin) to show through, which yellows over time. 

Am I a candidate for teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a safe and effective treatment for many patients. During your free consultation, Dr. Henne works with you to determine whether you’re a viable candidate.

Teeth whitening only works on natural enamel, so if you have any restorations in your smile, including crowns, bridges, or fillings, you might want to replace them before you whiten your teeth.

Your gums need to be healthy before you can whiten your teeth as well, so Dr. Henne will have to treat any signs of periodontal disease before proceeding with your teeth whitening.

What’s involved with professional teeth whitening?

Cherry Family Dental offers two types of exceptional teeth whitening treatments:

In-office whitening

With in-office whitening, Dr. Henne uses the Opalescence® whitening system to give you a dramatically whiter smile with a single treatment that takes less than an hour. She cleans your teeth, then uses special tools to keep your cheeks, gums, and lips away from your teeth. 

Then, she applies to Opalescence whitening gel to your teeth, which contains hydrogen peroxide to break up the stain-causing pigments in your enamel and potassium nitrate to reduce your sensitivity and strengthen your enamel. In some cases, she might shine a special curing light on your teeth to enhance the effects of the whitening gel.

Take-home whitening

For patients that want to whiten their teeth on their own time, Dr. Henne offers affordable take-home whitening kits with NiteWhite®. Dr. Henne gives you custom-fitted whitening trays designed from an impression of your teeth. 

You fill these trays with whitening gel and wear them overnight while you sleep. The whitening gel contains carbamide peroxide, which converts to hydrogen peroxide on your teeth and dislodges any stains in your teeth. The whitening solution also contains amorphous calcium phosphate, which eliminates any sensitivity you might otherwise experience from whitening.

Brighten your smile today and schedule a free teeth whitening consultation at Cherry Family Dental by calling the office or scheduling a visit online.