Teeth Whitening

Professional Teeth Whitening in Carmel Valley, CA

Carmel Valley Dental provides fast and effective teeth whitening in La Jolla, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach, Sorrento Valley, Torrey Highlands, as well as Carmel Valley. 

Because Dr. Lindsay Bancroft believes that everyone deserves a bright and beautiful smile, she offers both in-office whitening treatment with ZOOM® and an extremely effective professional strength take-home method. 

These professional methods of whitening your teeth can lift several shades of staining from your smile quickly and with little or no sensitivity. 

Why Consider Professional Teeth Whitening

Even with the best dental hygiene habits, consuming beverages like coffee, tea, and wine or using tobacco products inevitably have an impact on the brightness of our smile. This can lead you to hide your smile and avoid expressing yourself openly.

When you need a boost of self-confidence, this can be a great time for teeth whitening. Other popular reasons to whiten include:

  • Weddings
  • Reunions
  • Photo Sessions
  • Job Interviews
  • Before Receiving Porcelain Restorations

How does Teeth Whitening Work?

Whitening works best right after a routine dental cleaning. When receiving chairside treatment, Dr. Bancroft prepares you for the procedure by covering your lips and gums and then applies the special whitening gel. This process will be repeated, and if you choose ZOOM whitening, a special light will be used to activate the gel.

For take-home whitening, an impression of your teeth is obtained to create custom trays that you wear according to the instructions – 15 to 30 minutes daily in some cases, and overnight in others. Within two weeks you will have a noticeably brighter smile.

When you have in-office teeth whitening at our Carmel Valley dental office, we give you the option of having custom take-home trays made to use with our home whitening treatments, so that you can ensure your bright smile lasts. 

NiteWhite ACP Take-Home Teeth Whitening

NiteWhite ACP is a specialized type of take-home bleaching gel, which has been designed for evening use. There are many advantages to whitening teeth, including a more pleasant appearance and increased confidence. While many similar treatments cause sensitivity, adding ACP treatment to NiteWhite at-home whitening provides highly comfortable care.

NiteWhite ACP (amorphous calcium phosphate) eliminates sensitivity - both on the surface of teeth and inside tiny dental tubules. There are many additional advantages associated with the NiteWhite ACP system, including:

  • Minimized sensitivity

  • Smoother dental enamel

  • Lasting effects

  • Cost-effectiveness

  • Short treatment times

  • More control over treatment

How does NiteWhite gel work?

The active ingredient found in NiteWhite gel is 38% carbamide peroxide. This substance converts to hydrogen peroxide. Peroxide then produces oxygen, which dislodges stains and deposits that are embedded on the structure of the tooth. Teeth become many shades whiter after treatment.

The strength of the active ingredient and the amount of exposure contribute most to the final results. Currently, NiteWhite is available in 10%, 16% and 22% concentrations. Patients can add ACP treatment to trays with any of the whitening gels listed. NiteWhite ACP corrects stains caused by smoking, pigmented foods and the natural aging process.

Pregnant and lactating women should not use NiteWhite ACP or any other whitening agent. Whitening gels including NiteWhite ACP will not whiten dentures, crowns or prosthetic teeth.

How should I apply NiteWhite ACP?

Ideal candidates for NiteWhite ACP have healthy teeth and gums. If there are any signs of gum disease or tooth decay, these issues should be addressed prior to beginning the bleaching process.

Here is step-by-step guide on how NiteWhite ACP should be applied:

  • Thoroughly clean the teeth with dental floss and toothpaste

  • Apply the gel to the tray in a uniform manner

  • Apply the whitening tray to the teeth

  • Press the tray firmly against the teeth and wipe off excess gel quickly

  • Wear the whitening tray for the amount of time directed by your dentist

  • Remove the trays, rinse the mouth with warm water and gently brush away residue

  • Rinse the whitening tray with warm water

  • Fill the whitening tray with the fluoride provided

  • Place the tray on the teeth for 5 minutes.

  • Remove and clean the tray with warm water

  • Rinse the mouth until all traces of fluoride have been removed.

  • Continue this process for 2 weeks

  • Begin the procedure again in around 4-6 months.

To enhance results from NiteWhite ACP, do not eat, drink or smoke while wearing the whitening trays. Try to avoid pigmented foods and drinks like coffee and red wine. Bear in mind that the part of the tooth closest to the gum tissue will take longest to whiten. Always maintain excellent oral hygiene for optimal results.

Contact Our Dentist in Carmel Valley

If you have any questions or concerns about NiteWhite ACP, please contact your dentist.


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