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101 W Arrellaga St, #A
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Omid Barkhordar, DDS

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Tooth Whitening

Patients of all ages want to whiten their teeth to achieve a bright and beautiful smile. And while there are countless over-the-counter products available, they simply can’t compare to the dramatic results you can achieve with professional in-office treatments, like those offered by Dr. Omid Barkhordar.


Is tooth whitening right for you?

For most people, tooth whitening is a safe way to treat mild to moderate discoloration, creating a bright and sparkling smile. As long as you’re bothered by stains on your natural teeth and want to restore a more beautiful appearance, there’s a strong chance that you’ll benefit from this procedure.

However, it’s important to note that tooth whitening is not for everyone. If you have veneers, dental crowns or dental bonding, you cannot whiten your teeth as restorative materials don’t respond to whitening agents. In this case, you’ll need to replace your crowns, veneers or bonding materials to achieve a whiter smile. It’s also not ideal for patients with sensitive teeth and worn enamel, as whitening may worsen these issues.

Additionally, tooth whitening can only treat extrinsic stains that are likely yellow and brown. If you suffer from intrinsic stains, which appear as gray or white spots on the teeth, or stains that are associated with a dead tooth, you won’t be a candidate for the procedure. These stains affect the deepest layers of the tooth, and thus don’t respond to whitening treatments.


Your in-office tooth whitening procedure

In-office tooth whitening tends to produce the most dramatic results, making it the most popular option among our Santa Barbara patients. In many cases, Dr. Barkhordar will combine your procedure with professional take-home care to achieve the longest lasting outcome.

To begin the in-office tooth whitening process, Dr. Barkhordar will prepare your teeth with a deep cleaning. This will remove any bacteria, food particles and tartar so it can’t interfere with the treatment. From there, Dr. Barkhordar will place a protective barrier over your gums to prevent the whitening gel from irritating them. He will then evenly apply whitening gel to your teeth, carefully covering every surface so your results appear as natural as possible.

Throughout the procedure, the gel will remain on your teeth so it can remove your stains. In some cases, Dr. Barkhordar will also apply a specialized light to activate the whitening gel. In most cases, he will apply the gel three times, with ten minutes in between each application. The gel will sit on your teeth for fifteen minutes at a time, and your smile will lighten up to eight shades in just one hour.

Depending on your unique needs and the severity of your stains, Dr. Barkhordar may recommend multiple sessions to achieve your desired results. Though each patient will have a unique experience, most of our clients require two in-office treatments to reach their ideal shade of white.

To help you maintain your results over time, Dr. Barkhordar may recommend combining your treatment with take-home whitening care. In this case, he will take impressions of your teeth and create customized whitening trays that fit your mouth perfectly. Once at home, you’ll place whitening gel directly into the tray, before placing the tray over your teeth. In most cases, you’ll perform this treatment for fifteen minutes to an hour each day for as long as Dr. Barkhordar recommends to maintain your sparkling smile.


Schedule an appointment

Beautiful, strong and healthy teeth can transform your appearance and your quality of life. Contact us today to schedule an appointment in our Santa Barbara office – and let us give you the natural-looking smile you deserve.


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