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By Roseville Family Dental Care
March 09, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

Considering getting professional teeth whitening from our Roseville, CA, dental team?

Has your smile been looking rather lackluster lately? If so, professional teeth whitening from Roseville Family Dental Care in Roseville, CA, could be the way to regain a great look. Led by Dr. Rupi Kaur, read on to learn what this treatment can do for you.

What causes dental stains?

It’s normal for teeth to develop stains as we age. This typically happens as a result of the foods and drinks that we consume, particularly dark foods and drinks like red wine, coffee, tea, and tomatoes. Of course, there are other habits and factors that could also cause dental stains including:

  • Smoking and tobacco use
  • Certain medications (e.g. antibiotics)
  • Excessive fluoride use
  • Certain medical conditions

How does teeth whitening remove stains?

The bleaching gel that our Roseville, CA, dentists use contains an active whitening ingredient such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, which oxidizes the dark stain molecules within the teeth, making teeth several shades whiter. Yellow stains respond the fastest to professional whitening treatment.

What kind of results should I expect after whitening?

While results will vary depending on the type and severity of your stains, all patients will see an improvement in their smiles. Professional whitening treatment has the ability to make teeth 5-10 shades lighter, and sometimes just in a single session.

How long do results last?

How long your results last is really up to you. With proper oral care, it is possible to maintain results for one to two years. Of course, this means maintaining good oral hygiene, visiting your dentist every six months for professional cleanings, and avoiding certain foods and drinks that could produce new stains. We can also provide you with a custom at-home whitening kit to use when you want to touch up your results.

Can I whiten at home and still get visible results?

Absolutely! While over-the-counter whitening options may not give you the results you are looking for, our dental team can provide you with a whitening kit that can be performed right in your own home. Along with a powerful bleaching gel, we can also provide custom-fitted whitening trays, which ensure perfectly even and superior results across your entire smile.

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Interested? Call Roseville Family Dental Care today at (916) 773-4343 to schedule your teeth whitening consultation.

By Roseville Family Dental Care
July 22, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

Want to know more about teeth whitening from your Roseville, CA, cosmetic dentist?

It's only natural to want beautiful white teeth that can be obtained in a safe, comfortable and affordable way. Your cosmetic dentist uses FDA-certified teeth whitening gels to whiten. They bring back your teeth's former glory, in terms of their natural color, of course.

Reasons for Stained Teeth:

There are many reasons teeth stain. It could be a result of aging, eating food or drinking beverages that stain teeth, like tea or blueberries, or it could be smoking and chewing tobacco. The end result is an unaesthetic pleasing smile and low self-esteem.

How to Whiten Teeth:

There are many ways to whiten teeth other than in-office whitening gels:

  • brushing
  • strips
  • bleaching pen
  • in home
  • laser treatment
  • natural processes

The safest and most effective method, however, is the in-office whitening procedure. At Roseville Family dentistry, Dr. Rupi Kaur offers chair-side or in-office whitening procedures that give you the results you want in less time.

Philips Zoom Professional In-office Teeth Whitening:

Philips Zoom is a new procedure that provides patients with the best high-quality teeth whitening results.

Philips Zoom is a safe way to whiten teeth up to eight shades lighter. Philips Zoom along with Relief ACP provides teeth with luster and protects enamel, while other whitening products may have an adverse effect on teeth and gums.

The procedure takes approximately 45 minutes, not including prep time. Your cosmetic dentist applies about 20% hydrogen peroxide whitening varnish, then a sealant layer to lock the varnish in place as it dries. That usually takes a few in seconds. A half-hour later, the you can brush off or remove a thin film to reveal a brighter smile, according to the manufacturers of Philips.

Your dentist understands the difficulty of having yellowed teeth and the pressures of first impressions, which is why teeth whitening can help you achieve a dazzling smile. Please call your Roseville, CA, dentist office today at (916) 773-4343.

By Roseville Family Dental Care
August 24, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.

That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.

Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.

The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.

It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.

What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.

How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”


Your teeth were meant to shine! Tooth enamel’s polished translucence, framed by the dentin layer beneath it, has a way of vibrantly catching the light when you smile. But tooth wear and structural changes as you age can dim that shine. Add to that staining caused by foods and beverages or disease and your smile could further lose its luster.

On your supermarket or pharmacy oral hygiene aisle you’ll find dozens of products promising to restore that lost luster, including toothpastes, whitening kits or even chewing gum. While such products work to some degree, our dental office may have the right solution for you: a safe and effective treatment for whitening teeth.

Why see us for teeth whitening? For one, professional whitening solutions contain a higher concentration of bleaching agent (usually 35-45% hydrogen peroxide) than home kits. We usually apply it in a gel form directly to the teeth while using barrier devices like dams to protect the lips and other soft tissue from irritation. We may then apply heat or light to the applied gel to enhance the release of peroxide into your enamel.

This professional procedure can often give you a brighter smile in fewer sessions than a home whitening kit — and it may last longer. What’s more, we can control the level of brightness to produce only a subtle change or a dazzling “Hollywood” smile — whatever your preference.

Like a home kit, this procedure bleaches staining on the outer surface of enamel, known as extrinsic staining. But you can also have discoloration deep within a tooth, known as intrinsic staining, caused by a variety of reasons like tetracycline use early in life or complications from a root canal treatment. Home kits or even the professional treatment described above can’t whiten intrinsic staining.

For intrinsic staining you’ll need a special procedure that places a bleaching agent inside the tooth. Depending on the extent of staining the procedure could require more than one session.

To find out what kind of discoloration you have, visit us for a full examination. We’ll then be able to give you your options for putting the shine back in your smile.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Whitening.”

By Roseville Family Dental Care
February 24, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Transforming your smile doesn’t necessarily require complex treatments like orthodontics, dental implants or porcelain veneers. Sometimes a little brightness can mean all the difference in the world.

Bleaching (or teeth whitening) is a proven method for dealing with tooth discoloration and staining. Nearly all whitening products, whether home or professional, contain the bleaching agent carbamide peroxide or its breakdown product hydrogen peroxide. These agents effectively diminish staining deep within a tooth (intrinsic) or on the enamel surface (extrinsic), although intrinsic staining will require a more invasive office procedure.

If you have extrinsic staining you have three basic options: dental office bleaching, a retail home kit or a kit purchased from a dentist. Again, you’ll find the same basic bleaching agents in each of these versions. The difference will be the concentration: home kits contain about 10% agent by volume, while the office application will be a much higher range of 15% to 35% (which may also employ specialized lights or lasers to increase the bleaching effect). As a result, an office bleaching may take only a visit or two to achieve the desired brightness while a home kit about two or three weeks.

Whitening is a more economical route for smile enhancement of otherwise sound teeth than other measures. But there are other considerations you should weigh before undergoing a procedure. Whitening isn’t a permanent fix — the brightness will diminish over time, optimally six months to a year in what dentists call the “fade rate.” You can slow this process by avoiding or limiting foods and habits that cause staining.

If you have other dental work — crowns, bridgework or fillings — it may be difficult to achieve a tint level that matches these restorations, especially at home. And while whitening is relatively safe (as long as you’re using your kit as directed), you may experience tooth sensitivity, gum irritation or other minor oral side effects.

Before you decide on whitening, visit us first for a complete dental examination. From there we can advise you on whether whitening is a good smile enhancement choice for you.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Whitening.”