Teeth Whitening

Jaclyn Martinez, DDS

General Dentists & Family Dentists located in San Jose, CA

Everyone admires a white, bright smile, whether it’s worn by a friend or a favorite celebrity. But plenty of your favorite foods and beverages can leave your smile looking dull and discolored. At her practice in San Jose, California, Jaclyn Martinez, DDS, regularly recommends teeth whitening treatments for patients who want to boost the look of their smiles. Learn more about your teeth whitening options by calling the office or requesting an appointment online today.

Teeth Whitening Q&A

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a dental treatment to lift stains from the surface of your teeth. Your teeth can get stained from foods, beverages, aging, or chemical exposure. Teeth whitening removes stains to give you whiter teeth.

There are lots of whitening toothpastes and strips available at drugstores, but whitening treatments offered by dental offices use stronger, higher-quality bleaching agents for more noticeable results.

Teeth whitening is a safe, effective option for many people with tooth discoloration. But for severely discolored teeth, a better option could be veneers, crowns, or other esthetic restoration methods.

What causes tooth discoloration?

Internal and external factors contribute to tooth discoloration. Your oral hygiene, the types of food and drink you enjoy, medications you take, and your age can cause discoloration over time. 

Dark-colored beverages like soda, coffee, and tea can give teeth a yellowish or brownish tone. Certain medications, particularly those that contain tetracycline, may turn teeth a grayish-blue color.

The natural aging process causes enamel to thin, making teeth look yellower. Smoking cigarettes can also stain the surface of teeth and damage enamel.

What type of teeth whitening is right for me?

Dr. Martinez recommends Opalescence™ tooth whitening systems for many patients bothered by surface staining. When you come into the office for a dental appointment, let the team know you’re interested in teeth whitening, and Dr. Martinez can talk with you about your options. 

Teeth whitening at Dr. Martinez’s office combines the results of in-office whitening with the convenience of at-home whitening kits. The team develops customized splints with a bleaching solution to help you achieve your desired level of whiteness.

You’ll add the bleach solution to the splints and wear them for six to eight hours each night while you sleep. In just about a week, you’ll have a noticeably whiter smile without the sensitivity or changes in tooth structure that can occur with other methods of whitening.

After you’ve achieved a whiter smile, Dr. Martinez can help you keep your stain-free teeth with maintenance treatments. If you have crowns or tooth-colored fillings, talk to Dr. Martinez about ways to whiten your whole smile.

With a simple, safe teeth whitening treatment, you can transform your smile and your confidence. Find out if teeth whitening could be right for you by requesting an appointment with Dr. Martinez online or over the phone today.