Teeth Whitening

River Oak Dental Spa

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Oakdale, CA

If dull or discolored teeth have you feeling self-conscious about your smile, teeth whitening can help. Christina Tourtlotte, DDS, and the team of dental specialists at River Oak Dental Spa in Oakdale, California, offer professional teeth whitening as a quick, easy, and minimally invasive method for improving the appearance of your smile. To learn more about how teeth whitening can put the sparkle back in your smile, schedule an appointment today by phone or web.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

Why are my teeth no longer white?

There are many reasons why your teeth might have become dull or discolored. In many cases, it’s a result of poor oral hygiene and consuming too many stain-causing substances, like coffee, red wine, or foods with dark pigments. Smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco also lead to staining.

Your teeth can also turn dull as a result of taking certain medications. For example, exposure to tetracycline antibiotics before the age of eight can significantly discolor your teeth.

Lastly, your teeth naturally lose their whiteness over time. As you age, the outer layer of your tooth (enamel) wears down, which makes the inner layer (dentin) more visible. Your dentin, meanwhile, turns more yellow as you get older, making your teeth appear discolored.


Why should I have my teeth whitened?

The color of your teeth is a central component of your look, and a professional whitening treatment is one of the easiest ways to significantly improve the appearance of your smile. Bright white teeth can boost your self-esteem and give you the confidence to share your smile with the rest of the world.


Is teeth whitening right for me?

In order to safely whiten your teeth, you need to have good oral health. If you have any signs of tooth decay, cavities, or gum disease, Dr. Tourtlotte and the team of professionals at River Oak Dental Spa will need to treat it before you can begin your whitening.

It’s also important to note that restorations like crowns, bridges, and fillings don’t whiten at the same rate as your natural tooth enamel. As a result, you’ll need to get new restorations after your whitening treatment if you want them to match the new shade of your smile.


What happens when I get teeth whitening?

When you whiten your teeth at River Oak Dental Spa, Dr. Tourtlotte and the team take an impression of your teeth to design and fabricate custom-fitted whitening trays. The trays are made from clear plastic and fit snugly around your teeth, like a retainer.

Your dentist also provides you with a professional-strength bleaching solution. You fill your whitening tray with the bleaching solution and wear it on your teeth either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight. After a couple of weeks of consistent use, you’ll be able to notice a significant change in the shade of your teeth. 

To learn more about teeth whitening or to start the process of brightening your smile today, schedule a visit with River Oak Dental Spa by phone or online.