Teeth whitening can be an effective way to bring back the natural white color of your teeth.

It works best when discoloration is external — caused by foods and smoking, instead of genetic factors or an illness — and slight.

In a teeth whitening treatment, there are several ways to brighten your teeth to a shade lighter without removing the tooth surface.

They are broadly classified into two categories:

Four reasons to consider a teeth whitening treatment

In-office Teeth Whitening:

It is another name for professional tooth whitening at a dental office. It is likely the most preferred method for three reasons:

(a) It is effective.

It is not unusual for dentists to guarantee improvement before treatment.

On top of it, improvements can last for years; it all depends on how well you take care of your teeth.

(b) It is safer.

The chances of accidental damage to the enamel are close to zero.

Even if an issue springs up, your dentist is the most qualified person to handle it.

Most dentists carry out tooth sensitivity tests before treatment.

(c) It is fast.

You may not need more than one visit to notice the difference. Under ideal conditions, dentists can brighten your teeth up to 10 shades in less than 60 minutes.

In-home Teeth Whitening:

There are many over-the-counter tooth whitening tubes of toothpaste that are increasingly becoming popular because they are less costly and easier to use.

Whitening strips are a second popular method used in in-home teeth whitening treatments.

Other popular methods include paint-on tooth gels, mouth rays with gels, and whitening gums.

Though a number of commercially available products are safe to use, it is best to speak to a dentist if you have moral concerns.

Your dentist can help you choose a safe, comfortable, and effective at-home treatment.


There are undeniable benefits of white teeth, irrespective of whether you have brightened them at home or consulted a dentist.

Here are four of them:

Social Capital:

White teeth can help with social capital.

A survey by the American Association of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) mentions that nearly everyone — 99.7 percent adults — in the U.S. believes that a beautiful smile, of which white teeth are the most important part, is a social asset.

It is like your reputation in your community or your credit score with a credit agency.


A shade less than three quarters — 74 percent — of people in the U.S. feel that an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s career.

It is not hard to imagine a scenario, where yellow teeth can cost you a job.

Faced with the choice of two applicants who are equal in all respects but smile, whom do you think the interviewer is more likely to hire?

Dating Life:

Another revelation from the AACD survey was that 96 percent adults in the U.S. think a prettier smile can make you more attractive to members of the opposite sex.

A child’s deciduous (first) teeth are whiter than an adult’s.

White teeth in an adult exude youthfulness, thereby making the person more appealing to others.

Oral Health:

People who pay for a teeth whitening treatment tend to take better care of their teeth, just to keep them looking good for long.

Regular brushing, flossing, and trips to the dentist become a part of their dental hygiene. This work improves overall oral health.

These are the main benefits of whitened teeth. If you want to know more, contact us immediately. We offer a qualified dental team for teeth whitening treatments. You can contact us by calling (858) 755-8993 for our San Diego office or (619) 656-6785 for our Chula Vista location.