Teeth Whitening in Vista, CA

Teeth whitening, or bleaching, is a cosmetically elected procedure used to whiten teeth and has been done at home and dental offices for many years. Up until recently, teeth whitening results have been very unpredictable, but advances in the understanding of the mechanism of bleaching have led to more predictable results. There are a few different types of whitening products available – all of which we offer in house.

*We do not recommend buying over the counter whitening products as the concentration of the active ingredient (carbamide/ hydrogen peroxide) is not high enough to cause the whitening.*

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

Whitening products contain one of two tooth chemical products (hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide). These products break stains into much smaller molecules, which makes the color less concentrated, so when light passes through your teeth, they appear whiter and brighter. Contrary to popular belief whitening products do not damage or change tooth structure in any way. Whitening is a completely safe and harmless procedure and is authorized as such by the American Dental Association (ADA).

Why do teeth change color or appear yellow?

Over time, your teeth can go from white to not-so-bright for a number of reasons:

  • Food and Drink

    Coffee, tea, and red wine, as well as fried foods, are the most common causes of tooth discoloring. What they have in common is intense color pigments called chromogens that attach to the white, outer part of your tooth called enamel.

  • Tobacco Use

    Chemicals found in cigarette tobacco create stubborn stains namely, tar and nicotine. Tar is a naturally dark substance. Nicotine is colorless until it’s mixed with oxygen, which turns it into a yellowish, surface-staining substance.

  • Age

    Below the hard, white outer enamel shell of your teeth is a softer area called the dentin. Over time, the outer enamel layer gets thinner with brushing and more of the yellowish dentin shows through causing the tooth to look darker.

  • Trauma

    If you’ve been hit in the general area of your mouth, your teeth may change color because they react to an injury by laying down more dentin, which is a much darker layer.

  • Medications

    Tooth darkening can be a side effect of certain medications namely antihistamines, antipsychotics, and high blood pressure medicines. Young children who are exposed to antibiotics like tetracycline and doxycycline when their teeth are forming (either in the womb or as a baby) often have discoloration of their adult teeth later in life. These appear as bands of discoloration and range from yellow to dark brown. Chemotherapy and radiation to the head and neck can also darken teeth.

What Are My Whitening Options?

  • Whitening Toothpastes

    All toothpastes help remove surface stain through the action of mild abrasives that scrub the teeth. Unlike bleaches, these types of products do not change the color of teeth because they can only remove stains on the surface of the teeth but cannot penetrate into the deeper layers.

  • In-Office Bleaching

    This procedure is often called in-chair bleaching and usually requires a single office visit. This would be like the ZOOM! Teeth Whitening type of bleaching products. The dentist will apply either a protective gel or barrier to your gums to protect them from the stronger bleach. The whitening product is then applied to the teeth and a special light or laser might be used to enhance the action of the whitening agent.

  • At-Home Bleaching

    Peroxide-containing whitening tubes are used to bleach the tooth enamel. They typically come in a gel form and are placed in a tray that is custom made by the dentist to fits your teeth. You may also use a whitening strip that sticks to your teeth. The concentration of the bleaching agent is lower than what your dentist would normally use in the office.

Are There Any Side Effects from Teeth Whitening?
Some people who use teeth whiteners may experience some tooth sensitivity. This is due to the peroxide releasing its oxygen molecule into the dentine tubule causing the nerve to fire. In most cases, the sensitivity is short lived and disappears a few days after treatment.

Avoid drinking coffee, smoking and red wine during the bleaching process and for two weeks after your procedure is completed.

KoR Whitening
KoR Whitening is the latest whitening product on the market that combines home and in-chair whitening. KoR works better than any other product on the market for several reasons:

KöR whitening KöR-Seal™ trays are specifically designed to seal both saliva and sulcular fluid out of the whitening trays. These trays, in combination with KöR Whitening’s continuously refrigerated Dual-Activated, Tri-Barrel™ Hydremide®Peroxide Technology provide 6 to 10 hours of whitening activity compared to the typical 25-35 minutes.

The result is a thorough cleansing of debris from between enamel rods, rejuvenating the enamel and delivering truly amazing whiteness. Also, KoR is the only product on the market that guarantees a B1 shade as a minimum final result.


When you make us your Dentist in Vista, you will experience all that modern dentistry has to offer, including a comprehensive list of general, restorative and cosmetic dental services to meet the needs of the whole family. This includes dental implants, teeth whitening, root canal therapy, and many other types of general dentistry procedures. Our goal is to assist each patient in achieving and maintaining long-term dental health and a beautiful smile. Some of the services we provide include:

Cleanings & Exams
Sealants & Fluoride
Root Canal Therapy
Periodontal Treatments
Teeth Whitening
Tooth Colored Fillings
Crowns & Bridges
Porcelain Veneers
Dental Implants

We’re located at:

138 Civic Center Dr Ste 115
Vista, CA 92084