Cosmetic Dentistry for Your Family

Newport Beach office: (949) 675-7750

Garden Grove office: (714) 537-0550


By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
September 20, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

Dr. Timothy Bui and Dr. Caden Lim are cosmetic dentists who perform many services, including teeth whitening, in Garden Grove, CA & Newport Beach, CA. Each dentist has over two decades of experience under their belts and is highly professional dentists.

The Steps to Teeth Whitening

Your dentist will begin by inspecting your teeth and mouth and then recording your teeth’ “before” shade. To start, your dentist will begin with polishing your teeth using an abrasive called pumice. This removes the largest volume of plaque off your teeth that may otherwise be difficult to remove with brushing alone. 

Next, your mouth will be dried using gauze and a vacuuming machine. Retractors and barriers are also used. These are plastic pieces that prevent your cheeks, tongue, and lips from coming in contact with the whitening agent. 

Now it’s time for your dentist to coat the front of your teeth with the whitening solution. The solution usually includes carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide as the main tooth bleaching ingredients. Peroxide needs to be activated, which your dentist will do using a curing light or a laser. 

After the peroxide is activated, the solution immediately gets to work whitening your teeth. Depending on the peroxide style, stain severity, and the dentist’s beliefs, this solution will need to sit, undisturbed, on your teeth for sixty to ninety minutes. Your dentist may or may not apply the whitening solution periodically; this depends on the product used and the dentist’s preferences. 

Once your teeth are the shade you desire, or ninety minutes pass, your teeth will be rinsed. Your dentist may or may not provide a fluoride application in order to ease mild tooth discomfort or tooth sensitivity. 

If you are happy with the results, you are finished. If you’re still seeking an even whiter smile, you may come back to your dentist later for additional treatments. Our cosmetic dentists, Dr. Timothy Bui and Dr. Caden Lim are professionals at teeth whitening and serve the Garden Grove, CA & Newport Beach, CA areas. 

After completing your teeth whitening procedure, it is strongly recommended that you do not consume foods or beverages with staining tendencies for at least twenty-four hours, though forty-eight is strongly preferred. The forbidden foods and drinks include but are not limited to: cola, coffee, tea, red wine, smoking, tobacco products, tomato products, mustard, beets, red or black grapes, and candy. 

Schedule Your Teeth Whitening Session Today

Looking for teeth whitening in Garden Grove, CA & Newport Beach, CA? You’ve come to the right place. We have two offices, one in Newport Beach off Coast Highway, and one in Garden Grove off Main Street. You may contact our dentists Dr. Timothy Bui and Dr. Caden Lim by calling their numbers. The Newport Beach office number is (949) 675-7750. The Garden Grove office number is (714) 537-0550.