Teeth Whitening Specialist

Edward L. Loev, DMD -  - Dentist

Edward L. Loev, DMD

Dentist located in Union Square, San Francisco, CA

Many patients have questions about teeth whitening, as a bright white smile is an important part of a person’s appearance. Dr. Loev helps his patients from San Francisco, CA to find the right solution for brightening their smiles.

Teeth Whitening

Why Do Teeth Yellow?

While tooth enamel is one of the body’s hardest substance, it is also porous and can stain. A person’s habits can cause the teeth to discolor over time. For example, eating and drinking items such as tea, coffee, and berries or smoking cause the teeth to become stained and yellow in appearance. Other factors including age, trauma and certain medications can also cause discoloration at a deeper level on a tooth. Professional treatments utilized by the dentist to whiten, or bleach, teeth can usually get rid of any discoloration. In some instances, however, the staining is inside the tooth, topical whitening solutions are not effective. In these cases, deep internal bleaching or the use of a veneer or crown will typically be used.

What options are available to bleach teeth?

Some patients will use at home teeth brightening options like whitening toothpaste, over the counter bleaching trays, over the counter whitening strips and paint-on whiteners. These over the counter products can be effective on minor staining if used correctly. There are some risks as the placement of the bleaching gel is not precise. Dentist supervised trays are customized to fit the patient’s mouth. Dr. Loev offers Zoom Whitening treatments from his practice for patients who want a quick and safe teeth bleaching experience.

What is the Zoom® Whitening Procedure Like?

First, the dentist will thoroughly clean and prepare the teeth, including an examination. Any traces of decay or damage will need to be treated before the whitening begins. Once the patient’s teeth are ready, an innovative, light activated gel which is made from hydrogen peroxide is applied to the teeth. This gel reacts to a special light to whiten teeth. To ensure that each tooth is painted with the gel evenly and exposed to the light, in the same way, the patient’s lips will be held back with a soft retainer. The light is then directed at the teeth for roughly 15 minutes. When enough time has gone by, the gel is wiped away, and the lip retainer is taken out. The whole process takes approximately 45-90 minutes depending on the degree of staining. Patients will notice brighter and whiter teeth immediately.  

Is Bleaching Safe?

Dr. Loev uses clinically tested, trusted teeth whitening procedures to ensure that each person will receive the best possible results without any unwanted side effects. Some patients report tooth sensitivity after the procedure.  However, the sensitivity usually fades quickly, and any discomfort experienced should be minimal.

Insurance Accepted

This is a short-list of just some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed. We accept any non-HMO dental insurance that allows patients to choose their own dentist.

Assurant Employee Benefits
Cigna DPPO
Delta Dental
MetLife Dental