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Teeth Whitening Specialist

Baldwin Louie, DDS & Patricia Louie, DDS

Family Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Inner Richmond District, San Francisco, CA

Patients of Dr. Baldwin Louie and Dr. Patricia Louie benefit from professional grade teeth whitening services from the convenience of their own home. The dentists provide fittings for tooth trays and whitening solutions from their practice in the Richmond District of San Francisco, CA, brightening the smiles of patients from the Bay Area.

Teeth Whitening Q&A

What Causes Teeth to Discolor?

A person’s teeth can become stained or yellowed because of the substances they put into their mouths. Coffee, tea, wine, and cigarettes are the biggest culprits for tooth discoloration. In some circumstances, staining can be internal, which is usually caused by tooth trauma, prolonged use of certain medications, or root canals. Standard topical whitening treatments do not usually help internal discoloration. The dentist will thoroughly examine and clean your teeth and will recommend the best treatment to brighten your smile.

Can Whitening My Teeth Damage Them?

Professional whitening services will not damage your teeth. Dr. Baldwin and Dr. Patricia Louie only use tested and proven whitening products and procedures that do not have any documented side effects.  Some patients may experience temporary sensitivity to temperature, which can usually be managed and dissipates over time.

What Does Teeth Whitening Involve?

This type of teeth whitening usually requires two visits.  At the first appointment, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear plastic, trays. At your second appointment, you will try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments will be made if necessary. The trays are worn with special whitening solution either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a couple of weeks depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening.  It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching. You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy and white smile. In our office we also offer Zoom which is in-office whitening that takes about an hour and a half. The benefit of Zoom Whitening is that you will not have to fuss with trays at home but the procedure is more like to cause possible intense temporary sensitivity.

Will My Teeth Need Special Aftercare?

Some patients may experience mild sensitivity after whitening treatment, but this is not common and will usually pass in a day or so.  In the first 12-24 hours following treatment, you should avoid consuming the foods and beverages that caused the staining in the first place and not smoke. For ongoing daily hygiene, you should brush and floss twice a day as normal.

Insurance Information

Please contact our office for more information regarding insurance providers.

Anthem Blue Cross
Assurant Health
Connection Dental
Delta Dental
First Dental Health
GEHA Health Plans
Health Net
Premier Access
Principal Financial Group