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By Harbor Mesa Dental Care
March 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Learn more about the teeth whitening options available from our Costa Mesa dental practice!

Over the past few decades, teeth whitening has become one of the most popular aesthetic dental treatments on the market. Professional Teeth Whiteningwhitening removes years of teeth stains through a safe and effective process. Led Dr. Sanacore, Dr. Kunert, and Dr. DeBourg-Shilaimon, Harbor Mesa Dental Care (located in Costa Mesa, CA) offers professional solutions for patients who are looking for a whiter smile. Read on to get the answers to frequently asked questions about teeth whitening!


What causes tooth discoloration?

The most common causes of tooth discoloration include aging and drinking stain-producing substances such as tea, coffee, sodas, tobacco, and red wine. If you smoke or use tobacco products, your teeth will also darken over time. Certain medications or excessive fluoride may cause tooth discoloration, as well.

What is take-home whitening?

Professional take-home whitening kits are dispensed by dental professionals, and they involve custom-fitted trays filled with teeth whitening gel that you can use at your own convenience With take-home whitening treatments, you can have the bright smile that you've always desired!

What is in-office whitening?

For in-office bleaching, your dentist will combine tooth whitening gel with heat or light to intensify up the process. The procedure takes about one hour and it begins with a preparation period followed by 45 minutes of whitening. A fluoride treatment completes the procedure, and leaves you with a smile up to eight shades whiter than before!

Is teeth whitening permanent?

Teeth bleaching can last from several months to up to 3 years, although it varies from person to person. While the results are not permanent, it is very easy to maintain a white smile for life—after treatment, most patients only need touchups after a year or two to maintain their ideal results.


Interested? Give us a call!

Want to live your best life? Start with your smile! Call Harbor Mesa Dental Care in Costa Mesa, CA, at (714) 825-0025 today to schedule an appointment for your teeth whitening session.

By Harbor Mesa Dental Care
February 12, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

A dull smile may not affect the health of your teeth but it can impact your self-esteem. Fortunately, it's easy to brighten your smile with teeth whitening offered by Dr. Sanacore, Dr. Kunert, and Dr. DeBourg-Shilaimon, your Costa Mesa, CA, dentists at Harbor Mesa Dental Care.

How can teeth whitening help me?

Whitening your teeth offers many benefits. When your teeth are dull, yellow or stained, you may feel less confident in social situations. Unfortunately, if you smile less in an attempt to hide your teeth, people may assume that you're not friendly or open to meeting new friends.

How does whitening work?

Life has a way of turning your once-bright smile dull. Teeth naturally become duller with age, but are also affected by foods, beverages and even smoking. Foods that are dark or brightly colored, such as cola, coffee, tea, red wine, soy sauce and berries, deposit pigments in microscopic pores in your tooth enamel. As the pigments accumulate, your teeth begin to look a little gray or yellow.

Hydrogen peroxide gel, used by your Costa Mesa dentist during teeth whitening, breaks apart stains embedded in your tooth enamel. Treatments only take about an hour but leave your teeth three to eight shades whiter. (Take-home trays are also available if you prefer whitening at home.)

Before your treatment begins, tartar and plaque will be removed from your teeth. If you whiten your teeth without removing these substances, your teeth may look speckled. Safety is the priority during whitening treatments. Your gums will be covered with a protective gel, and you'll wear plastic retractors to gently pull your cheeks and lips away from your teeth during your treatment.

Whitening results generally last about two to three years. You keep your teeth looking whiter longer simply by eliminating or reducing stain-causing foods and beverages from your diet.

Boost your smile power with teeth whitening! Call Dr. Sanacore, Dr. Kunert, and Dr. DeBourg-Shilaimon, your Costa Mesa, CA, dentists at Harbor Mesa Dental Care, at (714) 825-0025 to schedule an appointment.

By Harbor Mesa Dental Care
July 13, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Teeth WhiteningNo one likes to look worn out, particularly when they smile. Yet, over time, teeth tend to stain and become dull. How's your smile? If you'd like to freshen it up, Harbor Mesa Dental Care in Costa Mesa, CA, has the way: in-office and at-home teeth whitening. Professionally supervised, safe and effective, this popular treatment changes personal appearance and self-confidence, too.

Why teeth become discolored

Food, beverages, tobacco, prescription medications, oral injury and the aging process--these factors play a significant role in why teeth become dark and dull, according to the American Dental Association (ADA). Poor oral hygiene complicates matters as plaque and tartar accumulate on and between teeth.

Your solutions

Yes, retail outlets, including mall kiosks and drugstores, offer over-the-counter products which promise dazzling smiles. However, most of these toothpastes, rinses, and strips deliver minimal results and may cause uncomfortable dental and gingival (gum) sensitivity.

What's a better option? Teeth whitening with Dr. Sanacore, Dr. Kunert, and Dr. DeBourg-Shilaimon changes tooth color by as many as eight shades. Your Costa Mesa dentist inspects your oral health before offering any cosmetic dental service. Then, if you're qualified, the doctor explains how in-office and at-home teeth whitening works. Both are equally effective; so the choice is yours!

In-office whitening

It takes an hour or so and happens right in the dental chair. After protecting your gums and lips with a plastic dam, your dentist applies a highly concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel to all tooth surfaces. The gel penetrates the enamel and lifts the staining organic matter to the surface where your dentist rinses it away. You'll leave the office with a super-bright smile.

At-home whitening

This is a more gradual process but works just as well. In the privacy of your own home, you'll apply peroxide gel (a less powerful form) via custom-made acrylic trays. Your Costa Mesa dentist will tell you how long to wear the trays and for how many days. After your treatments are done, you'll love your youthful, bright teeth.

The ADA says that teeth recently whitening actually stain more easily for a while. To protect your new white smile, avoid tobacco and limit coffee, blueberries, acidic tomato sauces, and other dark dietary choices. Drink plenty of water, and brush twice a day. Daily flossing is important, as are your semi-annual visits to Harbor Mesa Dental Care. Ask about occasional whitening touch-ups, too.

Call today

A white smile could be a dental visit away. Contact the friendly team at Harbor Mesa Dental Care in Costa Mesa, CA, to learn all about professional teeth whitening and other cosmetic dental services. Phone (714) 825-0025.

By Harbor Mesa Dental Care
December 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you looking to brighten up your teeth?teeth whitening

Here at Harbor Mesa Dental Care, your dentists can help. Forget those days of you covering up your smile because of yellow and/or stained teeth. With your Costa Mesa, CA, dentist, your smile can become several shades whiter.

But how did they become yellow and stained anyway?

Part of the reason our teeth become discolored is because of age. Some other reasons include:

  • Smoking
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Drinking coffee and/or tea
  • Eating certain foods, such a blueberries

So how will my Costa Mesa dentist make my teeth whiter?

A device designed to keep your cheeks and lips open is placed your mouth. This device will ensure the tissue in your mouth does not come in contact with the gel the dentist will use to whiten your teeth. The doctor will then apply gel on the surface of your teeth.

The in-office procedure is convenient and doesn't take long. The gel is left on your teeth for a few minutes and, if necessary, a laser is used to speed up the process. Your dentist will remove the gel, then reapply the teeth whitening gel several times throughout the one-hour treatment.

Forget those over-the-counter teeth whitening kits. They don't contain high concentrations of vital components such as hydrogen or carbamide peroxide. Your dentist and their team, on the other hand, know exactly how to handle, use and oversee the effects of teeth whitening gels containing these materials. This will allow you to have whiter teeth in a shorter amount of time compared to the home kits and you'll have the added benefit of it being safe since dental experts will be taking care of you.

If your dental stains are severe though, you may need more than one session. This decision will depend on what your doctor's assessment of your teeth is.

If you have you have any questions or concerns about getting a whiter smile, call your Costa Mesa, CA, dental office today at (714) 825-0025.

By Harbor Mesa Dental Care
June 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Dealing with a less-than-ideal smile? That’s something we can handle.Veneers

Do you feel confident in your smile or do little imperfections and flaws make you feel self-conscious? If it’s the latter, then our Costa Mesa, CA, dentists - Dr. Jeffrey Sanacore, Dr. Randall Kunert and Dr. DeBourg-Shilaimon - are here to the rescue. Dental chips, stains and discolorations can do a number on your smile, but simple cosmetic procedures can turn this all around for you.

Dental Bonding

If you only have a small discoloration or chip that bothers you but isn’t that significant, then our Costa Mesa cosmetic dentist may recommend dental bonding. This simple, non-invasive dental technique can be performed in just one visit and only requires us to apply a tooth-colored resin over these areas of the tooth and then shape the resin so that it blends in with the rest of your smile. The bonding resin is chosen to match the shade of your teeth and can cover everything from stains and chips to improving the overall length of a worn-down tooth.

In some cases, dental bonding can be used in conjunction with tooth reshaping, a painless procedure in which we shave off very small amounts of enamel to buff out small chips and cracks and to improve the shape of a tooth.

Porcelain Veneers

In situations in which your imperfections are too much for bonding to handle the next best option are dental veneers. These tailor-made porcelain shells are designed to cover the front surface of your teeth to alter the appearance, whether you are looking to hide discolorations and chips or you want to close gaps between teeth.

Before you can get traditional dental veneers, teeth will need to be prepped beforehand. This means removing some enamel from the front of your teeth so that there is enough room for veneers to fit in front. You can get veneers in about 2-3 visits.

Are you ready to find out more about these procedures and how they can help you? If so, there has never been a more perfect time to call Harbor Mesa Dental Care in Costa Mesa, CA. Turn to us for a consultation today!