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By Harbor Mesa Dental Care
November 17, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

From dietary choices to genetics, there are so many different things that can affect the color of your natural teeth. However, it is not uncommon for people to visit Harbor Mesa Dental Care for teeth whitening in Costa Mesa, CA, to brighten their smiles. With so many different teeth whitening options available, how do you know which one is best for you?

Do-It-Yourself Teeth Whitening Trends

Similar to diet fads, it is almost never a good idea to follow DIY whitening trends for your teeth. This is a high risk of enamel damage, and more often than not, you won’t end up with whiter teeth. For instance, activated charcoal is all the rage right now. However, the American Dental Association reports that it is not safe and it won’t whiten your teeth. It is very abrasive and will wear away the tooth enamel. 

Another popular trend is apple cider vinegar, but vinegar is very acidic, which is highly erosive to your enamel. This increases the risk of cavities. 

Whitening Toothpaste

As a general rule, whitening toothpaste is safe. As you are scoping them out at the drug store, make sure to find out with the Seal of Approval from the American Dental Association, which says that the product is safe and effective. 

Whitening toothpaste is designed to brighten the appearance of your teeth by eliminating the stains on the surface of the enamel. Usually, regularly, they can prevent continuous staining from stain-causing habits like smoking and dark beverages like soda and coffee. 

Over-the-Counter Whitening Products

There are many over-the-counter whitening products like strips that can be purchased and used to whiten your teeth. These tend to contain the same active ingredient that Costa Mesa, CA, teeth whitening dentists use in their office, which is a peroxide chemical. Peroxide chemicals work to whiten the teeth by penetrating the enamel and oxidizing darker molecules and breaking them down. 

The primary differences between OTC and professional products are how the product is applied to the teeth and the strength of the whitening chemical. 

Professional Teeth Whitening

Ideally, the safest and most effective way to have your teeth whitened is in the office under the care of a dentist. Our products are the strongest that you will find, which means they will take effect the fastest.

You can choose to undergo teeth whitening in the office or in the comfort of your own home. Many people choose to do both for optimal results. Call Harbor Mesa Dental Care at (714) 825-0025 to schedule your teeth whitening appointment with a Costa Mesa, CA, dentist.

By Harbor Mesa Dental Care
November 10, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Getting your teeth whitened by a dentist could make a dramatic difference in how your smile looks. Here at Harbor Mesa Dental Care in Costa Mesa, CA, teeth whitening remains one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments provided by Dr. Sanacore, Dr. Kunert, and Dr. DeBourg-Shilaimon.

Why? Because it’s the easiest and affordable cosmetic dental procedures that make an obvious difference in an individual’s self-confidence and appearance. Professional teeth whitening could be performed right in your dentist’s office or in your house under the guidance of your dentist. Here’s what you need to know about them.

In-Office Professional Teeth Whitening

Also referred to as in-office bleaching, this entails the application of a bleaching product right on the teeth. A light may be utilized for accelerating the effects of the bleach, ensuring fast and efficient results.

A session of in-office bleaching that lasts from 60 to 90 minutes could provide excellent whitening results. For some people, one session may suffice, but for others, they might require about two sessions to attain the desired whiteness level they’re after. Likewise, since the whitening agent is directly applied to your teeth, you are assured of uniform whitening results.

At-Home Professional Teeth Whitening Kits

With this professional teeth whitening option, your dentist in Costa Mesa, CA, will take impressions or molds of your mouth that would be the basis of your customized mouthpiece. You will likewise be provided with bleaching gel with a lower concentration of bleach than what is typically utilized for in-office bleaching.

Your dentist will instruct you to fill your mouthpiece with the bleaching gel and then wear it for several hours daily. Your custom mouthpiece will help ensure maximum contact between the bleach and your teeth. Expect follow-up visits with your dentist to make sure that your mouthpiece fits correctly and to check on your whitening results.

Regardless of which professional teeth whitening treatment you choose, remember that your results are not permanent. Maintaining those pearly whites means going through the process on a regular basis. However, avoiding staining foods and drinks as well as smoking tobacco will help make certain that you maintain your results for longer, two years or so before you require a touchup whitening treatment.

Speak to Us to Learn More About Faster and More Effective Teeth Whitening

Dial (714) 825-0025 to arrange an evaluation here at Harbor Mesa Dental Care in Costa Mesa, CA, with Dr. Sanacore, Dr. Kunert, or Dr. DeBourg-Shilaimon, today.

By Harbor Mesa Dental Care
December 16, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

To anyone immersed in the “X-Men Universe” Hugh Jackman will always be Wolverine, a role he played in seven movies. But there’s more to this Australian actor than mutant bone claws and mutton chops that would make Elvis envious. Jackman has also starred in over 20 non-superhero films, including Les Misérables, for which he won a Golden Globe. He is also a Tony award-winning Broadway performer—with a winning smile.

With his famed character Logan/Wolverine fading in the rearview mirror, Jackman has returned to his musical roots. He will play Harold Hill in the Broadway revival of The Music Man, set to open in Fall 2020. And since May 2019 he’s been on world tour with Hugh Jackman: The Man. The Music. The Show., featuring Jackman and a supporting cast performing songs from favorite shows and films, including Les Misérables and the 2017 hit The Greatest Showman.

The Show, with 90 planned stops throughout Europe, North America and Oceania, is a decidedly different “universe” from the X-Men. As Wolverine, Jackman could get away with a scruffier look. But performing as Jean Valjean or the bigger-than-life P.T. Barnum, he has to bring a vastly different look to the role, which brings us to Jackman’s teeth…

Once upon a time, Jackman’s teeth were an unflattering gray—definitely not a good look for stage or film. So with the help of his dentist, Jackman set about upgrading his smile with teeth whitening. Teeth whitening is a great way to take a dull, stained smile and turn up the volume on its brightness—and attractiveness—a notch or two. A dentist applies a bleaching solution that stays in contact with the teeth for a few minutes. The process is often aided by special lighting.

A professional application is especially desirable if, like Jackman, you want “Goldilocks” brightness: not too little, not too much, but just right for you. Dentists can precisely control the tint level to get a brighter but more naturally looking white. Of course, you can also get a dazzling “Hollywood” smile if you so desire.

And although the effect of teeth whitening isn’t permanent, a dental application can last a while, depending on how well you manage foods and beverages that stain teeth. With a touchup now and then, you may be able to keep your brighter smile for years before undergoing the full procedure again.

One important note, though: This technique only works with outer enamel staining. If the discoloration originates from within the tooth, the bleaching agent will have to be placed internally, requiring access to the inside of the tooth. An alternative would be porcelain veneers to mask the discoloration, an option that also works when there is ultra-heavy enamel staining.

If you’re tired of your dull smile, talk with us about putting some pizzazz back into it. Teeth whitening could be your way to get a smile worthy of Broadway.

If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening” and “Whitening Traumatized Teeth.”

By Harbor Mesa Dental Care
July 17, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

Do you want a whiter smile? Chances are good that if you are reading this it’s because you want to brighten your smile. You might even be wondering what your teeth whitening options are. Here in Costa Mesa, CA, our cosmetic dentists Dr. Sanacore, Dr. Kunert, and Dr. DeBourg-Shilaimon can work with you to find the right solution to fit your needs. Here are some of the ways to achieve a whiter smile.

Over-the-Counter Whitening

Most people will turn to this method because it’s simple and inexpensive and can offer some people the results they want. If you have minor surface stains then this may be a good option for you. All whitening products contain either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, which works to break apart stain molecules within the tooth’s enamel. Here’s what you should understand about over-the-counter whitening:

  • This treatment is not custom-made to fit your specific needs
  • You may experience some tooth sensitivity
  • It can take weeks to see results
  • It’s possible that the whitening strips or trays won’t reach all areas of your teeth, which can result in uneven whitening

Whitening Toothpastes

Toothpaste that is designed to whiten smiles is great for someone who wants to maintain their results, but they often won’t produce noticeable changes. If you’ve already undergone professional whitening, whitening toothpaste is a great way to keep your smile looking better for longer. In order to get the best results you’ll need to use this toothpaste regularly.

At-Home Professional Teeth Whitening

When most patients think of professional whitening they assume they have to sit in the dentist’s chair in order to get real results. Along with chairside whitening, our Costa Mesa, CA, can also provide you with a more effective at-home whitening system. This is great for someone who wants to get professional whitening but is on a budget. It’s convenient and simple, and the whitening trays are custom-fitted to reach all areas of your teeth for more even results. With continued use, most patients see results in about one to two weeks.

In-Office Professional Whitening

This is the fastest and most effective way to get a whiter smile. If you want to get visible results and you’re on a time crunch then in-office whitening is the best option for you. In about one hour we can get teeth several shades whiter in less than 60 minutes. We achieve fast results thanks to the whitening gel that we use, which can’t be found in any at-home or over-the-counter whitening kit.

Are you interested in sitting down with a dentist in Costa Mesa, CA, to find out if you could benefit from professional teeth whitening? If so, call Harbor Mesa Dental Care. We would be happy to schedule a consultation.

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.