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Teeth Whitening Specialist

Minal Patel, DDS -  - General Dentist

Park Place Smiles

Minal Patel, DDS

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Glendora, CA

If you notice your smile isn’t quite as bright as before, professional teeth whitening can help. It is one of the many options available from Minal Patel, DDS, and the team at Park Place Smiles in Glendora, California. When you’re ready to boost the shade of your smile, call the office to schedule an appointment or request one online today.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

Why has my smile lost some of its luster?

Many factors can change the shade of your smile. The aging process is one of the most common culprits, and understanding the structure of your teeth helps explain why. 

The outermost layer of your teeth is a thin white enamel shell. This layer is very hard and durable, but over the years, it begins to wear thin. 

Just beneath lies another layer of hard tissue called dentin. Naturally yellow in color, more of your dentin shows through as your enamel layer thins. 

Other factors can change the shade of your teeth, too, including:

  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Colored food like berries and starchy foods like potatoes and pasta
  • Beverages like coffee, red wine, and tea
  • Certain medications
  • Treatments like radiation and chemotherapy
  • Exposure to high levels of fluoride
  • Tobacco use
  • Traumatic injury


As you can see, some of these causal factors are in your control, while others are not. 

How does professional teeth whitening work?

Professional teeth whitening is a great way to break apart stains and reveal a brighter, whiter smile. This approach, also called chairside bleaching, can lighten the shade of your teeth several levels in one visit. 

Dr. Patel uses the PolaⓇ whitening system, an option created for and available only to dental professionals. She applies this solution directly to your teeth after shielding your gums and other soft tissues. 

The solution works to break apart stain molecules, revealing a brighter shade. Some in-office options use a special light to speed up and enhance the whitening process. 

Professional teeth whitening is fast, painless, and effective. The results can last for years if you embrace a good oral hygiene routine and avoid foods and activities that can stain your teeth. 

What about over-the-counter teeth whitening products?

Virtually every grocery and drugstore offers a choice of teeth whitening products. These products come in the form of toothpaste, rinses, strips, and even tray-based systems. 

While over-the-counter whitening products can help with minor staining, none can match the power of professional whitening systems. It’s also impossible to control the whitening effects of over-the-counter products, which can result in uneven whitening. Having your teeth whitened by a dentist is also important to avoid damage to your teeth and soft tissues. 

If you are hoping to extend your results between in-office whitening treatments, a good toothpaste and rinse can be beneficial. Ask Dr. Patel about which products are best for you during your next visit. 

If you’re ready to move forward with professional teeth whitening, call Park Place Smiles to set up an appointment or book one online today.