Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening is a cosmetic procedure that has been increasingly popularized by the media. For those with healthy teeth and good oral hygiene, teeth whitening can be a great way to lift stains and brighten a smile. Schedule a 15 minute initial exam and consultation to find out more about this treatment option, and to determine whether this procedure would be safe or effective for you.

Pola Office Plus In-Office Chair side Whitening in Under 1 Hour

Pola is the quickest, easiest way to effectively whiten your teeth. This in-office system contains 37.5% hydrogen peroxide and has variable intensity settings so each treatment can be customized to maximize patient comfort. The system also includes desensitizers to help minimize sensitivity and protect your enamel. This dentist-supervised, in-office procedure is safe, effective and clinically proven to whiten up to eight shades—for a brighter, whiter smile in just one office visit.

Zoom! Take-Home Maintenance Whitening Kit

“Philips Zoom DayWhite and NiteWhite offer superior at-home whitening for a visibly whiter smile in one day and your whitest healthiest smile in seven to fourteen days. They are the only at-home whitening products to contain amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP), which is clinically proven to reduce sensitivity, protect enamel and help improve the luster and smoothness of the teeth.


Zoom at-home whitening products are completely customizable. Your dentist creates a custom tray made just for you and can tailor the formula concentration and wear times to your sensitivity and lifestyle.”

Teeth Whitening FAQs

How long is my appointment?

Your initial consultation appointment is between 15-30 minutes, and your whitening appointment is up to 1 hour and 30 minutes, so please plan to be here for a 2 hour block!

How many shades will my teeth improve by?

Not all teeth are created equal! As such, it is very difficult to predict exactly how many shades of improvement one can expect from a single teeth whitening treatment. Because whitening gel is used to treat yellowing teeth due to stains from foods and other pigmented oral products, internally damaged or unevenly calcified enamel are much more difficult to treat. Likewise, any replaced or unnatural teeth structures will not change color. The average improvement our patients have experienced is between 3-6 shades; however, we can not provide any guarantee of any shade improvement. Results are largely based on the product’s interaction with individual teeth anatomy.

Are my teeth guaranteed to be whiter?

While 90% of patients see some improvements of at least 1 shade, we do not make any guarantees of shade improvement.

Can I get a teeth cleaning on the same day as my whitening?

Yes! A teeth cleaning is highly recommended prior to your whitening treatment. Whether you are due for your routine cleaning, or have yet to find a dentist in Oakland to get you on track with your dental care, we can certainly provide you with hygiene care, diagnostic exams, and preventive recommendations, even on the same day as your whitening appointment.

Am I eligible for teeth whitening?

Eligibility for teeth whitening is determined by an in office 15 minute oral cavity exam and dental history review. During this consultation, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about the treatment, and understand the procedures and care instructions. If time permits, and in certain circumstances, your teeth whitening appointment can be made for the same day as your consultation.

Is teeth whitening covered by insurance?

The simple answer is “no.” However, we cannot account for all dental policies and plans available on the market. If you have reason to believe that your insurance or plan allows for flexible spending, please let us know, and we will do our best to find you coverage.

What type of whitening lamp do you use?

Our whitening lamps emit LED+UV light. You will be provided lip barriers and protective eye wear to guard from the UV rays..

Will my teeth be sensitive after the treatment?

Some sensitivity with the use of whitening products is to be expected, however, the intensity will vary based on each individual’s anatomy. If you are concerned about sensitivity, please consider taking ibuprofen prior to your whitening appointment. Sensitivity relief treatment is available after your whitening as well.

How long will I have to wait after treatment before I can eat?

You are free to eat as soon as you’d like! However, keep in mind that it will take 1-2 days for the pores in your enamel to close, and we advise that you stay away from highly pigmented foods and beverages. Eat carefully by chewing towards the back of your mouth, and sipping beverages through a straw.

On which days are teeth whitening services offered?

Currently, teeth whitening is offered primarily on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. As needed, we may open more days of the week to allow adequate time and attention for each appointment. Teeth whitening is not available on Saturdays at this time.