Turn your teeth from yellow to white, almost overnight.

What is teeth whitening?

There are 3 main ways to whiten teeth.

You can get teeth whitening kits at most drug stores, which include “white strips”.  The results from these kits are limited.

Professional tooth whitening occurs in-office, and often can be done in a single visit.

Finally, your dentist can provide you with bleaching trays custom fit to your teeth. This can be used at home, as needed.

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Is teeth whitening right for you?


  • In-office treatments are fast, and you can see results immediately.
  • Results are long lasting.
  • Bleach trays can be used to “touch up” whitening from time to time.

Possible drawbacks:

  • People with sensitive teeth may not be able to tolerate bleach trays.
  • Dental materials may not bleach the same way natural teeth will.
  • Higher cost of in-office whitening.

How long does teeth whitening take?

In-office whitening treatments shouldn’t take more than an hour, and you you will see immediate results.

Bleach tray fittings take around an hour, and you need to come back to the office to pick them up when they are ready.

Bleaching at home can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes per night, as per your dentist’s instruction.

How much does teeth whitening cost?

“Amateur” tooth whitening kits and white strips cost around $30-$100, and you’ll need a lot of them to see results.

Professional, in-office same-day tooth whitenings run between $350 and $850, depending on the number of treatments.

A professional at-home bleaching tray and bleach will cost around $250 to $400.

Schedule an appointment today!

Solana Beach, CA, area patients ready to whiten their smiles can call (858) 360-3102 to request an appointment at 625 Valley Avenue to discuss their options. Our dental team is pleased to serve patients in Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, Carlsbad, Carmel Valley, CA, and beyond.

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At a young age our teeth are healthy white. But overtime the enamel coating the tooth is so slowly worn down. Causing our teeth to become stained and yellow, which is why teeth whitening is become increasingly popular today. There are a few methods for whitening. They include at home and in office. With in office treatments, you will see faster results, receive the safest treatment for bleaching the teeth, and yield the whitest smile. So, don’t settle for teeth that have become stained from years of coffee drinking, tobacco use, or just aging. Ask your dentist about whitening options that may be right you.