San Francisco Tooth Whitening

As all of us age - we realize that our teeth may not be as white as they used to be. Especially if you enjoy coffee, cola, or smoking - your teeth can lose whiteness over time. The good news is - with today's technology - you can whiten your teeth and make them really shine. San Francisco cosmetic dentists are leaders in tooth whitening and bring a number of innovative techniques to whiten your teeth with comfort, quality, and speed.

Remember - tooth whitening can cause sensitivity to your teeth and gums. The sensitivity is very dependent on how long you use the product and the percentage of hydrogen peroxide in the gel. We (and our dentist) recommend using it no longer than around one hour, and alternating every other day. We know friends who leave in the trays all night that have caused themselves some serious pain. White teeth are great - but follow precautions reasonably and it is a comfortable -- rather than painful experience.

If you are planning a trip to San Francisco - you can include a quick tooth whitening with some of the country's top dentists as part of your trip. It may not be as fun as a boat tour to Alcatraz or a ride over the Golden Gate Bridge - but San Francisco tooth whitening can leave you looking amazing for your trip and when you return home. More and more people are combining travel with medical procedures and using the advantage of San Francisco's leading technology in this field makes it a good option.

San Francisco's Top-4 Recommended Cosmetic Dentists:

Doctor Jorg-Peter Rabanus is one of less than 1% of dentists in the world (only 270 total) accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. The Academy is the largest international organization specifically dedicated to the art and science of cosmetic dentistry. Physicians have also selected Dr. Rabanus as one of Silicon Valley¹s top doctors in a survey of the San Jose Magazine for 3 years in a row. 121 Spear Street - 415-257-3871

Doctor George Markle - U.S.C. graduate practicing dentistry in San Francisco since 1978. Professional memberships in all major dental associations including the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. In-depth "smile analysis" offered and clear visibility to the cost of your treatment prior to any work. 450 Sutter, San Francisco - 415-781-4725

Ben Amini, D.D.S. - UC San Francisco Dental Surgery graduate specializing in cosmetic dentistry. Range of services to make your smile as appealing as possible. Cutting edge high tech new services with a focus on your comfort. Zoom power-bleaching available 120 Battery, San Francisco - 415-391-4466

Dr. Steven Brattesani - Marina Dental Care - Massage therapy, hot towels, and espresso make this office truly unique. Beautiful office and a wide range of cosmetic options available. 3309 Fillmore Street, San Francisco - 415-922-3220

Laser light can be used to accelerate tooth whitening.

We've tried out a variety of whitening techniques to create a guide to your tooth whitening options in San Francisco:

  • Whitening Strips: This is the easiest, lowest cost option - but the results are mixed. You can buy a whitening strip kit inexpensively at a drugstore, but it only whitens your front teeth. In many cases, the whitening chemical is not at the strength as a dentist can provide. We achieved some good whitening results with strips, but it took several boxes of applications and your back teeth (molars) remain yellow / stained since the strips only cover the front teeth. Net result - inexpensive, but only partial whitening.

  • Dentist Basic Tooth Whitening: The dentist will create a mold of your teeth. They place a tray in your mouth which molds an exact replica of your teeth into a gel. The molds allow you to bring the whitening chemical right up to every crack and crevice of your teeth. Typically, you use the gel with the molds for 30 minutes per day for 7 days. Similar to the whitening strips - tooth whitening can cause teeth sensitivity and does in many people. We found that by either alternative days, or taking a "break" - we were able to avoid much of the sensitivity issue.

  • Laser Teeth Whitening: This is the cool option available at cosmetic dentists and major cities such as San Francisco. The dentist will hand apply a gel to your teeth -- painting them with gel -- and then shine the laser for a period of time. Laser whitening is the fastest and most high tech way to quickly whiten your teeth with a minimum of hassle. Although some "old school" dentists may not encourage the laser whitening -- it is quickly gaining acceptance and a wealth of satisfied clients. We recommend you check out the options and pricing from dentists on our site.