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By My Dentist
September 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

If you wish your smile was brighter and whiter, you may have considered teeth whitening. This fast and easy procedure can brighten your teeth whiteningsmile in just one dental visit and give you a look you will feel proud of. Understanding the ins and outs of teeth whitening treatments can help you determine if it is the best option for you. Find out more about professional teeth whitening with Dr. Sanjay Patel at My Dentist in San Bernardino, CA.

How can teeth whitening benefit me?
Teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure which improves the appearance of your smile. By improving the way you look, you can boost your confidence and self-esteem. This makes face-to-face encounters or first impressions less awkward or difficult. With a smile you love, you can laugh and smile freely, without hiding behind a hand or turning away. Teeth whitening’s fast and easy procedure allows you to save a significant amount of time compared to other cosmetic dentistry procedures.

What can I expect during a teeth whitening procedure?
Teeth whitening uses the chemical reaction between a whitening gel placed onto the teeth and the teeth’s stains to break the bonds between tooth’s stain’s molecules. This dissipates the stain on a microscopic level. Your dentist can adjust the strength of the treatment, allowing you to choose how subtle or dramatic your results end up being. Your dentist will simply place the whitening gel onto the teeth and allow it to remain in the mouth for about an hour. Depending on the type of whitening system your dentist uses, you may sit under a special UV light to speed up and strengthen the process. After the allotted amount of time, your dentist removes the gel and sends you on your way.

Professional Teeth Whitening Treatments in San Bernardino, CA
Unfortunately, the results you receive from professional teeth whitening procedures are not permanent. However, most patients schedule touch-up appointments every six months to a year to maintain their results. Whitening patients should be in good dental health and have realistic expectations for their results. Additionally, they should have no visible porcelain dental restorations as whitening systems cannot lift their color.

For more information on teeth whitening, please contact Dr. Patel at My Dentist in San Bernardino, CA. Call (888) 599-7005 to schedule your appointment today!


Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.

That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.

Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.

The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.

It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.

What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.

How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”

By My Dentist
March 08, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

What Do I Need to Know about Teeth Whitening?

Common questions and answers about teeth whitening treatments

You are interested in teeth whitening treatments, but there's so much information out there you’re not sure what treatment would be best Teeth Whiteningfor you. You need to talk with an expert like Dr. Sanjay Patel at My Dentist, in San Bernardino, CA. He can help separate fact from fiction about teeth whitening treatments. Dr. Patel wants you to know the answers to some common questions listed below:

Why are professional whitening treatments better than the products sold in grocery stores?

Over-the-counter products sold in grocery stores often only remove surface stains, producing a minimal whitening effect that may not last very long. Professional whitening treatments are more highly concentrated, producing a more dramatic effect much quicker than over-the-counter products.

What kind of professional whitening treatments are available?

Your San Bernardino dentist offers in-office whitening which takes about hour and is done in a single visit. Bleaching gel is applied to your teeth, and the effect is enhanced by a special high-tech lighting system. He also offers take home whitening kits with custom-made dental trays. He will supply you with bleaching gel and you wear the trays in the comfort and privacy of your home.

How much will treatment whiten my teeth and how long will the effects last?

Your teeth can be lightened as much as three to eight shades whiter and the effects can last up to five years.

Why should I have my teeth whitened?

Dr. Patel wants you to know about the many benefits to having your teeth whitened. You will look younger with whiter teeth, and as a result you will feel better about yourself and more confident. You will get a boost to your self-esteem knowing you look your best. You should consider teeth whitening if you have a special event coming up like a wedding, reunion or even a job interview because your new smile will make a great first impression.

What kind of problems can be fixed by a dental whitening treatment?

Dental whitening treatments can lighten teeth stained from aging, coffee and smoking. Discolorations from genetics or medications such as tetracycline can also be minimized.

If you are thinking about dental whitening treatments stop by and see a dental whitening expert like Dr. Sanjay Patel at My Dentist, in San Bernardino, CA. You want to look your best and you should start with a new, bright, sparkling white smile. Don’t wait! Get started on your new smile and call today!


Like many who have risen to the top tier in show business, singer Taylor Hicks found that he needed a few things (besides talent, of course) to really succeed: a willingness to seek out opportunities and work hard; a unique and energetic stage presence; and a bright, appealing smile.

“Everyone wants to have a great smile,” Hicks recently told Dear Doctor magazine. “In my business, it’s one of the most important things. A lot of what I do is smiling and having fun, being in front of the camera and taking pictures.”

To help him keep his smile sparkling, Hicks opts for in-office whitening treatments from his dentist. These treatments are a safe, quick and effective way to lighten teeth by 3 to 8 shades in a single one-hour visit. Best of all, you don’t have to be an American Idol winner or a Las Vegas headliner to take advantage of them — in fact, we offer them right here in our own office.

Why choose in-office treatments instead of take-home trays (or over-the-counter products)? While each system can be effective at lightening teeth to some degree, the in-office method offers several distinct advantages. For one, it’s the fastest way to get your teeth as bright as they can be; the same lightening that can be achieved in one office visit could take a week when done at home, using custom-made trays and dentist-supplied bleaching solutions — and several weeks with over-the-counter products! So if your time is limited, in-office treatment is the way to go.

Plus, in-office treatments are performed under our direct supervision. That means we can safely use the most powerful whitening gels, and achieve the maximum control over the result. This can be important when you have crowns or replacement teeth such as implants, which Hicks has. Artificial crowns don’t whiten like natural teeth, so it’s important to get just the right degree of lightening to produce an evenly bright smile.

The bottom line, of course, is the result: a dazzling white smile. “In entertainment, a big, pearly white smile makes a difference,” Hicks said. But you don’t have to be an entertainer to enjoy the benefits of a brilliant smile — we do it for plenty of “regular folks” too.

So if your smile could use a little brightening, why not call us and schedule an appointment for whitening treatment? You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening” and “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered.”

Teeth Whitening San Bernardino CAWhen it comes to your teeth, do they scream, “Look at me”? At My Dentist in San Bernardino, Dr. Sanjay Patel is available to work with you to create an appropriate cosmetic treatment plan that will best improve the appearance of your smile.  Through in-office and take-home teeth whitening options in San Bernardino, Dr. Patel offers superior treatment options for you.

Factors Affecting the Color of Your Smile

Some people are born with teeth that are more yellow than others, while many people experience staining with age.  Surface stains and internal stains can also affect your natural tooth color.  Surface stains, otherwise known as extrinsic stains, are often caused by:
  • Tobacco
  • Drinking coffee, tea or red wine
  • Eating highly pigmented foods such as cherries and blueberries
  • Accumulation of tartar deposits, resulting in the formation of hardened plaque
Internal stains, also known as intrinsic stains, can be caused by:
  • Treatment with the antibiotic tetracycline during the time when teeth are forming
  • Yellowing or graying of the teeth as part of the aging process
  • Trauma to the teeth that may result in the death of the tooth’s nerve, giving the tooth a brown, gray or black color
  • Ingesting too much fluoride when teeth are forming
No matter the reason for your tooth discoloration, there is a whitening treatment for your smile.

In-Office Teeth Whitening in San Bernardino

Professional in-office teeth whitening performed by Dr. Sanjay Patel is the most popular dental procedure in the world today.  Unlike at-home whitening systems that incorporate low-dose bleaching agents, in-office whitening takes place under carefully monitored conditions which allow for the safe, controlled, pain-free use of a relatively high concentration of bleaching gel.  With this, you can see whitening results immediately. 
Other advantages of in-office whitening include:
  • No other teeth whitening procedure produces faster results
  • The safest form of tooth bleaching
  • Gum and tooth sensitivity are more controllable
Stains that are best removed with in-office whitening are stains caused by aging, discoloration caused by the consumption of certain foods and tobacco use.  Over time, the teeth darken with a yellow, brown, green or grey cast. 

Take-Home Teeth Whitening Kits in San Bernardino

At My Dentist in San Bernardino, Dr. Patel offers multiple strength solutions for home whitening, as opposed to a “one size fits all” approach.  Dentist-dispensed custom whitening trays, when used as directed, have been proven to be as successful as in-office bleaching when used over an extended period of time. 
Although you can get over-the-counter whiteners without a dentist’s recommendation, if you over-use them or use them incorrectly, they can harm your tooth enamel and irritate your gum tissue.  Supervision by Dr. Patel can prevent these problems.  By visiting Dr. Patel in San Bernardino at My Dentist, he can provide you with custom at-home whitening trays for a successful whitening treatment. 
Everyone responds differently to different whitening procedures.  Some respond well to whitening toothpastes, while others with more serious discolorations may require porcelain veneers or bonding to achieve the smile they have always wanted.  Dr. Sanjay Patel, a San Bernardino dentist, will work with you to determine an appropriate treatment plan for improving the appearance of your smile.