Teeth Whitening Specialist

Caroline Malakuti, DDS, DMD

Cosmetic Dentist & General Dentist located in Beverly Hills, CA

Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, so why not make it as radiant as possible? From her Beverly Hills, California, practice, cosmetic dentist Caroline Malakuti, DDS, DMD, offers professional teeth whitening services that can help you correct discoloration, brighten your pearly whites, and improve your smile. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, call Dr. Malakuti or schedule an appointment online today.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

Why are my teeth discolored?

Although your teeth look and feel smooth, the surface of your enamel actually contains many microscopic indentations, grooves, and imperfections that can trap food particles and liquid residues. 

Even if you brush and floss as recommended, these tiny particles and sticky residues can build up over time, making your teeth appear dull and discolored — especially in areas of increased plaque or tartar. 

For most adults, tooth discoloration is a result of repeated staining, insufficient brushing, or both. Smoking cigarettes can escalate the discoloration process, just as drinking coffee, tea, or red wine can leave your teeth looking less vibrant. 

Tooth discoloration also tends to worsen with age, as your enamel becomes thinner and allows the underlying dentin layer to show through, giving your teeth a more yellow appearance. 

How can I get whiter teeth?

Dr. Malakuti offers in-office, chairside whitening procedures as well as customized take-home treatments: 

Chairside whitening

Professional bleaching, also known as chairside whitening, is one of the fastest and most effective ways to get a whiter, brighter smile. After polishing your teeth and shielding your lips and gums, Dr. Malakuti carefully applies a clinical-strength whitening gel to each tooth.

As the powerful bleaching agents begin to break down, oxygen penetrates the enamel to help lift stains and visibly lighten the color of your teeth.

At-home whitening

If you like the idea of getting a whiter, brighter smile without leaving your house, Dr. Malakuti offers custom-fitted trays for at-home whitening. 

Although this clinical-strength treatment uses less intense whitening agents than chairside bleaching, it’s still powerful enough to penetrate deep into your enamel to break up stain residues and lift them away. 

What are the benefits of professional whitening?

If you’re looking for the simplest and most cost-effective way to transform your smile, nothing compares to professional teeth whitening — all it takes is one quick office visit to get lighter, brighter teeth that are several shades whiter than they used to be.  

More importantly, professional teeth whitening is comfortable and safe, and it delivers long-lasting results that won’t fade over time. 

By comparison, store-bought whitening strips or paint-on gel products typically require multiple applications over the course of several weeks, often with inconsistent results. 

Whitening toothpastes are usually able to remove superficial stains, but they can’t lift deeper stains from your enamel and may cause tooth sensitivity with long-term use.

If you’re ready for a whiter, brighter smile, call Dr. Malakuti or schedule an appointment online today.