Teeth Whitening in
La Jolla, CA

Certain lifestyle choices like smoking, eating foods that stain the teeth, and improper oral care can cause stains that dull the appearance of your teeth. Stained teeth can have many negative consequences on your self-esteem and impact the first impression you make on others. At La Jolla Cosmetic Dentistry & Orthodontics, we provide in-office and at-home whitening procedures that will make your teeth and confidence shine.

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What Are the Benefits of Teeth Whitening?

Eliminates Yellow Stains

Eliminates Yellow

Having stained teeth can be embarrassing. Stains occur for reasons like smoking, drinking certain liquids, medications, and tooth decay. Teeth whitening is an ideal option for those whose natural teeth have fallen victim to staining. This procedure is a fast and effective way to eliminate any yellow coloring, improving your smile and self-esteem.

Brighter and Healthier-Looking Smile

Brighter and
Healthier-Looking Smile

Poor dental care can lead to discolored, dull, and yellowish or even brownish teeth that can make you feel embarrassed and self-conscious. If not properly treated, this can lead to more severe oral issues later down the line. Whether you are considering an in-office or at-home treatment, the best teeth whitening San Diego can help you obtain that beautiful, glowing smile you have always desired.

Fast and Efficient

Fast and

At La Jolla Cosmetic Dentistry & Orthodontics, we offer multiple whitening formulas depending on your expectations and timeframe. Dr. Kohani understands that you have a life to live outside of the dentist’s office and that your cosmetic procedure shouldn’t take hours to complete. He offers fast and effective results so you can quickly get back to your routine with a brighter smile.

What Are My Teeth Whitening Treatment Options?

    • Can whiten your teeth up to eight shades in just one hour
    • Uses a gel solution that contains carbide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide activated with a blue or red LED light to whiten your teeth
    • Improves tooth enamel durability
    • Can be used on sensitive teeth
    • Can whiten your teeth up to eight shades with just two sessions
    • Uses a gel solution containing hydrogen peroxide that brightens your teeth with a double syringe configuration
    • Also includes fluoride and potassium nitrite to strengthen tooth enamel
    • Does not interfere with tooth sensitivity
    • Offers in-office or at-home teeth whitening options
    • The KöR Dual-Activated, Tri-Barrel™ Hydremide® Peroxide formula offers teeth whitening without lasers or light treatments
    • Gel trays are made with KöR-Seal™ technology to prevent saline and other fluid from contaminating your whitening tray
    • Gels remain refrigerated to prevent the whitening chemicals from losing its potency
    • This fast-acting solution starts to produce whiter teeth within days
  • At La Jolla Cosmetic Dentistry & Orthodontics, we also provide at-home Opalescence® Boost whitening trays that are customized to fit your teeth. Your custom whitening kit will contain a concentration of 35 percent, which is the highest that Opalescence® Boost provides. The whitening gel also comes in a flavor of your choice and contains potassium nitrate and fluoride to strengthen your teeth. Dr. Kohani will take impressions of your teeth to create your whitening tray. Simply apply the whitening gel to the trays and wear them for the specified period of time.

Have Concerns About Teeth Whitening?

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Teeth whitening is performed on an outpatient basis. You will be able to return to your daily activities immediately following your treatment.


Your whitening procedure will gently brighten even the most sensitive teeth, and you will not experience any pain during your treatment.


The cost of your procedure will vary depending on the type of treatment, the extent of correction required, and your individual needs. Dr. Kohani will provide you with a detailed price sheet during your consultation.

Maintaining Results

Dr. Kohani may recommend lifestyle changes that can improve the coloring of your teeth, such as limiting your consumption of coffee, tea, or red wine. Eliminating tobacco products will also help your teeth stay white longer.


Teeth Whitening Faqs

  • Depending on the concentration you receive, you can wear your whitening trays for 30-60 minutes during the day. Your at-home treatment is entirely customizable for your lifestyle.

  • If you are receiving a crown or veneers, it is best to have your existing teeth whitened first and then have the ceramic material stained to match.

  • Although teeth whitening provides excellent results, it cannot prevent new stains from forming. However, you can maintain your results through proper oral hygiene and limiting the number of staining foods you consume.

  • Some patients experience some sensitivity and mild discomfort for one to three days after teeth whitening, but this largely depends on the type of whitening treatment you choose. If you know that you have sensitive teeth, opt for Iveri™ in-office teeth whitening, which can be used on sensitive teeth, or Opalescence® Boost in-office teeth whitening, which does not interfere with tooth sensitivity.

  • While there is no clear evidence that teeth whitening is harmful during pregnancy, it’s also unclear what the long-term side effects can be. In general, mothers are encouraged to wait until after giving birth to have their teeth whitened.

  • Most insurance policies do not cover teeth whitening, as it’s considered an elective and cosmetic procedure. You can contact your insurance provider for confirmation about your coverage.

  • You should notice visibly whiter teeth immediately after the procedure, with the results lasting from six months to a year if you follow proper guidelines. It’s recommended to get touch-ups one to two times a year to battle the natural stains that come with eating and drinking.

  • Anyone with healthy gums, teeth, and overall oral hygiene can benefit from teeth whitening. A professional teeth whitening treatment has been proven to provide results that can last for an extended period. If you have oral issues that prevent you from being a teeth whitening candidate, talk to your dentist to learn more about your other options.

  • Dentists understand what can and cannot harm your teeth. Professional whitening products keep to a carbamide peroxide level of 10 percent or less. This level is shown to have no adverse effect on the enamel surface. Additionally, there is no evidence that teeth whitening hurts teeth nerves. It’s a safe procedure that is recommended by all professional dental associations.

  • The length of the treatment will depend on which specific treatment you choose. On average, expect the treatment to take between 15 and 30 minutes.

  • Teeth whitening products do not significantly impact crowns or veneers. Ask your dentist if teeth whitening is right for you before making any decisions.

  • Teeth whitening is most effective on yellow-stained teeth. Individuals get yellow-stained teeth from eating foods and drinking coffee, red wine, tea, and smoking. Unfortunately, individuals with brownish-colored teeth may find that the teeth whitening doesn’t work well for them. Additionally, individuals with grayish or purple-stained teeth will likely find that teeth whitening has little to no impact.

    Consult with your dentist to ensure that teeth whitening can get you the results you need. If teeth whitening isn’t the solution for you, your dentist may have other potential solutions, such as veneers.