Teeth Whitening Specialist

Patients of Dr. Loo benefit from professional grade teeth whitening services from the convenience of their own home. The dentists provide fittings for tooth trays and whitening solutions from their practice in the Financial District, Union Square, and Lower Nob Hill areas of San Francisco, CA, brightening the smiles of patients from the Bay Area.

Teeth Whitening Q&A

Urban Pacific Dental Associates

What Causes Tooth Staining?

Food drink and tobacco are the primary culprits for staining teeth. A person’s teeth can become stained or yellowed because of the substances they put into their mouths including coffee, tea, wine, and cigarettes. Staining can be internal in some instances, which is usually caused by tooth trauma, prolonged use of certain medications, or root canals. Standard topical whitening treatments do not usually help internal discoloration and the dentist may make suggestions for other treatments to brighten internally stained teeth. The dentist will thoroughly examine and clean your teeth to and will recommend the best treatment to brighten your smile.

Can Whitening My Teeth Damage Them?

Professional whitening services will not damage your teeth. Dr. Loo only uses FDA tested and proven whitening products and procedures.  Some patients may experience temporary temperature sensitivity that typically subsides in a couple of days.

What is the Teeth Whitening Process?

The first step in the whitening procedure is an assessment of the teeth for decay or damage. Any conditions must be treated prior to whitening. In some cases, whitening may need to wait until the issue is no longer present. Once the teeth are cleaned and prepared, the dentist will prepare the mouth and teeth for treatment by inserting a soft rubber guard to protect the lips, gums and other soft tissue from the bleaching gel. Then, to create a whiter smile, a specially formulated, light activated hydrogen peroxide gel is brushed onto the surfaces of teeth. As a special light is directed on the gel, it activates the chemicals to whiten the teeth. To ensure proper coating of each tooth and to keep anything from blocking the light, the patient’s lips are held back with a retaining device during the procedure. The patient rests under the light for approximately 15 minutes to allow the gel to work. Lastly, the gel is cleaned off and the lip retainer is taken out. Patients should notice whiter and brighter teeth immediately.

Will My Teeth Need Special Aftercare?

For the first 24 to 48 hours following treatment, patients should avoid consuming anything that causes tooth staining including the common culprits of coffee, tea, wine and cigarettes. Patients may experience short-term mild sensitivity to temperature as well, but this sensation will dissipate after a day or two. For ongoing daily hygiene, patients should brush and floss twice a day, as normal.

Insurance

As a service to our patients, our practice accepts most dental insurance programs, including non-managed care, indemnity (traditional) and PPO out-of-network. We are not part of any managed care network. Our accounting staff will prepare all the necessary forms for your dental benefits. However, we remind you that your specific policy is an agreement between you and your insurance company. Please keep in mind that you are responsible for your total obligation should your insurance benefits result in less coverage than anticipated. Our staff will gladly submit a pre-treatment estimate to your insurance company so that you will know what your benefits will be. The fees charged for services rendered to those who are insured are the usual and customary fees charged to all our patients for similar services. Your policy may base its allowances on a fixed fee schedule, which may or may not coincide with our usual fees. You should be aware that different insurance companies vary greatly in the types of coverage available. Also, some companies take care of claims promptly while others delay payment for several months.

Aetna
Ameritas
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross of California
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Blue Shield of California
Careington Care Platinum
Cigna
Delta Dental
Dental Benefit Providers
DenteMax
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
First Dental Health PPO
Guardian
GWH-Cigna (formerly Great West Healthcare)
Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    "Dr. Loo and team were great! Very friendly and did a great job...Very nice, new, clean, and modern facility. Great experience!"

    Richard P.
  • Yelp

    "It is clear that Dr Loo truly cares about all her patients and is passionate about her practice. I highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for a quality dentist."

    Sharon D.
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    "Dr. Loo...is a breath of fresh air in the dental landscape of the City...You practically feel at home. Five stars for Dr. Loo."

    Evg R.
Location
Urban Pacific Dental Associates
450 Sutter Street, Suite 2640
Financial District & Union Square

San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: 415-477-3700
Fax: 415-477-3737
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415-477-3700