Has your smile lost the brilliance it once had? Have you tried over-the-counter tooth whitening products and seen disappointing results, if any at all? If you are tired of stained or yellow teeth, our Santa Monica teeth whitening dentist office is where this can all change.

There are many over the counter tooth whitening systems on the market today, but none are as effective or provide the same level of whitening as the professional products. Tooth whitening is the simplest and least expensive way to enhance your smile and restore a youthful appearance.

Why Your Teeth Are Stained or Discolored

Teeth can naturally be less than white or may be stained and discolored due to:

  • Age
  • Genetics
  • Illness
  • Certain medications (such as antibiotics)


Most common reasons for discoloration are due to:

  • Tobacco use
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soft drinks
  • Wine


How Zoom! Teeth Whitening Helps

Tooth whitening is one of the safest dental procedures available. The Zoom! whitening system is a state of the art, in-office procedure. It is a safe, easy, and effective bleaching process that lightens the discoloration of your enamel and dentin.

We offer this system as well as other professional home whitening products. We perform the whitening procedure while you sit back in our comfortable chair, and relax while you listen to your favorite music.

Contact your Santa Monica teeth whitening dentist for a complimentary consultation to evaluate your whitening goals and needs. We take the time to ensure that you will leave with the beautiful vibrant smile you are looking for.



At Carol E. Follette DDS, we take great pride in providing our customers with a first-class teeth whitening experience. Nothing beats a bright, healthy smile, and our team offers professional support and insight before, during, and after your visit. Today we’re focusing on the “after” part of a whitening treatment – specifically, preventative care that ensures your terrific smile lasts a long, long time.

Brush Your Teeth Properly

A teeth whitening treatment comes with a big boost of confidence and increased self-esteem, but don’t let post-whitening euphoria distract you from the most important step in maintaining you fresh new smile: brushing your teeth. It’s a good idea to brush not just in the morning and at night, but also after every meal. This is especially important if you’re in the habit of having a glass of wine for dinner, coffee at breakfast, and a soda every now and then during lunch. These beverages are notorious teeth-stainers, and certain foods we eat can also cause staining. Your best bet after having your teeth whitened is to increase, and not decrease, your brushing habits.

Less Drinking and Smoking

If you’ve spent any time around our teeth whitening dentist, you’ve no doubt heard us discuss the negative effects that alcohol and smoking can have on your teeth. If you look at your teeth whitening procedure as an investment, it should be easy to find the motivation to at least reduce your alcohol intake and smoking, if not remove them entirely from your daily life (especially the smoking). The nicotine in tobacco and the tannins in wine and other alcoholic drinks can reverse the effects of even the most comprehensive tooth-whitening procedure.

Use a Straw

Drinks like soda, iced tea, and anything else fizzy contains caffeine, tannins, and other chemicals that can stain your teeth. But when you drink these beverages through a straw, you greatly reduce the contact that these chemicals have with your teeth. A big gulp of iced tea or lemonade on a hot day can be hugely rewarding, but switching to a straw is a great way to keep your teeth as white as can be.

Choose Whitening Toothpaste

Whitening toothpastes aren’t just a marketing ploy – they actually work. The bleaching agents in these products, while not highly concentrated, is definitely enough to oxidize/remove stains from teeth. When you regularly use a whitening toothpaste, you’re able to consistently break down any stains on your teeth before they become too ingrained. The stains are brushed away and your teeth stay white, just the way you like them.

Opt For Smudge-Proof Lipstick

Although lipstick smudging happens less frequently than it did a couple of decades ago, there are still some lipsticks on the market whose composition makes them liable to stick to a person’s teeth. And in some cases, the pigments in the lipstick can cause discoloration. We recommend staying on the safe side and choosing smudge-proof lipstick.

Make an Appointment Today

Carol E. Follette is a cosmetic dentist that countless California residents rely on for teeth whitening, veneers, family dentistry, and much more. Make an appointment today and trust your smile to our capable team.


A healthy smile is worth striving for, but the way you feel about your appearance plays a big part in your ability to interact comfortably with others. If you are self-conscious about stained or discolored teeth, it’s likely that you want to conceal your smile. An unfortunate result is that others may see you as unfriendly or unapproachable.

As more focus is placed on a bright smile, our Santa Monica cosmetic dentist sees an increasing number of patients who opt for a professional teeth whitening treatment. There are many professional whitening products available today that can turn back the clock on a dull, stained smile.

Drinks to Avoid for a Whiter Smile

But if you want to do everything you can to protect your bright smile, here is a list of three beverages you should avoid:

  • Black Tea: You probably thought black coffee was the worst staining culprit, but black tea stains your teeth even worse. The high level of tannins contained in black tea adhere to teeth because they’re attracted to the protein in enamel. Instead, choose beverages with fewer tannins, like green or white tea.
  • Energy Drinks: Surely a drink that boosts energy must be good for you, right? Actually, they’re one of the worst because they not only high amounts of sugar, but they are also high in acid. It’s probably best to avoid energy drinks altogether, but if you do consume them, rinse with water or try sipping through a straw to minimize the time the drink lingers on your teeth.
  • White Wine: You probably know that red wine stains teeth, but white wine? Like black tea, white wine contains tannins, but it also has more acid. Acid breaks down dental enamel, so your teeth more likely to absorb stains from other foods. If you want to indulge, keep a glass of water close by to rinse in between glasses of wine.

Please Call to Learn More

This is just a brief list of the foods that are damaging to your teeth, so you really need to understand what you are consuming and how it affects your oral health. The Santa Monica cosmetic dentist will be happy to suggest ways to minimize damage to your teeth and recommend a professional whitening treatment if appropriate.