Teeth Whitening in San Diego: At Home or In-Office?


If you want teeth whitening, the first step is to decide on a method. There may seem like a lot of options, but most use a peroxide-based whitening solution. The difference is in the strength of the solution and method of delivery. At Jeff Gray DDS in San Diego, we offer patients a choice.

Let’s look at the pros and cons of DIY and in-office teeth whitening.

At-Home Teeth Whitening Advantages
• Generally less pricey
• Doesn’t require a trip to the dentist
• May cause less tooth sensitivity and pain

At-Home Teeth Whitening Disadvantages
• Takes longer to achieve desired results
• Whitening appliances don’t protect gum tissue
• Solution must be applied many times over a period of weeks

In-Office Professional Teeth Whitening Advantages
• Same day results
• Administered by a dental professional
• Gum tissue is protected

In-Office Professional Teeth Whitening Disadvantages
• More expensive

Did you know that in order to maintain the brightness achieved from an in-office teeth whitening treatment, a patient must follow up with at-home touch-ups? Therefore, a combination of in-office and DIY methods is often the most effective solution.

A note about non-professional teeth bleaching kiosks:

A few years ago, during the height of the teeth-whitening craze, whitening kiosks starting popping up in San Diego area malls. Some have closed, but a few remain in business. We urge patients to avoid them. There is little regulatory oversight, and customers have no guarantee of the safety of their services – to say nothing of the qualifications of the providers. As always, it is important to trust your smile to dental professionals.

Jeff Gray DDS Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry advises patients to meet with with us before starting any teeth bleaching regimen. We offer both at-home and in-office teeth whitening, including Zoom! Laser Tooth Whitening. We also provide other cosmetic dentistry services, as well as general dentistry.

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:


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8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California


At Jeff Gray DDS, You’re Treated Like Family

Laser Dentistry In San Diego

At Jeff Gray DDS, our cosmetic dentistry patients are treated like family. I am Dr. Jeff Gray and my relationship with my clients is paramount.

You know what puts a smile on my face? When I use advanced cosmetic dentistry to create a dazzling smile makeover for one of my patients.

If you are a 25 – 85 year-old San Diego resident, my staff and I at Jeff Gray DDS can guarantee you quality preventative, restorative, cosmetic and sedation dentistry care.

In today’s Jeff Gray DDS blog I would like to discuss laser dentistry. It may sound scary, but laser dentistry provides an excellent alternative to drills. Many procedures performed with lasers don’t require La Mesa patients to be medicated, allowing for quicker healing times.

Many La Mesa patients become very anxious waiting for a shot of painkiller before a dental procedure. Laser dentistry allows for a more relaxed, less stressful dental visit. My patients also appreciate not going home with a numb mouth and drool dripping down their chin.

La Mesa area residents in need of oral surgery will experience less bleeding thanks to laser dentistry. Some of the procedures that are performed with lasers are treating infected root canals, reshaping gum and bone tissues, uncovering erupted wisdom teeth, and aiding in teeth whitening.

At Jeff Gray DDS, one of our most popular procedures is sedation dentistry. We also offer dental implants, porcelain veneers, dental crowns, and Invisalign.

San Diego folks who want to experience a comfortable, relaxing dental visit and receive compassionate and professional dental care- contact Jeff Gray DDS today.

At Jeff Gray DDS we treat you like family.