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By John Chu, D.M.D
April 23, 2020
Category: Dental Care
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Maintaining a White Smile

Cosmetic dentistry is the art and science of making positive changes to enhance your smile. If your teeth are looking a little dull, cosmetic dentistry can help to brighten them using professional teeth whitening. Dr. John Chu are your dental specialists in South Pasadena. They offer full dental services, including teeth whitening.

Say Goodbye to Stained Teeth

If your teeth are looking less than pearly white, in-office dental whitening will give you good results in a short amount of time. It’s more convenient than using an over-the-counter whitening kit and tends to produce better results.

Preparation: Professional teeth whitening is a relatively straight forward procedure that generally takes around an hour to complete. Before the procedure, your dentist will use a chart to record the shade of your teeth at the outset. He will then clean your teeth to remove surface plaque. Your teeth will be dried with gauze and your dentist may use retractors to prevent your cheeks and tongue from touching the whitening solution. He will also surround your gum line with a protective barrier.

Whitening: Your dentist will coat the outer surface of your teeth with a whitening solution. This will remain in place for 30-60 minutes. Your dentist may also use a laser to activate the bleaching compound in the whitening solution. After the required time, your dentist will rinse your teeth and remove the retractors.

If your desired shade of whiteness has not been reached, you may need to make additional visits to our South Pasadena office. To keep your teeth stain-free, avoid excessive amounts of red wine, tea, and coffee, as well as tobacco in any form.

If you live in or around South Pasadena, CA, call Dr. Chu at (626) 799-0852 to make an appointment.

By John Chu, D.M.D.
May 23, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Haircuts, shopping sprees and makeup can help you improve the way you look, but if you're bothered by the size, shape, color or condition of your teeth, you may feel like you don't have many options. But Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin, cosmetic dentists in South Pasadena, CA, offer a wide variety of cosmetic procedures to their dental patients, all aimed at giving them a smile to be proud of. Here's Veneersa few of the ways cosmetic dentistry can give you the smile you've always dreamed of having.

Teeth whitening

This immensely popular cosmetic dentistry procedure is a quick and low-cost way to see a huge difference in your smile. When applied to your teeth, the whitening agents oxygenate the microscopic pits in your teeth that have trapped stains, which dissolves them and leaves your teeth gleaming white. While there are over-the-counter whitening products available, those used by your South Pasadena cosmetic dentist are much more concentrated and therefore work much faster and last much longer. In fact, many cosmetic dentistry patients who whiten their teeth professionally see their results - which can be up to 8 shades lighter - lasting well over a year!

Cosmetic bonding and contouring

Misshapen teeth can be due to a natural growth pattern, or may have happened as a result of an accident. If you have teeth that are shorter, smaller, more pointed or have chips or cracks in them, South Pasadena dentists Dr. Chu and Dr. Lin can use cosmetic contouring, bonding or a combination of the two to improve their shape and appearance. Contouring removes small sections of enamel, while bonding builds up areas that have either lost enamel or need reshaped. This is another cost-effective way to improve your smile.


Veneers are, in short, the ultimate in cosmetic dentistry procedures. Using tiny sections of porcelain, your South Pasadena cosmetic dentist can completely change the size, color and shape of your teeth, giving you a smile worthy of the red carpet. Often touted by celebrities, veneers are by far the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedure for people who want to completely make over their smile.

Contact your South Pasadena, FL cosmetic dentists, Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin, to learn more about what cosmetic dentistry can do for your smile and your confidence. We're looking forward to hearing from you!

By John Chu, D.M.D.
June 15, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

I’ve you’re unhappy with your smile, one of the quickest and easiest ways to freshen it up is with a professional whitening from your South Pasadena cosmetic dentist. A bright, white, clean smile can boost your confidence and your self-esteem. But some dental Teeth Whitening patients may be anxious about the process. Let’s bust some myths about the teeth whitening procedure!

Myth #1 – Whitening Damages Tooth Enamel

Fact: Professional teeth whitening treatments are perfectly safe for teeth. In fact, they can be even safer for your gums than home treatments because the dentist takes special care to protect your soft tissues from the professional-strength whitening agents. Decades of research shows that this professional bleaching gel is both safe and highly effective.

Myth #2 – Whitening Can Be Painful

Fact: A professional teeth whitening session from your South Pasadena cosmetic dentist is comfortable and painless. In some cases, the professional bleaching process can cause teeth to become temporarily sensitive to hot or cold foods. This should fade quickly, however. Your dentist may also recommend a desensitizing gel, toothpaste, or mouthwash, which should take care of any temporary sensitivity.

Myth #3 – Whitening is Costly and Time Consuming

Fact: Your South Pasadena cosmetic dentist offers whitening treatments that are surprisingly affordable when compared to what could be spent on home whitening kits that may not work. The treatments are also quite swift, usually lasting just one hour. A professional teeth whitening session can whiten your teeth by up to 10 shades in less time than it takes to watch an episode of your favorite television show.

If you’re interested in teeth whitening, discuss the facts and benefits with your South Pasadena dentist. You’ll find that a professional whitening can be safer and more effective than home whitening options with quick and easy results that you’ll be proud to show off. For your whitening appointment, contact the dentists and staff of John Chu, D.M.D., your cosmetic dentist in South Pasadena, CA by calling (626) 799-0852.

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