Teeth bleaching is chemical process used to lighten the color of the patient's teeth. The procedure can be performed entirely in the dentist's office or it can be performed by the patient in their home, using a materials provided by the dentist. The home method is often used because it saves the patient from having to make an office visit for each treatment. Before the patient embarks on the home teeth whitening regimen, the dentist creates a custom mouth tray for the patient. The custom tray is a critical component of the treatment. It ensures that the correct amount of whitening solution is used and that the patient's teeth are properly exposed to the whitening solution. The custom made mouth tray provides for a better fit than a one-size-fits-all mouth tray to help increase the margin of patient safety. The steps in the home teeth whitening regimen are fairly straightforward. The dentist's office provides the patient with the materials and instructions and also answers questions the patient may have about the routine. Your dentist's office can also provide you with off-site supervision should you have any questions once you've begun. A home whitening session can last for two to three hours, during which time you will have the tray and solution in your mouth. Depending upon your needs and desired results, your dentist may instruct you to keep the tray in your mouth overnight. Typically, you will follow your home teeth whitening regimen for two to three weeks, after which time you will return to your dentist for a follow up visit.Request a Consultation
Dr. Michael J. Miller received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina and graduated in the top one fourth of his class. After graduating in 1995 from the University Of Kentucky College Of Dentistry, which is consistently ranked as one of the top dental schools for progressive clinical education, Dr. Miller completed his General Practice Residency at the prestigious Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills, California, focusing on advanced dental concepts and dental esthetics.
Dr. Miller believes that the key to providing excellence in cosmetic dentistry is continuing education. To remain on the leading edge of dentistry, he attends double the yearly requirement of Continued Education courses for the state of California.
He is a member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Society, the San Diego County Dental Society, the Pacific Academy for Esthetic Dentistry, the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club and the Summit Dental Study Group. He is also involved in the Share the Care program that provides dental sealants to less fortunate children in the San Diego area.
Committed to improving people's appearance and health, he established a dental practice in Pacific Beach to provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art dentistry with an emphasis on cosmetics. The practice has been so well received that Dr. Miller decided to open a second practice offering cosmetic dentistry to the people of North County San Diego as well.
Dr. Miller shares his philosophy of helping people improve the way they look and feel with his wife, Jennifer. Jennifer is an interior designer with a local well known firm. When not at work, Dr. Miller enjoys playing the drums, running, golf, tennis and spending time with his wife and daughter, Kenedi.