Our Dentists and team in La Jolla, California, understand the power of a beautiful, aesthetically pleasing smile. Dr. Paul E. Dougherty and Dr. Scott O. Szotko can significantly improve the beauty of your smile with a professional tooth whitening treatment.


Many of our patients wonder what the difference is between over-the-counter whitening treatments and the treatments that our Dentists can offer at Dougherty Dental. The primary difference is in the quality of the materials and results that those materials yield. If you want an even, consistent smile, a professional-quality whitening can yield the results you want. Whitening treatments found at the drugstore are not going to offer the quality that your smile deserves.

What products does Dougherty Dental use?

At our office, Dr. Paul E. Dougherty and Dr. Scott O. Szotko use Zoom and Opalescence® whitening treatments to give you exceptional results. When you get a tooth whitening in La Jolla, California, you will see the difference that just one session of whitening can make. Minimize or eliminate staining and discoloration on the teeth with our treatment. Another benefit of a professional whitening is that you are less likely to experience tooth sensitivity after our treatment than you would with a drugstore whitening.

Why do teeth become discolored?

Over time, most people experience tooth discoloration. Certain factors can significantly increase the rate and severity of discoloration, such as:

  • Bad dental hygiene
  • Consuming staining foods and beverages, like coffee, tea, wine and soda
  • Smoking
  • Tobacco use
  • Severe illness
  • Fluorosis
  • Medication

Regardless of the reason why your teeth have become discolored, Dr. Dougherty can help you to safely and effectively brighten and whiten your teeth. Schedule your teeth whitening at Dougherty Dental at 858-454-2656.