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Nov
12

Why Professional Teeth Whitening Works Best

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Is teeth whitening a gimmick? Why do so many products online or in the store say that they whiten your teeth just as good as a dentist? For someone with very, very mild tooth stain, that might be the case. For everyone else, there’s nothing that compares to the results that you can get with the help of a dental professional.

You Can’t Buy Prescription Strength Products Online 

The teeth whitening solutions purchased through your dental office will be concentrated and more effective when it comes to disrupting stain particles. The specific types of gels that are sold over the counter are made of different ingredients and at lower strengths. 

Professional Treatments Guarantee Better Coverage 

Store bought kits are “one size fits some.” They aren’t contoured to the shape of your individual teeth. Because of that, it can cause uneven whitening or some areas of your teeth to be skipped over entirely…whereas what your dentist uses will fully cover each one of your teeth. 

It’s Safer to Work with Your Dentist

DIY teeth whitening products or solutions can hurt you if your teeth aren’t healthy. It’s best to have your dentist check your teeth first, to make sure it’s safe to whiten.

Some solutions can even cause tissue irritation or chemical burns if you’re not careful. Rather than having whiter teeth, you may be left with discolored, splotchy gums.

The initial investment in professional teeth whitening costs less to maintain over the course of the next several years than it does to use store-bought kits. While a DIY kit may seem cheaper, it really isn’t. Ask your dentist today to see which solution is best for your smile!

Posted on behalf of:
Arbor Dental
6471 Lone Tree Way Suite 301
Brentwood CA 94513
925-271-4642

Jul
17

Teeth Whitening Overview

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Almost everyone wants a whiter smile these days. The brighter one’s smile is, the brighter one’s face appears to be. Those who feel confident about their smile share it easily with others and don’t hide behind closed lips. But those who are not proud of their smile can come across distant and as lacking confidence. Teeth whitening is a multi billion dollar business in the United States due to so many people wanting to enhance their smile. If you are interested in having your teeth whitened, speak with your dentist about your options.

In office whitening treatments are available for patients at the dentist office. The most dramatic results will be achieved in an office setting because of the technology that is able to be used by a dentist. For in-office whitening, a dentist will often combine a laser with the bleaching treatment to speed up the process and achieve more dramatic results. This process takes anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour, and more than one treatment may be necessary to achieve the level of whiteness that is desired. For in-office treatments, the dentist will protect the gums by applying a gel to them. The dentist will observe the teeth during the entire process to make sure that the gums are safe and the teeth are whitening properly.

At home whitening includes over the counter kits and strips as well as whitening kits that are available at the dentist’s office. While these kits can achieve the results a person is hoping for, they generally take longer to achieve. That is because the concentration of the bleaching agent is less than what a dentist can use in his/her office.

Speak with your dentist about what option is best for you. He or she will take the color of your teeth into consideration and will help you determine the best route to take for a brighter, whiter smile.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Joyce Ma, Prime Dental Care

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Oct
22

Could Teeth Bleaching Hurt Your Teeth?

Over the last few years, teeth whitening has become extremely popular. More and more people want to make their teeth a shade or two whiter. Teeth bleaching and teeth whitening is the same thing. Basically it’s using chemicals to bleach or whiten your teeth. Most dental offices offer this teeth whitening service as well.

So to answer the question – Could teeth bleaching hurt your teeth? In most cases, the answer is no. The whitening or bleaching kits on the market today are safe for everyone to use. The products available today are made with safe ingredients that can whiten your teeth either at your dental office or at home.

If you currently have caps, veneers, or composite fillings you should keep in mind that all of the whitening or bleaching products available are made to work on your natural teeth. Anything outside of that these products will not work on. When your crown, veneers, or composite fillings were placed, your dentist chose a color to match the color of your natural teeth.  If you have your teeth whitened, your composite (tooth colored) fillings, crowns, and veneers may appear yellow compared to your natural teeth and you may need to look into having your cap, veneer, or filling replaced to brighten the color.

Also, be aware that most whitening or bleaching products will contain peroxide. If you have a sensitivity to peroxide you will want to look at other options. Gum disease can also cause other complications. You will want to discuss whitening or bleaching with your dental professional.

As always, the best form of teeth whitening or bleaching would take place at your dental office. You will need to contact your Marietta Cosmetic Dentist to inquire about what options they have.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Dental Associates

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Oct
9

Teeth Whitening For Life!

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Over time most people’s teeth begin to show signs of staining as a result of the things that they eat and drink.  As a result, teeth-whitening or dental bleaching has become one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures performed in the United States.  Traditionally people have been offered two solutions to have their teeth bleached which restores the natural whiteness to a person’s teeth. The first is teeth whitening in the dentist’s office and the second option is at home dental bleaching.   Now select dentists are providing a third option, which provides teeth whitening for life!

The teeth whitening for life method combines “dental office bleaching” with “at home bleaching”.  The patient will initially have their teeth beached in the dentist’s office using a special gel that is applied to the patient’s teeth and then a light applied to the gel on the teeth for approximately 30   minutes.  This treatment, which utilizes a special gel that maximizes whiteness without making the patient’s teeth sensitive, provides instantaneous results.

The second phase of this method involves the use of at home bleaching trays.  The trays, which are fitted to the patient’s upper and lower teeth and are filled with a whitening gel.  The trays are left in place overnight at regular intervals to maintain the whiteness of the patient’s teeth.  The best way to look at this method is that the dental office bleaching is the main treatment, while the in house treatment is a maintenance plan that maintains the whiteness of the teeth for life!

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott

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Oct
7

Home Remedies for Teeth Whitening

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Teeth whitening has proven effective in improving and brightening a person’s smile.

Discoloration and stained teeth are often the result of years of consuming certain beverages and foods. The common drinks that stain and discolor teeth are coffee, wine, tea, and soda.

Furthermore, foods such as soy sauce and tomato sauce can also cause your teeth to become stained. The good news is that there are some natural remedies to help you brighten your teeth.

Here are two common home remedies for whiter teeth:

  • Baking soda – this is perhaps one of the most effective, natural teeth-whitening agents. It contains an acid neutralizer that has a mild-abrasive property, which can remove stains from tooth enamel. You can either purchase toothpaste with baking soda, or simply sprinkle a very small amount of baking soda on top of your current toothpaste.
  • Hydrogen peroxide – this oxidizing antiseptic can actually brighten your teeth if used twice each month. One tablespoon of water is mixed together with one tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide. It is then swished around the teeth for about 60 seconds. After spitting out the mixture, wait 2 to 3 minutes before rinsing with water.

While these natural, home remedies are helpful, they are limited in their ability to whiten your teeth. In other words, these natural remedies will only whiten your teeth to a certain extent.

For dramatically brighter teeth, you should consider professional in-office teeth whitening treatment and also custom, take-home teeth whitening kits. These two options are powerful enough to give your smile and teeth a complete transformation.

Contact your local dentist to find out more about having your teeth whitened with either of these treatments.

Posted on behalf of Grateful Dental

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Oct
7

The Common Causes of Teeth Stains and Discoloration

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There are many reasons why your teeth become stained and discolored. Following is a list of the most common causes:

–         Foods with dark pigmentation (i.e. berries)

–         Drinks with either dark (strong) pigmentation (i.e. soda, coffee, red wine, tea)

–         Tobacco products (smoking or chewing)

–         Certain medications or diseases

–         Genetics

–         Teeth Trauma (injury)

–         Fluoride (with heavy use)

–         Poor Dental Hygiene

–         Aging

Dental Materials (Metal amalgam)

Another well-known cause of what appears to be unattractive and dull teeth is the color of dental materials such as metal amalgam.

Recently, many dental procedures have experienced vast improvement. Materials that were commonly used years ago are now known to cause your teeth to appear stained, discolored, dull, and gray – such as metal amalgam. Today, you can have your teeth restored with fillings that are “tooth-colored.”

Remove Stains with Tooth Whitening

Now that you know the most common causes of teeth staining and discoloration, let’s discuss your options.

Given a choice between stained teeth and bright teeth, most people would choose to have bright teeth. And the best and easiest solution for stained or discolored teeth is “teeth-whitening” treatment.

Your best two teeth whitening treatment choices are:

–         Professional, In-Office (Chair side) Teeth Whitening

–         Custom-made Home Teeth-whitening Kit

Both of the above teeth-whitening options dramatically whiten your teeth. Furthermore, both options are affordable, easy, and safe. Most people choose to first have their teeth professionally whitened in-office, and also get a custom-made home teeth-whitening kit to use afterwards for touch-ups. If you’re ready to brighten your smile and get rid of unattractive stained teeth, contact your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Mansouri, Lawrenceville Family Dental Care, P.C.

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Oct
7

Deciding Between At-Home and Professional Teeth-Whitening Treatment

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There is a wide range of at-home teeth whitening options and kits available at most retail stores. And while some of these at-home teeth whitening treatments are helpful, none of these products can compare to the benefits you’ll receive from having your teeth professionally whitened by a competent dentist.

At-home teeth-whitening treatments usually require you to apply them over the long-term. You will have to repeatedly use them to achieve noticeable results. Additionally, you’ll have to continue using at-home whitening treatments regularly to simply maintain whatever results you’ve achieved.

Alternatively, professional in-office teeth whitening treatment can give you a noticeably brighter and whiter smile in just one session at your dentist’s office. Also, professional teeth-whitening gives you the added benefit of receiving attention to your individual and unique needs. The result is a more natural-looking and uniform whitening of your teeth. The teeth-whitening treatments available over-the-counter often leave you with spotty teeth-whitening results because these retail kits are not tailored to your individual smile.

Another advantage that professional teeth whitening treatments have compared to over-the-counter options is that professional treatment generally lasts much longer than the retail teeth whiteners do. And while some patients, at some point down the road, opt for a follow-up teeth-whitening treatment, it’s nevertheless possible to maintain an attractive, beautiful, and bright smile for a very long time by simply following a good dental hygiene routine, lifestyle choices, and a healthy diet.

Cosmetic dentists use teeth whitening to help countless people (including celebrities) maintain white, beautiful smiles. To find out which teeth-whitening treatment option is best for you, contact your local dentist. A teeth whitening consultation is the best way to have your aesthetic desires and unique needs addressed.

Posted on behalf of Randy Muccioli

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Oct
7

How to Maintain Your Results of Teeth-whitening

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Most patients considering professional teeth whitening want to know how long the results will last.  It all depends on certain individual factors.  You can maintain a beautiful, celebrity smile for a period of months or even years with proper dental hygiene, diet, and lifestyle.

It’s important that you understand the key to keeping a healthy, bright smile is routine dental hygiene. You should brush your teeth two or more times every day. A soft-bristle toothbrush is recommended also. And, make sure that your teeth brushings include flossing.

Dental Check-ups and Cleanings

Additionally, each year, you want to be sure to receive two dental examinations and teeth cleanings. During each exam and cleaning, plaque is removed from your teeth. This is very important because not all plaque can be removed by regular brushing of your teeth. Furthermore, plaque makes a substantial contribution to stained teeth and decay.

Diet and Lifestyle

Maintaining your teeth-whitening results also requires that you consider choices of lifestyle and diet. For example, smoking has long been known to stain teeth as well as negatively affecting the health of teeth. Therefore, it’s hard for smokers to maintain a white smile.

Additionally, certain beverages and foods are known to contribute to the discoloration of your teeth. For example, coffee, tea, wine, and soft drinks, dark-colored foods, particular berries, and condiments (sauces) will make it more difficult for you to maintain your whitened teeth.

Follow-up Treatment

On occasion, you or your dentist might consider follow-up teeth-whitening treatment. For example, a custom-made teeth-whitening system for home use can help with maintaining a bright, beautiful smile.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Joyce Ma, Prime Dental Care

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Sep
11

How White Should Your Teeth Be?

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Having white teeth is viewed as a sign of good grooming and good health. No longer just for celebrities, average everyday Americans are opting to invest in whiter teeth. White teeth are considered sexy. For many, the deciding factor when it comes to dating can be the whiteness of a person’s teeth or can be the impetus for that promotion you’ve been wanting. Whatever your individual reason may be for desiring whiter teeth, it remains true that feeling good about yourself boosters confidence to achieve your goals.

There are enough products on the market today to virtually guarantee you that bright, winning, smile you’ve always wanted. But, how white is white enough; or, how white should your teeth be? Your first step should be a consultation with your local dental professional. Depending on the cause or extent of discoloration, if more dramatic improvement is necessary, porcelain veneers or dental bonding are additional alternatives for a whiter color adjustment.

Which treatment is best for you and the right amount of teeth whitening for you is based on your specific individual needs. Teeth that are too white can be distracting, as well as artificial in appearance. Ideally, the color of your teeth should blend with your skin tone and the white of your eyes. Overwhitening can cause teeth to appear all of one opaque tone; whereas, natural teeth are a nuanced combination of colors. Those who bleach too often can risk bleaching out all the color of their teeth. At the very least, have your local dentist check your teeth for cavities or gum disease before you embark on a whitening program as there could be some pain experienced as well as an increased sensitivity to extreme temperatures of either heat or cold.

Posted on behalf of Jason R. Lee DMD, Greencastle Dental

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Aug
1

In Office Teeth Bleaching

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“In-office” dental teeth bleaching is a highly effective method to return a patient’s teeth to their natural white condition, even after years of exposure to items that stain them including coffee drinking, smoking and eating of certain types of foods.  Typically done in a dentist’s office, which has the specialized equipment required, the desired results are typically seen in a single visit.  While it can be more exensive than over the counter teeth whitening, the results are typically the best of the current methods that are available.

The process is pretty straight forward, with the patient being placed in a reclining dental chair.  The dentist will use a specialized tool that will keep the patient’s mouth open during the procedure.  In addition, the gums and other soft tissues are protected using a rubber shield.  Once this is in place, the dentist will apply a bleaching gel to the patient’s teeth.  A “blue” dental light is then used for a specified amount of time during the process to enhance the bleaching process.  The amount of time that is patient is required to stay still while the “blue” dental light is applied can be as long as 45 minutes, so patient’s may want to bring their ipod to listen to music during the process!

Once complete and the gel is washed off, the results can be dramatic.  In some cases patients may feel that their teeth are sensitive to hot and cold for several days.  The dentist may also recommend that certain stain causing foods and beverages be avoided for a certain amount of time in order to avoid re-staining of the teeth.  Consult with your dentist to see if “in-office” dental bleaching or teeth whitening is a viable alternative to creating your new great white smile!

Posted on behalf of Juban Dental Care

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