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Summertime Smiles

Posted in Teeth Whitening

It’s time to start thinking of getting ready for summer vacations, cookouts, and the pool. Most people start to work on their tan, get highlights in their hair, and plan to lose some weight for that swimsuit; some of these last only for a season. Why not invest in something that leaves you looking great year round and leaves a longer impression? We’re talking about a gorgeous summertime smile that won’t ever go out of style.

Whitening your teeth takes years off of the way they look, removing deep-set stain that ages tooth enamel and makes it appear dark in color. Some people like to take their custom teeth whitening trays with them to the tanning bed because they feel that the tanning lights help speed up their whitening results. Professional whitening gels produce more dramatic result than weaker gels that are available over the counter.

If crowding, tooth size or shape is more concerning, then veneers are a go-to for producing exceptionally beautiful smiles. Porcelain veneers provide permanent, lasting esthetic improvements that make smiles look straighter and whiter.

The more confident you feel in your smile, the more confident you’ll be in everything else. Who doesn’t want to be able to put their widest smile on for all of those summer vacation photos that will be taken this year? Make a list of things you would like to permanently change about your teeth. Schedule a consultation with your dentist to discuss what options are available. In anywhere from one appointment to 2 or 3 visits, you can have that beautiful white smile before summer even arrives.

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



Stopped Smoking? Reward Yourself With Whiter Teeth!

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Smoking is a risk factor in developing inflammation and infection of the gums and bones that hold our teeth in position. Additional harmful “oral” side effects from smoking include bad breath, oral cancer, black or brown stains on our teeth, abrasion or wearing down of the teeth, hairy tongue and delayed wound healing.

If you have recently stopped smoking, celebrate your new found freedom from smoking and give yourself a well-deserved (and probably much needed) reward: Have your teeth whitened!

Teeth bleaching or whitening can be done at home using  over-the-counter products, but you will see faster, more even results if you have your teeth professionally whitened by your dentist. In standard bleaching solutions, varying concentrations of peroxide are used to change the color of the tooth enamel, which is applied to the teeth through plastic strips or trays. Your dentist may also use special lights that enhance the teeth whitening process.

Now that you’ve quit smoking, it is probably a good idea to visit your local dental professional to get a good dental checkup, treatment plan if one is needed, and teeth whitening. Your dentist will make sure that there is no tooth decay or gum disease that could be harmed by the bleaching products.

Not only will you leave the dentist with whiter teeth and peace of mind, but it will serve to reinforce your decision to not smoke. Your mouth will feel fresh and clean; you’ll look better just because you’ll feel better. You’ll take one glance at your new whiter smile in the mirror and say, “No, I don’t need a cigarette today!”

Posted on behalf of Grateful Dental



Natural Whitening Remedies That Dentists Don’t Want You To Use

Posted in Teeth Whitening

If you search the Internet for natural teeth whitening remedies, you’ll find all sorts of methods that you can try in the comfort of your own home. While some of these methods are based on very effective theories of whitening, many of them can also cause long-term damage to your teeth if you’re not careful. Some of the more common home whitening remedies that may not be safe include:

Rinsing with hydrogen peroxide. Yes, most whitening products are peroxide based and the peroxide helps to lift deep stain from the surfaces of your teeth. Exact concentrations of gels are clinically proven to be safe, while also avoiding contact with gum tissues. By rinsing with bottled peroxide, you expose your entire mouth to the solution. If used on a routine basis, peroxide rinsing can cause an alter of your natural oral flora, resulting in side effects like black hairy tongue, bad breath and sensitive teeth.

Rubbing lemon on your teeth does remove stain, but it removes your tooth enamel as well. Acids in lemon actually cause erosion of the enamel the same way drinking soda does. By applying lemon over and over to your teeth, enamel will become glassy, thin, brittle and likely to be broken due to severe acid erosion.

Brushing your teeth with baking soda is something that most of our grandparents did when they were growing up. Even some toothpaste contain baking soda at safe levels. However, straight up baking soda is very abrasive on the teeth. Yes, it removes surface stains, but the abrasiveness takes tooth enamel right along with it.  This abrasion is similar to aggressive tooth brushing, and can result in eroded enamel throughout the mouth.

Posted on behalf of Grateful Dental



Dealing With Dental Sensitivity

Almost everyone has experienced some form of dental sensitivity from time to time.  From a twinge when consuming a cold drink to a sharp pain when biting, dental sensitivity is a common occurrence.  For most people, dental sensitivity is rare and passes after a short period of time.  Other people experience dental sensitivity constantly for months or even years.

Fortunately, dental sensitivity is easily treatable.  No one should endure chronic dental sensitivity.  In fact, in many cases dental sensitivity is the body’s way of telling us something is wrong.  Other than mild, transient dental sensitivity, you should see your dentist if you feel pain or discomfort when drinking or eating cold or hot things, when biting, or when eating sweets.

A healthy tooth is covered with a layer of enamel that protects the dentin, or middle tooth.  The dentin contains nerve branches inside tiny tubules that lead to the tooth’s nerve.  When the enamel wears away, the dentin is exposed and these nerves can react to pressure and hot or cold temperatures.

Dentin exposure can be caused by many different things including wearing away the enamel through vigorous brushing, tooth wear, cavities and tooth decay, a cracked or leaking filling, receding gums, and teeth whitening.  Recent dental procedures can also cause temporary dental sensitivity.

There are desensitizing toothpastes that help reduce dental sensitivity.  Using one of these toothpastes should reduce the problem.  In addition, fluoridated mouth wash will also reduce dental sensitivity.  If you are still experiencing dental sensitivity after trying these products, see you dentist.  There are several options including sealers, fluoride treatments, and laser treatments that can reduce or eliminated dental sensitivity.

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