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Whitening Options to Brighten Your Smile

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Smile whitening is a great way to enhance the naturally appearance of your teeth, without having to go through restorative types of cosmetic treatments. Professional whitening methods remove deep-set stains from inside of the tooth, causing them to look multiple shades whiter than before. There are typically two different types of whitening offered by dentists:

In-office Laser Whitening

This one hour teeth whitening treatment is one of the fastest ways to jump-start your way to a whiter smile. During your treatment a protective barrier is placed over your lips and gums, and a highly concentrated whitening gel is brushed onto the teeth. Treatment is accelerated by exposing the gel to a bright light, which causes stain particles to break up more quickly. The gel is then rinsed away and re-applied, 2 or 3 more times, with the entire process taking about one hour to complete. You’ll walk out with an entirely brighter, whiter smile. 

Custom Whitening Trays

A professional teeth whitening tray allows closer contact of whitening gels, producing even results across your entire smile. Only a small amount of professional grade gel is needed, because it is so effective. The tray is worn for about one hour per day for 10-14 days, when full results are typically seen. 

Regular Cleanings to Keep Your Smile Fresh

Preventive cleanings keep your teeth clean and also remove surface stains that can re-stain your teeth or make them look discolored. Everyday stains like coffee or tea stain are easily polished off so that you can re-touch your whitening once you go back home, and have results that last for years.

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



Top 5 Dental Apps

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Do you need a refresher on how to brush your teeth properly? Well, now there is an application, or app, for your smart phone that can give you instructions on demand. Are you facing a new dental procedure and need more information? Guess what, there is an app for that, too.

The dentistry field is constantly coming out with new apps designed to help you take better care of your oral health.  Here are five you might want to try:

ADA Dental Symptom Checker

Enter your symptoms into this app from the American Dental Association and it will tell you what condition you might have and offer possible remedies. Of course, for official diagnosis and treatment, you would want to see an actual dentist. The good news is, this free app can also recommend dentists in your area. Download the ADA Dental Symptom Checker at iTunes

Beam Brush 

Here’s where brushing your teeth gets really high tech. This app, which you download to your iPhone, iPad or Ipod Touch, is used in conjunction with a specially designed Beam Brush. It monitors your brushing behavior and lets you know where you could do better. There is also a way to send the information to your dentist, so it can be used for your next cleaning or exam. For more info, visit iTunes 

Dental Phobia 

Do you get nervous even weeks before your dentist appointment? If you are trying to cope with the trauma of dental phobia, get a little help from this app. Dental Phobia explains why you get anxiety and what you can do about it, based on tried and true advice from dental experts. Download this helpful app at iTunes

Brush DJ 

This app, developed by Dr. Ben Underwood of the U.K., continues to be a favorite among those who want to make brushing their teeth more fun. The app plays music from your own personal library for two minutes, the recommended brushing time. It also has daily brushing reminders and tutorials on proper brushing. You can find smart phone downloads at 

Phillips Zoom 

Want to see what you’d look like with a whiter smile, without spending a dime? The Phillips Zoom Whitening App is available for iPhone and Droid. Just upload a picture of yourself and the app will show you how much whiter and brighter your teeth could be be with professional teeth whitening. This popular app can be found at Phillips Zoom

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




Treating White Decalcification Scars

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Do those white spots on your teeth bother you? Did you know that they’re actually scars inside of your tooth enamel? That’s right, weakened areas that once tried to develop a cavity, but thankfully reversed them either by eliminating a risk factor (like braces), or through proper oral care. Did you know that there are ways to help eliminate the appearance of these areas, evening out the coloration and appearance of your teeth?

The traditional method for white spot removal involves teeth whitening. Uneven coloration is also an indication of enamel density, so some areas will whiten quicker than others in the beginning. Thankfully, completing the full course of professional whitening treatment can produce even results that minimize the appearance of these decalcified areas.

A newer method involves the application of calcium phosphate to the area, over a period of several short visits with your dentist. One of the popular treatments is called MI Paste, which helps strengthen weakened tooth enamel from the inside, out. After just 3-6 applications by your dentist, most white spots are completely unnoticeable.

After eliminating your white spots, it’s important to prevent them from recurring. A topical gel made of prescription level fluoride or sodium phosphate may be recommended by your dentist to help strengthen the outside of the tooth, protecting inner areas that were once decalcified.

The best way to prevent white spots from forming is to practice very good oral hygiene, especially if you wear braces. So often, braces are not thoroughly cleaned around, and a small amount of plaque is left around the bracket, slowly etching the surface of your enamel. If you’re an orthodontic patient, be sure to have routine cleanings and use fluoride as prescribed by your dentist or orthodontist.

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



How to Maintain Your Results of Teeth-whitening

Posted in Teeth Whitening

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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