Dental Tips Blog

Aug
13

Welcome to the High Tech Dental Office

In today’s high-tech dental offices, you will find many features, amenities, tools, and equipment that didn’t exist ten or twenty years ago.  Advances in technology have changed the way dentistry is done and has improved the effectiveness, comfort, and safety of dental care.  If you visit a modern dental office, you will likely notice the difference as soon as you walk in the door.

Dentists understand that a soothing, pleasant atmosphere helps control dental anxiety and contributes to a more comfortable dental experience.  As a result, waiting areas look more like the waiting area at your local spa than a dentist’s office.  You may be offered a beverage or a snack while waiting in an area with high definition televisions, free WiFi,  or music delivered through noise cancelling headphones.

Once seated in a comfortable dentist’s chair, you may have the opportunity to watch television on your own personal screen or listen to the music of your choice during your procedure.  Instead of photographic X-rays, your dentist will use digital X-ray equipment that exposes you to much lower levels of radiation and produces an immediate image of your teeth and gums on a screen in front of you.  You and your dentist can review the images and other case information right on the screen.

Your dentist may use a laser to locate tiny cavities, enhance teeth whitening, or to perform soft tissue procedures on your gums.  Using a laser for soft tissue procedures results in less swelling and discomfort and faster healing times.  A laser may also be used in place of a drill to remove tooth decay and to place tooth colored composite fillings.  In many cases, no anesthetic is necessary for laser restoration.

If you need an anesthetic, your dentist may use a computer controlled wand instead of a needle and syringe to inject the aesthetic at a slow, comfortable speed while you relax on the massaging dental chair.  These are just a few of the ways that technology is helping dentists provide more comfortable, more effective dental care in less time.

Aug
1

Teeth Whitening Options

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures today.  About 15% of the U.S. population has tried teeth whitening with good results for the vast majority of patients.  For most people, teeth whitening is a safe, effective way to brighten your smile.  If you have not tried teeth whiting yet, here’s what you need to know.

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure that uses peroxide suspended in a gel to bleach teeth to a lighter shade.  The gel is applied to the teeth and allowed to work for a short period of time.  Most people will see noticeable results after just a few treatments.  Teeth whitening is most effective on yellowed teeth and is somewhat less effective on gray or brown teeth.

Teeth whitening products are available over the counter, dispensed by a dentist, or professionally applied by a dentist.  As you might expect, the best results are usually achieved by professional application or by using a teeth whitening kit dispensed by your dentist.  These products have a higher concentration of whitening agent than over the counter products and better results are achieved in a shorter period of time than with over-the-counter products.   This is also a more expensive option than using over-the-counter teeth whitening products.

In addition, over the counter products use one-size-fits-all whitening trays which are not as effective in evenly applying the bleaching agent to all surfaces of the teeth. As a result, over the counter products can result in uneven bleaching.  The same is true for whitening “strips” that are also available over the counter although many people have had good results.

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