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Thinking About Whitening Your Smile?


SO, YOU WANT TO whiten your teeth. You’re not alone! In fact, when the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry asked what people would most like to improve about their smile, the most common response was whiter teeth.

There Are Several Teeth Whitening Options

With so many teeth whitening products on the market, you may be left scratching your head as to which one you should choose. As with any type of treatment, it’s important to know all the facts so you can make the best choice for you and your unique smile! Some of the most common teeth whitening options are:

  • Whitening toothpastes
  • Whitening strips and gels
  • Tray-based tooth whiteners
  • In-office whitening

Whitening Is Safest And Most Effective When Supervised By A Dentist

You should always consult with your dentist before deciding to whiten, as this cosmetic procedure isn’t for everyone. There are also many benefits to whitening with your dentist!

For example, if you’re considering a tray-based tooth whitener, seeing your dentist is definitely your best option. Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth so that your mouthpiece tray is customized exactly to fit your teeth. This will ensure maximum contact between your teeth and the whitening solution as well as protect your gums.

If you choose in-office whitening, your dentist will provide additional protection for your gums and the soft tissue of your mouth so that no irritation from the whitening solution occurs.To do this, your dentist will apply a gel to the gum tissue or use a rubber shield.

With over-the-counter products, you’re on your own. Your dentist, however, will check your mouth, the type and extent of stains on your teeth, the number of dental restorations you have and consider your medical history to decide which whitening option is best for your specific smile. They will oversee the process and results of the treatment to ensure the treatment’s safety and efficacy.

A Note To Parents

Teeth whitening is a big trend among teenagers. Parents should always supervise their teenagers’ use of whitening products as overuse or failure to follow directions can damage tooth enamel or irritate gums. Be sure to consult with your dentist before allowing your teenager to whiten to make sure they are at an appropriate age and stage of dental development for whitening.

Still curious about how whitening works? Check out the video below to learn more!

Keep Your Smile Beautiful

What truly keeps teeth bright, white and healthy is daily brushing and flossing. But if you feel like your smile is lacking some sparkle or has yellowed over the years, give us a call or come in to see us!We’d be happy to help you brighten up that beautiful smile of yours.

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Know Your Flossing Alternatives – Floss Sticks, Air Flossers, and Water Piks

How often in your life have you heard a dentist plead with you to floss your teeth more often? It seems like we all have trouble remembering to do this important part of our daily dental health regimen; and that’s not even mentioning people with braces, bridges, bonding, or other issues that make flossing more difficult. To that end, let’s talk about your flossing alternatives and how good they really are.

Floss Sticks (or Flossers)
These Y-shaped pieces of plastic have a piece of floss strung across them that you can easily push between your teeth and pull out stubborn plaque and pieces of food. They make a great alternative to toothpicks, but do they work as a replacement for flossing?

According to Dr. Thomas P. Connelly, DDS, writing for The Huffington Post, “It’s better than nothing.” Because the floss is strung tightly, it really can’t wrap around the tooth or reach under the gums. Also, you can’t reach the back of the tooth as well as you can with regular floss. However, if it’s between using a floss stick and not flossing at all, your dentist will choose the floss stick.

Air Flossers
Air Flossers are powered devices that use compressed air to push a spray of water or mouthwash between the teeth. Studies seem to show that they are on par with flossing for effectiveness. If you are averse to flossing, but you are okay with spending a little cash and using some new technology, this could be your answer.

Water Piks
Water piks are also powered devices. Instead of compressed air, though, a concentrated stream of water and/or mouthwash is sprayed between your teeth. The process is also called water irrigation, and it’s incredibly effective. Water piks have been around longer than air flossers, and they’ve been proven to be at least as effective as flossing. You can even use them on braces and teeth that are otherwise difficult or impossible to floss.

Dental Implants – a Restorative Option for Missing Teeth

Dental Implants a Restorative Option for Missing Teeth
If you have missing teeth, or you need to have a tooth pulled, you may think that you’re going to be gap-toothed forever. You might think that you’ll have to get dentures or a removable prosthetic tooth. You’re probably concerned that you’ll never be able to smile confidently again. Fortunately, there’s a permanent, restorative solution to your problem: dental implants.

What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is actually a two-part system. The implant, itself, is usually made of titanium and is implanted into your jawbone. After a short healing period, a prosthetic tooth or crown is then attached to the implant to create a replacement for the missing tooth.

Once the implant is in place and has healed, it will essentially be a part of your jawbone, and the new tooth or crown will be made to look just like your other teeth. Anyone looking at you after the procedure has been completed will not be able to tell that you’ve had any work done at all. Your teeth will all look completely natural and healthy.

Why Choose Dental Implants?
If your missing teeth are toward the back of your mouth, you might think you can get away with not replacing them, but leaving a large gap between your teeth can cause major issues over time. For example, the teeth around the gap will, eventually, start to “lean” and migrate toward the empty space. This can lead to roots impacting each other and further tooth decay.

If you choose dentures or another removable or temporary option, you may still experience some gum pain and discomfort. You’ll have to take extra care in cleaning and when you eat. Dental implants present a permanent solution to restore your smile to its former glory.