If you want a brighter smile, teeth whitening is an amazing option. With the advances in teeth whitening, you can now whiten predictably, safely, and in only an hour. Teeth whitening removes stains from wine, coffee, soda, tobacco, and routine wear and tear. A liquid gel is used that reacts with your teeth, decreasing or even eliminating the discolorations that have accumulated over years.
Below, you will see that we answer many of the most frequent questions about tooth whitening. We compare the different methods (Zoom®, Brite Smile®, Crest Whitestrips®, Gels…) and discuss the side effects. We also explain how to keep your teeth white afterwards, what to do if your teeth are sensitive, and much more. We spent a significant amount of time writing these articles, and we hope you enjoy them!
Invisalign® is a custom-made aligner that is interchanged roughly every two weeks for a period of six to eighteen months, or longer depending on the severity of misalignment. Similar to a mouth or dental retainer (which is designed to keep teeth from shifting out of place), an Invisalign® aligner is used for orthodontic treatment as a technique to move and properly align teeth for a beautiful smile. This clear aligner is usually computer generated from a mold (or impression) of the patient’s teeth—taken by either a dentist or an orthodontist—and the fitting is unique to each patient only.
You should come in once every three to four months for a cleaning for a few reasons:
Prevent Gum Disease: Gum disease stems from inadequate oral hygiene. Without proper brushing, routine flossing and regular teeth cleanings, plaque will build on your teeth and lead to gum inflammation. Some bacteria and plaque cannot be removed by flossing and brushing, and, thus, regular cleanings are needed to clean these areas.
Oral Cancer Screening: During your dental cleaning, your hygienist not only cleans your teeth but also screens for suspicious lesions in and around your mouth. Unfortunately, around 30,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer each year, and the five-year survival rate is only 50% percent. However, survival rates drastically increase with early detection. So, please visit your dental office regularly for your hygiene appointments.
Routine Check Up: During the dental cleaning, your dentist will typically examine you. In addition, any necessary x-rays are taken to detect potential or existing dental problems before they progress. Also, your hygiene appointment is an opportunity to express any worries or ask any questions about your oral health.
Prevent Bad Breath: Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is often due to inadequate oral hygiene. As your body fights the bacteria in your mouth, chemicals are released that smell poorly.
Brighten Your Smile: Your hygienist not only removes the plaque from your teeth but also polishes off stains and discolorations as much as possible.
A dental crown is a dental restoration that completely covers the visible portion of your tooth. A dental crown is cemented onto the tooth, restoring the tooth to its original natural-looking appearance.
Root canal therapy is a procedure performed by a root canal specialist (endodontist) in which the inside of a tooth is cleaned, decontaminated, filled, and sealed.
The inside of a tooth consists of a hollow space containing the tooth’s nerve. When bacteria enter deep inside the tooth and contaminate this hollow space containing the nerve, the tooth is infected and a root canal is needed to remove the bacteria and seal the tooth. How do bacteria enter deep inside a tooth? There are three main ways:
A large cavity
A fracture of a tooth
A break or crack in a large filling.
Root Canals are very standard procedures today and aren’t something that should be feared. The end result of NOT having one can be more painful than actually having one.