21May

As you age, it's natural for the brightness of your smile to fade; it's just a fact of aging. But professional teeth whitening treatment with the Santa Monica teeth whitening dentist will restore your fresh, youthful appearance in just a matter of weeks.

There are many whitening treatments to choose from. We offer customized take-home whitening kits because we have found that using them consistently over a period of several weeks produces the most dramatic results.

Customized Teeth Whitening Options

The fastest way to see the most noticeable results in the shortest amount of time is to choose a customized in-office treatment with a knowledgeable cosmetic dentist. There are generally two options to choose from when considering teeth whitening.

The first option is an in-office whitening procedure. This is the fastest way to see the results you want because treatment usually takes an hour or less, making in-office whitening a great lunch-hour procedure!

The second option is customized take-home whitening kits. We start by taking highly-accurate impressions of your teeth that are used to create a whitening tray that perfectly covers your teeth and protects tender gum tissue during the whitening process.

Once the trays have been finished, you will wear them using the whitening solution provided by our dentist. Solutions vary by strength, and you will receive specific instructions on how long and how often they should be worn. We typically recommend 20 to 30 minutes per day for a period of two to three weeks.

Combatting Tooth Sensitivity

If you've tried whitening in the past and you experienced sensitivity, please let us know. We can customize the strength of your whitening gel to ensure that this isn't a problem. There's no reason to experience discomfort just because you want a more beautiful smile!

Remember that teeth whitening is not permanent, especially if you are doing it yourself at home. You will probably need to do frequent touch-ups if you are a smoker or drink a lot of coffee or red wine.

Please Contact Our Office for a Brighter Smile!

Would you like to learn more about customized whitening options with the Santa Monica, CA teeth whitening dentist? Please call our office today, and we’ll have you on your way to a brighter smile in no time!

15May

At Carol E. Follette DDS, we take great pride in providing our customers with a first-class teeth whitening experience. Nothing beats a bright, healthy smile, and our team offers professional support and insight before, during, and after your visit. Today we’re focusing on the “after” part of a whitening treatment – specifically, preventative care that ensures your terrific smile lasts a long, long time.

Brush Your Teeth Properly

A teeth whitening treatment comes with a big boost of confidence and increased self-esteem, but don’t let post-whitening euphoria distract you from the most important step in maintaining you fresh new smile: brushing your teeth. It’s a good idea to brush not just in the morning and at night, but also after every meal. This is especially important if you’re in the habit of having a glass of wine for dinner, coffee at breakfast, and a soda every now and then during lunch. These beverages are notorious teeth-stainers, and certain foods we eat can also cause staining. Your best bet after having your teeth whitened is to increase, and not decrease, your brushing habits.

Less Drinking and Smoking

If you’ve spent any time around our teeth whitening dentist, you’ve no doubt heard us discuss the negative effects that alcohol and smoking can have on your teeth. If you look at your teeth whitening procedure as an investment, it should be easy to find the motivation to at least reduce your alcohol intake and smoking, if not remove them entirely from your daily life (especially the smoking). The nicotine in tobacco and the tannins in wine and other alcoholic drinks can reverse the effects of even the most comprehensive tooth-whitening procedure.

Use a Straw

Drinks like soda, iced tea, and anything else fizzy contains caffeine, tannins, and other chemicals that can stain your teeth. But when you drink these beverages through a straw, you greatly reduce the contact that these chemicals have with your teeth. A big gulp of iced tea or lemonade on a hot day can be hugely rewarding, but switching to a straw is a great way to keep your teeth as white as can be.

Choose Whitening Toothpaste

Whitening toothpastes aren’t just a marketing ploy – they actually work. The bleaching agents in these products, while not highly concentrated, is definitely enough to oxidize/remove stains from teeth. When you regularly use a whitening toothpaste, you’re able to consistently break down any stains on your teeth before they become too ingrained. The stains are brushed away and your teeth stay white, just the way you like them.

Opt For Smudge-Proof Lipstick

Although lipstick smudging happens less frequently than it did a couple of decades ago, there are still some lipsticks on the market whose composition makes them liable to stick to a person’s teeth. And in some cases, the pigments in the lipstick can cause discoloration. We recommend staying on the safe side and choosing smudge-proof lipstick.

Make an Appointment Today

Carol E. Follette is a cosmetic dentist that countless California residents rely on for teeth whitening, veneers, family dentistry, and much more. Make an appointment today and trust your smile to our capable team.

07May

Today, there are more options than ever for correcting esthetic smile flaws. If you’re not happy with the position, shape, or whiteness of your teeth, you don’t necessarily need to spend lots of money on high-end cosmetic dental treatments.

Everyone deserves a smile they can be proud of, regardless of their budget. Whenever we can, the Santa Monica dental bonding dentist offers our patients the most conservative and affordable cosmetic treatments available.

Dental bonding is an excellent way to repair chipped, discolored, or crooked teeth. It’s fast, less costly than other treatments, and we can usually restore several teeth in just one appointment.

What Problems Does Bonding Correct?

Using dental bonding, we can easily alter the shape, size, and even the color of your teeth. One of the things about dental bonding that makes it so effective is that the material we use can be shaded to closely match the color of your natural teeth. The result is a repair that even you won’t be able to see!

The Santa Monica dental bonding dentist often chooses the procedure to correct the following flaws:

  • Uneven gaps between teeth
  • Small chips and fractures in dental enamel
  • Severe tooth staining 

How Does Dental Bonding Work?

Bonding requires special skill and attention to detail, and Dr. Follette starts the process by carefully mixing several shades of composite resin to match your natural tooth color as possible. Next, she carefully and expertly shapes and bonds the material to your tooth. Since the repair blends so well with your smile, we can use it to fill in a small chip or cover entire surface of a discolored tooth.

A Beautiful Smile is Closer than You Think

Have you always believed that a smile makeover was beyond your reach? If so, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn how a simple process like bonding can produce the beautiful results you’ve always dreamed about.