26Feb

A healthy smile is worth striving for, but the way you feel about your appearance plays a big part in your ability to interact comfortably with others. If you are self-conscious about stained or discolored teeth, it’s likely that you want to conceal your smile. An unfortunate result is that others may see you as unfriendly or unapproachable.

As more focus is placed on a bright smile, our Santa Monica cosmetic dentist sees an increasing number of patients who opt for a professional teeth whitening treatment. There are many professional whitening products available today that can turn back the clock on a dull, stained smile.

Drinks to Avoid for a Whiter Smile

But if you want to do everything you can to protect your bright smile, here is a list of three beverages you should avoid:

  • Black Tea: You probably thought black coffee was the worst staining culprit, but black tea stains your teeth even worse. The high level of tannins contained in black tea adhere to teeth because they’re attracted to the protein in enamel. Instead, choose beverages with fewer tannins, like green or white tea.
  • Energy Drinks: Surely a drink that boosts energy must be good for you, right? Actually, they’re one of the worst because they not only high amounts of sugar, but they are also high in acid. It’s probably best to avoid energy drinks altogether, but if you do consume them, rinse with water or try sipping through a straw to minimize the time the drink lingers on your teeth.
  • White Wine: You probably know that red wine stains teeth, but white wine? Like black tea, white wine contains tannins, but it also has more acid. Acid breaks down dental enamel, so your teeth more likely to absorb stains from other foods. If you want to indulge, keep a glass of water close by to rinse in between glasses of wine.

Please Call to Learn More

This is just a brief list of the foods that are damaging to your teeth, so you really need to understand what you are consuming and how it affects your oral health. The Santa Monica cosmetic dentist will be happy to suggest ways to minimize damage to your teeth and recommend a professional whitening treatment if appropriate.

04Dec

Has your smile lost the shine it once had? Have you tried those over the counter tooth whitening products and seen disappointing results, if any at all? If you are tired of stained or yellow teeth, our Santa Monica cosmetic dentist office is where this can all change.

There are many over the counter tooth whitening systems on the market today, but none are as effective or provide the same level of whitening as the professional products. Tooth whitening is the simplest and least expensive way to enhance your smile and restore a youthful appearance.

Teeth can naturally be less than white or may be stained and discolored due to:

  • Age
  • Genetics
  • Illness
  • Certain medications (such as antibiotics).

Most common reasons for discoloration are due to:

  • Tobacco use
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soft drinks
  • Wine

Zoom! Power Whitening System

Tooth whitening is one of the safest dental procedures available. The Zoom! s ystem is a state of the art, in office procedure. It is a safe, easy, and effective bleaching process that lightens the discoloration of your enamel and dentin. Our cosmetic dentist
offers this system as well as other professional home whitening products. This procedure is done while you sit back in our comfortable chairs, and relax while you listen to your favorite music.

Contact your Santa Monica cosmetic dentist for a complimentary consultation to evaluate your whitening goals and needs. We take the time to ensure that you will leave with the beautiful vibrant smile you are looking for.

10Jul

After a teeth whitening treatment, patients leave our office feeling proud of their sparkling smile and amazed at the immediate difference it makes to their appearance.

But occasionally a patient’s expectations may not match the results achieved. There can be several reasons for this. Quite often the results of professional teeth whitening with the Santa Monica, CA teeth whitening dentist are not fully apparent until several days after the procedure.

Everyone also has different expectations, and this can make a big difference in how satisfied they are. No matter what you expect from treatment, it’s important to remember that every patient starts with a different set of issues based on heredity and their dental history. Here are some basics to keep in mind before undergoing professional teeth whitening by your dentist.

Choosing the Right White

A handheld shade guide is used to measure the level of whitening that you can expect. If you have a specific outcome in mind, ask to see a shade guide so that the Santa Monica, CA teeth whitening dentist understands your expectations and can discuss any potential issues with obtaining the shade you desire.

Types of Stains on Teeth

Staining of teeth is intrinsic, extrinsic, or both. Intrinsic staining is usually a result of trauma, aging, too much tetracycline (a common antibiotic), or excessive use of fluoride. These stains are harder to eliminate and may require an in-office treatment followed by at home whitening.

Extrinsic stains result from certain foods, beverages, and normal wear. In the case of extrinsic stains, bleaching is usually very effective.

How Much Whitening is Too Much?

Some people believe that tooth whitening will cause their teeth to become too white. They are worried that the result will be unnatural. In reality, patients can usually expect a difference of two to seven shades with in-office whitening. Bleaching can produce wonderful results, but it can only reveal the natural whiteness of your tooth enamel.

Please Call for An Appointment

If you would like to learn more about reviving your smile with professional teeth whitening please call our office for an appointment. We will be happy to take the time to sit down with you to explain exactly what you can expect.