Summer is Coming!
May 29, 2011
By: Ken Nelson, DDS, Dentistry
We all want our smile to be its brightest. The desire for a brighter smile with whiter teeth is very strong, and tooth bleaching safely lightens the color of the teeth, lasting for up to five years. The most effective and safest method of tooth bleaching is dentist-supervised.
Generally, bleaching is successful in at least 90 percent of patients, though it may not be an option for everyone. Consider bleaching if your teeth are darkened from age, coffee, tea or smoking. Teeth darkened with the color of yellow, brown or orange respond better to lightening. Other types of stains caused by fluorosis, smoking or tetracycline can be lightened, but results are not as dramatic. If you have very sensitive teeth, periodontal disease, or teeth with worn enamel, your dentist may discourage bleaching.
Lightness should last from one to five years, depending on your personal habits such as smoking and drinking coffee, tea or wine. However, touch ups are always an option. If you use custom made trays remember to keep the trays in a safe place after bleaching so that all you need to purchase is the bleaching solution. The re-treatment time is much shorter than the original treatment time, usually 1-3 treatments.
There are many over-the counter systems. If you?re not quite sure that bleaching is for you, an OTC product might be a good place to start. It is a cost effective option, however, the strips do not fit intimately to the tooth as professional trays do. What is best for you depends on the desired result. In all cases though, speak with your dental team before using any whitening product.
West Bay Dental, P.C. is accepting new patients and will be happy to have you be a part of our dental family.
West Bay Dental, PC
No Cavity Club List -- May and June 2011
These children, 12 and under, scored a cavity
free check-up at their last dental appointment.
We congratulate them and their parents
for practicing good oral health.
Caleb Colberg Landon Beckers Heaven Boyd
Vincent Papajesk Sierra Williams Kylee Miller
Ty Macheso Grace Jankoska Renee Hite
Aidan Rankey Colton Beson Landrey Beson
Special congratulations to Grace Jankoska, who was the winner in our children's no cavity drawing and to Jim Dutton who won the gift card in our adult drawing.
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800 S. Euclid Ave, Bay City, MI 48706
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Ken Nelson, DDS, Dentistry
Dr. Nelson has served patients at West Bay Dental since 1985. Dr. Nelson provides most dental services with an emphasis on cosmetics, full mouth reconstruction, oral surgery and implants.
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