Does Teeth Whitening Affect Enamel

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When it comes to teeth whitening methods, dentists are constantly asked one question: “Will teeth whitening harm my enamel?” For everyone on the edge of their seat, there is great news. Fortunately, tooth whitening does not harm or weaken existing tooth enamel.

A common misconception about tooth whitening is that the agents applied to the teeth are used to whiten the enamel. Tooth enamel is one of the strongest forms of tissue in the human body. When your dentist whitens your teeth, she targets the tissue beneath the enamel, known as the dentin, which absorbs stains. As this process occurs, you may experience mild sensitivity to certain foods. The discomfort is not due to weakened enamel, but surface dehydration as the whitening substance transitions from active to inactive. Because of this dehydration, dentists caution patients from drinking or eating any foods that may stain following the procedure. In the following days, your teeth will be just as strong as before, and whiter than ever. To maintain your results, it is important to practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing daily.

Our Los Angeles tooth whitening expert, who provides patients with gorgeous smiles and long-lasting results, can answer any questions you may have about tooth whitening.

Process of Getting a Dental Filling

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Dental fillings are a scientific response to the body’s inability to heal wounds in teeth. If you get a cavity, that hole stays there until filled. These fillings can be made of gold, ceramic, porcelain fused to metal, or a tooth-colored composite. The latter is the most modern choice, as most people want their fillings, and therefore the knowledge that they ever had holes in their teeth, to be invisible.

To start the filling process, our expert in dental fillings in Northridge numbs the area with a needle. After five minutes, the anesthetic kicks in and the dentist isolates the tooth from saliva—and your throat from tooth chips—by using a rubber dam. They then drill out the decay, and replace it with your chosen material.

Most fillings are done in about 15 minutes. Certain kinds may take longer, such as when the cavity is between teeth or deep inside the tooth near the nerve. In the latter case, the dentist may administer nitrous oxide to neutralize discomfort and anxiety.

If the bulk of the tooth has been destroyed by cavity, you may need root canal therapy. This is a separate process from an ordinary filling, but is just as routine.

Ask our cosmetic dentist in Northridge for more about dental fillings.

When are Incognito Braces a Good Option?

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Incognito braces are a type of lingual braces, or braces that fit on the back of your teeth. They are a great option for adults and teens who want to fix their orthodontic problems without visible braces. Lingual technology is often used in people with gaps, protruding front teeth, crowding and other orthodontic problems. It can be used to treat most of the same problems that can be treated by conventional braces.

The primary difference between conventional braces and lingual braces is the placement of the brackets and wires. In order to fit on the back of the teeth, the brackets must be custom made. This can take longer to ensure a flawless fit. You will need to adjust to the feeling of having the brackets and wires on the inside, or tongue surface, of your teeth, but for most people, this takes just a few days.

As with any braces, good dental hygiene is important. Food and debris can get stuck in the brackets or wires, so you will need to brush and clean carefully around each tooth after every meal or snack. You might also need to avoid specific foods, particularly hard, chewy or sticky foods that could damage your braces. Call our dental office today to learn more about your candidacy or to schedule your consultation with our cosmetic dentist in Houston.

Safety Measures During Teeth Whitening Treatment

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Many of us would like a better looking, brighter smile. This can be achieved by eliminating the extrinsic dental stains caused by highly pigmented foods and drinks. There are many whitening treatments advertised today, some simpler looking than others. But it is important to remember that safety is important during this process.

Our expert in tooth whitening in Los Angeles stresses the importance of professional treatments, or ones at least recommended by your professional dentist. During a whitening appointment at our office, we will protect the gums and other soft tissues of the mouth with a plastic guard. This is needed because the gel and activating light are abrasive and can damage soft areas. We are also sure to use just the right amount of whitening gel. Too much can cause the elimination of too much dental enamel, which leads to tooth sensitivity and damage.

We may recommend an at-home kit as opposed to an in-office one. It is important to follow the instructions of the kit provided, in order to prevent any negative effects or results. Be sure to not over-use the materials and whiten too much, too often, as this can also lead to damage.

To learn more about the safety measures taken during teeth whitening treatment, talk to our dentist today.

Possible Complications with Dental Implants

As part of their modernity, dental implants have a high success rate—98 percent. This still allows for random failure, which is not to say you should be cautious about getting an implant—only that top-notch training and quality medicine is sometimes still not enough. Mistakes are made, or an allergy exists.

Implant complications can be broken down into four categories: procedure-related, treatment-related, anatomy-related, and “other”.

Procedure-related complications

These may include patient aspiration or ingestion of harmful product, or contamination of the implant before insertion. Tissue can also be fatally harmed if too much heat occurs during drilling.

Treatment-related complications

It’s essential that the specialist uses the right angle of insertion. If not, the implant can end up visually bad, and even become biomechanically unstable. Immaculate location is required as well. Our expert in dental implants in West Hollywood takes precise measurements to guard against crossbites or undue stresses on the implant.

Anatomy-related complications

Most complications come from this category, whether it’s nerve damage, sinus perforation, or devitalization of adjacent teeth.

Other

Human error does occur, especially if your implantologist is inexperienced. A general dentist just branching into implants may not have the skill set right away.

For more about possible implant complications, contact your dentist in West Hollywood.

How to Keep the Teeth Clean After Teeth Whitening

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The only approved way to brighten the smile and eliminate extrinsic dental stains is through teeth whitening treatment. Our dentist offers several different types of tooth whitening to our patients, to ensure they are confident in showing off their smile.

Our dentist will apply a liquid or gel directly to each tooth, and activated with a special light or laser. This will abrade the teeth in order to remove extrinsic stains. Some treatments offer results up to eight shades brighter, however some patients may return for another to get to the level of brightness they desire.

There are some ways that patients can ensure their smile stays white after their whitening appointment. Our dentist recommends avoiding certain foods and drinks that are highly pigmented. This includes berries, pasta sauce, hard candies, and chocolate, as well as tea, coffee, energy drinks, and dark sodas. Bad lifestyle habits will also be harmful to the look of the teeth, such as smoking tobacco. Naturally, cleaning the teeth by brushing and flossing is vital for removing left over food debris and bacteria.

For more information about how to keep the teeth bright, or recommendations on whitening products, talk to our dentist before or during your whitening appointment.

What Supplies are used in Teeth Whitening?

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Teeth whitening is not the same everywhere. Some dentists prefer to use a certain type or brand of treatment. Most will share which they prefer to use on their website, so patients can read about it and do further research, if they like. Here is a look at some common materials used.

In-office

Professional tools are used during teeth whitening treatments in our office. We will use either a liquid or gel, with carbon peroxide as the main ingredient. This will be painted onto the teeth with a light brush. It will then be activated by a dental light or laser, usually for a few fifteen minute increments. A mouth guard made of rubber is used to protect the gums and other soft tissue of the mouth from the abrasive material.

At-home

Our tooth whitening dentist may recommend an at-home kit, for patients who wish to accomplish a brighter smile on their own. These kits involve either strips or liquid. Be sure to follow all of the instructions provided by the kit and our dentist in order to maintain safety during the process.

For more information about the teeth whitening process and the supplies used, visit our website or call our office today.