Posts for tag: Teeth Whitening

By North Main Dental Inc
December 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Cosmetic Dentistry ProceduresToday's cosmetic dentistry procedures are better and more accessible than ever. At North Main Dental in Dayton, Drs. James and Jamie Shepler offer several aesthetic treatments which change drab, damaged teeth into spectacular smiles. Whether you need a small correction or a full smile makeover, this artistic team can rejuvenate your smile.

 

What Makes a Smile

Personal taste varies, but in general, you know a great smile when you see it, and so do those around you. In fact, the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that your smile is your best personal asset and heavily affects how people treat you in social settings.

So, you want your smile to reflect your personality, but stained enamel, a gap between the two front teeth, and other defects impact your image and self-confidence. Here's where cosmetic dentistry in Dayton comes in.

Dr. James Shepler and Dr. Jamie Shepler ask their patients to come to North Main Dental for a personal consultation. This friendly discussion is then used to its best advantage, as you will discuss all the ways you would like your smile to change, allowing your dentist to arrive at realistic ways to achieve those goals. Your consultation will also include a complete oral examination and X-rays.

 

Offered Treatments

Zoom! Teeth Whitening: Effectively bleaching a variety of dental stains, Zoom! chairside whitening is one of today's most popular cosmetic dentistry services. Accomplished in just one hour, this safe whitening process lifts organic matter from tooth enamel, leaving it bright and shiny. The results are amazing!

Composite Resin Bonding: Dr. Shepler uses a tooth-colored mixture of glass particles and acrylic to reshape and strengthen chipped, cracked, or misshapen teeth. The material is layered and hardened with a special light, creating a bond which lasts.

Porcelain Veneers: These shells of dental porcelain camouflage the front of teeth which have more extensive cosmetic problems such as large chips or stains that don't respond to whitening. Veneers are permanent, strong and realistic, blending in well with the rest of your smile.

White Fillings: These restorations rebuild decayed teeth with seamless, tooth-colored composite resin. Unlike metal fillings, they bond right to existing tooth structure and actually flex every time you bite and chew.

Invisalign Clear Aligners: This customized orthodontic system improves smile alignment for healthier, straighter teeth in half the time of conventional braces. Great for older teens and adults just like you! Invisalign appliances are completely unnoticeable, removable, and easy to maintain.

 

Come See Us!

Drs. James and Jamie Shepler love seeing their patients smile with health and confidence. If you'd like to enhance your teeth and gums, arrange a consultation at North Main Dental. Come in and share your ideas with us! We know we can translate them into your best smile. Call today: (937) 275-0076.

By North Main Dental Inc
September 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  
4ReasonsWhyaHomeWhiteningKitMightnotbeRightforYou

Do-it-yourself (DIY) whitening kits are a popular option for restoring a healthy shine to stained and dulled teeth. They're relatively safe and generally live up to their packaging claims.

But a home kit might not always be your best option. Here are 4 reasons why DIY whitening might not be right for you.

You're on the early side of your teen years. Tooth whitening at home is quite popular with teenagers. For older teens it doesn't really pose a dental risk as long as you use the product appropriately (more on that in a moment). However, the immature enamel of younger teens' permanent teeth is still developing and can be vulnerable to damage by whitening processes.

You don't follow instructions well. Not to say you have this particular character quirk — but if you do you may run into trouble with DIY whitening. Home kits are safe if you follow their instructions carefully. If you use them to excess as one 13-year old boy was reported to have done, you could severely (and permanently) erode your teeth's protective enamel.

Your teeth are in need of dental work. Tooth whitening can't fix everything that may be contributing to an unattractive smile. It's always better to have issues like dental disease or chipped teeth addressed first before whitening. And, if your tooth discoloration originates from inside your tooth, a whitening kit won't help — they're only designed for staining on the enamel's outside surface. You'll need a special dental procedure to whiten internal (or intrinsic) tooth staining.

You want to control the amount of brightness. Home kits don't have the level of fine-tuning that a clinical procedure can achieve. While the bleaching agent in a professional whitening solution is much stronger than a home kit, your dentist is trained in techniques that can vary the amount of bleaching, from a softer white to dazzling “Hollywood” bright. And clinical whitening usually takes fewer sessions and may last longer than a home kit.

If you're interested in teeth whitening, see your dentist for a dental examination first before purchasing a DIY kit. Even if you decide to do it yourself, your dentist can give you buying advice for whitening kits, as well as how-to tips.

If you would like more information on tooth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Whitening Safety Tips.”

By North Main Dental Inc
October 22, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  
StainingWithinaToothRequiresaClinicalWhiteningApproach

Home whitening kits are a popular way to turn a dull smile into a dazzling one. But these self-applied products only work for teeth with outer enamel stains — if the discoloration originates inside a tooth, you’ll need professional treatment.

Known as “intrinsic staining,” this type of discoloration most often occurs within a tooth’s pulp or dentin layers. There are a number of causes like tooth trauma or tetracycline use at an early age. A root canal treatment used to remove infection from deep within a tooth can also cause discoloration: sometimes blood pigments left after tissue removal or the filling materials themselves can stain a tooth’s interior.

Intrinsic staining can often be treated by placing a bleaching agent, usually sodium perborate, into the tooth’s pulp chamber. But before undertaking this procedure on a tooth that’s undergone a root canal treatment, we want to first ensure the filling is intact and still adequately sealing the tooth from infection. We also want to make sure the supporting bone is also healthy.

If all’s well, we access the pulp in the same way as the root canal treatment, and preferably through the same access hole. We then clean out the pulp chamber of any stained matter and then ensure the root canals remain filled and sealed off from the pulp chamber.

We can then place the bleaching agent into the pulp, a process that will need to be repeated every three or four days to achieve the desired level of brightness. After each session we place a cotton pellet over the opening and held in place with a temporary adhesive; we can easily remove and re-apply this covering during subsequent sessions. Once we’ve achieved the desired color change, we seal the tooth with a permanent filling and restore the access cavity with a tooth-colored composite resin material bonded to the enamel and dentin.

There are other options for an intrinsically stained tooth like veneers or crowns that outwardly cover the discoloration. Internal bleaching, however, is a more conservative approach that causes less alteration of the tooth. If successful, it can restore a stained tooth to a brighter, more attractive shade.

If you would like more information on internal bleaching, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Whitening Traumatized Teeth.”

By North Main Dental Inc
August 02, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Years ago, your smile was bright and white. Now, when you look at it, you see teeth and gums that are healthy, but yellow and dull is the teeth whiteningoverall impression you project. Can you change your smile for the better? At North Main Dental in Dayton, OH, Dr. James Shepler and Dr. James Shepler, III, offer Zoom! Teeth Whitening. Safe, supervised, quick and cost-effective, this popular cosmetic service changes dull, dark smiles to brilliantly beautiful once again.

How did your smile get so dull?

There is a long list of factors which contribute to discolored tooth enamel. Simple age is one of them. As time goes by, our tooth enamel just darkens through wear and tear.

However, other things contribute to stained smiles. They include:

  • Dark beverages and foods such as blueberries, coffee, black tea, colas and sports drinks
  • Smokeless tobacco and cigarettes
  • Acidic foods such as tomato sauce and citrus fruits (they actually soft tooth enamel)
  • Neglected oral hygiene habits (brushing, flossing and in-office care)
  • Prescriptions medications such as some antibiotics, blood pressure medications and antihistamines

What you can do in Dayton

You can limit staining dietary choices, drink more water and keep up with your brushing, flossing and professional cleanings. Some over-the-counter toothpastes and rinses improve stains to an extent. However, teeth whitening at North Main Dental Care enhances tooth color dramatically, and you can count on professional supervision of the entire process so you know the treatment is safe.

A whitening treatment starts with an oral examination in which Dr. Shepler makes sure your teeth and gums are healthy enough for whitening. He makes sure you have no decay, gum disease or deteriorating restorations. If all is well, he proceeds with one-hour (or so) Zoom! Whitening procedure.

As you relax in the dental chair, the dentist protects your gums and lips with a rubber dam. This device ensures the bleaching gel does not leak onto sensitive oral tissues.

Then, he swabs on the whitening gel. The active ingredient in the gel is concentrated hydrogen peroxide. As it seeps into your tooth surfaces, the gel literally lifts the staining organic material out of the enamel. This oxidizing action is accelerated by a special light. After about an hour, the gel is removed. Amazingly, your teeth will be a full eight to 10 shades brighter, and the effect with last indefinitely.

Bring your bright smile back

You can with Zoom! Teeth Whitening from North Main Dental in Dayton, OH. Please call our friendly staff today for your personal consultation: (937) 275-0076.

KathyBatesPlaysItSmartWithProfessionalTeethWhitening

Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.

That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.

Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.

The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.

It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.

What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.

How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”