Tooth Whitening for Karen?
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I wanted to share Karen’s lovely smile – so I snapped the attached photo. Her teeth are perfectly aligned and are the right size and shape.  The proportions are appropriate.  Her gums and the underlying attachment apparatus are healthy.  She has a broad arch and a wide smile.  She shows the right amount of gum tissue.  (The left lip lifts slightly higher – but thats ok with me.)  She comes into the office regularly for exams and preventive care and for me to admire her lovely smile.  Her tooth color has darkened somewhat with age – this is natural as she doesn’t smoke or drink red wine.  We have discussed tooth whitening – in office whitening or with at-home bleaching trays.  Then her very lovely smile will really dazzle!

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Two dog stories heard in our dental office today:

Patient number one was sitting at her home computer, got tired wearing her denture, took it out and laid it on the table. The dog jumped up and ran off with it. Time for a new denture!

Patient number two wrapped her tooth whitening trays in a napkin, left them on the kitchen table, up jumped the dog – and you know the rest. Fortunately she saved the stone models of her teeth so we were able to easily make new bleaching trays.

We always give our Long Island dental patients a box in which to store their dental appliances – please be sure to use it. Never wrap a dental appliance in a napkin!

You’ve all seen it – those bright white spots on otherwise healthy, straight front teeth. Well, the offending teeth just had bonded orthodontic brackets removed after two years of “wearing braces.” Sometimes the white spots are just an unavoidable byproduct of the bonding procedure. Or sometimes the spots can be a result of poor home care, of accumulated plaque that has decalcified the teeth. So what to do?

It is not easy to mask those white spots. We have bleached these teeth but not always successfully. Sometimes the white spots whiten still more and the situation doesn’t get better. We have prepared the area and bonded composite to the offending areas. This has met with success but the patient has to beware of coffee, red wine and smoking. Bonding will last for several years before it stains and has to be replaced. Another option is veneers – esthetically superior to bonding and long lasting without color change. Veneers are more expensive and are not reversible – which means that the tooth cannot not be restored to its original state and must always be covered.

A difficult choice and up to the patient and her parents to make with help from us at my Long Island dental office!evelyn free dirty dancing free download free cars download london to brighton