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ScoWhiten Your Teeth - Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

Tips To Whiten Your Teeth — And Keep Them White

Two Scottsdale-area dentists give tips and advice about how to whiten your teeth — and keep them white.


Dr. Jeffrey D. Clark of Scottsdale Dental Excellence has some advice about how to whiten your teeth. For the best results, here is what he recommends:

1. Whitening immediately after your dental cleaning.
2. If you need a power boost of whitening, I recommend bleaching at home first. The bleach will be applied to whitening trays and should be worn for 30-60 minutes once per day for 5-7 days.
3. Then, I also recommend an in-office visit for a whitening power boost session. We use a specially-formulated, concentrated whitening solution that we put on the isolated teeth.
4. We also recommend that you do not consume any stain-causing foods, such as tomato sauce, red wine, coffee, tea, etc. for at least 48 hours after.

Once your teeth are whitened, here is what Clark and Dr. Mark Peck of Dental Studio 101 recommend you do to maintain that Tom Cruise sparkle:

1. It is best to stay away from stain-causing foods and drinks. If you are not able to avoid them, be sure to brush within an hour of consumption. Plaque, which causes discoloration, begins to form within an hour of eating. If you stop plaque before it forms, you stop discoloration.
2. We don’t recommend whitening toothpaste because they can be very abrasive and can cause tooth recession and sensitivity.
3. Whitening strips are also not as ideal because they are not custom made to fit your teeth and can move around and cause gingival irritation, and you will swallow the bleaching solution, which can be irritating to your throat and stomach.
4. Hand brush your teeth once a day and brush with a Sonicare toothbrush twice a day. In addition, Peck recommends using Sonicare AirFloss as an added measure to keep your teeth and gums looking their best.
5. If you have your teeth professionally whitened, be sure to use the custom whitening trays that the dentist sends home with you at least once a month to maintain whitening.

For more information or more tips to whiten your teeth and brighten your smile, visit the following websites:

jclarkdds.com
dentalstudio101.com


Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

Smile Makeover - Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

Brighten Your Look With A Smile Makeover

Sometimes, those daily affirmations in front of the full-length mirror or a new shade of lipstick aren’t what you need for that extra boost of confidence. What might have a bigger impact and a longer lasting effect on your physical and emotional state is a smile makeover.

When you pair your beauty products with a beautiful smile, experts say, it not only improves your self-confidence and appearance, but your social life and business life, too.

“Anybody will tell you that not only in business, but in everyday life, people are constantly looking at your smile and making mental evaluations based on how attractive your smile is,” says Dr. Jeffrey Clark of Scottsdale Dental Excellence.

“We’ve had patients come back telling us they have received promotions and raises at work, or met new dating partners, or have renewed their existing relationships by making over their smiles,” he says.

A smile makeover can consist of minimal and simple procedures, such as teeth bleaching, or as procedures as complex as full mouth restoration. Procedures include:

  • Cosmetic bonding: An enamel-like material is applied to a tooth’s surface, sculpted into shape, hardened and polished.
  • Cosmetic gum lifts: Have short teeth or, as Clark puts it, “gummy smiles?” This is for you.
  • Invisalign clear braces: Avoid metal, and wear these clear, thin retainers all day, every day — except when you eat or brush. Invisalign helps correct the position of teeth due to poor alignment.
  • Procelain veneers or crowns: Ideal to rebuild broken-down teeth, normally due to grinding of the teeth.
  • Whitening or bleaching: Removes all dark aspects, dark spot and lines on the teeth, giving whiter, healthier-looking smiles.
  • Tooth-colored fillings: This procedure for those who need tooth restorations.

In order to determine whether you should consider a smile makeover, patients should start with a thorough diagnosis with photos taken of the mouth and teeth. The dentist can then fully evaluate every nook and cranny, determining if you need one or a combination of procedures to complete your makeover package.

Once you’ve taken a look at a simulated image of your smile-to-be, most smile makeovers can be completed in two visits or less. “The first visit is to make the necessary preparations, impressions and temporaries,” Clark says. “The second is to bond the veneers or crowns in place.”

As for side effects following the two-day makeover, Clark says the patient is helped through the changes with custom-fitted night-guards that will help prevent grinding.

Looking for a quicker route to a smile makeover? Opt for a two-hour visit to the dentist and have your teeth professionally bleached, says Dr. Mark Peck of Dental Studio 101 in Scottsdale.

The procedure can cost up to $700, Peck says, but the two-hour investment lets you leave the office with a smile that outshines Julia Roberts. You also take home the trays built from an impression of your teeth and you can use them for at-home bleaching and maintenance.

“Whatever route you choose to take, the key to making your smile makeover last in hygiene,” Peck says. “Plaque is what stains your teeth and plaque starts to develop within an hour after you eat. So if you brush after eating and keep that plaque from developing, you can eat whatever you want and your teeth are going to stay white.”

Once you have a brand new smile, the only other side effect you have to worry about include “sore facial muscles from excessive smiling,” Clark says.

Dental Studio 101
33739 N. Scottsdale Rd.
(480) 488-4852
dentalstudio101.comScottsdale Dental Excellence
8765 E. Bell Rd., Suite 201
(480) 585-1853
jclarkdds.com

 

Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011