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By Norton Family Dentistry
May 14, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Does your smile look brighter in old photographs? Most of us notice a definite change in the color of our teeth over the years. Fortunately, teeth whiteningteeth whitening, a service provided by your Norton, MA, cosmetic dentists, Dr. Eyad Salloum, Dr. Erin Walsh and  Dr. Matthew Devine of Norton Family Dentistry, offers a simple way to renew your smile!

Whitening effectively removes stains

Whether your teeth are dull due to aging, consuming darkly pigmented foods/drinks, or smoking, teeth whitening can lighten your teeth three to eight shades. Whitening targets the pigments trapped in tiny pores in your tooth enamel. These opening are so small that your toothbrush bristles can't reach them.

Although you can't remove these stains by simply brushing your teeth, teeth whitening offers a very effective stain-removal option. The hydrogen peroxide gel your Norton dentist uses seeps into the microscopic pores and breaks apart the pigments. After your one-hour treatment, your teeth will be noticeably lighter.

Professional whitening offers important benefits that you won't get if you buy an over-the-counter whitening kit, including:

  • Safety: Your dentist will protect your roots and gums with a special gel before whitening begins. This is a very important step, as sensitivity can occur if the whitening agent comes in contact with your gums or roots.
  • Better, Quicker Results: Professional whitening agents contain higher formulations of hydrogen peroxide than drugstore products and can produce impressive results in 60 minutes or less. You'll also receive a dental cleaning before your teeth are whitened. The cleaning removes plaque and tartar, two substances that hydrogen peroxide can't penetrate. If plaque and tartar aren't removed, your teeth may look splotchy.
  • Options: If you would rather whiten your teeth at home, your dentist can give you a take-home kit. The kit contains trays molded to fit your teeth and a supply of whitening gel. Take-home kits are also very helpful if you want to touch up your results from time to time. Keep in mind that whitening with a kit takes longer than a single whitening treatment at the dental office. You will need to use the kit several times a week for a few weeks in most cases.

Give us a call!

Transform your smile with teeth whitening! Call your Norton, MA, cosmetic dentists, Dr. Eyad Salloum, Dr. Erin Walsh and  Dr. Matthew Devine of Norton Family Dentistry, at (508) 226-1686 to schedule your appointment.

By Norton Family Dentistry
March 13, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry SmileAt Norton Family Dentistry, we use cosmetic dentistry to restore your teeth structurally and aesthetically. Here are a few cosmetic dental procedures that are offered at our Norton, MA, office:

Veneers

Veneers resurface an individual's damaged teeth. Your Norton dentist removes some enamel before placing porcelain veneers on the teeth's surface. Veneers help with stained, discolored, crooked, chipped, and generally mishappen teeth.

 

Contouring and Reshaping

Contouring and reshaping teeth are simple cosmetic procedures that will give you a more confident smile in little time and at an affordable cost. They help with problems such as crooked and crowded teeth, pits and/or grooves in enamel, and with defects such as chips, cracks, and fractures.

 

Teeth Whitening

There are two available options for this treatment: in-office procedures and take-home kits.

Teeth whitening is a great option to improve that gorgeous smile you already have, however, taking good general care of your teeth is just as important. Here are a few tips that you can follow to ensure that the improved look fo your teeth remains for a long period of time:

  • Quit tobacco, as it can stain your teeth and cause oral diseases
  • Reduce the intake of staining beverages such as coffee and tea

 

Dental Implants

This tooth loss treatment creates stability, strength, and prevents the weakening and shrinkage of your jawbone. Dental implants consist of a titanium post that is surgically inserted into your jaws to replace the missing tooth roots. The dentist then seals your gums and allows 3 to 6 months for a bond to form between the implant and the jawbone. After this period, your dentist secures a crown on top of the post, finalizing your new smile.

 

Basic Care for Your Cosmetic Procedure:

  • Gentle brushing and flossing every day.
  • Regular dental checkups and bi-annual dental cleanings.
  • Using a nightguard if you have a problem with teeth grinding.

 

Consultation

If you'd like more information about cosmetic dentistry, contact our Norton, MA, office today at 508-226-1686!

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.”

TeethWhiteningSafetyDependsontheRightProductUsedintheRightway

Tooth whitening procedures and products have become increasingly popular over the last two decades. There are two main sources of application: professional procedures performed in a dentist’s office; and over-the-counter products for performing whitening applications at home. While there are pros and cons to both approaches, neither type poses a significant health risk — that is, if you match the correct product to the type of staining you have, and it’s applied according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Although whitening treatments may differ in formula and strength, almost all use hydrogen peroxide as the bleaching agent, usually contained in carbamide peroxide which splits into hydrogen peroxide and urea upon activation. After many studies, there’s a strong consensus that hydrogen peroxide used at the levels found in whitening products doesn’t cause any harm to the body, including as a precursor to cancer.

But as the 16th Century Swiss physician Paracelsus once noted, “All substances are poisons… The right dose differentiates a poison from a remedy.” This is true of the chemicals that make up whitening products — they’re safe unless they’re overused. Going beyond their directions for use could lead to tooth enamel damage.

Further caution is also in order for teenagers using whitening products. Although they may have their permanent teeth (although younger teens may still have some primary teeth), the enamel layer is still developing and can be more vulnerable to damage from whitening chemicals than for adults.

The best approach for both a professional or home whitening procedure is to first seek consultation from our office. If nothing else, you should at least undergo a dental examination to identify the true cause of your teeth’s staining or discoloration. If the discoloration originates within the tooth, home applications and many professional treatments will not help if they bleach the outer surface only. We can also advise you on the proper application and dosage for a chosen product.

Using the right whitening product and in an appropriate manner will reduce the risk of injury to your teeth and overall health. And, the end result can be a brighter, more vibrant smile.

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 Norton Family Dentistry
November 12, 2013
Category: Dental Procedures
HughJackmansShockingTeeth

Australian heartthrob Hugh Jackman has won international recognition for his work on stage, screen and television, including his long-running portrayal of Wolverine in the X-Men film series, and his Academy-Award-nominated starring role in Les Miserables. Oh, and did we mention he was named the “sexiest man alive” by People magazine in 2008? So when Jackman once said “I have shocking teeth”… what did he mean?

“[My dentist] looked at my teeth and went, ‘Oh, my God, you've got gray teeth,’” the actor stated. The proposed cure: tooth whitening. But what if the action hero's teeth were brightened too much — would his look still convey his trademark rugged charm? To see how that issue was resolved, let's look a little closer at various methods of tooth whitening.

All Whitening Isn't the Same
Everyone has seen the kind of over-the-counter tooth whitening strips advertised in magazines and sold in drug stores. Most dentists agree that, given enough time, they can work in many cases. But there may be problems, too.

One is that unless you know what's actually causing the darkening, you can't be sure if there is an underlying issue that needs treatment — a root-canal problem, for example. Bleaching a diseased tooth is like painting over a rusty car: it camouflages the problem, but doesn't fix it. That's one reason why, before any whitening treatment is attempted, it's important to have a complete dental examination, with x-rays.

Another is that without professional supervision, it's more difficult to control the degree of whitening you will end up with. For safety reasons, over-the-counter whitening products have the least concentrated bleaching agent, and will probably require weeks of use to produce noticeable results. The next step up — a custom-designed, at-home bleaching kit from our office — will likely produce results twice as fast.

The Professional Advantage
At-home bleaching done under our supervision uses stronger whitening agents with a flexible plastic tray that's custom-made to fit your teeth. It's a cost-effective way to achieve several shades of whitening in a relatively short time. Plus, with the advantage of our experience and guidance, you can get excellent results safely and efficiently.

If you want the fastest and most controllable whitening, however, in-office whitening treatments are the best way to go. According to one study, using the most concentrated whiteners in a safe clinical setting produced a six-shade improvement in just three office visits! This would have required a week or more of at-home bleaching, or upwards of 16 daily applications of the over-the-counter whitening products!

In-office whitening also offers the greatest degree of control over the outcome. That's why it was the method Hugh Jackman chose for his treatments. By adjusting the concentration of the bleaching solution and the treatment time, Jackman's dentist made sure his teeth were pleasingly light — but still looked completely natural. And in our office, we can do the same for you.

So whether you're looking for a dazzlingly bright smile or a more subtle enhancement, the best way to start is to call our office for a consultation. For more information, see the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”



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