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Teeth whitening offers many benefits and is a great way to rejuvenate your smile. Professional treatments performed in your dentist’s office deliver the fastest and longest lasting results, however, convenient take-home whitening treatments are also available if you wish to achieve professional results at home on your own time. At Diamond Dental in Newtown, CT, Dr. Ratna Vedullapalli is your dentist for professional teeth whitening
Advantages and Benefits
Many options are available for whitening your teeth, both professionally through a dentist, and by over-the-counter products such as whitening strips, toothpastes, rinses, and gels. While convenient, these OTC products simply do not offer the same level of whitening that is possible with professional treatments from the dentist’s office. In addition to producing whiter and brighter teeth, professional treatments also deliver quicker results that are longer lasting.
Another difference between the two is how it can take several weeks or months to achieve noticeably whiter teeth with over-the-counter whitening treatments. In contrast, since the teeth whitening treatments available through your dentist contain a professional strength bleaching agent, it is possible to achieve a significantly whiter smile much quicker than with over-the-counter products. In fact, in-office teeth whitening treatments can whiten the teeth by several shades in a single one-hour treatment session. Achieving such fast results is simply not possible with over-the-counter whitening products.
An additional advantage of professional teeth whitening is that the results last longer than those achieved with over-the-counter products. The results of professional in-office teeth whitening treatments can last several years before another treatment session is needed, while the results of many over-the-counter whitening products might soon fade so that additional treatments are needed sooner rather than later.
One final benefit carried by the whitening treatments at our Newtown office is that they produce much more consistent results. With over-the-counter whitening products, it is possible to miss entire areas on the teeth. Conversely, in-office teeth whitening treatments allow dental professionals to carefully apply the whitening gel evenly across all teeth so that no spots are missed. Furthermore, during this procedure a protective gel can be applied to the gums or other sensitive areas to protect them from the bleaching agent, which can sometimes be harsh.
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Professional teeth whitening treatments are a simple way to rejuvenate your smile. For professional teeth whitening in Newtown, CT, schedule an appointment with Dr. Vedullapalli by calling Diamond Dental at (203) 403-2428.
For chipped, stained, or slightly crooked teeth, dental veneers might be the ideal solution. These thin layers of porcelain bonded directly over the teeth with the perfect blend of color, sizes and shapes, can transform a person’s smile for a relatively modest cost.
But if the teeth belong to a teenager, veneers might not be appropriate. This is because in most cases, we’ll need to remove some of the tooth enamel so that the applied veneers won’t look unnaturally bulky. This alteration is permanent, so the teeth will require some form of restoration from then on.
While not usually a major issue with fully matured adult teeth, it could be with the developing teeth of pre-teens and teens. During childhood and adolescence the tooth’s inner pulp plays an important role in dentin production, and so the pulp chamber is relatively large compared to an adult tooth. This larger size places the pulp closer to the enamel surface than with an adult tooth.
Because of its proximity to the enamel, there’s a greater chance veneer alterations could damage a teenager’s tooth pulp and its nerve bundles. If that happens, we may need to perform a root canal treatment to save the tooth—also not an optimal situation for a developing tooth.
That’s why we need to take into consideration a patient’s age and stage of dental development first, including x-raying the affected teeth to measure the depth of the tooth pulp. If we deem it too risky at the moment, there are other ways to improve dental appearance at least temporarily. This includes whitening externally stained teeth with a bleaching agent, or applying tooth-colored composite resin material to chipped areas. We can also apply a composite material veneer that, although not as durable as traditional porcelain, doesn’t require much if any tooth alteration.
To know your options, have your teenager undergo a thorough dental examination. Your dentist will then be able to discuss with you whether veneers can be safely attempted. And be sure the dentist who may perform the work has experience performing cosmetic procedures on teenagers.
If you would like more information on restoration choices for teenagers, 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 “Veneers for Teenagers.”
While the term “plastic surgery” might bring to mind face lifts or tummy tucks, not all procedures in this particular surgical field are strictly cosmetic. Some can make a big difference in a person’s health.
One example is periodontal plastic surgery, which corrects gum tissue loss around the teeth. Although these procedures can indeed improve appearance, they more importantly help save teeth.
Gum loss is most often a consequence of periodontal (gum) disease, a bacterial infection arising from a thin film of food particles on the teeth called dental plaque. As the disease weakens the gums’ attachment to teeth, they shrink back or recede, exposing the area around the roots. Without the protective cover the gums provide the roots, they become more susceptible to decay.
In milder cases of gum recession, treating the infection often results in the gums regaining their normal attachment to teeth. But with more advanced recession, natural gum healing may not be enough to reverse it. For such situations grafting donor tissue to the recessed area can help stimulate new tissue growth.
While gum tissue grafts can come from an animal or other human, the most likely source is from the person themselves. In one type of procedure, free gingival grafting, the surgeon locates and completely removes (or “frees”) a thin layer of skin resembling gum tissue, typically from the roof of the mouth, shapes it and then transplants it by suturing it to the recession site. Both donor and recipient sites heal at about the same rate in two to three weeks.
Another technique is known as connective tissue grafting. In this procedure the surgeon partially removes the donor tissue from its site while leaving a portion containing blood vessels intact. The palatal tissue is still used and transported to fit beneath the tissue that’s still attached to the blood supply. This connective tissue graft is then positioned and sutured to the recipient site while still maintaining its blood supply connection at the donor site. Maintaining this connection facilitates healing and increases the chances the graft will “take” and become firmly attached to the new site.
Grafting procedures require advanced techniques and skills. But with them we may be able to restore gum attachment to teeth with an impact on appearance and dental health that’s well worth the effort.
If you would like more information on treating gum disease, 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 “Periodontal Plastic Surgery.”
A relatively easy and inexpensive way to improve your smile is to whiten your teeth. In fact, you may even be able to do it yourself at home. Although there are differences between at-home and professional whitening, the former can still be effective.
That effectiveness, though, might be dependent on how well you understand what home whitening can do and what it can’t. So before you purchase your kit, here are a few things to know about DIY teeth whitening.
Home kits are safe—when used as directed. Although nothing in life is completely risk-free, home whitening kits are relatively safe. But only if you follow the directions: If you overuse the bleaching solution beyond its intended use, you could wind up with permanent damage to your tooth enamel that can be costly to treat.
Bleaching solutions are relatively mild. Nearly all home kits use carbamide peroxide, a form of hydrogen peroxide, as their bleaching agent. Home kits usually contain no more than 10% of this agent, much lower than professional solutions. Used as directed, this amount of bleaching agent poses little to no risk to dental or general health. On the other hand, the weaker home kit solution does limit the extent of brightness you can achieve compared to stronger professional treatments.
For top results (or certain conditions), consider professional whitening. While you can obtain good results with a home whitening kit, professional whitening provides more precise brightness control and range, and may possibly last longer. That’s because your dentist has more advanced techniques and equipment, as well as stronger bleaching solutions. And, if your discoloration originates inside your teeth, a home kit won’t help—only a dentist can address that kind of discoloration.
Even if you decide to “go solo,” your dentist can still give you advice on what to look for in a home kit, as well as tips for the actual procedure. But whether you whiten at home or let your dentist do it, teeth whitening can take years off your smile and give you a more attractive look.
If you would like more information on teeth 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: Are Bleaching Products Safe?”
Would you like to hide an imperfection in a tooth or improve its shade without extensive dental work? If so, dental veneers offer an excellent option! Your Newtown, CT, dentist, Dr. Ratna Vedullapalli, helps her patients improve their appearances with this versatile restoration.
Veneers conceal flaws
Veneers are designed to hide common issues visible on your tooth enamel. Because the restorations only cover the fronts of your teeth, they don't require extensive changes to your teeth. In fact, your Newtown dentist only needs to remove a tiny amount of enamel to ensure a proper fit.
Made of a thin layer of porcelain, veneers offer effective coverage for many dental flaws. They're available in many shades of white, making it easy to match the color of surrounding teeth or whiten all of your teeth.
Veneers may be a good choice for you if:
- You have spaces between your teeth: Orthodontic treatment may be needed for large spaces, but small gaps can be easily concealed simply by adding veneers to your teeth.
- You have a flaw in your enamel: Bumpy surfaces, chips, cracks and other imperfections may be small, but they can detract from your appearance. Adding veneers makes minor flaws disappear.
- You have a discolored tooth: Teeth can become discolored due to injuries, dental treatments, and the use of certain antibiotics. Luckily, veneers keep discolorations concealed from view.
- Your tooth looks a little funny: All of your teeth should look the same, but that isn't always the case. Sometimes, one or more teeth are a little crooked, twisted, pointed, or just oddly shaped. Veneers improve the shape of your teeth and improve the uniformity of your smile.
- Your tooth is too short: Even a slight decrease in the length of a tooth can affect your appearance. If your teeth have gotten shorter due to grinding or clenching, a veneer can restore their normal length. After you receive your veneers, you may wish to begin wearing a nightguard to prevent damage to your new veneers or your teeth.
Improve your smile with dental veneers! Call your Newtown, CT, dentist Dr. Ratna Vedullapalli at (203) 403-2428 to schedule your appointment.