Posts for: January, 2019
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.
Interested? Give Us a Call!
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.
Dental caries (tooth decay) is a leading cause of tooth loss. But with prompt diagnosis and care we can often stop it before it causes too much damage.
The traditional treatment approach is simple: remove all diseased tooth structure and then restore the tooth with a filling. But this otherwise effective treatment has one drawback: you may lose significant healthy structure to accommodate a suitable filling or to make vulnerable areas easier to clean from bacterial plaque.
That's why a new treatment approach called minimally invasive dentistry (MID) is becoming more common. The goal of MID is to remove as little of a tooth's natural enamel and dentin as possible. This leaves the treated tooth stronger and healthier, and could reduce long-term dental costs too.
Here's how MID could change your future dental care.
Better risk assessment. MID includes a treatment protocol called caries management by risk assessment (CAMBRA). With CAMBRA, we evaluate your individual tooth decay risk, including oral bacteria levels, the quality of saliva flow to neutralize mouth acid, and sugar consumption. We then use our findings to customize a treatment plan that targets your areas of highest risk.
New detection methods. The real key to fighting tooth decay is to find it before it can destroy tooth structure with the help of new diagnostic technology. Besides advances in x-ray imaging that provide better views with less radiation exposure, we're also using powerful dental microscopes, lasers and infrared photography to show us more about your teeth than we can see with the naked eye.
"Less is More" treatments. In contrast to the dental drill, many dentists are now using air abrasion rather than a dental drill to remove decayed tooth material. Air abrasion emits tiny material particles within a pressurized air stream that leaves more healthy tooth structure intact than with drilling. We're also using new filling materials like composite resin that not only resemble natural tooth color, but require less structural removal than other types of fillings.
Using MID, we can treat tooth decay while preserving more of your natural teeth. This promises better long-term outcomes for future dental health.
If you would like more information on new treatments for tooth decay, 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 “Minimally Invasive Dentistry: When Less Care is More.”
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.”