Posts for tag: teeth whitening

By Cesar Acosta, DMD, Family Dentistry
May 31, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

You’ve been embarrassed for a while now by your yellowed, dull teeth. You’re ready for a change.

There’s a simple and cost-effective way to make that change: you can temporarily brighten your smile with teeth whitening, possibly at home. But before you try it, you should first have a dental examination to find out if whitening is the right choice for you.

First off, healthy teeth with outer enamel staining are the best candidates for whitening. Teeth and gums with tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease should be treated first before undergoing whitening. A dental exam will uncover any health issues you may have with your mouth.

In the same vein, you’ll want to consider whitening carefully if you have dental work like veneers, crowns or implants. Unlike natural teeth, these non-biological materials won’t be affected by the bleaching agent. We can discuss any potential for color mismatch between your whitened natural teeth and your dental work during your examination.

A dental exam can also uncover one other crucial fact — what kind of tooth staining you have. There are two basic types: extrinsic, staining on the outside enamel as we’ve mentioned earlier; and intrinsic, staining that originates from inside a tooth. The whitening kits you purchase from a store and even some of the whitening techniques we use in the office only diminish extrinsic, not intrinsic staining. To address an intrinsically-stained tooth requires a much more involved, invasive clinical technique only performed by dental professionals.

Finally, a dental examination is a good discussion forum for helping you decide between a home kit and a clinical procedure. While DIY kits are effective for the most part, you won’t be able to precisely control the degree of brightness like we can. This could be important if you want a specific shade of whiteness, from a more subtle and natural shade to dazzling “Hollywood” bright. Shade control could also help minimize color mismatch with dental work.

In the end, we want to help you make the best choice for teeth whitening. Even if you decide to pursue whitening at home, we can offer you valuable advice on what to look for when you buy a kit and how to use it. That alone could help ensure you get the new, bright smile you desire!

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 “Important Teeth Whitening Questions…Answered!

By Cesar Acosta, DMD, Family Dentistry
July 31, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

White, translucent teeth are the hallmark of a beautiful smile. But with age or the foods we eat our teeth’s natural brightness can dim to a dingy yellow.

If this is your case, you may be able to benefit from teeth whitening techniques that brighten up your less than “pearly whites.” A teeth whitening treatment from time to time could put the dazzle back in both your smile and your self-confidence.

Here, then, are 3 reasons for considering tooth whitening to improve your smile.

You might be able to do it yourself. There are a number of home whitening options (including whitening strips) that are safe and effective to use at home. But there are a couple caveats: because your dentist can use stronger bleaching solutions they may be able to perform the procedure in less time and with longer lasting results than a home kit. Also, some forms of staining originate inside a tooth—a home kit won’t help with that kind of discoloration.

It’s safe and relatively inexpensive. Home bleaching solutions aren’t strong enough to be harmful (unless you disregard the product directions) and are usually not very costly. Your dentist uses stronger solutions but with the training and curing equipment to minimize any risk to your teeth. And compared to other cosmetic treatments, dental office teeth whitening is still a relatively inexpensive option.

Dental office whitening can be more comprehensive and precise. Another reason to opt for your dentist to whiten your teeth is the wide range of discoloration they can alleviate. They have clinical techniques for alleviating internal tooth staining, and could even combine these with treatments for external staining. Your dentist can also help you achieve the exact degree of whiteness you desire—from a more subtle, natural shade to “Hollywood Bright.”

Whitening isn’t permanent—but with a thorough application and avoiding foods and habits that contribute to staining, professional whitening effects can last up to two years. If you’re interested, see your dentist for a full dental examination for any issues that might interfere with the whitening process. From there, you’re not far from a brighter and more attractive smile.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening and other dental cosmetic enhancements, 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 “Teeth Whitening: Brighter, Lighter, Whiter….

By Cesar Acosta, DMD, Family Dentistry
December 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

You don't have to live with a yellowed, dull smile. Refresh your self-confidence with professional teeth whitening from Dr. Cesar Acosta. Dr. teeth whiteniingAcosta and his staff are passionate about your oral health and also want you to feel good about your smile aesthetics. Many of their patients brighten their teeth with effective professional teeth whitening in Turlock, CA.

It's a fact of life

Our teeth darken, yellow and lose their luster as we age. But honestly, other factors play into a dingy smile--things such as:

  • Cigarettes and smokeless tobacco
  • Dark foods and beverages (wine, coffee, colas, blueberries, soy sauce)
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Some prescription drugs such as antihistamines, blood pressure medications and more

While some store-bought toothpastes and rinses help with light stains, intrinsic discolorations require professional help. That's where Dr. Acosta comes in. He fully evaluates his prospective cosmetic dentistry patients to make sure their teeth and gums are healthy. Then, he recommends treatments which brighten enamel, repair small defects, correct alignment and more. Teeth whitening is one of his most sought-after aesthetic services.

Why is teeth whitening so popular?

In fact, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that professional teeth whitening is by far the most popular aesthetic dentistry service because of its dramatic results and affordable cost. Dr. Acosta offers both in-office and at-home versions. Both use powerful hydrogen peroxide gel which literally lifts staining organic matter out of tooth enamel.

The in-office version takes just about an hour, allowing qualified teens and adults to come into the office, relax during the procedure and leave with a smile that's up to eight shades whiter. If a patient chooses at-home whitening, he or she applies the gel with custom-made acrylic trays, wearing these comfortable appliances for a specified amount of time each day for a week or so. The results are equally dramatic.

Keeping that white smile

Your renewed look will last indefinitely if you:

  • Avoid tobacco (that's good for your overall health, too)
  • Keep up routine brushing and flossing each day to avoid build-up of plaque and tartar
  • Do occasional whitening touch-ups with Dr. Acosta
  • Get your semi-annual cleanings at the dental office
  • Limit beverages and foods which stain enamel

Come see us in Turlock

Dr. Acosta can tell you if professional teeth whitening in Turlock, CA can work for you. Please contact his office team to arrange your cosmetic dentistry consultation today: (209) 250-2560.

By Cesar Acosta, DMD, Family Dentistry
January 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

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.”

By Cesar Acosta DMD
June 13, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Discover the many ways you can get your smile radiant again.

With summer fast approaching you may have a lot of weddings on the docket. Perhaps yours is even coming up. If so, you may be considering ways to revamp your look for these special occasions. Have you considered a whiter smile? If you are dealing with dull, yellowing or stained teeth then it might be time to find out how your Turlock dentist Dr. Cesar Acosta can help.Teeth Whitening

It can be a challenge figuring out which option to choose when it comes to whitening. We are here to demystify the experience for you to help make your decision easier:

In-Office Teeth Whitening

Sometimes referred to as laser teeth whitening, this in-office treatment takes about one hour to complete. If you are looking to get a brighter smile fast then you’ll want to consider getting our chairside whitening, since you can walk out of our office with a smile that’s up to eight shades whiter.

This system is great because it offers the most highly concentrated bleaching gels combined with a dental laser, which speeds up the whitening process. This option may also be great for patients with teeth sensitivity, since your Turlock cosmetic dentist Dr. Acosta can monitor your treatment and reduce the amount of time the whitening gel remains on your teeth to reduce your chances of experiencing any sensitivity during your whitening session.

At-Home Whitening Treatment

While you can certainly go to the local drugstore and grab a whitening kit, maybe you are looking for something that will give you better results. These commercial kits aren’t as strong as the whitening gels you can get from your dentist in Turlock. So, if you aren’t too keen on sitting in the dental chair for an hour to get your teeth whitened (or you are looking for a more budget-friendly option) then you’ll want to talk to us about our at-home whitening system.

Through custom-made whitening trays you can whiten your teeth over the course of a couple weeks from the comfort of your own home. When you come in for a consultation we would be happy to tell you more about the awesome system, how it works and the results you can expect. While the results won’t be as sudden as our in-office whitening system you’ll still enjoy a more radiant smile within a couple weeks.

Have questions about teeth whitening? Want to find out if this is the right treatment for you? Cesar Acosta, DMD Family Dentistry is here to help. Call us today!

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Cesar Acosta DMD, Family Dentistry

(209) 250-2560
1065 Colorado Avenue Ste 3 Turlock, CA 95380