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Posts for: November, 2016


Whitening can transform the dullest teeth into a dazzling smile fit for a Hollywood star. But before you undergo a whitening procedure, you might have a few questions about it. Here are the answers to a few of the most common.

How white can I go? In an office application we can adjust the solution and application time to control the level of shade (dark or light) from subtle to dazzlingly bright. The real question, though, is how much color change will look best for you? A good rule of thumb is to match the shade in the whites of your eyes.

Whitening will improve poor dental conditions…right? Not necessarily. Besides foods, beverages or poor hygiene, decay, abscesses or problems from root canal treatments can also cause discoloration. In some dental situations, whitening could make your smile less attractive. If, for example, you have exposed roots due to gum recession, those areas won't bleach like the enamel and could make their exposure stand out more. Better to try and repair these problems before whitening.

What effect will teeth whitening have on my dental work? None â??composite or ceramic materials won't lighten. The real concern is with creating a situation where whitened natural teeth don't match the color of dental work. Depending on the location of your veneers, crowns or other bridgework you could have a color mismatch that will look unattractive. We would therefore need to take your dental work into consideration and adjust the shading accordingly.

Will teeth whitening work on any stained teeth? That depends on the cause of the staining. If it's on the enamel, then external bleaching techniques should work. If, however, the discoloration comes from inside the tooth, then only a dental procedure that applies a bleaching agent inside the tooth can alleviate that kind of discoloration.

So after whitening, I'm good to go? Well, not permanently. Eventually the brightness will diminish or fade, usually in six months to two years. You can, of course, prolong the fade rate by not using tobacco, cutting back on staining beverages like red wine, tea and coffee, practicing daily oral hygiene and visiting us for regular office cleanings and other dental work. We can also touch up your existing whitening during your visits.

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 Elite Smiles
November 16, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

If you are suffering from tooth loss then discover the advantages of getting dental implants in Morrisville, NC.

Tooth loss doesn’t have to be the end of the world, even though it might feel like it at the time. After all, a permanent tooth teeth whiteningisn’t supposed to fall out, we understand that this issue happens more than you might expect. But our Morrisville, NC, dentist, Dr. Geetha Sripathi, is here to tell you about a solution to your tooth loss that could save your smile.

It’s called dental implants! These tiny little metal screws or posts might not be much to look at, but they can replace your missing teeth and even feel just like a real tooth. You can only imagine how much implants can improve, not only your smile’s appearance, but also your self-confidence, as well. If you once felt uncomfortable smiling in front of people because of gaps in your smile, you will feel confident in your ability to smile once more when you choose to get dental implants.

The implant acts like tooth roots, and is placed into the jawbone where your missing tooth used to be. Over time, as the gums and bone heal, they will grow around the implant. Now the implant and the bone are one. As you can tell, dental implants are stable and resilient and are designed to last the rest of your life if you maintain good oral health. The health of your dental implants lies in how well you care for your smile and your implant.

Dental implants are a great option for patients who are in good general health and who have a smile that is free of decay and gum disease. If you have any of these issues when you come in for a consultation, we will need to treat these problems first. Also, dental implants are only right for adults. Children and teens who have missing teeth will need to wait until their jawbone has fully developed before getting dental implants.

Elite Smiles is happy to provide a comprehensive array of dental services to Morrisville, NC. So whether you want to get dental implants to replace missing teeth or you want to whiten your teeth, we can help you achieve your ideal smile.

By Elite Smiles
November 11, 2016
Category: Oral Health

Can you have healthy teeth and still have gum disease? Absolutely! And if you don’t believe us, just ask actor David Ramsey. The cast member of TV hits such as Dexter and Arrow said in a recent interview that up to the present day, he has never had a single cavity. Yet at a routine dental visit during his college years, Ramsey’s dentist pointed out how easily his gums bled during the exam. This was an early sign of periodontal (gum) disease, the dentist told him.

“I learned that just because you don’t have cavities, doesn’t mean you don’t have periodontal disease,” Ramsey said.

Apparently, Ramsey had always been very conscientious about brushing his teeth but he never flossed them.

“This isn’t just some strange phenomenon that exists just in my house — a lot of people who brush don’t really floss,” he noted.

Unfortunately, that’s true — and we’d certainly like to change it. So why is flossing so important?

Oral diseases such as tooth decay and periodontal disease often start when dental plaque, a bacteria-laden film that collects on teeth, is allowed to build up. These sticky deposits can harden into a substance called tartar or calculus, which is irritating to the gums and must be removed during a professional teeth cleaning.

Brushing teeth is one way to remove soft plaque, but it is not effective at reaching bacteria or food debris between teeth. That’s where flossing comes in. Floss can fit into spaces that your toothbrush never reaches. In fact, if you don’t floss, you’re leaving about a third to half of your tooth surfaces unclean — and, as David Ramsey found out, that’s a path to periodontal disease.

Since then, however, Ramsey has become a meticulous flosser, and he proudly notes that the long-ago dental appointment “was the last we heard of any type of gum disease.”

Let that be the same for you! Just remember to brush and floss, eat a good diet low in sugar, and come in to the dental office for regular professional cleanings.

If you would like more information on flossing or periodontal disease, please contact us today to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Understanding Gum (Periodontal) Disease.”