Getting your teeth whitened professionally can be a life-changing experience. Whiter teeth are associated with youth, health, vitality and even your level of professionalism in the workplace. Your dentist has the ability to improve the appearance of your teeth by up to eight shades in one short visit. Explore the following FAQs about teeth whitening so that you can decide if this cosmetic treatment is right for you.
Why is Professional Teeth Whitening the Best Option?
Over the counter whitening products are convenient but problematic for a number of reasons. For one, they take a long time to show results (sometimes weeks or months), if they ever do. Whitening kits that come with trays are ill-fitting and uncomfortable to wear for extended periods of time. When you have your teeth whitened professionally, the treatment is finished within one day, in one appointment. There’s no need to disrupt your schedule by wearing a tray every day and little to no concerns about irritation of the gums since the procedure will be handled by a skilled dentist.
Who Is a Candidate?
Any patient with generally good dental health may be a candidate for professional teeth whitening. Keep in mind that some patients aren’t eligible for this treatment because they have stains that can’t be cleared with whitening gels. This is the case when the stain is “intrinsic,” which means the discoloration is at the inner layer of the tooth. Your dentist can tell you if your teeth can be successfully whitened at your initial consultation.
What Will Happen at the Whitening Appointment?
Set aside at least an hour of your time for your teeth whitening appointment. You’ll sit back in your chair as the dentist inserts a device to keep your lips separate from your teeth then applies the gel. You’ll wait for anywhere between 60-90 minutes until the whitening effect has set in. Many patients choose to have this treatment performed on a lunch hour.
How Long Will the Teeth Stay White?
You can expect to enjoy your new whiter smile for about one to two years or longer. The length of time your smile will last depends on you and your dental habits. If you go back to eating the same foods and drinking the same beverages that stained your teeth in the past, the problem is likely to return more quickly. Use a straw, brush regularly and see your dentist for cleanings twice per year.
Contact Your Dentist
You will be happy with the way that your smile looks after going to your dentist for a teeth whitening treatment. If you have more questions, call for an appointment today.
Find out how this popular dental restoration could improve your smile’s appearance.
If you are missing a tooth or dealing with dental damage, our Palm Beach Gardens family dentists, Dr. Sharon Gilbert, Dr. Eric Gott, and Dr. Kyle DeLuca, may recommend getting either a dental crown or bridge, for these restorative pieces improve your smile’s appearance and restore oral functionality. Here's how to tell whether you should turn to crowns or bridges for help.
Do You Need to Strengthen a Tooth?
If so, then a dental crown may be the best choice. This tooth-shaped cap is often made from porcelain or ceramic to mimic the look of a real tooth. This cap is placed over a tooth that has been compromised by injury, decay, or infection. Some of the benefits of getting a dental crown from our Palm Beach Gardens office include,
- Preserve the natural tooth’s structure
- Prevent the need for a tooth extraction in the future
- Repair a tooth that has been worn down
- Restore a tooth that has severe decay
- Improve the color, shape, and appearance of a tooth
- Cover a dental implant to replace a single missing tooth
Do You Need a Replace a Missing Tooth?
While a crown is recommended if your tooth is still viable and simply requires a little extra strength and durability in order to be fully functional, if you are actually missing a tooth, a dental bridge may recommend.
For bridge treatment, it’s important that the rest of your smile is healthy, as we will need the help of teeth surrounding the gap to anchor the dental bridge into place. The purpose of a bridge is to fill the gap left over by your missing tooth with an artificial tooth that looks just like your natural smile. In order for natural teeth to support the bridge, we will need to place dental crowns over these healthy teeth so as to anchor the false tooth in place.
Interested? Give Us a Call!
Do you have questions about getting dental crowns and bridges in from our Palm Beach Gardens office? Do you want to find out if your smile could benefit from these restorations? If so, call Downtown Dental Care today at (561) 623-9935 to learn more!
Would you like a tooth replacement which does not wobble or irritate your gums? Dental implants are the way to go because they are securely anchored into the jaw bone. If you need one, two or all your teeth replaced, dental implants can do that so well, you'll forget they're not natural teeth. Just ask dentists Dr. Sharon Gilbert, Dr. Eric Gott and oral surgeon Dr. Kyle DeLuca at Downtown Dental Care in Palm Beach Gardens, FL if dental implants are right for your smile.
Restoring your smile
Tooth loss truly devastates oral function, gum tissue, jaw bone integrity and of course, your personal appearance and self-confidence. While conventional bridgework and dentures work well in many instances, they cannot preserve your jawbone. Plus, the fit and bite of these appliances change fairly rapidly with use.
Your optimal alternative is the dental implant. A titanium screw surgically inserted into the jaw, an implant supports a metal post and porcelain crown, creating a completely artificial tooth that is stable, functional and realistic in appearance. These titanium devices also anchor bridges and fixed or removable dentures as need and preference dictate.
Your dentist in Palm Beach Gardens will tell you if you're a candidate for dental implants. What qualifies you? On examination, you should have enough bone in your jaw to support the titanium screw.
It all happens right at Downtown Dental Care. After the implant is placed, you must wait for it to bond into the jaw bone. This process, called osseointegration, takes several weeks to months, but the result--a solid bond between implant and jawbone--is worth the wait.
After the implant has bonded with the jawbone, your dentist will attach the extension post and porcelain crown, completing your new tooth. Then, you can bite, chew, brush, floss and treat your implant just like a natural tooth. Expect it to last and to serve you for many years to come--even for the rest of your life.
The American Dental Association says that dentists place five million implants in the United States every year. Could you receive the next one? Find out if you could fill your smile gap and have the best oral function possible with an innovative dental implant. Contact Downtown Dental Care in Palm Beach Gardens, FL today to arrange your one-on-one consultation with one a member of our dental team. Call 561-623-9935.
Why have braces become popular with individuals of non-traditional age? It's simple—smart people value oral health and straight smiles! That's what your Palm Beach Gardens dentist Dr. Sharon Gilbert at My Downtown Dental Care offers Fastbraces, wonderful alternatives to conventional metal or ceramic braces. Read below if you think they might be right for you or your children's smile.
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While we traditionally think of braces as something that younger people use, a full 20 percent of orthodontic patients are adults, says the American Association of Orthodontists. Informed dental patients understand that straight smiles are healthy smiles, and how your teeth look and feel can inspire self-confidence and a winning image. Fastbraces are an effective treatment option for both children and adults.
To facilitate your ideal smile, Dr. Gilbert at My Downtown Dental Care in Palm Beach Gardens will evaluate your teeth to see if braces are the best treatment. Many adults and teens qualify for braces and opt for Fastbraces to address their mild to moderate orthodontic issues.
What are Fastbraces?
Fastbraces are bracket and wire braces which exert dynamic physical forces on the entire tooth. Unlike conventional braces which move tooth roots first and then the crowns, the triangular brackets featured with Fastbraces accomplish similar results in half the time. Patients with Fastbraces say that they feel comfortable during treatment and love the affordability of this amazing system!
What qualifies you for these braces?
Healthy teeth and gums are critical to success as are good oral hygiene habits. Also, you must adhere to your treatment plan and see your dentist for progress checks as needed.
Finally, Fastbraces address a variety of smile alignment issues such as:
- Tooth rotation
- Protruding front teeth
- Orthodontic relapse
Your dentists at My Downtown Dental Care will follow your case carefully from beginning to end and likely will ask you to wear a retainer afterward to keep your new smile perfectly straight. They also wish to see their orthodontic patients as usual for cleanings and check-ups.
Ready to learn more?
Dr. Sharon Gilbert is a Senior Master Provider for Fastbraces Technology - a distinction held by few in the world. For more information on what Fastbraces could do for your appearance and your oral health, please contact the friendly office staff at My Downtown Dental Care in Palm Beach Gardens, FL and serving the West Palm Beach area for a consultation. We look forward to helping you achieve your smile goals! Phone (561)-623-9935.
Our Palm Beach Gardens, FL family dentists Dr. Sharon Gilbert and Dr. Eric Gott are here to tell you that caring for your smile and preventing cavities and gum disease really isn’t that challenging. It just takes some know-how and some time and attention to maintain good oral health.
What is preventive dentistry?
The goal of preventive dentistry, as you might already be able to conclude, is to provide your smile with the care it requires for the long term to maintain good oral health and to prevent issues from occurring, whether it’s decay, an infection or an injury.
There are many different components of preventive dentistry that can enable you to maintain a healthy smile for the rest of your life. Some of the best practices for a healthy smile include:
- Brushing twice a day
- Flossing daily
- Replacing your toothbrush head every 3-4 months
- Brushing for at least two minutes each time you brush
- Using a mouthwash or rinse
- Getting dental sealants (a common preventive option to reduce cavities in kids)
- Getting fluoride treatment
- Eating a healthy diet (avoid sugar and soft drinks)
- Wearing a mouthguard when playing contact sports
- Seeing your Palm Beach Gardens, FL general dentist twice a year
Why is preventive dentistry beneficial?
Everyone should practice preventive dentistry, even children. In fact, children should start visiting their dentist once they turn one year old. Preventive dentistry encompasses both the habits and oral care you follow each and every day, as well as the routine checkups, evaluations, cleanings and other options our family dentist has to offer here in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.
By adhering to the basic habits of preventive dentistry you could protect your smile from:
- Gum disease
- Tooth loss
- Enamel erosion
Is it time to schedule your six-month dental cleaning? Do you want to find out whether your child could benefit from fluoride treatment or sealants? If so, trust your smiles to the compassionate, caring dental team here at Downtown Dental Care in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Call us today to find out how we can help your smile.
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