Teeth Whitening

5 Dental Myths Debunked

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Healthy teeth make for a healthy body. As more and more research proves that dental health can have a strong impact on your overall health, it’s important to know that some commonly held beliefs regarding dental health may actually be hurting you. Learn what’s right and wrong for your teeth by exploring some common dental myths, debunked.

  1. Teeth whitening will destroy tooth enamel. In-home teeth whitening kits generally contain less than 3% of active ingredients, so moderate use of such products will typically not harm teeth. However, in-office procedures are the safest form of teeth whitening and will produce the best results.
  2. Only mouthwash containing alcohol is effective. Mouthwash containing alcohol has been linked to oral cancer since the 1970s. Alcohol dehydrates the mouth and teeth, which can lead to additional oral health issues.
  3. Everyone has to have their wisdom teeth removed. Wisdom teeth are like the tonsils or appendix because through evolution, they have become non-essential to human health. However, just as not every child  has his or her tonsils removed, not every child has to have his or her wisdom teeth removed. Unless wisdom teeth are causing pain, they can remain in the mouth.
  4. Silver cavity fillings are safe. This is actually contrary to research findings. Silver fillings contain more than 50% mercury. Mercury that leaks out of silver fillings over time has been linked to auto-immune diseases, mental disorders, and neurological disorders. If you have silver fillings, it is recommended seeing your dentist to have them replaced with tooth-colored fillings.
  5. Eating sugar is the main cause of cavities. Sugar has a bad reputation in regards to health, but it is not the main cause of cavities.  Acid is the major culprit when it comes to tooth decay and the formulation of cavities. Acid and saliva mix together to produce the plaque-causing agents that cause cavities.

Dental Care in Toccoa

If you’re ready to learn more about your dental health, contact us today and schedule a consultation.  Our offices are located in Toccoa, GA, and we can be reached at 706-886-9439.  We look forward to serving you.

What's Your Reason For Whitening?

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure for a good reason – it is a simple and highly effective way of making your smile more vibrant and youthful looking. Want more reasons for whitening your smile? Summer is just around the corner and maybe there is a special wedding, high school or family reunion, or you might just want to look better in those vacation photos!

Whitening your teeth changes the color of your tooth enamel and removes most surface stains and those slightly below the surface. Teeth respond better to bleaching when they are clean so plan your bleaching just after your dental cleaning. During that general dentistry visit, talk to your dentist about bleaching and find out the best option for your teeth.

There are basically two options for highly effective tooth whitening – an in-office one-hour whitening procedure which combines a bleaching material with a special light to speed the process or, custom take home trays with professional strength bleaching gel. The one-hour whitening using Zoom! or a similar system is perfect for people seeking instant gratification. When your appointment is over your teeth will be whiter and brighter.

Take home kits allow patients to be totally in control of their bleaching. You can bleach, following the dentists directions, until you have reached the perfect shade for you. This method is also good for patients who fear sensitivity due to bleaching. By going slowly, this can be avoided.

Remember that not all discolored teeth will react to bleaching. People with yellowish staining typically do very well with teeth whitening. Staining that is gray in color and that may have been caused by medicines does not usually respond to bleaching. If you have bonding, crowns or veneers on one or more of your front teeth you need to realize that those will not bleach. In these cases you may want to seek a consultation about cosmetic dentistry options including dental veneers.

Find out more about getting a whiter, brighter smile by whitening your teeth by contacting Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439.

 

A Stellar Smile: Beat Tooth Staining with Whitening Treatments

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Teeth whitening is a safe, common procedure that can drastically whiten and brighten up your smile. A lighter smile can make a person look younger and more attractive. Over the years, many factors can cause one’s smile to become darkened and stained.

Some of these factors include eating acidic foods that wear away tooth enamel, such as sodas, tea and fruit drinks. Particles in food coloring can also build up on the tooth surface over time, and even all-natural, healthy foods such as apples and potatoes can stain your teeth over time.

Natural aging, dental trauma, hereditary factors and health problems can also play a role in a person’s tooth color. Certain medications, such as antibiotics, antihistamines and drugs taken to treat high blood pressure, can also lead to tooth discoloration.

Smoking, chewing tobacco and using other tobacco products, as well as drinking wine and coffee, are also infamous for negatively affecting your smile. Neglecting biannual dental tooth cleanings and not cleaning teeth thoroughly enough during your at-home dental cleaning routine can also yellow your smile.

Along with getting regular dental check-ups and cleanings, as well as thoroughly cleaning your teeth as part of your daily routine, you can maintain your smile with whitening.

Wilbanks Smile Center offers ZOOM! Whitening, an increasingly popular chair-side whitening system that brightens patients’ teeth in a single office visit. Zoom! Whitening is fast and convenient, and is more effective and convenient than other whitening treatments, which only consist of wearing cumbersome trays or strips. ZOOM! Whitening is coupled with our take-home Nite-White system, which provides patients with state-of-the-art tooth whitening.

Another one of the whitening treatments that Wilbanks offers is the Rembrandt™ One-Hour Smile Whitening Program, which uses the Sapphire Plasma Arc Light for dual-arch whitening. This light individually whitens teeth for uniform shade consistency, which creates a brilliantly white, even smile.

Depending on the tooth’s condition and what others aspects of their teeth that the patient wants to improve, one or more teeth  can also be whitened using dental bonding or veneers. Tooth-colored fillings consisting of composite resin, glass ionomer cement (GIC) or porcelain ceramics can also make cavities and other dental procedures practically invisible to the untrained eye.

 

Teeth Whitening in Toccoa

If you would like to learn more about teeth whitening procedures or any of the dental treatments that the Wilbanks Smile Center offers, contact us today and schedule your consultation. Our offices are located in Toccoa, GA, and we can be contacted at 706-886-9439. We look forward to hearing from you.

Surprising Foods That Stain Your Smile

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Everyone knows that soda and coffee stain your teeth, but some of the foods that can yellow a smile may come as a surprise to you. We’ve rounded up five of the top offenders when it comes to staining teeth below.

Remember that when it comes to keeping yours smile white and bright, you should cut back on these foods — but when you do eat them, brush your teeth immediately afterwards.

  1. Sports Drinks. Those bright blue, green or orange energy drinks definitely leave their mark on your teeth. When you hit the midday slump and need an energy boost, reach for a tall, invigorating glass of ice water with a sprig of mint, rather than a neon-hued sports drink.
  2. Berries. They may be good for your health nutrition-wise, but dark berries such as blueberries, blackberries, cherries and pomegranates stain your teeth. Watch out for acidic fruits as well, such as oranges, grapefruit and pineapples. They don’t seem like they’re dark enough to cause tooth staining, but they contain enamel-eating acids that can harm your teeth and gradually contribute to staining.
  3. Wine & Alcohol. Red wine’s coloring rubs off on your teeth’s enamel, causing them to look darker. You may logically assume that switching to a white wine will avoid that problem, but the truth is that alcohol itself has a negative impact on teeth. Alcohol irritates the soft tissue in your mouth and can cause inflammation, which can lead to gum disease.
  4. Tomato Sauce. While it may seem healthy, tomato cause is chock full of high acidic content and bright red coloring. The food coloring that’s added to many products can significantly affect your smile, and even worse, tomato sauce has a high sugar count, which also wrecks havoc on teeth and gums.
  5. Bread & Carbohydrates. White bread doesn’t seem something that would stain your smile, but it directly affects your teeth’s whiteness. When the starches in bread and other carbohydrates mix with the enzymes in your saliva, they create an acid that erodes teeth enamel. As enamel erodes, more of the tooth’s dentin is exposed, making teeth look more yellow.

Tooth Whitening in Toccoa

If you would like to learn more about whitening your smile, or any other dental treatments that the Wilbanks Smile Center offers, contact us today and schedule your consultation. Our offices are located in Toccoa, GA, and we can be reached at 706-886-9439. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Seasonal Celebrations Staining Your Smile?

Friday, December 6th, 2013

“Tis the season for celebrations and we all want to look our best. Could your celebrating be staining your smile?

As we age, our teeth naturally yellow. What we eat and drink can make this discoloration worse and, unfortunately, this time of year we seem to partake of these substances a little more often.

The top troublemakers for your white smile that most people think of are smoking, red wine and coffee. But did you know that white wine also stains teeth? Here are a few more items that affect your smile:

  • Sports drinks
  • Juice drinks like cranberry or grape juice
  • Energy drinks
  • Soda
  • Tomato sauce
  • Berries
  • Tea

Some of the things on this list have health benefits like berries and tea. You don’t need to skip your berry fix, just remember to brush a little while after eating. Sodas, sports drinks and energy drinks should be avoided because of the high acid and sugar content. Avoid staining by using a straw when drinking brightly colored juices or iced tea.

Whiten Your Smile

Tooth whitening is a great option for giving your smile a brighter, more youthful appearance. Using the Zoom! in office whitening system your smile can be whiter in just about an hour. Home whitening using custom trays and professional strength whitening gel allow you to control your whitening process.

Find out more about your options for a whiter smile today by contacting Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA at 706-886-9439. Remember that before whitening your teeth they need to be clean – if you haven’t had a cleaning appointment recently please let us know so we can get you scheduled.

Are ‘Do-It-Yourself’ Whitening Treatments For You?

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

With so many inexpensive “Do-It-Yourself” (DIY) whitening treatments available, many people now bypass professional whitening treatments with their dentists to rid themselves of any stains or imperfections. Although many home whitening kits, gels, and strips, are safe to use, they are not the always the best option.

Let’s take a look at the most important things to know before using a DIY whitening treatment.

  • Poor dental health? Then at-home whitening treatments are likely not for you. Only use an at-home treatment if you already have relatively good dental health. If you have dental issues such as receding gums, cavities, or sensitive oral tissue, these issues can be further aggravated by using a bleaching treatment.
  • Read the labels. Many DIY whitening treatments contain high amounts of bleach and peroxide. High concentrations of these chemicals can cause irritation to the gums, as well as tooth enamel erosion. These chemicals are most commonly found in inexpensive whitening treatments, so it is important to buy a product from a reputable company or brand that you trust.
  • Use strips, not trays. Most home whitening kits come with dental trays that do not adhere poorly to your teeth. The chemical solution can easily leak out of these trays, and into your mouth. Swallowing bleach or peroxide can be extremely hazardous to your health, not to mention damaging to your mouth. Using dental whitening strips, which adhere to the teeth more firmly to the teeth, are usually a better option than a whitening tray.
  • Do not use if you are pregnant. Pregnant women are advised not to use home whitening procedures. It is almost always inevitable that the some chemicals in the kits will be swallowed during use, and these chemicals can be extremely dangerous and cause unknown risks to the fetus.
  • ‘Old fashioned treatments’ are still effective. Perhaps the safest way to whiten your teeth at home is simply by brushing. Most toothpastes now contain whitening agents, which buff away surface stains, leaving your teeth white and smooth. Baking soda is also an an effective home whitening treatment.

Home whitening treatments can be effective, and are typically an inexpensive solution. However, the safest and most effective way to obtain a vibrant, stain-free smile is to have a whitening treatment done by a trained professional.

Teeth Whitening in Toccoa

If you want to learn more about teeth whitening and find out if it is right for you, contact us today to schedule an appointment. Our offices are located in Toccoa, GA, and we can be reached at 706-886-9439.  We look forward to hearing from you.

What is the Most Effective Way to Achieve a Brighter Smile?

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

As we grow older, our smiles may become dim, as coffee, cigarettes, tea, medications, and old age can all contribute to the discoloration or staining of our teeth.  As our smile is one of the first things people notice about us, it’s natural to want our teeth to look their best.  Teeth whitening procedures grow more and more popular every day, but with the amount of options available, choosing the right method can sometimes be overwhelming.

One of the major debates in the world of teeth whitening is whether to purchase a take-home treatment or to undergo an in-office whitening procedure with your dentist. A recent study from the Department of Endodontics and Restorative Dentistry at the Peking University School of Stomatology and the Eastman Institute for Oral Health may help settle this debate. In a controlled experiment, researchers set out to compare the effectiveness of both in-office and take-home whitening products.

Using both treatments, it was found that the teeth being treated in-office reached the desired A1 shade in approximately 12 minutes, while the teeth being treated with the take-home treatment reached the same shade after six hours. Researchers found that the desired treatment effects were achieved after two sessions of in-office and six sessions of take-home treatment.

The study concluded that in-office whitening treatments are therefore more efficient than the typical take-home treatment, achieving the same results in 24 minutes rather than 36 hours. This means getting your teeth whitened in-office will likely save you time and give you better results when compared to the average take-home treatments. For those looking to brighten their smile, talk to your dentist about how in-office whitening can more effectively whiten your teeth.

Teeth Whitening in Toccoa

To learn more about your teeth whitening options, contact us today and schedule a consultation.  Our offices are located in Toccoa, GA, and we can be reached at 706-886-9439.  We hope to hear from you soon.

Is Zoom! Teeth Whitening Right for You?

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Our smile is one of the first things people notice when they look at us, so it’s natural to want your smile to look its best.  Over time, unfortunately, our teeth can become stained or discolored due to coffee, cigarettes, and even some medications.  Luckily, there are ways to help whiten teeth, affording you the bright smile you desire – like Zoom! Teeth Whitening.  If you’re not sure that teeth whitening is right for you, check out the answers to some of the top patient questions.

Top Patient Questions about Zoom! Teeth Whitening

  1. What exactly is it? Zoom! whitening is a quick, safe, and effective in-office procedure designed to help patients achieve a whiter smile.  It works to bleach teeth and treat unwanted stains or discolorations.
  2. How does it work? At the beginning of the procedure, your dentist will apply a whitening gel to the surface of your teeth.  Once this is complete, the gel is then activated by a low-intensity light, allowing oxygen into the teeth.  This bleaches both the enamel and dentin of the teeth, helping them achieve a lighter color.
  3. Do the results last? As long as the proper post-whitening instructions are followed, teeth will always remain a lighter shade than they had prior to your Zoom! procedure.  Additionally, the best results are typically achieved when this procedure is done in conjunction with the take-home Nite-White system.
  4. Is it safe? Yes! Zoom! whitening’s safety has been proven by countless clinical studies and research, and many consider teeth whitening to be one of the safest cosmetic dental procedures there is.
  5. Am I a candidate? If you’re unhappy with teeth that have become stained or discolored over time, you can benefit from Zoom! whitening.  If you’re still not sure if this procedure is right for you, contact your dentist to learn more.

Zoom! Whitening in Toccoa

If you’re ready to achieve a bright, white smile, take the first step – contact us today and schedule your Zoom! whitening consultation.  Our offices are located in Toccoa, GA, and we can be reached at 706-886-9439.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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