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Posts for: May, 2010
If you are looking for a quick way to dramatically enhance your smile, professional teeth whitening may be a good option. Teeth whitening is convenient and highly effective, making it one of the most popular and commonly requested cosmetic dental treatments today.
At Manhattan Dental Care, we understand that many patients want to achieve a whiter smile, but it's also important for patients to understand that teeth whitening isn't for everyone. Teeth whitening results will vary from patient to patient, and procedures will differ by need and budget. The only way to determine which treatment will produce the best outcome for your teeth is by visiting our Manhattan, IL office first.
The following circumstances and conditions may prevent you from using teeth whitening products:
- Teeth with yellow hues will generally produce the best results. Natural tooth colors that are brown or gray typically don't react to whitening treatments.
- Mothers who are pregnant or nursing should refrain from all whitening treatments
- If your teeth are oversensitive, whitening procedures are likely to intensify the sensitivity of your teeth.
- Teeth that have been restored with veneers or bonded with white fillings should not be whitened with certain whitening solutions as it will discolor the restorations.
Because the natural teeth retain the ability to absorb stains, patients should also be aware that the results of teeth whitening may fade over time, especially if the individual smokes or drinks a lot of coffee, tea, or red wine. An easy way to achieve a whiter, healthier smile is to brush with fluoride toothpaste, floss regularly, and avoid foods and beverages that augment tooth stains.
At Manhattan Dental Care, we can help you determine whether or not you are a good candidate for a professional whitening treatment. Whether you choose an in-office or at-home teeth whitening procedure, the results can be amazing and take years off of your appearance.
There's no doubt that your smile is one of your most eye-catching qualities. With new advances in cosmetic dentistry today, there are other smile-enhancing treatments available to improve the appearance of your teeth, and at Manhattan Dental Care, we strive to stay abreast of new cosmetic treatments so that our patients can easily achieve the smile they've always wanted.
Whether you are an existing patient or searching for a dentist in the Manhattan, IL area, we're excited you are here. With the dental industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.
As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote dental awareness as a vital part of your healthy lifestyle. Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including dental news, advancements in dental technology and treatment, practical dental health advice and updates from Dr. Martinez-Aversano and her staff.
We hope you find our blog to be helpful, engaging and informational to ensure your best dental health.
As always, feel free to contact us with any dental questions or concerns.
As a parent, you play an important role in your child's dental health. Instilling proper oral habits during your child's growth and development years coupled with regular visits to our Manhattan, IL dental office are the best ways to ensure strong, healthy teeth into adulthood.
Basic Tips for Parents from Manhattan Dental Care:
Establish Good Oral Health Habits Early
Our Manhattan, IL office can show your child the proper methods for cleaning those hard to reach areas with a tooth brush and floss. We can also work with you to recommend a specific program of brushing, flossing, and other treatments you can use while teaching your child the appropriate ways to care for his or her teeth.
Limit your child's frequency of snacking, especially starchy, sugary and acidic foods. Instead promote healthy snacks that are rich in nutrients, such as fruits, vegetables and cheese.
Ensure your child gets an adequate amount of fluoride in his or her diet. Fluoride helps build strong teeth and prevent cavities.
Make Tooth Brushing Fun
When parents are excited about caring for their teeth, kids will find tooth brushing to be more enjoyable as well.
Regular Check Ups
As recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, parents should bring their child to the dentist by their first birthday. We encourage regular visits to our kid-friendly office in Manhattan, IL to monitor your child's dental development and to educate you and your child about preventative care.
At Manhattan Dental Care, we understand going to the dentist, especially for children, can be scary, so we make going to the dentist as fun and relaxed as possible. Focusing on education and prevention, our Manhattan, IL office offers a fun, gentle and positive atmosphere for your child that promotes good oral hygiene from the toddler years into adolescence and adulthood. We look forward to caring for your child's teeth and gums throughout their various stages of growth and development.