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 Happens At A Teeth 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.
Do you want to straighten your teeth or correct alignment issues but don't like the look of metal braces? Invisalign offers the perfect solution for you.
The Invisalign difference
Traditional braces use a system of wires and brackets to re-align your teeth. Once you receive your braces, they don't come off until your treatment ends. In some cases, that can be as long as two years or even longer. The Invisalign system doesn't use wires and brackets. Instead, you'll wear a series of aligner trays that gently move your teeth into position. Best of all, the aligners are clear, so it won't be obvious that you have braces. The Invisalign system is a good choice if you have an overbite, underbite, crossbite, open bite, crowding or gaps between your teeth.
Invisalign offers several advantages that traditional braces don't, including:
Flexibility: Don't want to wear your braces for a special occasion or sporting event? No problem! You can remove your braces for a few hours without affecting your progress. After the game or event is over, simply put the trays back in your mouth.
No Food Restrictions: Gum, popcorn, and hard or sticky foods are off-limits if your wear metal braces. If you cheat and eat those things, you may spend hours trying to remove a gooey mess from your wires and brackets, or worse break the wires. When you choose Invisalign, you can eat anything you want. Since you remove your aligner trays to eat, there are no food restrictions.
Freedom to Smile: It's hard not to feel self-conscious when your teeth are covered by metal wires. In fact, some people don't feel much like smiling when they wear metal braces. Because the Invisalign aligners are virtually transparent, you'll never have to worry that you don't look your best.
Your best smile is one that's healthy, functional, and attractive. It boosts your self-confidence and helps you express who you are. If you suffer with a gapped, crowded, or crooked smile and wish to look and perform at your very best, consider braces from your orthodontist in Harper Woods, MI, Dr. Kishawn Kole-James. At Superior Orthodontics, Dr. Kole-James treats adult patients with extra-special care, understanding their need for discreet appliances and comfortable services which fit their busy lifestyles.
It's not too late
Yes, the optimal and most convenient time to straighten a smile is adolescence-ages 11 to 14 to be exact, states the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). At this age, the jaw bone is still growing, and dental alignment is more fluid and pliable.
All that being said, adult orthodontic treatment still works extremely well, and millions of adults who currently wear braces or clear aligners can attest to that. The AAO reports that a full 20 percent of orthodontic patients are adults.
What are your choices?
Modern dentistry offers a wide range of options for mild, moderate and even severe orthodontic problems in adults. Dr. Kole-James is an expert in many of them--ranging from traditional metal and ceramic braces, to less obvious clear and lingual (tongue-side) braces, and innovative clear aligners such as Invisalign.
When you come to Superior Orthodontics in Harper Woods for a smile analysis with orthodontist, Dr. Kole-James, and his friendly team, you'll receive a complete oral examination and bite analysis. Sophisticated digital X-rays reveal root and bone structure, and your smile goals give your orthodontist many important details to consider as he plans out your treatment.
Adult orthodontic problems
Dr. Kole-James sees a wide variety of smile alignment issues among his adult patients. They include:
- Orthodontic relapse
- Tooth rotation
- Protruding front teeth
As long as teeth and gums are healthy, no problem is too difficult. However, Dr. Kole-James does emphasize the importance of careful brushing and flossing at home, a nutritious diet and semi-annual check-ups and hygienic cleanings.
Available orthodontic appliances
During your one-on-one consultation, you'll find out what kind of braces are best for your particular case. Invisalign clear aligners are a popular choice for many mild to moderate smile issues because of their discreet appearance, ease of care and shorter treatment times. Whatever kind of braces you need, rest assured that the team at Superior Orthodontics will guide you through the process carefully, with the result being a beautiful, straight, and healthy smile.
Find out more
To arrange a consultation, call Superior Orthodontics in Harper Woods, MI, at (248) 313-4899.
Following your orthodontist’s instructions is key to having a successful orthodontic treatment period. One important directive you should follow is to wear your retainer device every day after your braces are removed. Find out why retainers are so important when you have your teeth aligned by orthodontist Dr. Kishawn Kole-James at Superior Orthodontics in Harper Woods, MI.
What Is a Retainer?
A retainer is an oral device that is worn after an orthodontic treatment is complete. Its purpose is to maintain and retain the new position of the teeth. This stage of the treatment, called retention, is essential after spending months or years wearing braces. You must wear your retainer all day for up to a year after your braces are taken off, then while sleeping every night after that. There are three different types of retainers:
- The traditional Hawley retainer, which is made of pink acrylic based attached to a metal framework that supports your teeth.
- The clear plastic retainer (which is similar to Invisalign clear braces).
- The fixed bonded retainer (a non-removable retainer, usually affixed to the back side of the lower front teeth).
Why Are Retainers Important?
Retainers serve a number of purposes after orthodontic treatment. For one, they keep your teeth in the same desired position. Even after wearing braces for a year or more, the teeth could quickly shift back out of alignment. Retainers also provide protection for your teeth. They can reduce the occurrence of enamel erosion due to bruxism (tooth grinding). Wearing a clear plastic retainer while drinking certain beverages could also reduce the chance of discoloration.
How Your Retainer Is Made
If you have an Invisalign treatment, the last tray that you’re prescribed by your Harper Woods orthodontist will be your retainer. For a standard braces treatment, your orthodontist will take an impression of your teeth after the brackets are removed so that a plastic retainer or Hawley-style retainer can be created.
Retain and Maintain Your New Smile
After spending so much time wearing braces, it’s very important to listen to your orthodontist's orders and wear your retainer religiously. It will pay off in the long-run. Call 248-313-4899 today to discuss orthodontic treatment with Dr. Kishawn Kole-James at Superior Orthodontics in Harper Woods, MI.
There’s a lot to like about replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant. This state-of-the-art restoration is by far the most durable and life-like option available. And unlike other replacement options implants stimulate bone growth, a major concern after tooth loss.
For that reason we encourage getting an implant as soon as possible — for adults, that is. We don’t recommend implants for younger patients because even a teenager’s jaws haven’t yet reached full maturity. Because it attaches to the jaw differently, an implant can’t move with the growing jaw as real teeth do. It would eventually look as if it were sinking into the jaw below the gum line or being left behind as the rest of the jaw grows.
It’s best, then, to postpone placing an implant until the jaw fully matures, usually in a patient’s early twenties. In the meantime, there are some things we can do to prepare for a future implant while also restoring the tooth with a temporary replacement.
As previously mentioned, our biggest concern is bone health. Like other living tissue, bone has a growth cycle of older cells dissolving and newer ones forming in their place. The teeth transmit the pressure produced when we chew to the bone to stimulate this growth. With the absence of a tooth, the adjacent bone no longer receives this stimulation — the growth cycle slows and may eventually lead to bone loss.
We can help this situation by placing a bone graft in the missing tooth socket at the time of extraction. The graft serves as a scaffold that’s eventually taken over and replaced by new bone growth. We can also try to control how fast the graft is replaced by using grafting material that’s slowly removed and lasts longer — often a preferable situation if an implant is years away.
As for appearance, we can create a custom partial denture or even a type of bridge that bonds a prosthetic tooth to neighboring teeth without significantly altering them. If the patient undergoes orthodontic treatment it’s also possible to add prosthetic teeth to an orthodontic appliance.
Eventually, we’ll be able to provide the permanent solution of a dental implant. With careful planning and measures to preserve bone health, there’s a good chance the outcome will be worth the wait.
If you would like more information on treatments for lost teeth in children and teenagers, 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 “Dental Implants for Teenagers.”
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