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Teeth Whitening: Do It Right

June 24th, 2016

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As the years go by, our teeth naturally lose their luster. Dark colored foods and drinks speed up the process, but even people who avoid coffee, wine and cola are not immune to yellow or gray teeth. Want to brighten up your smile? Have you considered tooth whitening? Teeth whitening at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry is one of the quickest and most affordable ways to look younger and more attractive.

Does Teeth Whitening Hurt?

Though some Century City Aesthetic Dentistry teeth whitening patients experience a little short-term sensitivity, most experience no pain at all.

There are several different methods for whitening teeth but each uses a solution containing peroxide to remove the stains that have accumulated in the microscopic cracks in your tooth enamel.

DIY Whitening Products
First of all, the strips, mouthwashes and paint-on whiteners use a lower concentration of whitening agent than in-office methods. They rarely remove all of the stains on your enamel. If you have gum disease, cavities, crowns, dental bonding, or porcelain veneers, Dr. Bill Dorfman recommends first visiting your dentist for a teeth whitening consultation. You are always better off having teeth whitening performed by a professional. This will protect your existing restorations and ensure the best possible results.

Don’t assume that tooth whitening offered at Beverly Hills mall kiosks is risk-free. The industry is largely unregulated and the staff often have little dental training. Do you really want to take chances with your smile?

At Century City Aesthetic Dentistry, we are currently accepting new patients at our Los Angeles office. My friendly team of skilled dental professionals would love to serve you with sedation dentistry, Zoom whitening, porcelain veneers, smile design, or dental crowns. You can schedule an appointment by calling 855-219-8706. You deserve a billion dollar smile

 

Bill Dorfman
Century City Aesthetic Dentistry
2080 Century Park E, Ste 1601
Los Angeles, California 90067
855-219-8706
http://www.billdorfmandds.com/meet-the-team/dr-dorfman/

Unique Ways People Have Used to Whiten Teeth

December 2nd, 2015

Whitening teethYou look in the mirror and realize that your smile isn’t quite as shiny and white as it once was. You consider purchasing an over-the-counter tooth whitener or asking your Century City cosmetic dentist about an in-office treatment.

While each of these is a viable option, they’re not the only choices. Here are a few of the unique ways people have used to whiten their teeth.

Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda Paste

One of the primary ingredients in many conventional tooth-whitening processes is hydrogen peroxide. Additionally, there are several toothpastes available on the market offering baking soda as a cleansing agent. Therefore, it only makes sense that a homemade tooth-whitening trick should include both these ingredients.

People who have tried this method begin with about a quarter teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide. They then slowly add baking soda until it becomes a paste, generally no more than one teaspoon. Now brush your teeth as you normally do being careful not to over scrub. The grittiness of the baking soda can damage enamel over time.

Chew on Carrots, Celery, and Apples

Although there are several foods that help naturally whiten teeth, some foods work better than other foods.

For instance, the cellulose in celery, carrots, and apples acts as a natural abrasive and the increase in saliva production that chewing creates helps to wash away food debris. Additionally, some suggest that other vegetables like spinach and broccoli create a film that protects teeth from stains.

The good news is physicians typically encourage patients to eat these foods anyway. So, now you can make both your physician and your Century City cosmetic dentist happy.

Strawberries Stain Your Clothes and Whiten Your Teeth

Believe it or not, there are those who swear that while strawberries may stain your clothing, they do wonders for your teeth. Apparently, they contain an enzyme known as malic acid. Apples contain it as well. However, unlike apples, strawberries also contain antioxidants and vitamin C. Both fight gum inflammation and periodontal disease.

To clean your teeth, start by mashing up a ripe strawberry. Rub it on your teeth with either a clean finger or a spare toothbrush. Let it sit for a few minutes then rinse your mouth thoroughly. Finish up by flossing and brushing as usual.

Whatever you do, remember to limit your consumption of sugar, acidic foods and beverages such as lemons and oranges, and stain-causing foods and beverages such as blueberries, coffee, and red wine.

Ultimately, the best way to keep your smile healthy and youthful is to brush and floss daily, and to visit your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist on a regular basis. Having your teeth cleaned professionally can go a long way in keeping your smile white and bright.

3 Ways a Great Smile Can Make You Look Younger

September 2nd, 2015

dentist-20150902Weight gain, muscle strength loss, and changes in skin tone are just a few of the things that most of us experience as we age. However, one vital change that many aging people may not pay a mind to is their smile.

A 2012 study confirms the importance of a great smile when it comes to other people’s perception of you. We suggest that if you don’t want others thinking you’re older than you really are you should talk to your Century City cosmetic dentist about these three things and how he can help make your smile look younger.

Teeth Yellow Due to Aging

Teeth yellow as we age for a number of reasons. One is the consumption of dark-colored food and drink, such as berries, coffee, and red wine. However, food in general plays a big role in tooth discoloration, especially if you consume acidic foods such as citrus. By eroding away tooth enamel, the acid allows the enamel to absorb even more of the stain-causing substances.

Additionally, people who use tobacco products, smoking or chewing, put their teeth at risk for staining. Finally, medications may affect the color of your teeth as well.

If your teeth don’t have that pearly white look that you loved when you were younger, talk to your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist about tooth whitening.

Gums May Recede with Age

Remember the phrase “long in the tooth?” It comes from the age-old practice of checking a horse’s age by looking at the length of their teeth. Longer teeth meant receding gums. Receding gums meant an older animal.

Gum recession is most common in older people. In fact, in a study of nearly 10,000 people, only 38% of participants in their thirties had some recession, while 90% of those in their eighties had it.

While some people have receding gums due to heredity, one of the biggest reasons for a receding gum line is poor oral hygiene. To reduce your risk, brush and floss daily, and visit your Century City cosmetic dentist regularly.

Face Aging Due to Tooth Loss 

It’s normal for your face to change as you age. Decreased muscle tone, increased wrinkles and dark spots, and dryer skin are all a part of getting older. However, people who have lost several teeth increase their chances of facial collapse, a reaction to the loss of jawbone.

Typically, the roots of your teeth stimulate the jawbone to keep it healthy and strong. Without the stimulation, your body determines you no longer need it and reabsorbs it. Loss of jawbone results in loss of support to your cheeks and jawline. Your face looks shriveled and your cheeks look hollow. You may appear much older than your real age.

While many dentists use dental bridges and dentures as a substitute for tooth loss, your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist knows the ideal solution is dental implants.

Talk to him about any of your concerns and take the time to keep your smile looking fresh and young through regular dental care.

Tooth Whitening Can Give You a Sparkling Smile

June 5th, 2015

You’re not born with teeth. When you’re little, they sprout like small seedlings in a garden. As you grow, they grow – all shiny, white, and bright.

Eventually, however, they’re replaced with an adult version. These, too, are sparkling white in the beginning. They’re meant to last a lifetime. They won’t fall out like your baby teeth, unless you don’t take care of them.

Tooth care requires you to brush and floss daily. It also requires you to see your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist on a regular basis. Good oral health goes a long way to retaining a great-looking smile. However, even the best of care won’t keep them white forever. For that, you need to talk to your Century City cosmetic dentist about the process of tooth whitening.

The Road to a Dull Smile

Teeth can discolor two ways. Surface stains occur when you consume dark-colored foods and beverages such as wine, tea, coffee, and berries or when you smoke or chew tobacco. Additionally, natural wear influences the color of your teeth.

However, tooth staining doesn’t just occur externally. Some stains form inside teeth caused by normal aging, exposure to certain medications, and even trauma. These stains are more difficult to whiten.

Discoloration of your teeth happens when tiny micro-fractures occur naturally over time usually through chewing and grinding. Stains and debris accumulate in these fractures and dull the shiny white of your tooth enamel.

The Highway to a Sparkling New Smile

Once you understand what causes your sparkling smile to dim in the first place, the next step is to take action to end or even reverse the process. Here are a few suggestions to regain your sparkling smile.

  • Watch what you eat and drink. You don’t have to stop eating blueberries or drinking coffee. Just make sure to rinse your mouth with water or chew sugarless gum afterwards to decrease the chance of staining.
  • Stop smoking. Whether smoked or chewed tobacco is a leading factor in tooth discoloration and can lead to other dental problems as well. Stop now and you increase your chances of improving your dental as well as your general health.
  • Try a home-whitening product. Talk to your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist first, and then if you want to get a preview of the potential results of tooth whitening, consider trying an at-home gel or whitening strips.

Here’s one last tip from the fashion world to make your smile look brighter. If you wear lipstick, choose a color with a blue undertone. It will make your teeth appear whiter.

For more information on tooth whitening, talk with your Century City cosmetic dentist about options you might want to try.

Anti-Aging Dentistry Could Help You Look Younger in 2014

January 9th, 2014

You may never have considered this before; however, the key to a great smile is harmony and balance both in your life and in your facial layout. If you’re over a certain age, anti-aging dentistry and your Century City cosmetic dentist can help you achieve a great smile and look years younger.

Anti-Aging Dentistry for a Younger Appearance

Before you decide that your smile ages you, consider what makes people look older in general. According to a 2011 post from the New York Times, the factors that contribute to aging include “time, heredity, sunlight, illness, smoking, good fortune and bad.”

The fact is that most of us find faces proportioned into thirds to be the most attractive. The three sections include the top of the forehead to the eyebrow, the eyebrow to the base of the nose, and the base of the nose to the chin. However, even if you have a well-proportioned face, other factors – wrinkles around the mouth, hollow checks, a dropping jaw, and sagging chin – can make you look (and feel) older. That’s where anti-aging dentistry can help.

With anti-aging dentistry, your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist focuses primarily on the lower one-third of your face. This includes your jawline and teeth.

Dental Techniques Used in Anti-Aging Dentistry

As we age, our teeth may move, especially where there are teeth missing. Additionally, gums may recede, teeth generally turn yellow, and the supporting bone structure of the jaw can shift.

Dental care for seniors requires the usual care – daily brushing and flossing along with regular visits to the dentist. However, there are steps you can take to help bring your mouth back to a more youthful appearance. Here are just a few of the dental procedures that can take years away from your looks.

Receding gums. Don’t ignore gum recession. Whether it developed due to disease, heredity, smoking, injury or another cause, your Century City cosmetic dentist can repair your gum and prevent further damage.

Tooth color. Adjust your tooth color two ways. You can replace old silver amalgam fillings with tooth-colored composite or ceramic material. Or, one of the most popular cosmetic procedures available today, teeth whitening. However, it’s important to be sure not to overdo it. Too much tooth whitening can cause too sensitivity and an unnatural whiteness.

Dental implants. This is one of the best anti-aging dentistry treatments available. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 1 out of 20 middle-aged adults are missing all their teeth. When you lose teeth, you lose support for your face resulting in sagging, wrinkles, and an overall aged appearance. Dental implants support your facial structure and help you look younger.

Regardless of your age or dental need, anti-aging dentistry can help you look and feel younger. Your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist can review your specific situation and determine the best course of dental treatment for you.